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Applied Animal Physiotherapy Ethics

Online Course: Applied Animal Physiotherapy Ethics

Understand the laws, norms and ethics that govern veterinary healthcare and enhance your relationship with clients

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Course instructor:

Ansi van der Walt

Ansi is a Veterinary PT, President of the IAPTAP and Managing Member of PetFit Canine Fitness

1.5-2 hours

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In animal practice, there is a three-way relationship between the veterinary practitioner, the animal owner and the patient. Veterinary professionals are required to provide appropriate care to their patients, but they also have legal, moral and ethical obligations to their clients. A knowledge of the legal and ethical frameworks within which veterinary professionals work is essential to ensure safe, effective practice. However, issues may arise which cause conflict between the animal physiotherapist and client, particularly when there are breakdowns in communication. This course explores some of the major causes of conflict between healthcare workers and clients, as well as suggesting ways to strengthen these relationships.


The aim of this course is to introduce you to the legal and ethical frameworks in which animal physiotherapists work and to suggest strategies to build positive relationships with clients.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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