Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

This course is aimed at Equine Veterinary Nurses, Vet Techs, Student Veterinary Physiotherapists and Equine Veterinary Physiotherapists. Wanting to review the basics, or even canine Veterinary Physiotherapists wanting to venture into the Equine world.

This course will give you an overview of equine musculoskeletal therapies, routes to qualification, and how the therapies differ, to give you a multimodal approach to the rehabilitation of your equine patients.

We will go over some basic anatomy and spend some time looking at the equine distal limb which is of specific importance.

We will also cover some basic massage techniques that you can start to employ with the patients in your care, and will take a look at the different treatment modalities that are available – from newer ones through to some more simple and traditional ones.

What you will learn!

This Course has 3 modules of content and this is a brief overview of what you will learn

  • Equine Skeletal Anatomy.

  • Types of Musculoskeletal Therapy.

  • Tissue Types.

  • Equine Muscular Anatomy.

  • The Equine Distal Limb and important Tendons and Ligaments.

  • Common Equine Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

  • Fractures and Breaks.

  • Legalities and routes to qualification.

  • Basic Equine Massage Techniques and the benefits.

  • Treatment Modalities and much more...

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 7-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • What do I get with this course?

    This course comes with a comprehensive course workbook, interactive activities to complete and a 45 question multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 7 Hours/Credits.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar.

    You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...


Instructor Bio:

RVN A1/IQA NCert (anaesth) DipAPhys MIAAT.

Rachael McCooey

I qualified as a RVN in 2008, having spent a year in an equine practice before starting my training as a small animal nurse in a busy, fast paced practice. After graduating as an RVN from Hartpury College, I was soon inspired to train student nurses and quickly developed a love of anaesthesia so as soon as I was able to, I did my A1 Assessor qualification. After several years training nurses in practice, and gaining as much experience as possible in emergency care, I decided to join Warwickshire College. Here, I trained as an Internal Verifier for Veterinary Nursing, did some lecturing, and supported the students and clinical coaches within their practices, as well as working some shifts in a local emergency care clinic. I couldn't stay away from practice for too long though, so I eventually returned to practice and begun to pursue my interest in anaesthesia, pain and healing. In 2015 I completed the ESVPS Nursing Certificate in anaesthesia, after studying everything from pain pathways, to neuromuscular blockers, to anaesthetic emergencies. Using this knowledge in practice was amazing, and gaining the support of the Vets I worked with meant that we were able to offer the highest level of care to our patients. Following on from this, I continued by furthering my knowledge of healing, pain and rehabilitation by completing a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy. I am on the IAAT register as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, and specialise in Class IV Laser therapy in horses and dogs. The study of pain is intertwined with anaesthesia, and I love being able to know I can help not only with post-anaesthesia protocols but also with rehabilitation of my patients. I now have my own small physiotherapy business – Cotswold Animal Therapy- and I also continue to work part time as a senior nurse in a large practice, getting stuck into high-risk GAs wherever possible. I can often be found guest lecturing at the local college on topics such as resuscitation, or delivering in-house CPD within our Veterinary Group. I am also harbouring plans to do an MSc in the future, if time allows! My passion is supporting students and newly qualified nurses, who can find that taking their first steps into practice is a little daunting. I hope to be able to share my experiences, and pass on some of the useful information I have gained over the last 13 years in practice to help allow RVNs and students to develop their nursing style.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Workbook and Downloadable Content

    • An Introduction to Equine Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Workbook

  • 2

    Introduction to the Course

  • 3

    Module 1

    • Unit 1: Aims of Equine Musculoskeletal Therapy

    • Unit 2: Types of Equine Musculoskeletal Therapy

    • Unit 3: Legalities and Routes to Qualification

    • Unit 4: Tissue Types

    • Unit 5: Equine Skeletal Anatomy

  • 4

    Module 2

    • Unit 1: Equine Muscle Anatomy

    • Unit 2: The Equine Distal Limb & Important Tendons / Ligaments

    • Unit 3: Common Equine Musculoskeletal Conditions

    • Unit 4: Common Equine Musculoskeletal Injuries

    • Unit 5: Fractures, Breaks & Tissue Healing

  • 5

    Module 3

    • Unit 1: MSK Therapies, Palpation& Assesment

    • Unit 2: Masic Massage Techniques - Benefits & Contraindications

    • Unit 3: MSK Treatment Modalities

    • End Of Course Quiz

Equine Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Course Goals

  • Revise

    Confidently recap and improve your Equine Musculo Skeletal Anatomy knowledge

  • Learn

    Learn the various therapies and modalities for maintenance and improvement of movement, flexibility and ROM to enhance performance and optimise body condition.

  • Outcomes

    After completion of this course, you will feel confident on how to improve or maintain a horses QOL, assist in injury recovery and manage existing conditions. Enhancing your skillset and pointing you in the right direction for further professional study and qualifications available.