Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice


Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

This 1-Day CPD accredited course will provide an introduction and working model to small animal physiotherapy in vet practice, suitable for both nurses and vets who are looking to learn techniques to support your patients healing and rehabilitation.

This course will discuss the key skills and different types of physiotherapy which can be applied in veterinary practice, including standard techniques such as effleurage and petrissage and a more advanced therapeutic range of exercise programs including the use of machines such as PEMF, Ultrasound and Laser to enhance and support your patients recovery, whilst improving proprioception and balance post injury and surgery.

You will learn effective techniques such as gait analysis and assessment of the patient and be able to further advise clients in taking a more proactive approach to their pets’ recovery at home.

We will also look at what an RVN can legally do in practice to support patients, including setting up and running a successful Osteoarthritis clinic and developing nursing plans for post operative patients which focus on optimizing patient healing from a more holistic view point.

You will look at the different pathways that you can take if you wish to take your learning further and qualify as an animal physiotherapist.

So whether you are interested in providing additional supportive nursing for your patients or you would like to have a basic introduction and look at qualifying as an animal physiotherapist, this course will provide a fantastic insight using practical examples throughout and taught by an experienced RVN and fully qualified and registered animal physiotherapist.


Emily Ashdown RVN, DIP Vet Phys, isfmCERT, MIAAT MBNA

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Unit 1: What is Physiotherapy and Professional Legalities

·         Explanation of Animal Physiotherapy

·         How did the industry start and where is it now?

·         Legal protection of Animal Physiotherapist

·         Registers for Musculoskeletal Practitioners

·         Types of Physiotherapy – Rehabilitation, Sports and Maintenance


Unit 2: What does a Physiotherapist do?

·         Anatomy and Assessment of the Patient

·         Gait Analysis

·         Stretching, improving proprioception and balance

·         Basic massage and use of effleurage and petrissage

·         Machines- PEMF, Ultrasound, Laser and others

·         Therapeutic range of exercise programs


Unit 3: What can an RVN do in practice and how to qualify as an Animal Physio

·         Post operative care and developing a treatment plan for these patients

·         Osteoarthritis clinics

·         When to involve qualified Physiotherapists within treatment

·         Further education to qualify and associations

This course will count, as 7 Hours of CPD and a certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion. Includes Lunch and refreshments.