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  - Chartered Physiotherapist
- Registered with HPCSA      (Health Professions Council of South Africa)
- Member of SASP      (South African Society of Physiotherapy)
- Member of APGSA      (Animal Physiotherapy Group of South Africa)
- Professional Public Liability Insurance Cover


Julia Hewitson treats human and animal patients and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at Kings College Hospital in London. After qualifying, she worked at Mayday Hospital in London and then the West Suffolk & Group Hospitals where she headed the hydrotherapy & rehabilitation unit and the geriatric patient department. After moving to Durban in 1983 she worked in human private practice for Sheila Blackwood and Joyce Morton until 1989, when she established and ran her own human practice for ten years. In 1999 she combined her two passions of physiotherapy and love of animals by extending her practice in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal, to incorporate an animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation

  practice where she now also applies her knowledge and skills to the treatment of small animals and horses. The first of its kind in the province, the animal practice includes a heated hydrotherapy pool for the treatment of dogs recovering from injury or surgery or coping with chronic mobility problems.

Qualifications & Experience

Her clinical background and experience includes orthopaedics and manipulative therapy, neurology, intensive care, spinal conditions, cardio-pulmonary conditions and sports injuries. Her areas of special interest include the treatment of the spine and the rehabilitation of neurological and orthopaedic conditions, including hydrotherapy.

She works closely with the veterinary profession, often in cases of post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as with other professionals, including veterinary practitioners in homeopathy and acupuncture, orthotic practitioners, animal trainers and behaviour specialists, equine dentists, farriers and saddle fitters.

Julia has completed and attended a number of post graduate human and animal physiotherapy courses and workshops, including courses presented by international lecturers as outlined below.

Human Physiotherapy

  • Hospital Management Course - U.K.
  • Orthopaedic Medicine: Manipulative Therapy (London) by Dr James Cyriax Ė U.K.
  • Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT1)
  • Neuro-developmental Therapy
  • Geriatric Physiotherapy
  • Dry needling
  • Acupuncture
  • First Aid
  • Sports injuries
  • Connective Tissue Massage
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Ultimate Taping Techniques

Animal Physiotherapy

  • Advanced Professional Level 2 Equine Physiotherapy Course 2009/2010
    (Eighty hours with course assignments, theory and practical examination.)
    (Lecturers include Amanda Sutton, Animal Physiotherapist, United Kingdom.)
  • APGSA Advanced Canine Physiotherapy Course by Laurie Edge Hughes (Canine Physiotherapist, international lecturer and author, Canada) - 2007
  • Equine Physiotherapy Course by Narelle Stubbs (Animal Physiotherapist, Australia) - 2003
  • APGSA Animal Physiotherapy Conferences/Workshops - 1997 to 2006
  • Equine Sports Massage Course - 2002
  • T-Touch Canine and Equine workshops - 2008

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 regularly writes articles for various publications including Petís 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 an active role within these organisations.

Julia is married and has two children. She rides her own thoroughbred mare, Gypsy and has two Labradors and a Maltese poodle cross.

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