International Association of Animal Therapists

Veterinary / Animal Physiotherapy

Established over 35 years ago and pioneered by Sherry Scott MBE and Mary Bromiley MBE, Animal Physiotherapy soon became a recognised and vital profession within the companion, competitive and working animal industries.

Animal Physiotherapy is used to rehabilitate and maintain health, mobility, function and performance in all animals whether they are your top competitor or your best friend. A full treatment will assess your animals gait, mobility, muscle balance, muscle, tendon and ligament elasticity and strength, joint and limb flexibility and range of movement and over all suppleness.

Physiotherapy can treat a broad spectrum of conditions whether it is performance, medical or surgically related, with goals remaining the same.

Animal physiotherapists are trained in both manual techniques, such as acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point release, massage, soft tissue work and joint mobilisation, as well as electrotherapies such as laser, ultrasound, electro stimulation and pulsed electromagnetic therapy.

Post treatment and when appropriate, a full exercise rehabilitation programme can be written specifically for your animals condition to ensure the body can repair correctly and reduce the incidence of re-injury.

Therapists are presented with a range of conditions through their working day ranging from general check overs for peace of mind to arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, lameness and gait abnormalities, loss of muscle, behavioural issues, degenerating diseases and much more. It has a positive impact on musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, orthopaedic, post-operative and neurological conditions.

Like all therapies it is essential that contact is made with the treating vet, whether it be a courtesy call (following veterinary law) or to discuss ongoing issues, findings and next stages.

There are however times when therapy would not be the right mode of treatment at a specific time and this is why a full understanding of the animals past and present condition is essential. Should your animal be suffering with a temperature, infection, vomiting or diarrhoea, using any form of treatment that boosts circulation would make the animal feel much worse and can over load the system with the toxins the body is trying to expel. The same theory applies to any animal that has been diagnosed with any form of cancer or leukaemia.

Veterinary physiotherapy is becoming a very popular profession enabling those with a passion and talent for working with animals fulfil their career dreams. Many universities and colleges offer courses ranging from MSc, Degree, post graduate and diploma levels.

Typically students begin their training with a Veterinary, Equine or human background, however there are many talented professionals who have come with an equine or canine training, behavioural or competing background and have become very popular with their clients due to their in depth understanding and knowledge of the species.