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Location: Consulting at San Remo, Vic and mobile to West Gippsland and SE Melbourne


Paula Davidson's Physiotherapy career has included both human and animal Physiotherapy, but now Paula has decided to devote her work time entirely to animals, in particular dogs. She offers her services "pro bono" for injured wildlife.

In 2010 -12, Paula Chaired the Animal Physiotherapy Group (Victoria) National Interest Group and organized  and ran the first Accredited Course on Canine Topographical Anatomy for fellow Physiotherapists. Paula also organized the first Professional Development events for Animal Physiotherapy in Victoria. It was a rewarding time and an opportunity to give back to her profession.

Paula has presented papers at Australian Physiotherapy Association(APA) and Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)Conferences, and has had papers published in those respected Associations peer reviewed Journals. Paula has also lectured on numerous Postgraduate Physiotherapy courses up to Masters Level, supervising students in her own Private Practice, pro bono. She has also completed numerous Post Graduate Physiotherapy Courses herself. Paula has a strong belief in continuing to learn and in helping others to do the same.

In 2006, Paula completed a Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland. A Deans Commendation was awarded to her for her work. Cathy McGowan, world renowned Vet and Educator, ran this Masters Course, with Olympic Equine Physio Narelle Stubbs as Senior Lecturer.



Paula has been working with animal patients since 2004, seeing dogs, cats and horses all over Melbourne and into country Victoria.  

Why Animal Physio?

Physiotherapy is a well accepted form of treatment in the human world and has been widely used with animals in USA, Europe  and England, before coming to Australia in the last 15-20  years. 

There is evidenced based Research that shows that Physiotherapy enhances recovery of animals from injury and surgery. It can lessen pain, increase mobility and strength and improve the rate and completeness of return to normal function.

Dogs can get around amazingly well on 3 legs(we've all seen dogs with amputations manage),, but it creates problems of overloading the good legs, spinal scoliosis and spinal pain and neglect of the injured leg.

Getting dogs to weight bear evenly and quickly, is a prime aim of Animal Physiotherapy. It is essential to preventing compensatory problems from developing.

Empowering owners to help their own animals is important. Teaching owners how to carry on progressive Physio sessions for their own animals is essential, as the owners can carry out the treatments on a daily basis, when, realistically, the Physio can only treat the animal once a week or so, at best.




What do we see?
All Animal Physio is interested in seeing any musculoskeletal or neurological problems in animals, but  likes to work with Vets for best animal practice.

Having always had dogs herself and coming from a family that bred and raced Whippets and Greyhounds, Paula has strong bonds with man’s best friend. Paula is now the lucky owner of 2 Labradors that she  enjoys Showing and competing with, in Retrieving Trials.

This involvement in the dog world, on a personal level, helps Paula to understand owners’ needs and feelings. This empathy is important in setting up canine treatment programs, as, in the real world, it is the owners who carry out most of their dog’s Physio at home.  Clear communication with dog owners is a very important part of the Physio program’s success. This takes time and owners should allow an hour for a consultation.

Offering a mobile service in West Gippsland and SE Melbourne meets many owners needs, but obviously costs more than bringing the dog into San Remo for Consultation.

Consultation Fee:

$75 incl GST  for  Rooms Consultation 

$100 incl.GST for  Home Visits

Travel costs may be additional depending on your location.


Paula treating a patient on a Swiss Ball















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