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Fiona has been working with animals since she was young. Taking up riding when she was 5 years old, she quickly fell in love with the sport and the horses. As soon as she could, she started competing in as many different disciplines as she could from dressage, to show jumping to endurance. She quickly found her talent for it and at the age of 13 became an international competitor representing Great Britain. Through competitive horseriding, she learned how to care for her horse, maintaining their fitness and ensuring their welfare. This is paramount across the disciplines including Fiona’s passion of endurance and racehorses.  From this intense learning experience, she decided to pursue physiotherapy as a career.

As a category A member of ACPAT, Fiona initially trained as a human physiotherapist receiving her degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 2007. After that she attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, where she was awarded her master’s degree in veterinary Physiotherapy in 2011 and recently, in 2023 PhysioFi became Dr Fiona Bloom when she received her doctorate from the University of West England (Bristol). Her thesis is entitled ‘Equine gait-related eliminations in British endurance: Identifying the risk factors to improve welfare.’  It is no understatement to say that PhysioFi has dedicated her entire life to optimising the welfare and improving the competitive performance of her patients!

Amongst her relentless academic achievements, Fiona has worked in numerous hospitals and community care, both under the NHS and private sector, helping high-performing athletes return to full fitness, patients recovering from surgery, to those suffering from complex neurological disabilities or respiratory illnesses. After receiving her master’s, she began working for herself, treating patients at their home, whether human, equine, or canine (sometimes all three!) As a veterinary physiotherapist, her work has taken her up and down Britain, across Europe and, when it comes to equine physiotherapy, even further, as she has been to the UAE  to assess and treat race and endurance horses for international owners.

Fiona believes in passing on her knowledge and performs lectures both in the UK and internationally, either online or in person. She welcomes opportunities to teach those who are keen to learn and has had the pleasure of speaking for organisations such as Hartpury University, PKW Events, Online Pet Health, VetPD and the College of Animal Welfare, to name a few.

PhysioFi is a specialist when it comes to the musculoskeletal treatment of her patients, whether they are human, equine, canine or feline  (the more unusual- farm animals and camels can be added to the repertoire!). Utilising an in-depth assessment with evidence-based clinical reasoning and a range of treatment techniques including manual therapy, electrotherapy and exercise prescription, PhysioFi makes sure all of her clients receive a bespoke and personalised treatment plan. PhysioFi also believes education and understanding the treatment pathway is key and always includes this as part of her treatment during rehabilitation, working closely with clients, patients, owners, and trainers.

As numerous and prestigious as her awards may be, what makes PhysioFi exceptional is her experience, her life-long love for animals and passion for optimising their welfare. For those in the competitive performance sector, they will know, optimising welfare is intrinsically linked to performance success. PhysioFi thrives on this link.

PhysioFi – Dr Fiona Bloom PhD Msc BSc (Hons)

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT), Category A member

Health and Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC reg.)

Member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)

Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Permitted Equine Therapist