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Who am I?

Many aspects of the animal health

I am Julija Rusteikaite, Small Animal Physical Therapist, and Veterinary Technician. I grew up in Lithuania surrounded by various animals and I was always occupied with their well being. After my studies in Veterinary Science, I have worked for more than 7 years in various veterinary clinics as a veterinary nurse. During that time I was able to gain a lot of experience in the veterinary field. Yet still, I always found that there are many more ways to help animals than just typical western medicine. That is why I decided to study further and get certified as an Animal Physical Therapist and Acupuncturist. In 2020 I have finished my studies at ATM, Akademie für Tiernaturheilkunde, and became a certified Canine Physical Therapist.


During the time of my training, I had an opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills in animal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and alternative ways of healing. I learned a lot not only about the musculoskeletal system but also about general anatomy, physiology, internal medicine, neurology, sports medicine, and more. I find this knowledge very important while working with animals. I believe that you can’t concentrate only on an animal's joints and ignore the rest of the problems he or she might be experiencing.

In my work, I not only use my knowledge in anatomy, physiology of an animal but also my expertise in animal behavior and energy therapies such as acupuncture (TCVM) and reiki which helps me make the therapy sessions more pleasant and relaxed.

Good life quality despite old age and osteoarthritis  

My beloved dog Wunjo was my biggest inspiration to choose the path of an Animal Physical Therapist. Since he got severe osteoarthritis I started to study multimodal options for pain management to be able to help him. Even though he is not able to move as actively as before, he still enjoys his life with the help and benefits of physical therapy.


I want other people to also be able to enjoy the company of their best friend for a longer time. I also want other older and arthritic dogs to be able to live happily and pain-free. That is why I concentrate a lot on osteoarthritis in dogs and try to constantly improve my knowledge in this field for new ways of fighting this horrible disease.


Qualifications and Further Training

  • Since 2017 in the training of Veterinary Acupuncture at ATM, Akademie für Tiernaturheilkunde, Germany.

  • 2017- 2020 Completed Training & Certification as a Canine Physical Therapist at ATM, Akademie für Tiernaturheilkunde, Germany.

  • 2010-2011 Erasmus Programme in Veterinary Medicine at Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey.

  • 2008-2011 Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences & Qualification as a Veterinary Technician  at University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania.

  •  10/2022 Webinar: Rehabilitation for the cat with Dr. Debbie Torraca 

  •  10/2022 Webinar: Rehab of the canine amputee with Marinette Teeling

  • 06/2021 Online Course ''Kinesiology Taping for Dogs'' at Dogtisch Academy

  • 05/2021 CAMadvocate Level 1. A canine professional's guide to early identification and successful management of canine osteoarthritis

  • 03/2021 Canine Arthritis and Pain Physiology 1 Hour Bitesize CPD 

  • 01/2021 - MSS: Medial Shoulder Syndrome- Why is this becoming so common and how do you prevent it

  • 11/2020 Webinar: Fascia- One Muscle in Six Hundred Pockets with Lowri Davies

  • 11/2020 Webinar: Acupuncture- Ancient Art to 21st Century Science with Lowrie Davies

  • 4/2020 Webinar Novafon. Function and correct application in animal therapy

  • 6/2018 - 8/2018 Online course ‘’Biology of dogs’’, Institute of Canine Biology

  • 8/2014 - 9/2014 Online course ‘’Animal Behaviour and Welfare’’, The University of Edinburgh (Coursera)

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