Raising the Standards of Animal Physiotheraphy

ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSPs) who have trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals

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ACPAT is a dynamic, progressive organisation, developed from within the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which aims to lead the field and the standards of animal physiotherapy and promote excellence through ongoing education, evaluation, research and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

A growing number of Chartered Physiotherapists now work with animals. 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. All ACPAT members are full practising members of the Chartered Society of Physiotheraphy (CSP).

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) is a Professional Network Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSPs) who have also trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

Animals, like people, respond to Physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSPs) who have also trained in Physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals and have specialist knowledge in anatomy and biomechanics, physiology and pathology. They use the detailed assessment to tailor treatments to each animal condition and the stage of the problem.

Animal Physiotherapy, also known veterinary physiotherapy, is used to treat and prevent a range of problems animals can experience. While no two species are exactly alike, neither are two animals of the same species, which is why it's so important to tailor the physiotherapy to the animal's specific needs. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSPs), trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

From the management of joint or spinal problems to rehabilitation after fractures or any injury, animal physiotherapy is used to restore and maintain an animal's mobility, function and performance. It is now considered an essential addition to medical and surgical treatment. ACPAT Physio Members cover the treatment of domestic pets, horses, farm animals and even exotic pets.

Horse (Equine) Physiotherapy

Horses are probably the most common species to receive physiotherapy. As with humans, the purpose of equine physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility and performance. From osteoarthritis to managing neurological problems and from resolving performance problems to treating ligament or tendon damage, equine physiotherapy has many applications for horses. Again like people, horses compensate for pain by adopting a less painful way of moving. This will often mean conditions go unnoticed for extended periods of time, leading to adaptations to muscles and soft tissue. By addressing the affected area, it prevents it from becoming a permanent problem and our fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSPs) carry out detailed assessments to allow for specific treatment.

Dog (Canine) Physiotherapy

Canine Physiotherapy is becoming increasingly popular amongst pet owners thanks to the level of care and rehabilitation benefits it offers dogs. Dog physiotherapy can be used to treat a number of problems, from joint conditions to rehabilitation post-surgery, nerve injuries and muscle strains. It is also used to address obesity and reduced fitness in dogs, and because they are prone to age-related changes, physiotherapy is an excellent way to slow down the effects of getting older for as long as possible.

Thanks to advancements in surgical techniques, dog physiotherapy has been proven to enhance a dog's outcome and help them get back to being fighting fit sooner. Certain methods can also reduce the need for medication to avoid relying on pain relief on a long-term basis.

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Membership

All full members of ACPAT must be annually subscribing full practising members of the CSP. Those members practising physiotherapy on humans must be registered with the HCPC. Category A and Category B members are required to have Professional & Public Liability Indemnity in order to practise on animals.

There are differing categories of membership. Below is the requirements for each membership to help guide you to which fits you best.

A Membership

  • Includes benefits from Cat B/C plus
  • Access to Wiley online journals
  • Listing on Find a Physio database
  • Access to promotional materials and merchandise
  • Use of ACPAT Branding

B Membership

  • Includes benefits from Cat C plus
  • Discount for ACPAT courses
  • ACPAT Block Insurance Scheme
  • Support from Education Officer
  • CPD and Peer Support via Regional Groups

C Membership

  • Access to members area on ACPAT Website
  • Four Front Journal and Newsletter
  • Discount for ACPAT Seminar
  • Access to selected ACPAT courses
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