Ethical & legal compliance

Cochrane Physiotherapy is fully dedicated to practicing and promoting high ethical and professional standards within our own practice and throughout the physiotherapy industry in Scotland.

Whilst your dog is with us, you can be reassured that the handling of your animal will be done with the utmost respect and consideration to their age, condition and nature.  The more you tell us about them, the better equipped we can be to ensure you both have the best experience.  During treatment sessions, we only practice positive reinforcement techniques if any specific training is required in order to carry out movements for treatment purposes.  Additionally, the veterinary physiotherapist is fully trained to know when your pet is showing even the most subtle signs of stress or tiredness, having completed additional qualifications in animal behaviour and body language and is also a qualified first aider.

We fully adhere to and are compliant with the Animal Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 ensuring that the welfare of your animal is our upmost priority during your visit and we take our duty of care very seriously.  This also applies to all the other animals we come into contact with, so please ensure you let us know BEFORE your appointment if your animal has been unwell with coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhoea within the past 48 hours, to reduce the risk of communicable diseases spreading. 

Please note - the registered owner of an animal is fully responsible for the behaviour of themselves, their dog and any event that should arise as a result of the actions of said animal, at all times. The animal is not the responsibility of the veterinary physiotherapist.

Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) and Exemptions Order (1962) it is illegal for anyone to treat any animal in the UK without prior Veterinarian consultation and resulting consent for physiotherapy referral.  The form below, alongside the owner disclaimer, MUST be completed prior to any visit. 

REMEMBER - If a completed form is not received prior to your appointment, we legally cannot asses or treat your dog.

Cochrane Physiotherapy is fully GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation) compliant and will not sell or share your details to other organisations or use your information maliciously in any way.  Any information or videos about you or your dog will be digitally stored on a password protected device and your consent will be obtained before any personalised information is posted on social media.  We operate within a fully transparent, ethical code of practice and you will receive a detailed report following your appointments outlining what was discussed and can view your dogs file at any time.