Information for Owners
You may find the following information useful. If you would like any more information or have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me.
What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?
Veterinary Physiotherapy is a science-based profession aiming to reduce pain and discomfort as well as improving movement, function and performance.
A veterinary physiotherapist uses a combination of static, dynamic, palpation and range of motion assessments to identify any areas of pain, dysfunction or weakness. Manual therapies, electrotherapies, remedial exercise and home management plans are then tailored to the specific case in order to achieve these improvements.
These techniques can benefit a wide variety of animals; including pets, older animals, and competitive athletes.
Veterinary Physiotherapy and the Law
Under the Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 2015, remedial veterinary physiotherapy may only be carried out under referral by a veterinary surgeon. The veterinary surgeon must also ensure that they are confident that the therapist is appropriately qualified and competent. Indicators of this can include membership of a voluntary register with associated standards of education and conduct, supported by a disciplinary process.
Musculoskeletal maintenance for healthy animals does not require veterinary surgeon referral; although the animal should stilll be registered with a veterinary surgeon. In the event of potential disease, injury or pathology, treatment should cease and the animal referred back to the veterinary surgeon. The veterinary physiotherapist will ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon.
Therefore, if your horse or dog requires any remedial treatment for a past or current injury or condition, it is necessary to receive referral or consent from the veterinary surgeon prior to veterinary physiotherapy assessment and treatment.
The canine and equine veterinary consent forms can be found below.
If your animal is healthy with no underlying injuries or conditions, veterinary consent is not required. However, I will be making your veterinary surgeon aware prior to commencing maintenance treatments as per guidance by my professional associations and register. If I believe it is necessary, I will refer your animal back to your veterinary surgeon.
As well as vet consent, I am also required to gain formal consent from the animal's owner for both maintenance and remedial treatments, as well as to enable me to discuss treatment with your veterinary surgeon. Consent regarding holding personal details and data where necessary is also required.
The canine and equine owner consent forms (relating to animal treatment and data protection) can be fond below.
I am proud to be member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and the Animal Health Professions' Register (AHPR), which both aim to maintain high standards of practice with animal welfare as the first priority.
Choosing a member of these organisations ensures that the practitioner:
Has qualified from an accredited and recognised training programme
Carries suitable professional and public liability insurance
Works in accordance with current legislation
Works with other professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Works within a professional code of conduct and ethics to ensure animal welfare
Continually enhances their skills, knowledge and education by completing continued professional development (CPD)
Maintains a clinically reasoned, scientically-based approach to treatment
Click on the above logos to enter the corresponding websites for further information.
What are the benefits of Veterinary Physiotherapy?
Veterinary physiotherapy has many benefits to a wide range of animals - whether they be pets, retired or performance athletes of any level.
Further information can be found below.