Online Course: Introduction to Animal Physiotherapy
Delve into the world of veterinary PT and discover an entirely new area of practice
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Animal physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy practice that is gaining momentum. It aims to optimise the performance and function of animals, and to prevent injuries. The first example of a physiotherapist treating animals was in 1939 and, since then, animal physiotherapy has continued to evolve. It is now recognised as an official subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Like conventional physiotherapy, animal physiotherapy is divided into a wide range of specialities, from neurological rehabilitation to orthopaedics and aged care. This course discusses the development of animal physiotherapy as a profession, and explores research that validates the use of conventional physiotherapy methods to address pain and dysfunction in animals. It will also explore the human-animal dyad as this relationship has a significant impact on the outcome of physiotherapy interventions.
This course aims to provide an overview of the role that physiotherapists play in animal healthcare and to introduce the research underpinning this area of practice.
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 1-1.5 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 1.1 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:
- choose the correct anatomical terminology used to describe animals
- explain the role and scope of the animal physiotherapist in countries where no legal impediment exists
- justify the use of conventional physiotherapy treatments in animal healthcare
- discuss the role of the animal physiotherapist in the multidisciplinary team
- evaluate the impact of the human-animal dyad on physiotherapy interventions for animal patients
This course is very interesting if you wanted to pursue animal care geared with what you already know as a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This course laid a good foundation for anyone wanting to dip their toe into the world of animal physiotherapy. You will gain insight into why and how human physiotherapy can be applied to animals and learn the correct animal terminology.
A very good introductory course to animal physiotherapy! It gives you an idea about how it all started, how much can be transferred from conventional physiotherapy, the specialties and the role of the owner-pet bond.