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Why Ohana?

Ohana Animal Physiotherapy specialises in the health, wellbeing and rehabilitation of animals. We work alongside referrals to and from Veterinarians, and other qualified animal therapists, to ensure your animal is getting the best support available.

Fully qualified with a Diploma in both Veterinary Nursing and Animal Physiotherapy, you can rest easy knowing your animals are being treated for what they need based on extensive theory and practical learning skills.

Animals are most comfortable in their own environment, which is why we travel to you for treatments. We service all of the Taranaki region, as well as monthly trips to the Waikato.

Mutual trust and respect, between us and your animals, is always at the forefront of what we do. You will have the confidence and reassurance that your animals will be listened to during their sessions to allow for a stress free treatment that is both gentle and effective at getting the job done.



Animal Physiotherapy

Personalised treatment plans which may include massage therapy, stretch and mobilisation, PEMF therapy, phototherapy and exercise prescriptions


Mobile Veterinary Nursing

A professional veterinay nursing service that comes to you! Services may include health/dental check, administer medications, post-op care, nail trim, nutrition advice, weight clinic


Microchipping (NZCAR)

Microchip implanting with registration on the NZCAR online database so you can be reunited faster with your lost pets anywhere in New Zealand


About Me

My name is Melissa, but you can call me Missy. I worked in a mixed practice veterinary clinic in the Waikato for 4 years before relocating to Taranaki with my family and beginning my new adventure of working for myself.

I gained my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019 through Otago Polytechnic and found my passion for rehabilitating animals after adopting my disabled cat "Stitch" whom I hand raised from about a week old. From there I dove into my Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy, through TCAP, of which I graduated in mid 2023. I have also recently begun studying for my International Diploma in Animal Osteopathy, through LCAO, and I am excited to be able to add this to my current skills to improve my techniques to benefit your animals.


I am a proud member of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA), the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT), and currently a student member of Animal Osteopathy Worldwide (AOW), which allows me to have access to exclusive learning platforms so that I can continue to improve my skills and stay up to date with current practices.

Owner Reviews

In My Customers Own Words

"Missy has treated two of my horses. Both times she has been kind and gentle whilst getting the job done. Today she worked on my trekker millie. Millie went from having back and poll pain to being putty! the release she had was tangible. Recommend this lady and her magic hands. She knows her stuff!"

- Brooke Laurence

"Missy has been treating my miniature mare over a period of 4 months. Missy genuinely cares about the wellbeing of your animals, going out of her way to ensure that the treatment provided is the most appropriate for the animal. Ellie's lameness has improved significantly with Missy's treatment. Highly recommend"

- Bex Dearden

"Missy treated my 13 year old arthritic Huntaway once a week for a period of six weeks recently.. The difference Missy made has been significant. I noticed a huge change in Bella's comfort levels after the first session. We are all booked to carry on with her physio sessions to ensure Bella has better quality of life during her senior years. Thanks Missy!!"

                                                        -Sarah Johns

"Missy is amazing. My dog can be a bit nervous with new situations but he was full of confidence in Missys care even lying down falling asleep during his treatment! Thank you so much, Cash is moving well and I bet he feels great too. I highly recommend Ohana Animal physiotherapy."

                                                   - Desrae Beckett

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