Valiant Veterinary Physiotherapy (VVPhysio Ltd) is a specialist small animal rehabilitation clinic in Melton Mowbray, set up and run by Dr Carol Ann Batchelor. 


The clinic is equipped with a wide range of physiotherapy equipment, including a top of line hydrotherapy treadmill. All staff are fully trained veterinary physiotherapists with additional hydrotherapy training, and all staff are passionate about continuing to update their professional education by keeping up to date with research and attending regular training days and courses.  

This allows us to provide excellent patient care via individually tailored therapy programmes, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for your beloved pets. 

All therapy is carried out under veterinary referral in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

Carol Ann

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Dr Carol Ann Batchelor BSc(Hons) CertSAHydro CertEdVPT AdvCertVPhys PhD; a fully insured and registered member of the The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and The Institue of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH). 

Carol Ann has spent many years studying various aspects of animal biology, biomechanics and rehabilitative therapy. She obtained her Bachelor degree in BioVeterinary Science and was awarded the Pfizer BioVeterinary Science prize in 2006. She then went on to study and obtain her PhD at the University of Liverpool specialising in canine anatomy, biomechanics and musculoskeletal adaptation in 2010.

After deciding to pursue her interest in animal rehabilitation she completed her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training, gaining the top student award for her year, in 2012. After this in 2013 she obtained her Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy with Whitehouse Training Ltd. Carol Ann then went on to gain her Clinical Educator Certificate with CEP Training and accredited by the University of Middlesex in 2014. 

Carol Ann has previously spent four years working full time for the Dogs Trust as their first ever canine hydrotherapist and physiotherapist, providing her with a wealth of experience working with a range of nervous and reactive dogs. 

She also has an interest in teaching and research; she is a trained Clinical Educator and was one of the core lecturers of the CEPT veterinary physiotherapy course. As such she is able to take students from this course on placements to further their knowledge and understanding of veterinary physiotherapy.

Carol Ann enjoys walking and training (tricks and scentwork) her crossbreed dog Cleo. She also enjoys reading, photography and  archery.

Publications by Carol Ann:

Hercock CA et al. (2011) Observer variation in the evaluation and classification of severe central tarsal bone fractures in racing Greyhounds. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2011;24(3):215-22.

Hercock CA (2010) Specialisation for fast locomotion: performance, cost and risk. PhD Thesis

Hercock CA et al. (2009) Validation of a client-based clinical metrology instrument for the evaluation of canine elbow osteoarthritis. J Small Animal Practice Jun;50(6):266-71


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Annina "Nina" Salmelin Clare MSci DipSAHydro CertEdVPT AdvCertVPhys, is a fully insured and registered member of the The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP). 


Nina has spent many years studying animal biology and rehabilitation. She obtained her MSci Biology degree from Imperial College London in 2009. Following this Nina decided to pursue her passion in small animal rehabilitation by completing her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training in 2016, her Clinical Educator Certificate with CEP Training in 2017, and her Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy in 2018.

As well as working at the clinic, Nina runs her own successful mobile veterinary physiotherapy business: Nina's Veterinary Physiotherapy 

Nina has specialist knowledge of working dogs as she trains her own Newfoundlands for water rescue.

Nina enjoys walking and spending time training (obedience, tricks, rally obedience, scentwork as well as water rescue) her two dogs, Newfoundland Tesla, and Pug Data. She also enjoys various crafts such as crochet and listening to a good murder mystery podcast.

Publications by Nina: 
Salmelin A & Salmelin B (2012) Training a Newfoundland for Water Rescue
Salmelin A & Salmelin B (2012) Grooming a Newfoundland 
Salmelin B & Salmelin A (2014) 100 Ways to Train for Rescue 



Grace Perry PGDip (Vet Physio) is a fully insured and registered member of the The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP). 

Grace has spent several years studying, gaining her foundation degree in Agriculture and Business Management at Hartpury University in 2016. She then went on to study for a further 2 years at Nottingham University and gained her PGDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2019. Grace is currently working on expanding her knowledge and is working toward gaining her Level 3 Small Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate.

Grace has previously worked extensively within the horse industry, riding and training racehorses, eventers, and polo ponies. She has competed in British Eventing up to intermediate level.  

Alongside working at the clinic, where she is looking forward to grow her skill base and becoming one of the team, Grace also runs her own mobile veterinary physiotherapy business GVP Veterinary Physiotherapy. 

Grace keeps very active in her spare time and enjoys long dog walks with her Lurcher Tigger, going horse riding and skiing, and going to Pilates.