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What is Veterinary Physiotherapy

Animal/veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy, which is carried out under veterinary referral. Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in animals.

The most common areas of treatment are:

  • Performance enhancement and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in the ridden horse and working or competition dog.
  • Post-operative rehabilitation for animals with orthopedic or neurological conditions.
  • Enhancement of quality of life in patients with degenerative conditions such as arthritis – slowing degeneration and treating compensatory muscle spasm.

In optimum conditions nature will heal an injury in a particular time span. However, for many reasons, these conditions are not always readily available. In these circumstances the injury will take longer to heal than nature intended or at worst may not heal at all. The aim of the physiotherapist is to optimize these conditions so that the body can heal the injury in its natural time span.

Physiotherapy is applied using:

  • Physiotherapeutic equipment
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Electrotherapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • The following are some of the conditions that can be helped by physiotherapy:
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Muscle spasm/strain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Tendons and ligaments injury
  • Spinal and neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Pre-operative strengthening
  • Optimize post-operative repair
  • Splints/Braces
  • Wound repair
  • Weight loss or management
  • Fitness and strengthening


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains awaken" - Anatole France

My passion for animals started at a very young age, for as long as i can remember. I use to bring dogs, cats, birds, butterflies, chameleons, whatever needed my help, home. No wonder my parents become grey at such a young age.

After school i completed my Honors degree in Business. I worked in marketing and advertising for two years, but knew i still wanted to work with animals. Packed my bags and kitten and off to Plettenbergbay i went. I studied at Equine-Librium for 5 years to become a Veterinary Physiotherapist.

Cape Town is where i call home. Straight off the bat in December 2016 i started my own mobile practice.
Currently i’m a “mom” of 5 four legged children, two border collies, a precious mutt and two cats.

Marisèl Janse van Noordwyk

Join me on this journey where compassion intertwines with expertise to make a profound impact on the lives of our beloved animal companions.

Hi there! I’m Tanri, and I’m delighted to offer you a glimpse into my world. In 2023, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Equine-Librium College, marking the beginning of my journey into the realm of animal care. However, my academic pursuits extend beyond this specialty, as I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Marine Biology from the esteemed University of Cape Town.

Since December 2023, I’ve been an devoted member of this dynamic team, channelling my passion and expertise to positively impact the lives of our animal companions. The intricacies of the animal kingdom on land and in the ocean have always captivated me, and my diverse educational background lends a unique perspective to their well-being.

At the heart of my journey is Chess, my Border Collie. More than just a pet, she is a cherished family member whose companionship enriches my life and deepens my understanding of the profound bond between humans and animals. Chess has undergone training in both Agility, Obedience, and tricks,  which has not only challenged us both and but has also imparted invaluable lessons.

While I value and enjoy working with a diverse range of animals, both exotic and domestic, both large and small, my passion lies particularly with working and sporting dogs. This special connection propels my commitment to providing specialised care. Beyond my academic accomplishments, I believe in the power of continuous learning and remaining current with latest advancements in Veterinary Physiotherapy. My objective is to blend knowledge with empathy, crafting tailored treatment plans that cater to the individual needs of each animal under my care.

Tanri de Lange


To provide the highest quality care to our patients while providing our clients with education and assistance in reducing pain in their animals.


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