About Theravet

Theravet was established in 2000 and has been in its current home for the last 7 years. Theravet has grown over the last 20 years in its reputation for offering the very best in veterinary rehabilitation and has become of one the largest and most comprehensive stand-alone practices in the UK, whilst maintaining a very personal and gently focused service. All of the staff at Theravet are fully qualified with many years’ experience in their fields and all are registered with industry recognised professional bodies. Not only that, but all the staff are dog owners and/or horse riders themselves so they don’t just become involved on a professional level – every member of staff is invested in your animal at a very heartfelt level. We are a team who really care. 

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Based in the idyllic and peaceful surroundings of Chipperfield, Hertfordshire, the practice is within easy reach of the M25, M1, M4, M3 and A41 and lends itself perfectly to the rehabilitation and recovery of animals. Theravet work very closely with referring Veterinary Surgeons, Specialist Referral Centres and Owners.

To start a patient attendance there are a few steps to follow. All animals are treated only with the consent of your veterinary surgeon, but owner led enquiries are welcome and we will do the rest to ensure a correct and well supported referral process. If you are an owner please feel free to call us, discuss your pet and register and we will then make contact with your veterinary surgeon. For veterinary surgeons who wish to refer, please just give us a call, send us an email or download and send the consent form which can be emailed with any relevant history. At Theravet we strongly believe in a multi-disciplinary approach, so whatever your choice of treatment we will keep in contact with the primary and/or referral vet and ensure they are kept informed of the treatment plan and progress.

Theravet has worked with a wide range of animals from elderly pets to working and service dogs, children’s ponies to royal racehorses, companion dogs to GB team Agility dogs. We also treat farm animals, cats and domestic furries – year on year we do our very best for your very best friends.

Our equine service is provided on a mobile basis.

Over the last 10 years Theravet has built a reputation for excellence in the South, servicing clients across the spectrum from charity work to royal racehorses and taking referrals from as far afield as Europe and the USA.

All our staff are chosen for their professionalism, experience and personal skills, but importantly also for their love and dedication to your pets. We recognise that peoples pets are very much part of the family and as such, our care and thought for your pet is an essential part of what makes our team excel.

Meet The Team

Emma Craigie Halkett

Veterinary Physiotherapist & Partner

BA(Hons) PG Dip AMM MA Adv Cert Veterinary Physiotherapist. IRVAP.

Emma graduated in 1998 and in 2000 set up her first Veterinary Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Centre in Hampshire as Theravet. This built up a successful reputation and in 2013 she sold her Hampshire Practice to a colleague and moved Theravet to its new purpose built home in Chipperfield, Hertfordshire where Emma had previously grown up. During her post grad years Emma went on to do specialist post graduate qualifications in both McTimoney manipulation and Veterinary Physiotherapy gaining a high-level Distinction. Emma has also written a number of articles for veterinary publications, has appeared on veterinary radio phone ins and participated in ongoing research. Emma is the physiotherapist for members of the GB agility squad and has treated sports horses to a high level. Her interests lie in Canine Sports and Working dogs and in post-operative spinal and orthopaedic cases. Her equine experience covers elite performance horses to retired family ponies. Emma also lectures on clinic days for the Veterinary Physiotherapy Degree at BCA.
Emma is a proud working mummy and lives locally in the village. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, climbing and riding. Em used to own a Weimeraner and Hanoverian x Warmblood, now both sadly gone but both of whom helped shape her love of animals.

Emma Hedderson

Veterinary Acupuncturist

BSc MA VetMB MRCVS

Having had a life-long passion for animals, Emma initially gained a first-class BSc honours degree in Equine Science at Wye, Imperial College before going on to Cambridge University where she graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2008. After Graduating she worked in full time Equine Veterinary Practice for 4 years before having her daughter Lucy. Emma had a keen interest in complimentary treatments as well as conventional medicine since she rescued 2 geriatric dogs 14 years ago. They both had several medical disorders which were unresponsive or contraindicative to drug medication, so she began to explore other avenues of treatment for them. Her current Lurcher is unable to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but as an elderly boy is suffering with arthritis and other geriatric concerns. As Emma explored ways to help him she discovered acupuncture through a veterinary colleague.

