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 qualified as a hydrotherapist  (R.C.H.) in March 2017. She 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 an information pack.


Our clients say it best
  • I was recommended to go along to Aquavets by my vets after my 11 year old dog Asta was diagnosed with lumba spondylosis. She has had several weekly sessions in the hydro pool and we have seen a great improvement with her movement and she is in alot less pain. The staff are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I have also used the physiotherapist at the unit and she has been very good with Asta, we have treatments every two weeks and have been shown threatments that we can do ourselves at home. Again this treatment has really helped Asta with her movement and pain. I would highly recommend Aquavets and all their treatments. If it was not for their work Asta would have had to have an operation. They are very friendly and make everyone feel so welcome. –Deborah Baggaley

  • bracken was only a few months old when his hip problem was diagnoised.He had stopped walking at times could not stand without help.Since having hydro at aquavet he walks runs on the beach playing ball swims in the sea. He does not need any pain relief his life is so much better. He is now a happy one year old Boarder Collie –Casterton


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