An Introduction to Veterinary Physiotherapy for the Orthopaedic Patient

This course will help you to do more in practice to optimise the recovery of patients following orthopaedic surgery or conditions – in particular, patients requiring treatment or surgery for cruciate rupture, spinal conditions and limb fractures.

Your learning on the course will provide a basic introduction that will enable vets and nurses in first opinion or referral practice to have a deeper understanding of the recovery implications for these orthopaedic conditions, and learn simple techniques that can help optimise patient healing, maintain mobility, and improve comfort levels; as part of the multi-modal approach to rehabilitation.

We will look at the specific case considerations and assessment of patients, as well as the use of standard techniques such as effleurage and petrissage; passive range of movement exercises, stretching, improving proprioception and balance, and strength-building.

We will also look at the support we can offer to owners in caring for their pets after surgery, including exercise advice, and minor adaptations to the home that can help to maintain mobility for these patients and lessen the risk of injury or protracted recovery.

The skills that you will learn on this course will enable you to to set up basic post-operative management and rehabilitation clinics and provide a more thorough, rounded and rewarding service to your orthopaedic patients, and clients will appreciate this extra level of service you will be able to offer.

We will also help you to understand when referral to a qualified veterinary physiotherapist may be indicated.

A good knowledge of physiology and anatomy, (with a recap on this topic if you haven’t studied for a while) is suggested to ensure you get the best from the course.

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Kerrie Oakley

Suitable for: Veterinary nurses, vets.


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When do I start learning?

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the basic post operative physiotherapy requirements for orthopaedic patients

  • Be able to carry out and demonstrate simple techniques and exercises to optimise the recovery of patients who have undergone cruciate repair, fracture repair and spinal surgeries.

  • Have a clear idea how to set up a clinic to enable multimodal support and maintenance for the orthopaedic patient

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Kerrie Oakley

Dip A Phys RVN Cert Ed