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Veterinary Physiotherapy 1 : An introduction to physiotherapy in the geriatric patient

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Price: £129

This course is available online. Please see below for more details on how to attend this course via the Internet.

Veterinary Physiotherapy: An introduction



Do you want to do more in practice to help your geriatric patients with the daily struggles associated with osteoarthritis? With a prevalence of *20% in adult dogs and 80% in geriatric dogs, and similar figures for cats, a large amount of patients coming through your practice will be suffering with osteoarthritis to some degree.

We will look at massage and use of effleurage and petrissage; passive range of movement exercises, stretching, improving proprioception and balance, strength building (with and without basic apparatus), exercise advice, and many environmental considerations that can be easily implemented.

The skills that you will learn on this course will enable you to provide a more thorough, rounded and rewarding service to your patients, and your clients will love the changes that they see in their pets too.

Your learning from the course will ultimately enable you to set up clinics to help owners help their pets.


*Johnston SA: Osteoarthritis: joint anatomy, physiology, and pathobiology. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 1997, 27:699–723. 



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

  • Have an understanding of the pathophysiological changes that occur during the downward spiral that many geriatric pets face
  • Be able to carry out and demonstrate simple techniques and exercises to help the geriatric patient
  • Have a clear idea how to set up a clinic for their geriatric patients with mobility issues

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Katie Lawrence V.Phys MASSVAP
Course tutor | Veterinary Physiotherapy
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