What is a veterinary physiotherapist?
There has always been some confusion about the meaning of veterinary physiotherapy.
The term 'veterinary' is not a reserved word, merely meaning 'working with animals'. Hence a veterinary
physiotherapist is an individual who performs physiotherapy on animals.
In order to provide directed training, there are several courses now available in the UK that provide a
basis for producing a veterinary physiotherapist. CEPT offers one such course.
Why is there a need for veterinary physiotherapy?
There is now a greater understanding of the role that coordinated rehabilitation can play in an
animal's recovery from injury, illness, and after surgery.
Physiotherapy can be used from the moment of injury right through to the long term support of a healed
injury or area. The benefits can be seen in event horses, show jumpers and racing greyhounds
through to the elderly animal needing help with its daily mobility.
Physiotherapy can help muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and joints by the proper use of land and water-based therapies,
coupled with electrotherapies. The knowledge behind the therapy can only come with teaching, practice and experience.
Veterinary physiotherapy training with CEPT
Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training provides a course using the
facilities at the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (Sutton Bonington campus).
This is the newest veterinary school, and as such the course has access to all
the facilities associated with training veterinary surgeons.
The course is not academically linked with the University of Nottingham.
CEPT is a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP).
We are also listed on the Government's Careers
Advice Service website.
What does the course offer?
In brief, the training course is centered around a
problem-orientated approach to assessing and planning physiotherapy. Students
are able to develop their knowledge of a wide range of topics, from anatomy and
physiology, clinical conditions and therapeutic techniques through to study skills
and research methodology.
The course is unique for the standard
of the qualification in that there are specific lecture weekends where you are
taught with your classmates. CEPT believes this achieves a higher standard and
allows students to resolve queries directly with the lecturers, and also
generates a sense of being part of a group.
The theoretical teachings of the first year are used to
provide the basis for the practical training in the second year i.e. turning
theory into practice. CEPT uses veterinary
physiotherapists both from IRVAP (www.irvap.org.uk)
and from ACPAT (www.acpat.org),
and allocates the students to different clinics and
veterinary physiotherapists in order to gain a wide experience in the treatment of horses
and dogs, both sporting and domicile.
Qualification and support
course, or after gaining the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy,
students may join the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal
which provides support from a group of
veterinary physiotherapists. This allows newly qualified physiotherapists to ask
for advice and treatment options from a body of experience, and thus enables a
better degree of confidence in their work. IRVAP and CEPT also run CPD days for
refreshers and new techniques.