About Your Therapist

Cotswold Animal Therapy is run by Rachael McCooey, a Veterinary Physiotherapist, Veterinary Nurse, and human Sports Massage therapist.

Having started Veterinary Nursing in an equine practice in 2005, Rachael graduated from Hartpury College as a small animal RVN in 2008, subsequently topping up to a full BSc, and has been registered with the RCVS ever since. Over the following 8 years, she went on to study further qualifications, becoming an assessor of student veterinary nurses, and an internal verifier for Veterinary Nursing.

In 2015, Rachael was awarded the ESVPS Certificate in Anaesthesia, and now appears on the ESVPS register of certificate holders. In studying for this certificate, a huge amount of time was spent studying pain pathways, pain control, the physiological effects of pain, the wound healing process on a cellular level, and the effects that Veterinary drugs have on patients.

In 2017, Rachael decided that it was time to further that study on pain and healing, having realised that rehabilitation of patients as important as the surgery itself when looking to achieve a good outcome. This led to her achieving a post-graduate Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy.

Twelve years of veterinary nursing, rehabilitating patients, and further academic study have given Rachael a huge amount of experience, as well as a unique and in-depth understanding of common conditions gained by having spent so much time in theatre assisting with orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. This experience has proved invaluable in her role as a physiotherapist.

Rachael retains a role as a locum RVN with the local Veterinary emergency service, as well as seeing  canine, and small animal clients at her Physiotherapy studio in the Cotswolds.

Rachael has also studied the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage (and is currently enrolled on the Leve 4 course), and from March 2020 will be offering human sports massage and laser therapy alongside the animal services she offers.

She has developed a particular passion for using Class IV laser therapy as part of the physiotherapy and rehabilitation of human and animal patients. Rachael can also often be found training veterinary nurses, veterinary physiotherapists and other rehabilitation practitioners  on the use of Lasers, Stance Analysers and other rehabilitation equipment as she also does some work as a Product Specialist for Companion Animal Health/Litecure.

As an animal owner herself, Rachael realises how much we all love our horses, dogs and small animals, and so has kept all physio and laser therapy fees affordable – she is passionate about providing the best care for patients and believes that physiotherapy should be something that is available to all pet owners. As a member of IAAT, RAMP, and the RCVS, Rachael always works under veterinary referral, and likes to ensure that she works closely with your vet to achieve the best outcome for your animal.

Please do feel free to get in touch.