International Association of Animal Therapists
Continued Professional Development

An Introduction into Small Animal Rehabilitation

Qualification summary – key facts

Title: SVPS Level 3 Certificate An Introduction into Small Animal Rehabilitation

Level: 3

Accreditation: course accredited IRVAP (The Institute of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists) and quality assured by Lantra and One Awards

Guided Learning Hours: 70 hours

Total Qualification Time: 205 hours Qualification


To cement an understanding of the ethical and legal principles applicable to the application of small animal therapy To promote effective communication and liaison with owners, veterinary surgeons and other professionals when planning and implementing treatment and rehabilitation programs for small animal patients To equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to:

  • Identify the need for the rehabilitation of small animal clients
  • To deliver manual therapy safely and effectively within the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Plan and implement optimum rehabilitation and exercise programs for a variety of common small animal rehabilitation cases
  • To develop further treatment skills in land based therapy in order to support the delivery of this safely within veterinary practice. including the use of LLLT, NMES and Therapeutic Ultrasound

To develop the professional skills that will allow learners to identify further specialist training needs and areas for professional development through reflective practice

Progression Routes: On successful completion of SVPS Level 3 Certificate An Introduction into Small Animal Rehabilitation learners may increase practices offered within current practice or they may progress to areas of higher learning in veterinary physiotherapy, osteopathy or other routes of animal complimentary therapy training.

Entry requirements:

  • Level 3 certificate in Veterinary Nursing and currently employed in small animal practice
  • Level 3 in canine Hydrotherapy
  • Level 3 in canine massage therapy


  • Assessment method(s):
  • Written essay
  • Case studies
  • Case study presentations
  • Viva test
  • Practical exam
  • Completion of 60 practice placement hours and the completion of a competency skills workbook
  • Synoptic assessment(s)


To find out more contact:

Felicity Parris, Chartered and Veterinary Physiotherapist and Founder of SVPS Education 


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