Katie Clarke

Veterinary Physiotherapist

IMSc Vet Phys, EEBW, MRAMP, MNAVP

Katie has always had a passion for animals since she can remember. She is a motivated professional who is always keen to expand her knowledge and consistently takes pride in her work. Katie’s animal studies started at Rodbaston College, where she gained a Diploma in Animal Management allowing her to later complete her Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Writtle University College. During her four years there, she gained a particular interest in orthopaedic conditions in both canine and equine rehabilitation. Katie finds it of high importance to ensure she is always learning the best approaches to veterinary physiotherapy so she attends many CPD’s to keep on board with the regulations of RAMP and NAVP registers.

Harriet Birdsey

Veterinary Physiotherapist

BSc (Hons) Adv Cert Vet Phys MIRVAP

Harriet graduated from Hartpury College in 2014 with a degree in Equine Management (BSc Hons). She then went on to complete the ‘Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training Course’ accredited by Middlesex University. Graduating from this in 2016, she became fully qualified veterinary physiotherapist and a member of IRVAP, joining our team in September 2016.

Tom Day

Veterinary Physiotherapist

MVetPhys RAMP

Tom recently graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Writtle University College. In his four years here, he honed in his skills in identifying and treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological issues in both horses and dogs. He also spent time rehabilitating a wide range of dogs, from house hold pets, to working police dogs. On completion of his masters, Tom became a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal practitioners (RAMP) and the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).

Jennifer Lucas

Veterinary Physiotherapist

BSc Hons Adv Cert Vet Phys MIRVAP AHPR

Jennifer has always had an interest in animals and gained a First Class BSc(Hons) in Animal Biology in 2014. Jennifer’s dissertation focused on the kinematics involved when agility dogs jump over hurdles and it was this study that sparked her interest in canine kinematics, injury and rehabilitation. From this, Jennifer went on to complete her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy through CEP Training in 2017. She is currently undertaking a Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy. Jennifer is a member of IRVAP and is registered on the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR).

Raquel Amils

Vet

LV PgCertVBM CertAVP TP Ortho MRCVS Vet Phys

Raquel qualified in veterinary medicine in Spain in 2000 and since then, has trained in a variety of countries including; Germany, Austria and North America. Raquel's international physiotherapy training includes Tennessee University, Tennessee, USA The Animal medical centre in Ohio, USA Munich University, Germany Raquel is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, having spent the past 5 years as head orthopaedic surgeon and partner for one of SE England's leading 24hr Veterinary hospitals, an internship with Fitzpatrick Referrals, under Noel Fitzpatrick, (one of the best, most innovative and recognised orthopaedic surgeons in the world), and many years experience is canine physiotherapy, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine practice across Germany and Spain

Jago Jackson

Veterinary Hydrotherapist

Jago studied as a Veterinary nurse from 2000 until 2011 - working mainly in the theatre/surgery aspect of practice. He enjoyed spending time in the operating theatre and assisting in surgery and gained knowledge on the different surgical approaches used in many of the patients we see today. Jago then worked at the RVC from 2011 as a Client Service Coordinator and helped set up the Ophthalmology service along with the coordination of the daily running of the clinic until joining Theravet in 2015. Jago has completed the Level 3 Certificate at Hawksmoor in Hydrotherapy and Treadmill Practice incorporating Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Conditions, Neurological and Orthopaedic Conditions, Emergency Animal First Aid and Water Management. Jago was recently awarded a pool hygiene certificate with a rating of "Outstanding" for his water quality management of the pool water at Theravet. In his spare time Jago enjoys dog walking with his Facebook group " The WolfPac" every Sunday and has 2 dogs Binky a chocolate lab and and Millie a JRT x Pug . He enjoys MTB riding and loves anything to do with technology and film making. He often puts this to good use with his underwater movement analysis of our patients!

Liz Hughes

Veterinary Physiotherapist

BSc(Hons) PG Dip MSc Vet Phys ACPAT Cat A

Liz qualified as a human physiotherapist in 2008 with a first class honours degree and worked for 4 years in the NHS before commencing a Masters in veterinary physiotherapy. After completing 2 years of theory and practical studies Liz qualified with merit and upgraded to an ACPAT category A physiotherapist. Liz continues to work as a human physiotherapist part time but joined Theravet in May 2015 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with animals. In her spare time Liz enjoys riding her horse which she has owned for 17 years, walking the family's 3 dogs and spending time with her family and friends. Liz also enjoys reading a good book and going to music concerts and festivals.

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