Hartpury College

Canine Hydrotherapy

Hartpury welcomes lots of four-legged friends on to campus after installing a hydrotherapy pool in partnership with Cotswold Dog Spa.

Hartpury graduate and owner Tessa Lewis has relocated her business to the college from Winchcombe and will utilise facilities already in place on campus such as the underwater treadmill.

"I forged a great relationship with Hartpury after running some independent sessions for students studying on animal-related degree courses,” says Tess. “Part of our move to Hartpury College is to enable the students to see the work that we do and come in contact with dogs undergoing rehabilitation, as well as a working business.

“It was a great opportunity to work together and students can benefit from work experience with me, while I get to utilise their skills to help with my client sessions.”

Tessa completed an honours degree in Animal Science at Hartpury. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted after graduating but after watching a programme about hydrotherapy, I started to research it as a career. The response has been great and having completed my degree at Hartpury as well, it’s great to now be able to pass on my knowledge to other students.”

The canine hydrotherapy unit caters for dogs in rehabilitation after an operation or injury. Treatments are tailored to the dog’s needs and Tessa works alongside physiotherapists, vets and massage therapists to achieve the best outcome for their recovery.

Tace Allen-Hunt brings her 11-year old cross breed Oakley to sessions in the pool after spinal surgery and tearing the ligaments in his left wrist. “I’ve been coming to Tess for 3 years now and she has done wonders with Oakley,” she says.

“The facilities at Hartpury are fantastic, second to none. It’s laid out really well for the dog’s needs and the students are always keen to learn more and are very helpful.”

Third year student Katie Oliver is studying Animal Behaviour and Welfare and said: “The course is great and has covered everything I could possibly need to know about animal welfare. Volunteering with Tessa has also given me valuable work experience and has also been so much fun.

“I hope to pursue a career as a pet behaviour counsellor when I graduate so the opportunities I have had will definitely help me in the future.”

For more information, please contact Tessa Lewis on 01452 702177