Julia Hewitson treats human and animal patients and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at Kings College Hospital in London. After qualifying, she worked in London and then the West Suffolk Hospital where she was a senior physiotherapist in hydrotherapy & rehabilitation and then head of physiotherapy at the WSH Group Hospitals in Sudbury. After taking a year to work and travel Julia settled in Durban, South Africa in 1983 and worked in human private practice until 1989. Julia then established and ran her own human practice. In 1999 she combined her two passions of physiotherapy and love of animals by extending her training and practice in KwaZulu-Natal to incorporate animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The first of its kind in the province, the animal practice also included a heated hydrotherapy pool for the treatment of dogs recovering from injury or surgery or coping with chronic mobility problems.
In 2014, Julia and her family returned to live and work in the UK. Her practice is based in the Sudbury, Suffolk area. There is a small animal practice in Bulmer and stable yard/farm visits are arranged for the treatment of large animals (horses, donkeys, farm animals).
Julia works closely with the veterinary profession as well as with other professionals, including veterinary practitioners in homeopathy and acupuncture, orthotic practitioners, animal trainers and behaviour specialists, riding instructors, equine dentists, farriers and saddle fitters.
Presentations given by Julia on Animal Physiotherapy
- SAVA Complimentary Veterinary Medicine Group Conference 2008 – Physiotherapy and the Elderly Canine Patient
- SASP Congress 2007 – The Role and Relevance of Physiotherapy in Animal Rehabilitation
- Veterinary Nurse Conference 2005 – Animal Physiotherapy
- Expo at WODAC and SA Agility Dog Championships
- SPCA Open Day
- Various dog clubs and animal interest groups
She has regularly written articles for various South African publications including Pet’s Health Magazine, SA Pet Friendly Directory and veterinary practice newsletters – see articles.
Julia has held various committee positions within the SA Society of Physiotherapy for the past 25 years, is a past chairman of the Animal Physiotherapy Group of SA and has had an active role within these organisations.