Sonya Nightingale, MCSP ACPAT Cat A, Chair of ACPAT. Sonya graduated from Coventry University in 1985 with a graduate diploma in Physiotherapy.
She is the principle physiotherapist at Highworth Physiotherapy Clinic which she launched in 1989. She started her physiotherapy career working in NHS hospitals and running clinics in GP surgeries before starting her private clinic. She lectures to GPs on physiotherapy procedures and is a Physio First member. Her special interest is the spine and she spends a lot of time treating backs and necks including those of the riders whose horses she treats! Sonya is also a qualified Chartered Animal Physiotherapist and is the chair person for ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy). She runs regular weekly animal therapy clinics at Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre, including treating elite level horses on international teams. Small animals, such as dogs, are treated in the clinic. She also runs hands on training days for category "B" ACPAT members (student animal physiotherapists) and lectures at the Royal Veterinary College and Hartpury College. She was selected to work at the 2012 Olympic Games in London treating horses at the equine events. Sonya has also written research articles on the effectiveness of topical cooling agents of the equine limb and many other articles relating to veterinary physiotherapy.