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What Animals Can Teach Us About Chronic Pain Management Webinar
Discover clinical pearls of wisdom from animal patients to incorporate in your human clinical practice

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

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In this webinar, Ansi will be discussing how the principles of chronic pain management in animals can help clinicians achieve better outcomes for human patients within their care. Dealing with chronic pain in animals is a complex process involving observation, negotiation, coaching, clinical reasoning and play. After 20 years of working with both human and animal patients in outpatient settings, Ansi has learnt that working with animal patients makes for a better “human” physio! No pre-reading is required, the participant can complete Ansi's courses on Plus to gain extra knowledge on animal physiotherapy if interested.


The aim of this webinar is to show participants how principles of chronic pain management in animals can help clinicians achieve better outcomes for human patients within their care


This webinar recording consists of an 1-hour video and additional resources.

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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 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 - Webinar video recording.

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 Plus 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:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the emotional and rational patient and considerations for psychological safety
  • list ideas to incorporate positive reinforcement and implicit learning in your patient management
  • explain how goal setting and including the significant other in the management could influence patient outcome

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I found this course to be exceptionally helpful in considering non-verbal patients and relating experiences with treating animals who are also non-verbal. I learned about using the patient network, not just significant other, to assist with care support!
Patricia Ash
Ansi van der Walt gave us thorough expert advice on treating chronic pain in both animals and human patients.
Cristian Vitan
This was a great Webinar! I have learnt that there are setting things you can do such as setting the environment or offering something like water that can influence the outcome of a session with a patient. It also helped me to consider carefully selecting cues for positive reinforcement when treating patients, indeed some patients can respond negatively when as a therapist, you correct their bad forms when performing certain exercises.
Davie Madziatera