Wood Street

Veterinary Hospital

Care, Compassion and Commitment

Hydrotherapy unit- extended hours

We are very pleased to announce that since our hydrotherapy unit at Oakwood Vet Surgery in Radlett has proven so popular, we have now extended the hours and days available- please ring or email us for more details.

Hydrotherapy uses physical movement through water to promote recovery and rehabilitation. It can also aid weight loss, gain muscle mass, and support the well-being of your canine companion. 

The primary aim is to improve mobility. By having a tailored exercise plan for your pet, hydrotherapy can enable recovery from a wide range of conditions, improving muscle tone and  tissue repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues.

We have a team of hydrotherapists, three of whom who are also veterinary nurses, available to treat dogs from our own veterinary surgeries as well as those patients referred to us here. After a prolonged search for the best and most appropriate unit, we settled on a waterwalker (as seen on the right & in this short video)

When your pet is first referred for hydrotherapy, they will have a consultation with one of our hydrotherapists; they will examine your dog and decide on the most appropriate treatment regime for their specific needs. 

Do please contact the team if you have any queries - you can email us using reception@oakwoodvetsurgery.co.uk or hydro@woodstreetvethospital.co.uk

Our Hydrotherapists 


Abbie- I started work at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital in September 2014 when I began a 2 year placement as part of my nursing diploma. In August 2016 I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and was keen to stay at Wood Street to further my learning and knowledge. 
At home I have 2 bouncy labradors - Bella who is 4 and Kenny who is only 10 weeks old. I also have a cat who is equally as energetic. Growing up, my two passions in life were for swimming and animals, which was why when I got the opportunity to undertake the hydrotherapy course I was thrilled. I completed my Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy at Greyfriars in January 2017, and since then have been working in our hydrotherapy unit in Radlett, alongside continuing my work as a registered Veterinary nurse at Wood Street. 
In the future I hope to further my knowledge in rehabilitation and orthopaedics. 

Victoria is another qualified Hydrotherapists based at Oakwood Veterinary Surgery.

After a career in the Health and Fitness sector, Victoria wanted to pursue her passion for animals.

Combining this desire with her understanding of the importance of rehabilitation, Victoria decided to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy at Southcoast Hydrotherapy School and hasn't looked back since.

With two bouncy labradors (Ted and Alfie) at home, Victoria enjoys long walks with them in her spare time.

Victoria is also a keen sea kayaker and trampolinist.


I joined the Wood Street family  after qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014, and in 2016 completed the Level 3 certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy.

My main interests at work are orthopaedics, rehabilitation and nursing critical care patients.

At home I have 2 cats, Zeke - a 3year old sphynx who is my shadow and Obi - a naughty 2year old Devon Rex whose favourite game is fetch (he's definitely a dog trapped in a cats body!!).  

I am mainly based at Wood Street Vet Hospital in Barnet, but always look forward to my hydrotherapy day on a Friday.


Your Pet's Hydrotherapy Session

It’s really important that the patient feels calm and relaxed for therapy, so the hydrotherapist will usually allow them to roam freely around the area for a few minutes. This allows her to assess both gait and mobility, and discuss some relevant questions with the owners, such as the times of day when problems are most evident, or whether they have appeared to become nervous going up or down stairs.

We  keep an orthopaedic mattress in the area so the dog can lie comfortably if they need a rest during this time, and sometimes we can also perform some physiotherapy or a laser treatment here. Diet will also be discussed, and then all this information allows us to tailor the hydrotherapy plan precisely to suit your dog’s need. 

After the questions and assessment, it’s time to see how your dog will take to being in the tank. We usually go into the treadmill with them for their initial treatment, to help them feel more supported and less worried, and we encourage you to  stand where they can see you, to cheer them on and offer them more support. We use lots of toys and treats to help motivate them as well. The water is heated which helps increase blood flow, and we have doggy life jackets for when a dog requires additional support. After the session we help dry your dog & usually suggest you avoid going for a walk immediately after the session as a warm environment helps the muscles recover.
Your dog will be weighed at each visit and we also take muscle measurements. In most cases dogs come back every 7-10days, although some clients feel every 2 weeks is better for their pet, and we will make a suitable plan together.  

In many cases an initial course of 10 sessions (one each week) for 10 weeks followed by 1 session every month to maintain movement/flexibility is appropriate.

A huge range of conditions can benefit from this treatment; lots more information on the benefits of hydrotherapy can be found using the following links:-  






These video clips show just how easy the process is , and how much the dogs enjoy their sessions.....

Please do let us know if you would like to have a look at our facilities, or to speak with us about how a course of treatment can help your pet.

You can usually contact our hydro team via the Oakwood Vet Surgery on 01923 853573, or via hydro@woodstreetvethospital.co.uk


One of our clients / patients has written a lovely testimonial about her gorgeous GSD, Bonnie - you can read it HERE