More about the people who work at Aquavet

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Lisa Dobson - R.C.H. R.G.N. Advanced underwater treadmill.

Aquavet owner

Lisa's background is in human nursing with orthopaedic experience. She qualified as a nurse in 1982 and qualified from further nurse training in 1988. After moving to the area in 1989, she worked as an occupational health nurse for British Steel. It was here that she met her husband Michael.

Lisa took a career break to bring up two children, Hannah and Arran. It was during this time that she took up Dog training gaining many certificates in different levels of Canine obedience, from puppy to advanced. She also studied and attained teaching qualifications.

Once Lisa's children had reached secondary school age, she decided she needed a new challenge in her life. She qualified as a Hydrotherapist and took over Aquavet in 2010, where she had worked tirelessly to expand the business and build a trusted team in order to lead the way in Canine rehabilitation.

The next step will be to offer training to those wishing to have a career in Hydrotherapy. Combining her love of dogs with her knowledge and skills in working with Dogs as well as her medical background.

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Nicole Ashman - Diploma Animal Management

Hydrotherapy Assistant

I've worked at Aquavet for just over 3 years as a Hydrotherapy assistant.

I studied Animal management level 3 at Doncaster college and Horse management level 3 at Bishop Burton college.

My hobbies include Horse riding and competing at Flyball competitions with my Staffy Lilly-pad.

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Becky Matthews - Degree Animal Biology. R.C.H.

Hydrotherapist. R.C.H

Becky studied at Nottingham Trent University to obtain her Degree in Animal Biology. She too has a passion for animals and works hard to put both our clients and their pets at ease. Becky is a real favourite with our dogs because of her compassion and gentle handling.

Becky came to Aquavet in 2014 as a Hydrotherapy Assistant and fully qualified as a Hydrotherapist  (R.C.H.) in March 2017. She is awaiting to gain her advanced treadmill qualification very soon.

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Anne Sharpe -

Administration Assistant / Right hand woman

Anne's bio to follow...


Give us a call - 0114 258 3221

If you need more information about how we can help with your Dog, please get in touch. We welcome a 'phone call and are more than happy to answer your questions. You can also email us or download information forms HERE .


Our clients say it best
  • After losing my 9 year old old English sheepdog this week to cancer I felt appropriate that I thank the wonderful staff at Aquavet for their care and expertise. I decided to take Missie to Aquavet after a referral from her vets after trying to maintain the pain in her arthritis. This is a condition that missie has endured even through her young years due to unnecessary docking. We had a session every fortnight for 3 years. The improvement was steady but certainly noticed ! Missie was not a confident dog in water but soon got to know and like the staff and dare I say even got to like her visits ! The staff made our trips good fun , informative and run perfectly ! I would 100% recommend the treatment and Aquavet. Thank you Aquavet. Will miss our sessions. –Rebecca Gunner

  • I have been taking my dog, Molly, to Aquavet for over 3 years now... Her prognosis wasn't good but regular treadmill sessions have given her a quality of life we couldn't have hoped for. She can still climb stairs and walk for an hour in the park...thank you for all your help and support. –Liz France White


Fully qualified and experienced Canine Hydrotherapist
registered with the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists

Lisa Dobson - Aquavet owner
is a fully qualified and experienced Canine Hydrotherapist and registered with the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists