Veterinary Physiotherapists are an essential member of the Veterinary Health Team and therapy intervention is a fundamental part of the normal veterinary care of an animal. Our clinic therapists are trained to evaluate a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal problems. Our main focus for evaluation and treatment are the equine, canine and feline species, but we have also successfully helped other companion animals and wildlife.
Veterinary Physiotherapy can assist in prevention, recovery and maintenance of injuries, trauma and pathology. The aim is to improve and promote quality of life, performance and physical potential.
Our competition and working animals greatly benefit from prevention of injury, recognition of early injury and maintenance throughout a season.
Therapy is also crucial for our canines and felines struggling with orthopaedic pathologies (e.g. hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cruciate disease etc) and those recovering from surgical interventions.
We use a variety of modalities including manual therapies, massage, myofascial release, Laser, Equissage, Bemer (Pulsed Magnetic Therapy), TENS, EMS, Faradic, Taping, Rehabilitation Exercises, Hydrotherapy and more.
Our goals of treatment include reducing pain, swelling, addressing muscle spasm, encouraging healing, improving range of movement, preventing secondary complications, enhancing/maintaining function and performance. We also help with owner education to assist with the home environment and exercise routines to further assist with recovery.
Please contact one of our therapists in your area for any further information or to arrange for a consultation.
Quote: ‘Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
Olivia has been around animals her whole life. She studied a 4-year full time course at Equinelibrium College in Veterinary, where she received many accolades. She completed her studies in 2017. She then moved to Scotland and worked in a very busy Canine and Equine practice before moving to Lancashire to join the largest canine rehabilitation centre in the North West of England. She has worked many interesting canine cases and even ones referred from the famous Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick.
After enduring the cold of the UK, she has decided to move back home to Cape Town and join our fabulous team.
Olivia loves her dog, Zana and her horse, Nazeela. You can often find competing her horse or going for beach walks with Zana.
She feels very fortunate to work with these amazing animals and strives to give them the highest quality of treatment. Olivia has worked with top competitive animals and has rehabilitated many complicated surgical procedures. Your pet is in the best of care in Olivia’s caring hands.
Mia graduated with distinction in 2019 from Equine-Librium college. As a young Veterinary Physiotherapist she is very passionate about what she does and ready to learn and grow! She strives to make a positive difference in the lives of the animals around her.
She has a special interest in post operative and sport injury rehabilitation!
In her free time she compete her horse Fame on lower level showjumping! Brooke her Jack Russell is her little shadow!
Jessica was born in Johannesburg, completed her Primary schooling in Plettenberg Bay and matriculated at St Dominic’s Priory, Port Elizabeth. Having been an animal lover from the get-go, finding a career that allowed her to work with animals on a daily basis was a no-brainer. Jess has managed to marry her interest in the medical world and her love for animals by completing the 4-year Veterinary Physiotherapy course offered at Equine-Librium College.
Having completed her studies in 2018, Jess is excited to start off her career in her home town of Port Elizabeth where she is running one of our Equine-Librium Therapy Clinics branches.
Tasmyn was born and raised in Bloemfontein and matriculated from Eunice in 2013. She had a vested love for animals from a young age and a special love for horses and dogs. Her passion for horses grew as she started competing in Show Jumping, Equitation and Showing Ring. She was fortunate in being able to train on many different horses, enabling her to develop a deeper understanding of their behaviour. A career in animas was a given and Equine-Librium College was a perfect fit!
During her studies, her passion for the equine and canine sport grew in seeing how fitness and function allows for optimal performance. Tasmyn is an asset to the Equine-Librium Therapy Clinics team. She is based in Bloemfontein, servicing the Free State and surrounding areas.
