Introduction to Veterinary Physiotherapy
Who studies veterinary physiotherapy?
The Veterinary Physiotherapy degree is of interest to students who are passionate about caring for animals, and enjoy interacting with animal owners, the veterinary profession and others involved in the care and treatment of animals. Physiotherapists analyse and assess animals' posture, movement and locomotory function, and treat musculoskeletal problems such as muscular damage, back pain, fractures, some neurological conditions and sporting injuries. Physiotherapy can also help animals recover following surgery, and enhance working or athletic ability. Physiotherapists often work with a range of animals, from horses to dogs, cats and occasionally livestock. Physiotherapy techniques include massage, stretching, electrotherapies, specially tailored exercise programmes, and rehabilitation. Therapists work closely with veterinary surgeons, trainers and, of course, animal owners.
Some veterinary physiotherapists work alongside veterinary surgeons within vet practices and hospitals in the treatment of animals. A number of physios work closely with the equine sports industry within racing or eventing enterprises. Others work independently, setting up their own businesses working with horse and dog owners. Veterinary physiotherapists must only treat animals following veterinary referral. Find out more about veterinary physiotherapy at www.navp.co.uk.