Chartered Physiotherapists are those that have undertaken a human physiotherapy degree and then have become members of the HPC (Health Professions Council) and registered with the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). Only qualified physiotherapists who are members of the CSP are able to become a member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy), the governing body for ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapists. As the title ' veterinary or animal physiotherapist' is not protected it is important to know the background of your physiotherapist ensuring you use someone who is Chartered.
ACPAT Category A members work closely with Veterinary surgeons and Veterinary consent is always obtained before starting physiotherapy.
Sarah Sandford (neé Dalton) qualified from Kings College, London (BSc Hons Physiotherapy) in 2002 and then went on to obtain her Veterinary Physiotherapy qualifications at The Royal Veterinary College (MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy). She set up Physio-Vision in 2007 to provide veterinary physiotherapy to animals in Essex. She has gained vast experience treating animals from the companion to the competition animal. She has worked at Godolphin Racing stable yard since 2009 working in Newmarket and Dubai. Sarah has given various lectures to different veterinary practices and meetings (BVNA - British Veterinary Nursing Association; Essex Vet Society; BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association). From her human physiotherapy work Sarah has also taught on the BSc and MSc programme of Physiotherapy at Kings College London. Sarah has also been a committee member as Course Organiser for ACPAT (Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) for 6 years).
Sarah worked at London 2012 for the Paralympics. For the 2012 Games, veterinary physiotherapists had to endure a series of procedures for the application process and were chosen for an interview out of 160 applicants, of which 16 were successful for a role. She attended role and venue specific training. Only members of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) were hired by LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to provide physiotherapy care to the competing equine athletes. Working closely alongside the vets and farriers hired by LOCOG and the visiting veterinary support teams, we helped equine athletes to perform to the best of their ability for their dressage tests.
Sarah has gained valuable experience working within many different departments for Human and Animal physiotherapy and thoroughly enjoys every aspect of her job.
Sarah regularly attends post graduate courses and teaching sessions to keep up-to-date with physiotherapy concepts and skills.
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Helen Crumpen qualified as a Physiotherapist from Colchester Institute (governed by University of Hertfordshire) in 2007 and gained her Veterinary Physiotherapy qualification (PgDip) from the University of Liverpool in 2015.
Helen has worked part time for Physio-Vision since June 2015 and also continues to work at Southend University Hospital in the Trauma and Orthopaedic department as a Senior Physiotherapist.
Helen has a keen interest in trauma and orthopaedics in both humans and animals and is a member of the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists. She is also registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Physiotherapy (ACPAT).
When she has some spare time Helen enjoys riding and competes her horse in British Dressage competitions where in the past has won Pet Plan Area Festivals and has then gone onto compete at the nationals at Hartpury.
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