Cotswold Vet Physio is run by Veterinary Physiotherapist, Alia Hopfer who is registered member of Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists. We are based in the heart of Cheltenham – offering land and water based canine physiotherapy and rehabilitative care.

Graduating from the University of Glasgow with an Honours Degree in Zoology, Alia began work as a veterinary surgeon’s assistant in Austria. Here she gained in-depth knowledge in the post-operative care of small animals and became interested in physiotherapy as a practical way to aid recovery.

By volunteering at an Equine Rehabilitation Yard in South Africa, Alia was able to work closely with injured animals. She has since worked in several top-class dressage competition yards and has been responsible for helping to keep Olympic event riders’ horses in top condition. 

Working with top-level competition horses has given her an insight into the intense training and a full appreciation of just how important correct movement is for the well-being of the horse.

Alia completed the Canine & Equine Physiotherapy Training (CEPT) course based at the University of Nottingham where she passed her exams with distinction. She attends regular continuing professional development courses to further her training.


Having grown up with horses and dogs, working with animals and aiding their recovery is now a much-loved vocation for Alia Hopfer.

Veterinary Physiotherapist, Alia Hopfer, talks about her life and her love of caring for animals and setting them on the path to recovery.

I’ve always wanted to work with animals but perhaps that’s not too surprising as I’ve always been interested in animals and there are two vets in my family: my sister and my uncle. I suppose that caring for animals and people is part of my character and in my nature.

When I was growing up I spent all my Summer, Easter and Christmas holidays at my Grandma’s farm in Austria where I was surrounded by horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, sheep and chickens.

Although I was born in Copenhagen in Denmark my family moved to England when I was just six. And given my Austrian heritage I’m fluent in German as well as English.

I absolutely love my job. There is so much satisfaction seeing the progress of the animals I treat and building up great relationships with them and their owners. I get to meet such lovely animals and people!

When I’m not working (or training in the latest techniques for vet physiotherapy), sport takes up much of my spare time. I’m keen on off-road and hill running, obstacle course races and the occasional half marathon. Then there’s also the gym and swimming to keep me fit.

I often go to the races at Cheltenham and I also love walking in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. I’ve been living in the Cotswolds and based in Cheltenham since 2008.

As for my own animals, I have a rescue French Bulldog called Charlie who is nearly four years old. I love taking him for walks on the Cotswold hills and he often comes to work with me. My clients all love him!

For more information, please call me on 07591 712 902 or email me at alia@cotswoldvetphysio.co.uk.