Here at Cotswold Dog Spa, all of our staff are registered with professional bodies (CHA, IRVAP, RAMP, NAVP), abiding by their codes of conduct to ensure safe and professional treatment of your animals. As members of various professional bodies, our staff undertake regular continued professional development (CPD) to further explore our individual interestests within the veterinary industry, as well as expand therapeautic skills and remain up to date with the latest research and techniques within the veterinary industry.
Owner, Veterinary Physiotherapist and Canine Hydrotherapist
(BSc, PGCert, MIRVAP, MCHA, RAMP Reg)
Tessa started Cotswold Dog Spa in 2006 doing mobile dog grooming, and after qualifying as a canine hydrotherapist in 2006 she progressed the business into canine rehabilitation. Her focus on individual care for the animals she is treating and keeping up with advances in the industry has pushed the business to success. Tessa's experience has taught her a wealth of techniques which she has further developed since graduating from her Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Rehabilitation at Nottingham University in 2015. Tessa is a member of IRVAP, RAMP and CHA, and continues to develop her career undertaking annual continued professional development, with a keen interest in therapeutic handling & massage.
Tessa has a 6 month old Wire-Haired Vizsla, Fern, as well as two small people. On the rare occasion she gets time to herself she likes to relax with a hot coffee!
Practice Manager, Veterinary Physiotherapist and Canine Hydrotherapist
(BSc (Hons), AdvCertVPhys, MSc, MIRVAP, MCHA, RAMP Reg)
Zoe began her time with us as a student volunteer in Summer 2013 and then completed the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy. Since graduating from her degree in Bioveterinary Science in 2015, Zoe has further developed her career by completing an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and has gone on to complete a MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2021.
Zoe enjoys pushing her limits, having completed the South West Tough Mudder 2015, 4 skydives and 4 bungee jumps. She also enjoys the outdoors with her little boy and 3 year old Labrador, John.
Advanced Canine Hydrotherapist
(BSc (Hons), L5DipHydroSA, MCHA)
Charlotte was a long standing student volunteer with us for 18 months from spring 2015 whilst completing her degree in Bioveterinary Science. Since graduating from her degree with First Class Honours in 2016. Charlotte has gone on to complete the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, and has further developed her knowledge and skills within the industry by completeing the Level 5 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy.
Charlotte enjoys baking for her family, including a variety of dishes for her Springer x Whippet, Monty, and Working Cocker Spaniel, Herbert.
Veterinary Physiotherapist and Canine Hydrotherapist
(BSc (Hons), MIRVAP, MCHA)
Chloe has always had an interest in hydrotherapy, completing her placement year in a hydrotherapy centre as well as undertaking a work experience placement with us in 2016 whilst completing her undergraduate degree.
Chloe graduated from her BSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2018, and further expanded her knowledge within canine hydrotherapy completing her ABC Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy in 2019.
Chloe enjoys staying active, completing in cross country events with her horse Dixie, and cani-cross with Maple, her 2 year old cross breed.
Veterinary Physiotherapist and Canine Hydrotherapist
(BSc (Hons), AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP)
Grace began working with us in 2010, assisting Tessa when CDS was a mobile dog grooming business too! Since completing her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy Grace has had a successful career treating both dogs and horses predominantly.
Grace has also worked on the Council for the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP), becoming Chair between 2014-2016.
Grace took a few years out in 2016 to start a family and has since re-joined the team in 2020. As well as chasing round a toddler, she fosters sighthounds for the Forever Hounds Trust, has 5 chickens including a rescued cockerel and avoids cooking at all costs!
(BSc (Hons), PGDip, MIRVAP)
Sam graduated from Coventry University with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Training before completing her PgDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2020 from Nottingham University. She is hoping to complete her MSc in 2021-2022.
In her spare time, Sam enjoys competing
and training with her dogs, having competed in agility since she was 16 with her Shetland Sheepdogs who are now six and ten
years old. Both dogs are Grade 7 and have competed at Crufts, winning the team
event in 2016 and runner up in 2018. Sam has competed abroad on numerous
occasions, representing Great Britain with both her dogs, winning a bronze medal
with her younger dog in Spain, 2019.
(BSc (Hons), MIRVAP)
Amy graduated from Harper Adams University in 2020 with a First Class Honours degree. Whilst studying, Amy completed a placement at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals where she developed a passion for orthopaedic and neurological cases. Amy plans to focus her Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on this, over the coming years and has started her Level 1 in Canine Arthritis Management.
Amy has an 11 year old cat called Amba and in her spare time enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.
As we are based at Hartpury University Centre, we have many students with us for work experience from a variety of animal courses, as well as running a number of teaching demonstrations throughout the academic year. All of our staff members are graduates from Hartpury, and therefore understand the value of work experience as it all led us to our current careers. We enjoy our mentoring role with these students and teaching them about canine rehabilitation.
Rest assured, your dogs temperament and condition, and the students capability, will be taken into account before any student moves on from observing, and they will not be left alone with your animal.