Physical Therapy


Professional Development Course

AVNAT Registration Points: 5


Intermediate Plus Level: This course is useful for those with at least a few years of clinical experience looking to learn more about physical therapy techniques that veterinary nurses can implement to support patient recovery.

Physical therapy is an essential part of the post op recovery period and an area of care where nurses can be actively involved. Providing physical therapy is a great way to improve owner compliance with post op care, and allow regular contact with the clinic to monitor the patient’s progress. This subject will prepare students to discuss physical therapy with clients, devise routines they can follow, and recognise when to refer to a veterinary physiotherapist. It also covers techniques they can implement in clinic to help speed up the recovery of the post op patient. This subject will also teach students about the various muscles and muscle groups.


This course has been accredited for 5 points under the AVNAT Scheme.

What topics will we cover?

  • TOPIC 1 – Anatomy: Muscular System
  • TOPIC 2 – Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • TOPIC 3 – Massage
  • TOPIC 4 – Thermotherapy & Cryotherapy
  • TOPIC 5 – Passive Movements & Stretches
  • TOPIC 6 – Therapeutic Exercise
  • TOPIC 7 – Hydrotherapy
  • TOPIC 8 – Electrotherapies
  • TOPIC 9 – Physical Therapy for Surgical Patients
  • TOPIC 10 – Physical Therapy for Neurological Patients
  • TOPIC 11 – Physical Therapy for Critical Care Patients
  • TOPIC 12 – Cats, Carts & Harnesses