Veterinary Physiotherapy – for the Expected and the Unexpected

November 21, 2017 6:30 pm


We delivered our first veterinary Continued Professional Development (CPD) event under The Ralph MPRS banner on Monday 23rd October at The Calcot Centre in Reading. CPD is vital for the maintenance and development of professional skills and knowledge. It is mandatory for vets and veterinary nurses. Kaye and I were both very excited about kicking off the MPRS programme of CPD learning, which I am sure will have more events in the future.

The session focused on an introduction to veterinary physiotherapy and how it can complement the care of veterinary patients. Kaye and I discussed the most common conditions that can benefit from veterinary physiotherapy – and there are lots of them!

We covered lots of ground starting with a discussion of what veterinary physiotherapy is and then reviewing its application to various situations. These included:

  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neurological, general medical and respiratory conditions
  • Geriatric care
  • Sporting/working dogs

Kaye and I are both keen to promote the use of physiotherapy for pre-habilitation. We introduced the audience to this concept. This is where we optimise physical functionality before surgery to get a head-start for post-operative recovery. We also discussed my favourite topic – respiratory physiotherapy for conditions such as aspiration pneumonia. There are so many conditions and situations where veterinary physiotherapy can support the care being given. We really believe that it is a crucial and integral part of any veterinary service.

We had an engaged audience who asked some pertinent questions when we opened up to the floor for discussion. This is such a great part of any presentation or teaching event, and we love discussing specific questions or cases.

At the event, we distributed hard copies of a handout I previously wrote giving an Overview of Indications for Veterinary Physiotherapy. It can be downloaded from this page.


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