Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy.
The main purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and maximise performance.
Chartered physiotherapists are highly trained to assess and treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems.
A growing number of Chartered Physiotherapists now work with animals. Unlike the title ‘Veterinary Surgeon’ the title ‘Animal or Veterinary Physiotherapist’ is not protected. This means that anyone can call themselves an animal or veterinary physiotherapist regardless of their qualifications. The title ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’ is protected by law and can only be used by physiotherapists who have achieved a high level of academic and practical training in all aspects of physiotherapy and are consequently qualified and registered to practice.
Note: Legislation stipulates that animals may only be treated by a Veterinary Surgeon or someone authorised by a Veterinary Surgeon. Members of ACPAT adhere to this requirement to safeguard the interest of the animal.