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Our Team

Our team is made up of highly experienced practitioners who are all actively working within the industry, or in supporting professional roles


Our people hold regulated and approved qualifications at Level 6 Equivalent, Degree, Post-Graduate and Masters level, not only in Veterinary Physiotherapy, but also in related fields such as Animal Chiropractic, Business, Management and Coaching.

Alongside qualifications and experience in Veterinary Physiotherapy, our team also hold qualifications in Veterinary Education, Education and Training, and Quality Assurance.

This ensures that you will be taught by people with excellent qualifications, extensive experience, and exceptional knowledge.

Wendy Vaughan
Director and Tutor


Wendy leads the Academy, overseeing the day to day running, alongside active involvement with learners. 

Alongside Animal Physiotherapy, she has a Diploma in McTimoney-Corley Animal Manipulation, a human sports massage qualification and has trained in various other complementary therapies.

Wendy is registered with both the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and with the Animal Health Practitioners Register (AHPR), she is a member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary Physiotherapists (IRVAP MT) and is an FEI Permitted Therapist.  Wendy has many years’ experience working as a veterinary physiotherapist and runs her own successful practice.

Wendy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education from the Royal Veterinary College, and has several years teaching experience, having helped many students to achieve their goals. 

Prior to becoming a Veterinary Physiotherapist, Wendy had a successful career in business and has vast experience in coaching and people development, enabling people to reach their potential.  Her passion for educating the next generation of veterinary physiotherapists has led her to establish the Academy of Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Wendy rides at amateur level and has a dog named Hank, who has taught her a great deal about canine physiotherapy!

Claire Warman

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Claire is a successful and well-established Veterinary Physiotherapist and McTimoney Animal Practitioner. 

Fairly uniquely, Claire holds Level 7 qualifications in both Veterinary Physiotherapy and McTimoney Animal Chiropractic and has nearly 20 years’ experience working with horses, dogs, and the occasional cow or even reindeer! 

Claire is registered with the Animal Health Practitioners Register (AHPR) and is a member of both the McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) and the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). 

Claire runs a busy and well-regarded practice in Wiltshire.

Sophie Dyke




Sophie graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Science in 2014 and went on to obtain a MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Writtle College University in 2017.

Sophie set up her business ‘Wiltshire Veterinary Physiotherapy’, where she works with dogs, cats, and other small animals. She joined a specialist small animal veterinary referral centre in early 2021 where she worked alongside her own successful practice. 

Sophie is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). 

She loves her job and has a particular interest in canine osteoarthritis and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Outside of work, she enjoys playing netball and walking her dog Lola the Labrador.

Julian Wain
Tutor and Veterinary Lead




We are proud to have Dr Julian Wain BVSc CertAVP (Equine Orthopaedic Surgery) MRCVS as our veterinary advisor. 

Julian is an extremely experienced vet with a highly developed specialism in orthopaedics and lameness evaluation.  He has a particular interest in the management of performance horses, but also has experience as a small animal vet. Julian also practices veterinary acupuncture. 

Julian is actively involved in teaching and coaching, bringing his expertise and veterinary perspective to the Academy.

Simon Blake
Tutor and Personal Development Lead





We are very fortunate to have input and support from Simon Blake as part of the team. 

Simon is a trainer, facilitator and executive coach with experience working in the health, wellbeing and personal development field for over 25 years. He is Chief Executive of the social enterprise Mental Health First Aid England. He competes at Grassroots Eventing with his horse Boris (pictured below in action!) and we will never be forgiven if we don't mention his much-adored dog Doll!  Simon is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Welfare and Performance at Hartpury University.   Simon leads the personal development and wellbeing aspects of the course.

Kelly Appelby




Kelly left a career as a classical musician and Mmus Musicologist to pursue her passion for animal rehabilitation and physical health. She completed a Diploma in Equine Sports Massage before gaining a Diploma in Equine Physiotherapy. This allowed Kelly to go on a complete her Masters (MSc) in McTimoney Animal Chiropractic, treating all animals but specifically horses and dogs. She has recently taken her skills further by completing the Advanced McTimoney Animal qualification and continues to further her professional development with a variety of CPD. Kelly also has a passion for riding competitively and continues to ride for racehorse trainer Michael Blake, but she enjoys nothing more than travelling around the West Country treating animals with her two dogs Daisy and Wyn in the car for company. 

Bryony Pollitt
Offce Manager




Having previously worked in nursing for 7 years, Bryony holds a BSc qualification in adult nursing, and also briefly worked in veterinary nursing, as a vet nurse assistant. Bryony has many years’ experience working with top competition horses, combining her nursing skills with a love of animals. Bryony has two horses, a Shetland, a dog and a cat.

Grace Nattrass
External Examiner/Moderator





Grace Nattrass is the vice-chair of the Institute of Registered Veterinary Physiotherapists (IRVAP), chair of the Institute of Equine Hydrotherapists (IEH ) and company Director of VetHed. Graduating from Nottingham Vet School as an animal physiotherapist in 2012, Grace now lectures at Hartpury University alongside her roles developing equine hydrotherapy education pathways and contributing to the development and growth of her professional body.

Sophie Gregory
Quality Manager

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Sophie Gregory holds a Masters in Equine Science, is a List 5 British Dressage Judge, is qualified to BHSITT, Intermediate Stable Manager, Stage 4 dressage and UKCC Level 2 and is a BHS Accredited Professional Coach. 

Sophie is also working towards a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.  Sophie is our Internal Quality Manager, ensuring that we deliver what we promise to the highest possible standards. 

Sophie competes at Medium/Advanced level in dressage and has a labrador named Bear.

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