Mark Harding


  • Founder of Butterwick Animal Rehab Clinic (formerly Butterwick K9 Hydrotherapy)
  • Veterinary Physiotherapist (Level 7)
  • Btec Level 4 certificate in small animal Hydrotherapy
  • Specialist in Canine orthopaedic rehabilitation and sports conditioning.


Mark started training with German Shepherds in the late 70s. After 13 years in the Army he finally left to take over Butterwick Kennels & Cattery – a long held dream had come true, to work full time with animals. Butterwick K9 hydrotherapy soon followed and is now the longest running professional hydrotherapy centre in the North East.

Since leaving the forces in 2004, Mark has qualified as a Hydrotherapist and is a Veterinary Physiotherapist. Since then, Mark has helped many dogs with a very wide array of orthopaedic/neurological problems, sports conditioning issues and fun swims.

Mark was approached to become the Chairman of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association early in 2013 and was delighted to accept this high honour, steering the association to a more productive, positive future for its members and their clients. He left in 2017 to take up a new post as the Chairman of the Animal Health Professions Register hydrotherapy subgroup. He is also a full member of IRVAP. In 2016 he also completed his Post Grad cert in clinical education so that he can teach others within the veterinary profession.

Mark has a great interest in Canine rehabilitation and regularly attends CPD seminars to continue to improve the help his furry patients receive and openly admits he still gets a great deal of job satisfaction seeing his patients get better and return to their former glory.