Online Course: Ethology for Physiotherapists – Patient Communication and Safety
Understand the science of animal behaviour and learning
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When working with animals, it is essential to understand their basic behaviours. If you are able to interpret signs of anxiety, fear, pain or discomfort, you will be better able to ensure your personal safety, as well as the safety of animals in your care and other bystanders. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the science of equine and canine behaviour, communication and learning strategies, as well as safety considerations, to enhance your animal practice.
This course aims to familiarise you with the fundamentals of animal behaviour. It also aims to introduce specific precautions that must be considered when working with canine and equine patients to enhance your management strategies.
This course is made up of videos, readings, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activities
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 3-3.5 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 2.8 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:
- identify key strategies that can help to ensure safety when working with dogs and horses
- describe basic equine and canine handling and restraint techniques
- discuss relevant learning theories in relation to equine and canine training
- summarise the dog-human bond and the cause of unwanted canine behaviours
- select an appropriate strategy for approaching an anxious or stressed dog based on a case scenario
- explain normal equine behaviour and communication
- choose an appropriate first aid strategy, including assessment and basic management, for an equine patient based on a case scenario
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/310 (4 General CEUs Level 1)
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Physiotherapy Board of NZ. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
Physiotherapist, United States
I have found Physioplus courses to be up-to-date and evidence-based while remaining digestible and accessible. The structured format works well with my busy work and family schedules. I can complete sections little by little and see my progress every time I return.
Physiotherapist, United States
These courses are not only helpful for physios but also for other Allied health professionals. I as an Orthotist have learn a lot from it but it definitely needs time to have a good understanding. Although these courses are online but they are equivalent to any full time course if someone really wants to learn something from it.