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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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:
- Reading activity
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.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.5 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss norms, laws and ethics and their relationship to veterinary practice
- explain informed consent in relation to veterinary practice
- list seven factors that have been associated with malpractice complaints in healthcare settings
- identify four areas which may cause owners to feel disappointed about veterinary care
- propose strategies to build positive relationships between an animal physiotherapist and a client based on a case scenario
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
This was an excellent course and explained in a way that was easy to understand. It gives an important overview of the concepts and how to apply them to clinical practice.
This is a valuable course for any professional!