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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Loren Pearson - R.C.H

NARCH Registered Canine Hydrotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist

Hi my name is Loren I Joined Aquavet in 2019 following my recent graduation as a Masters qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist and Canine Hydrotherapist.

Having grown up on my grandads farm I have a passion for all animals, but I now spend most of my time surrounded by lots of horses and dogs!!

I Love being in the saddle and riding in my spare time and exploring all kinds of new walks with my two rescue Puggles Iggle and Finley.

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Joanne Swallow - R.C.H, RVN

NARCH Registered Canine Hydrotherapist

Joanne Swallow recently started with us in October 2020 as a NARCH Registered Canine Hydrotherapist.

Prior to working for us Joanne has had an interesting and varied career, as a Senior Forensic Scientist and then Histologist, before her love of animals lead to her to becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016. Joanne still holds her nursing registration, which is excellent for us because, we can now offer Nutritional Advice including weight management; Nail clips, Anal gland expression, dental checks etc.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys cycling, or spinning when the weather is bad, and loves taking her two Weimaraner’s on long walks.

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Anne Sharpe -

Administration Assistant / Right hand woman

Bio to follow...

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Kirsty Bannister - . RVN (Registered Vet Nurse.)

Hydrotherapy Assistant.


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
  • hi to all of you at aquavets .Thank you so much for your kind words with reguards leo our very lively lab. he will be missed by us all .He was so lovable to everybody he met in his life . we are finding it very hard to adjust to life without him. thank you again for all the fun he had in your care . love janet,john,emily,julia x –Janet Phillips

  • Aquavets was life changing for Bernard (then aged 11)and for us. Bernard was losing all feeling in his legs and was becoming visibly depressed; being able to swim and chase his ball in the water gave him a new lease of life. He could walk further and was clearly a happier dog. He LOVED going to aquavets and so did I. The staff were so friendly and understanding. Bernard was nearly 13 when he passed away and I am sure the 2 years we attended the hydrotherapy sessions were invaluable in maintaining and improving his quality of life. He had acute spondolosis of the spine and severe arthritis which limited his movements, but in the water he was a puppy just playing and having fun as well as gaining invaluable exercise. I can not recommend this treatment highly enough –Mrs Chilvers


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