Introducing the Butterwick Animal Rehab Team

Veterinary physiotherapy animal therapy rehabilitation

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



Butterwick Animal Rehab Mollie

Mollie Masters

Junior Canine Hydrotherapist


Mollie grew up in seaside town of Cleethorpes before moving to Darlington for career opportunities for herself and her partner. Mollie has always been surrounded by animals growing up and had her own mini zoo at home (much to her mum’s displeasure!).

She completed a degree in Zoo Biology in 2020 and is also currently at the very end of completing a master’s degree in endangered species recovery and conservation.

Even though she has a degree in Zoo Biology, Mollie’s passion has always been dogs which was a focus in her bachelor’s degree dissertation which covered genetic diseases in certain dog breeds.

She has also spent a significant time around horses, riding from the age of 4 up until 21 when covid restrictions impacted her riding lessons but she is keen to get back in the saddle.

Though Mollie is yet to own any dogs of her own, she has grown up around dogs and frequently visits home to see her Mum’s cockerpoo, Rufus (and her mum too!).

Mollie spends her spare time at the gym or going on long walks with her partner to unwind. She also loves shopping for her ever growing collection of houseplants and reading any horror or science fiction novel she can get her hands on.


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Food- Spaghetti Bolognese, Nutella, Sushi

Restaurant- Yo Sushi

Place- Anywhere in the Scottish Highlands

Holiday- Tokyo or in a tree house in Bali

City/Countryside- Countryside

TV- Mad Men, Sherlock, anything David Attenborough

Film- How to train your dragon

Celebrity- Taron Egerton

Singer/Group- Billie Eilish, Bastille

Sport- Kickboxing, Basketball and Horse riding

Team- I don’t really follow any teams but I guess England?

Hobbies: Reading, weightlifting and woodland walks



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