About Emma

Musculoskeletal Therapist and Rehabilitation Specialist for Dogs

“As a canine specialist in McTimoney Chiropractic, Clinical Massage, soft tissue rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, my aim is to find the problem and form an effective treatment and rehab plan.  Helping your dog to be pain free and live the best and longest life possible.”

Emma Overend

Emma Overend Canine rehabilitation specialist

Emma is one of the UK’s leading clinical specialists in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury.

With over 20 years of rehabilitation experience Emma combines McTimoney Chiropractic, Clinical Canine Massage, Canine Touch and Rehabilitation exercises as your dog needs them providing the ultimate therapeutic treatment.

Offering the highest quality service Emma will provide you with an individual treatment and rehabilitation plan for your dog.


Emma opened her practice in 2000.   She has many years of experience in the treatment of sports injuries and is highly respected by many Vets, owners, trainers and sporting teams in both the equine and canine fields as one of the leading specialists in the clinical assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of dogs in the UK.

Combining years of clinical experience with up-to-date research and current practice Emma offers the highest quality of service, individual treatment, and rehabilitation plans for your animal.

Whether your dog is your beloved pet and walking companion or your amazing sporting partner, the overall aims are to improve your animals well being and to help you to help your own animals.

Emma has also taught for many years and particularly enjoys teaching Canine Massage, Canine Touch, and Canine Conditioning workshops and courses.

She has lectured and presented at conferences and universities in the UK, USA and Europe and has been a guest presenter at Crufts on many occasions.

Emma's Story

I am passionate about animals and was fortunate to grow up on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales with a family of animal lovers surrounded by cats, dogs, and horses.  My father owned human Osteopathic clinics and I was well indoctrinated in the benefits of musculoskeletal therapy for humans and animals from an early age.

I competed on the Welsh showjumping team and my horse would have regular treatments with our local equine physiotherapist. I spent many summer holidays either in the osteopathic clinic or out with the vet or equine physio.

In 1996 I gained a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science then qualified as a McTimoney Animal Chiropractor in 2000. Since then I have been a full-time animal therapist. Over the years I have developed my techniques further by qualifying in other therapies.  Teaching is a huge passion of mine and I am committed to helping educate owners and paraprofessionals advance their knowledge through the courses I teach.

In 2013 I met my business partner Roz Davies and developed the Canine Conditioning Academy.  Since then we have devoted years developing and teaching research-based Canine Conditioning and fitness to promote balanced, flexible, strong, coordinated dogs.

We run 1 day and 2-day workshops and our 1 year licensed canine conditioning coach course for professionals.

Providing a high-quality holistic approach for dogs and supporting animal health is very important to me.

I am driven by the belief that all problems have a cause.  If we can find the cause, we can find a solution.

I have studied for over 20yrs and I continue to do so, not only because I thrive on learning but because I believe that each animal is individual and that means I need many “solutions” to call upon.  Some issues are skeletal some soft tissue, some caused by certain activities, and some by injury.  Some dogs need chiropractic and others soft tissue release.  The more I know the more I am likely to be able to help your dog back to being happy and healthy.


I treat dogs of all ages and with many various conditions and I aim to get them comfortable and on the road to recovery within 1 to 3 sessions. If I cannot help I will endevour to find someone who can. Your dog’s welfare is my first priority.

Often short-term solutions don’t equal long-term success.

I have an holistic view which means I will be looking at all aspects of your animal’s daily life in order to detect why there is a problem and work to resolve it.  This could be a slippery laminate floor in the case of a recurring strain injury in a dog or scar tissue from an old injury inhibiting movement.

