Introducing the Butterwick Animal Rehab Team

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Mark Harding

Veterinary Physiotherapist and Owner


Mark left the Army in 2004 after 13 years and multiple operational tours. He wanted to work with dogs at a young age but wasn’t the opportunities there are now so joined the Army instead.

Mark is a regular lecturer at a number of institutions, University of Nottingham Vet school and Hawksmoor. He started his journey into Canine rehabilitation in 2004 following his dog being diagnosed with severe Hip dysplasia.

Mark is passionate about dogs getting better and living their best life. He oversees the treatment plans for all our patients and is constantly looking for new ways to explain things to mum’s and dad’s, often partial to a good analogy or metaphor and has been known to throw in the odd drawing but it’s fair to say “art” was never his strong point.

He also is very passionate about our staff development and is constantly looking for new ways to enable us to understand dogs and their owners. Mark has over recent years been asked to help train the future generations of Veterinary physiotherapists and hydrotherapists so that they too can help owners.

Mark is the very proud dad to Ben and Harry.


Post Grad Veterinary Physiotherapy

Post Grad Clinical education

Level 4 Canine hydrotherapy

Level 3 Canine hydrotherapy


Food(s) – Beef Stew and dumplings, closely followed by Shepherd’s pie, Gurkha Curry

Restaurant –  Chadwicks, Table Talk Indian restaurant

Place – Brimham rocks

Holiday destination – Cyprus, North Carolina

City or Countryside – Countryside

TV show – Morse/Endeavour

Film – Top Gun

Celebrity – Winston Churchill

Singer/Group – Robbie Williams, let’s not mention Taylor swift….

Sport – errrr 

Team – England rugby

Hobbies – Spending time with my dog Izzy, cooking

Barbra Barker 

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Barbra Barker Butterwick Animal Rehab

Barbra grew up in Livingston, a new town just outside Edinburgh, before moving to Darlington in 2000. Although the North East is now her home, her accent is still strong.

Barbra’s job roles have always been customer service based but as a crazy dog lover she has always had a dream of working with dogs.

Barbra has been happily married to her husband Vince for 10 years. She is Mum to human child Bella who is 7 years old and 9 year old furbaby Winston the Labrador.

Barbra is a keen runner and it’s the perfect way to exercise a very energetic Winston.  Her running plans started out with the aim to complete her local parkrun but she has gone on to complete several marathons.


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Food – A good fakeaway – homemade curries, parmos and pizza’s

Restaurant – Nandos as its Bella’s favourite so if she is happy then so are we

Place – Pierrefonds Castle in France or The Lakes

Holiday – Disneyland Paris or anywhere sunny

City/Countryside – Countryside

TV – Soaps or reality TV

Film – I rarely stay awake for a film!

Celebrity – I love a good reality star

Singer/Group – Anything I can dance to but I have no rhythm or co-ordination

Sport – Forced to watch ski Sunday or motor sports

Team – Scotland

Hobbies – Running, dog walks, family days out

Butterwick Animal rehab Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson

Veterinary Physiotherapist and Hydrotherapist

Amy grew up locally to the clinic on a family farm and racing yard surrounded by dogs, horses, pigs and sheep. So it’s no surprise that Amy knew from an early age that she wanted a career with animals.

She completed a degree in Bioveterinary Science in 2014 and went on to work in Equine Practice for 6 years.

In 2018 Amy began a postgraduate degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, during which time she developed her passion for canine physio and hydrotherapy encouraging her to make the switch to working with dogs.

Amy spends her spare time hiking with her Labrador Ollie in the Lake District and when time allows, The Alps. She also loves cooking and baking cakes for her family and friends and the occasional wedding.


PgD Veterinary Physiotherapy 

BSc Hons Bioveterinary Science



Food(s) – Thai, or anything sweet!
Restaurant – La Rustique or The Black bull in Moulton
Place – Chamonix
Holiday destination – Anywhere with mountains
City or Countryside – Countryside
TV show – Greys Anatomy, Brooklyn 99
Film – The Blind Side
Celebrity – Chris Hemsworth
Singer/Group – London Grammar, Bon Iver
Sport –  Netball, Rugby (to watch, but not play!)
Hobbies – Baking, riding, netball and hiking with Ollie

Claire Butterwick Animal Rehab

Claire Brown

Canine Hydrotherapist


 Claire grew up in East Rainton, a small village in Houghton-le-Spring. She has always had lots of pets growing up including guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas, cats and dogs. Animals have always been her true passion in life. 

After a holiday in Asia and seeing all the poorly stray dogs, Claire decided she wanted to dedicate her life to helping dogs in need. And yes, most of the stray dogs were smuggled into her hotel room for food and a comfy bed for the night! She has undertaken animal care and first aid courses and has 4 years’ experience as a canine hydrotherapist. 

Claire loves nothing more than going on adventures to new places with her two dogs, Poppy and Mavis.  



Food – Fajitas

Restaurant – barrio comida in Durham, tacos yum! 

Place – anywhere in woodlands 

Holiday – the Philippines or anywhere in Asia 

City / Countryside – countryside 

TV – I love a drama! 

Film – pretty woman or dirty dancing 

Celebrity – Celeste Barber 

Singer / Group – Otis Redding or Bob Marley 

Sport – I’m not a massive sport fan

Team – England 

Hobbies – Surfing, dog walks, macrame 

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