“Some people talk to animals, not many listen though.” – A.A. Milne
Jana was born and raised in Pretoria, Centurion. Her passion for horses started at a young age when she started riding competitively. She decided to pursue a career in animal physiotherapy and studied at Equine-Librium College. She made her mark at the college by graduating with a distinction, earning her a spot as one of the top students in her year of study. Jana enjoys working with both canine and equine patients and holds particular interest in canine surgical and equine sports related cases. She prides herself in her ability to work with owners and patients to achieve their particular athletic, professional or post-surgical goals. With her dedication, knowledge and hard-working personality, Jana is an asset to our clinic in Kyalami.
“I have known Jana for some 10 years now. Jana has natural leadership skills, coupled with a logic and a sharp mind. She is totally dependable and trustworthy. Jana is friendly and confident as well as gentle and loving and endeavours herself to all without discrimination, be it human or animal.” – Sigrid Sauter (Skara Brae Equestrian)
Alma grew up in Polokwane where she discovered her passion for horses and riding, which added to her love of and desire to care for all animals. After matriculating in 2009, Alma went to study BSc(Agric) Animal Science at the University of Pretoria, with an end goal of pursuing a career in the field of animal physiotherapy in mind. On completion of her degree at Tuks in 2013, she went on to study at Equine-Librium College where she completed the course with distinction in 2017.
She truly has a passion for aiding in the well being of animals and to help them live healthy, happy and abundant lives, be it with rehabilitation after injury or surgery, maintaining an athlete in top performance or keeping your old friend comfortable and pain free. Alma Strives to put her heart into everything she does and to always keep on learning and expanding her knowledge and skills, so she can provide the best service and care to help her clients and their loved ones.
“It’s the job as never started that takes the longest to finish” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Ceileigh grew up in Durban and matriculated from Crawford North Coast in 2011. Having always been a sports enthusiast and animal lover, it seemed an obvious choice for Ceileigh to pursue a career that embodied both passions.
After matriculating, Ceileigh spent some time on a stud farm to study equine behaviour and natural horsemanship. Being passionate about sport (and having trained and competed at high levels of competition martial arts) and through her studies at Equine-Librium College, Ceileigh feels that she truly understands the need of an athlete and is able to assist animal athletes to achieve an optimum level of performance. She is a passionate driven and hardworking person and always gives 110% of herself in everything that she does.
Paige joined the Equine-Librium team in 2019 after completing her studies at the college in 2018. In 2014 she took a gap year to work and ride at a stud farm in Germany, gaining valuable experience and insight into the European equine industry.
She has ridden and owned horses, dogs and cats all her life, leading her to pursue an animal-related career. After considering various options, she decided on veterinary therapy, and began her studies at Equine-Librium College. During this time, she completed a saddle-fitting qualification in France, as well as the two day and five-day Masterson method courses.
She has a passion for working with animals and loves the fulfilment that comes with this exciting new profession.
Her main interests lie in high performance horses – being a competitive rider herself – as well as post-operative rehabilitation for both small animals and horses.
Sport Scientist & Animal Physical Rehab Therapist, Equine Craniosacral Therapist
Ronel van der Sijde worked as an equine physical and rehabilitation therapist since 1990.
She studied Sport Science at the University of Pretoria and after that worked on rehabilitation of human sports injuries. She did a variety of post graduate training in animal physiotherapy but very soon focused on equines as her greatest interest. Especially therapy, conditioning and maintenance of sport horses.
Ronel founded Equine-Librium in 2007 and was instrumental in building it up to what it is today. Currently Ronel is the CEO of Equine-Librium and spends her time taking part in all the different facets of Equine-Librium, helping to develop and grow the industry.
Ronel: “It is an honor to be part of a team who not only have phenomenal qualifications and experience, but shares a passion for animals and students!
A team with an insatiable hunger to keep learning as much as possible.
A team fascinated with young minds and committed to teach and shape these minds.
A team committed to make a positive difference by training professionals for the future.”
Ronel lives in Plettenberg Bay with her husband, three rescue dogs and a Border collie, seven rescue cats and four of her own horses plus more or less fifty other horses. All loved and adored to bits!