I can detect even the smallest issues that can be causing your animals HUGE problems.  I work closely with vets and other para-professionals to resolve these issues and get you back on track to having a healthy happy dog.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships


  • BSc Hons Equine Science
  • PG Dip McTimoney Animal Chiropractic
  • Advanced Clinical Canine Massage Therapist
  • Equine and Canine Touch Practitioner & Instructor
  • Human VHT Practitioner
  • Certified Canine Fitness Trainer   (CCFT
  • Equine Sports Massage Therapist (EBW)


Professional Memberships:

  • AHPR Animal Healthcare Professions’ Register
  • MIRVAP(MT) The Institute of registered
  • Veterinary Physiotherapists,
  • The McTimoney Animal Association
  • The Canine Massage Guild
  • The International Equine Touch Association

Although the following are commonly used as individual therapies I personally use them in combination as required.  Each powerful combination provides significant and game-changing benefits for your dog.

-McTimoney Chiropractic

-Clinical Massage

-Canine Touch

-Canine Exercise Rehabilitation



I run a series of specialist workshops to enhance your learning from self-interest workshops through to becoming a Canine Core Conditioning Coach with the Canine Conditioning Academy.

We have something to suit all, helping you to support your dogs musculoskeletal health throughout their life.


-Beginners Guide To Canine Massage

-Agility and Sports Massage





-2 Day Core Foundation Workshop

-1 Year Course Licenced
Canine Conditioning Coach


Strength From The Inside Out

The Canine Conditioning Academy is bridging the gap in canine therapy and training. Our programmes are science-based, focusing on correct form which leads to correct function.

Using human and equine exercise principles that re-educate neuromuscular function our aim is to re-balance the canine body, correct movement patterns which will improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.

IT’S ALL ABOUT FORM  – our exercises are based on getting correct FORM which encourages the correct firing of muscles to improve function.

Foundation Intermediate Advanced Training Programmes

It is common in equine and human training to incorporate core strength training and there is now much research in the correct way to condition dogs. Our courses pull together the most current research from human, equine, and canine conditioning and fitness giving our students the most relevant scientific basis to excel in this new field of Canine Conditioning.

In creating the Canine Conditioning Academy the founders have integrated their vast knowledge and experience in canine therapy and exercise physiology with the experience gained by teaching and implementing canine exercise programmes. 

Research and techniques from human, equine, and canine conditioning and remedial training are key to the conditioning programs which have been developed over 8 years of intense review. 100s of dogs are using the Canine Conditioning Academy fitness programmes and the results speak for themselves.

The Canine Conditioning Academy offers a range of courses in total conditioning and fitness for dogs.

Our unique programmes are designed to develop canine strength from the inside out. Foundation Conditioning is the key to a fit, healthy, flexible, balanced dog helping them to get the best out of life and reach their full athletic potential is what every they do.

We train Dog Lovers, Trainers, Canine Sports Participants, Canine Professionals, Therapists, and our Clients to develop, maintain and value canine conditioning and fitness.

We run courses for everyone from our  One Day Massage Workshops for owners and competitors to the Canine Conditioning Academy Licensed Instructor programme for canine professionals wanting to learn about and teach advanced canine conditioning.

Our licensed Instructor programme  is externally accredited and approved as a customised provision by LANTRA, the national industry recognised awarding body regulated by OFQUAL, SQA, and Qualification Wales.



My WSD Rhys won Ticket at our first Working Trials TDeX at the tender age of 3

Soon after that disaster struck as when we were preparing for another trial and he suddenly seized up. Upon trotting him up we found he could not lift up in front, or canter, or indeed climb up the step into my camper. 

I searched all over the country for the help we needed.

Emma proved to be a massive part in his very long recovery.

It was Emma who realised a major factor was the hyoid bone was damaged, resulting in wide spread symptoms. He did recover to compete again and in all gained 10 TDeX’s and now is rising 8 and enjoying U.K. Sports Dog, Hoopers and U.K. Tracking Dog.

He has won his last 2 outings in UK Sports Dog competition and his teammate my 2 yr old also won. We still visit Emma regularly to keep an eye on things and quite honestly I really do not know what I would have done without her.

Jayne & Rhys

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