Meet the team

Jo Handley-Howard MCHA

Jo has worked in animal welfare for the past 34 years at the Animal Health Trust as Ward Manager and Head of Rehabilitation. She has been practising hydrotherapy since 2005 after undergoing training with Hawksmoor and recently has been teaching it too. Jo has mentored many other hydrotherapists in her team over the years and holds level 3 certificates in hydrotherapy and a diploma in advanced treadmill. She is also a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

Jo has vast experience in treating all kinds of orthopaedic and neurological diseases along with age related conditions that can affect an animal’s lifestyle. 


Outside of work Jo has 4 dogs of her own, 2 Labradors (George and Darcy) and 2 Terriers (Molly and Bumble), some of which she enjoys running with. Jo is also a keen gardener.


Matthew Scott BSc (Hons) MNAVP

Matthew graduated from Harper Adams University in 2017 as part of the first cohort undergoing undergraduate training for veterinary physiotherapy. After graduation he worked as the in house physiotherapist at the Animal Health Trust’s small animal referral centre, assisting multiple services throughout the hospital including neurology, orthopaedics, and hydrotherapy. Matthew is a full member and accredited clinical educator of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and has achieved the Blue Paw Award in arthritis management through the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA). He is also currently undertaking additional training to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee and Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning (VAHL). Matthew regularly provides webinars to other veterinary professionals and helps with the practical teaching of vet physio students. He has a special interest in neurological patients.

Outside of work, Matthew enjoys playing the guitar, walking his cross-breed dog Eadee, and keeping fit.


Published articles:

  • Scott, M.J. 2020. Rehabilitation of Brachial Plexus Avulsions. Animal Therapy Magazine, 20, pp. 40-43.

  • Scott, M.J. 2020. Respiratory Physiotherapy for Small Animal Patients. Animal Therapy Magazine, 22, pp. 40-43.

  • Scott, M.J. 2021. Case Studies: Acute Non-Compressive Nucleus Pulposus Extrusion and Spondylosis. Animal Therapy Magazine, 24, pp. 14-15.

  • Scott, M.J. 2022. Considerations for Feline Physiotherapy Parts 1 and 2. Animal Therapy Magazine, 25, pp. 10-11 and 20-25.

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