Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice
This CPD accredited course will provide an introduction and working model to small animal physiotherapy in vet practice, suitable for both nurses and vets who are looking to learn techniques to support your patients healing and rehabilitation.
This course will discuss the key skills and different types of physiotherapy which can be applied in veterinary practice, including standard techniques such as effleurage and petrissage and a more advanced therapeutic range of exercise programs including the use of machines such as PEMF, Ultrasound and Laser to enhance and support your patients recovery, whilst improving proprioception and balance post injury and surgery.
You will learn effective techniques such as gait analysis and assessment of the patient and be able to further advise clients in taking a more proactive approach to their pets’ recovery at home.
We will also look at what an RVN can legally do in practice to support patients, including setting up and running a successful Osteoarthritis clinic and developing nursing plans for post operative patients which focus on optimizing patient healing from a more holistic view point.
You will look at the different pathways that you can take if you wish to take your learning further and qualify as an animal physiotherapist.
So whether you are interested in providing additional supportive nursing for your patients or you would like to have a basic introduction and look at qualifying as an animal physiotherapist, this course will provide a fantastic insight using practical examples throughout and taught by an experienced RVN and fully qualified and registered animal physiotherapist.
I am a qualified Animal Physiotherapist & Registered Veterinary Nurse.
I have been working with animals since I was 16 where I started as a kennel assistant at a rescue kennels. I then trained in my local practice to become an RVN. I have worked at different practices including the RSPCA Birmingham animal hospital where I gained a lot of experience and even worked on the ITV show Give a pet a home!
I shortly went back to private practice and Became a Deputy head nurse where I found my passion for rehabilitation by using class IV laser therapy. Whilst working in this practice I researched the different types of Lasers and set up clinics for primarily Geriatric patients. I became very passionate about rehabilitation and in particular the difference Laser therapy was making to many of my clients and with my own working cocker spaniels.
I then decided to pursue a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy with the college of Animal Physiotherapists. I started to work for Companion Animal health as a product specialist in primarily Laser therapy but also other rehabilitation products and regenerative medicine. I still work for Companion as I have a real passion for teaching practitioner’s how to use Laser successfully but I also bought my own Laser and set up Worcestershire Animal Therapy where I offer a mobile Physiotherapy and Laser service.
I also Do some work for Bromsgrove Canine Hydro and Physio where I enjoy seeing many different cases. From time to time I also still Locum in emergency Vet clinics and I teach Animal First Aid.
In my spare time I’m also a member of the IAAT Committee to help push the Musculoskeletal industry and I’m fully registered as a RAMP member. I also have a certificate in Feline Medicine and would like to educate further in rehabilitation for feline’s.