Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

taught by Emily Ashdown

Course description

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice Online Accredited CPD Course

Module 1: What is Physiotherapy and Professional legalities

Key learning Aims and Objectives
•To provide a critical overview of Animal Physiotherapy
•Top explain how the industry started and where it is now.
•To understand the legal protection of an Animal Physiotherapist.
•To learn and identify the registers for Musculoskeletal Practitioners
•To identify the different types of Physiotherapy- Rehabilitation, Sports and Maintenance.

Module 2: What does a Physiotherapist do?

Key Learning Aims and Objectives
•To allow delegates to evaluate the Anatomy and Assessment of the patient.
•To provide delegates with a range of skills to Analyse a patients Gait.
•To learn Physiotherapy techniques for Stretching, Improving Proprioception and balance.
•To learn Basic Massage Techniques and the use of Effleurage and Petrissage.
•To understand a more advanced therapeutic range of exercise programs including the use of machines such as PEMF, Ultrasound and Laser to enhance and support the patient’s recovery.

Module 2: How can an RVN apply Physiotherapy in practice and how to qualify as an Animal Physiotherapist

Key Learning Aims and Objectives
•To allow delegates to evaluate and prepare post-operative care and developing a treatment plan for these patients.
•Guidance on implementing a successful Osteoarthritis Clinic.
•To identify when to involve qualified Physiotherapists within treatment plans.
•Advice on further education to qualify as a Physiotherapist and relevant Associations.

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. 

Emily Ashdown
Emily Ashdown
RVN, DIP Vet Phys, ISFMCERT, MIAAT, MRAMP, MBN.

      

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.

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Reviews (11)

by Katie Tofts

Good introduction to physiotherapy

by Rachel Evers
I really liked this course as it explained lots of the avenues to go down and contained good information.

Amazing

by Karen Holding
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed completing this course and learned a lot from it. It’s certainly made my mind up that I want to follow a path in animal Physiotherapy. Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable course.
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by Katie Tofts

Good introduction to physiotherapy

by Rachel Evers
I really liked this course as it explained lots of the avenues to go down and contained good information.

Amazing

by Karen Holding
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed completing this course and learned a lot from it. It’s certainly made my mind up that I want to follow a path in animal Physiotherapy. Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable course.

by Alex-Louise Bache
Really enjoyed this course and gave me more of an insight of what we as nurses can be doing on a daily basis to help animals along in their rehabilitation. Also has given me an idea on what route I can go down further regarding qualifications.

Very Interesting

by Beth Shankland
Really enjoyed this course. Easy to access, resources all very well written/recorded. Indulged my love for physiotherapy/rehab and considering doing something further in the field thanks to this.

by Danielle Beal-Harris
Have really enjoyed this course. I have been interest in Animal Physio since i started my Vet Nursing career. Unfortunately New Zealand doesn't have anywhere yet to study to get a qualification in it but this has been a great way to learn about how to treat the patients as a nurse. Thank you!

Fantastic course

by Laura Moloney-Quinn
Great course, a good introduction to small animal physiotherapy

Practical Physiotherapy for SA Practice

by lynsey reynolds
Fantastic course, I found it really useful and has shown me where I need to go next! Been interested in rehabilitation for years but never sure how to progress, now I feel much more confident and inspired. Thank you Emily and Innovet, highly recommend!

Fantastic course

by Aoife Plunkett
Fantastic course! I now have a better insight of what i can do as a nurse to help our in house patients

Excellent!

by Bridie Elizabeth Holder
This course has been wonderful for me as I had an interest in complementary care but was unsure what to do about it! I am more determined than ever to progress down this path and Emily has given great advice as to where I should go to progress. I am so greatful that she took the time to make this CPD, hero!

Really great introduction

by Mari Vuorinen
This was a very nice introduction course to the world of Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice. As an introduction I completely understand the general view on things and this course definitely makes you want to learn more. One thing that would be good is to add into the screen or in the learning material those clinic names that the course leader is mentioning in the last video (what clinics to follow in Facebook etc) as she speaks so fast and even if rewinding it is difficult to make up what they are. Otherwise I really enjoyed this course and can't wait to find out more about the physiotherapy or new courses.