Dr Marianne Dorn


  • Qualified in veterinary medicine from Edinburgh University, 1996.
  • Has many years of practical veterinary experience.
  • Obtained post-graduate qualification (with distinction) in small animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation through the University of Nottingham in 2014.
  • Has good practical experience in the rehabilitation of in-patients and out-patients
  • Is trained in canine hydrotherapy, including the safe use of water treadmills and pools.
  • Is registered with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), IRVAP and VDS (the Veterinary Defence Society).

As a veterinarian, physiotherapist and rehabilitation practitioner, my focus is on maximising the well-being and full recovery of dogs, cats and other small animals. In particular, I enjoy creating a programme of treatment tailored to each individual case, for example integrating a range of physiotherapy techniques with medical pain relief (analgesics).

My interest in veterinary physiotherapy developed years ago when my Border terrier, who was still a keen and interactive member of the family, became stiff and painful in his old age. Medication helped him to some extent, but reading around the subject alerted me to the importance of physiotherapy and movement/exercise therapies in improving the mobility and well-being of such individuals. I now provide veterinary care and physiotherapy not only for older pets but for all kinds of animals. This includes cats and dogs recovering from injury or surgery, sports dogs and young animals with developmental disorders. Particular interests include non-surgical treatment of dogs following cranial cruciate ligament disease, and the rehabilitation of dogs and cats with intervertebral disc herniation. To check for appointment availability, please message me via the link here


I particularly enjoy finding practical solutions for animals and their owners.
However, I also enjoy reading, researching and writing on the subject. Below is a list of my papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Some links to full papers are included here. These can be downloaded for non-commercial use only:

Dorn, M. (2015) Superficial heat therapy for dogs and cats, part 1: physiological mechanisms and indications. Companion Animal, 20(11), 630-635. Available here

Dorn, M. (2015) Superficial heat therapy for dogs and cats, part 2: using heat therapy in practice. Companion Animal, 20(12), 676-684. Abstract available here

Dorn, M. (2017) Crate confinement of dogs following orthopaedic surgery. Part 1: benefits and possible drawbacks. Companion Animal, 22(7), 368-376. Available here

Dorn, M. (2017) Crate confinement of dogs following orthopaedic surgery. Part 2: practical recovery area considerations. Companion Animal, 22(10), 604-613. Available here

Dorn, M. & Seath, I.J. (2018) Neuter status as a risk factor for canine intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) in dachshunds: a retrospective cohort study. Canine genetics and epidemiology, 5(1),11. Available here

Dorn, M. (2019). First-opinion approach to the dachshund with intervertebral disc herniation. In Practice, 41(2), 59-68; Available here



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