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The Register of Animal Musculo-Skeletal Practioner’s (RAMP)

Animal Osteopathy East Anglia

Animal Osteopathy East Anglia is run by Jim Hurden, an Osteopath with a bit of a difference – he doesn’t just treat humans, he treats Animals as well!

If your dog, horse or other animal is suffering from:

  • General Aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Injuries from sports

Then Animal Osteopathy may be able to help them without the need for drugs.

Using the same Osteopathic approach that has seen him help many people out of pain and discomfort, Jim applies his skills to helping Animals recover from injury and poor performance. A fully registered Osteopath, trained to Masters level, he completed his post graduate Animal Osteopathy training with the renowned Stuart McGregor at the Osteopathic Centre for Animals.

Jim has worked with high level Dressage riders and has a specialist interest in the relationship between horse and rider biomechanics, recognising that when dealing with the partnership of a horse and rider you get far better results by treating both parts of the pairing – something he is uniquely able to do.

Jim uses Low Level Laser Therapy – as part of his treatments where he think it would be useful to resolve the issues in your animal – there is no extra charge for this.

Jim is a life-long dog owner and loves treating dogs of all shapes and sizes – helping agility dogs to improve their flexibility; working gun dogs to improve mobility and family pets with musculo-skeletal health generally. He is happy to chat to owners of any type of animal to explain what benefits the Osteopathic approach can bring to their pets welfare – please email him or contact him on 07562 501232 to discuss your needs.

About Jim Hurden

Jim Hurden graduated from the London School of Osteopathy in 2015 having completed a 5 year Masters of Osteopathy degree; which was awarded with distinction.

Jim spent 12 ½ years in the emergency services before leaving to practise Osteopathy full time and outside of practice is an active SCUBA diver; generally trying to spend as much time in the water as he can do! He has trained and competed in a number of martial arts disciplines over the years and has a long standing interest in managing sporting injuries – particularly in horse riders who he has built up a reputation for assisting at the renowned Water Farm dressage centre.

Jim has recently been appointed as a registrant member to one of the committees of the General Osteopathic Council and guest lectures at the London School of Osteopathy on Safeguarding within Osteopathic practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Low Level Laser?What is RAMP?Why choose an Osteopath over a Chiropractor, Physio or “Back man”Why do I need to get Vets Permission to treat your animal?

What is Low Level Laser?

Low Level Laser, sometimes known as Cold Therapy Laser, is the use of certain frequencies of Laser Light to stimulate and improve the cellular mechanisms that heal damaged tissue. Jim uses this in support of his Osteopathic treatments to help reduce pain and in place of the Acupuncture techniques that he uses on Humans. If you’d like to read more about it, visit the website of the manufacturers of his equipment, Omega Laser.

What is RAMP?

RAMP is the Register of Animal Musculo-skeletal Practioner’s Members of this Register are committed to ensuring the highest standards of care in the treatment of Animals and Owners can be confident that members of this register are those who have been trained to University level in their specific disciplines. For more information, visit the RAMP website and check Jim’s listing on their Register.

Why choose an Osteopath over a Chiropractor, Physio or “Back man”

Osteopathy looks at all the parts of what may be making an animal suffer; which can include poor rider biomechanics, social & physical environment, training and that’s before we even lay our hands on. An Osteopath can only call themselves one after they have completed a full time degree and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council – meaning that you can be assured of the highest levels of care for your animal.

Why do I need to get Vets Permission to treat your animal?

The law says that ANY person providing manual therapy to ANY animal MUST be authorised to do so by a Vet (Sect 19, Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966). If we don’t have vets approval, we are breaking the law and we would not be covered by insurance – and this applies to everybody!

Booking an Appointment


Appointments are available throughout the whole of East Anglia.

Please contact Jim through the contact form below or by phone to arrange. Treatment prices are:

Horses – £60 per horse, with discounts offered if visiting more than 3 horse on a yard as part of the same visit. Mileage is charged in addition if travelling over 10 miles from Hintlesham.

Horse and rider package – £95 for both horse and rider


Dogs – £40 per consultation. Most pet insurance companies will cover Osteopathic treatment for dogs if referred by your Vet.

Canine Clinics are held at Whitworth Vet Surgery, Station Road, Trimley St Mary, IP11 0UB on Friday each week.

Appointments can be booked by contacting Jim through the contact form below or by phone to arrange. Please note, if your Dog is not registered with Whitworth’s, you will need to obtain your current Vets consent for them to be treated, using our referral form available on below.

All other animals

Prices on request, please contact Jim directly.

Download our “Consent for Osteopathic Treatment” form and send to your vet for them to complete and return to us.

Whitworth Vet Surgery

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