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7 October 2022 09:00 - 7 October 2022 17:00

Vet Nurse Merit Award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

Smart Veterinary Clinic, 8 waterside business park, Lamby Way Rumney South Glamorgan, CF3 2EQ

BSAVA Nurse Member £525.00
Non BSAVA Member     £787.50

Venue:                 SMART Clinic, Hoel Dulais, Birchgrove, Swansea, SA7 9LH
Lowri Davies BVSc MRCVS & Amanda Morgan MCSP ACPAT A

Online resource opens:
Friday 30th September 2022
First attendance days:
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th October 2022
Third attendance day: Saturday 12th November 2022

Overview of award
The course is designed to provide a basic introduction into the discipline of canine rehabilitation. It is designed to provide a brief review of canine musculoskeletal anatomy focusing on anatomical land-marks and forelimb flexors and extensors as well as the key muscles of the trunk and neck. This section is essential to allow candidates to develop a degree of proficiency in palpation and examination of the rehabilitation patient. It also covers the basics of gait analysis. 
The key skill of outcome assessment is also covered - this enables candidates to use pain scores as well as other objective and subjective measures to critically appraise any technique they implement in the rehabilitation context. 
The course focuses on basic rehabilitation techniques such as hot and cold therapy, manual therapy and exercise based rehabilitation - all of which can be incorporated into practice at minimal cost but which are extremely effective rehabilitation tools.
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to rehabilitation and it is envisaged that nurses subsequent to to taking the course should be able to work effectively as part of a rehabilitation team with a supporting veterinary surgeon and be able to implement basic rehabilitation skills into practice. It is not designed to make them a trained Physiotherapist

Day 1: Friday 7th October 2022  will begin with an overview of the place of nurses in the framework of the rehabilitation team and how the process of rehabilitation is addressed. Practical sessions in examination of the patient will be included.

Day II: Saturday 8th October 2022 will continue by looking at different types of therapy available and how they can be applied, assessed and monitored, including hot and cold therapy, acupuncture and electrotherapy. Practical sessions on therapeutic exercises will be included.

Webinar I: Tissues response to injury – How to promote healing and why things go wrong.

Day III: Saturday 12th November will cover postoperative rehabilitation and physiotherapy of orthopaedic and spinal patients and will then look at prevention of injuries, weight and mobility and managing the obese patient. Includes practical sessions on hydrotherapy and case examples throughout the day.

Webinar II:  Therapeutic exercises – a practical approach to what can be achieved in practice

Key Learning Objectives
  • Improved understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy
  • The ability to assess and measure outcomes - Use of pain scores, goniometers, quality of life questionnaires
  • Implement hot and cold therapy
  • Develop a basic home exercise regime
  • Understand the principles of laser and ultrasound
  • Overview of the nurses role rehabilitation and how to integrate it into geriatric and weight clinics

An online assessment and case study will follow these attendance events and at the end of the award you will receive a certificate and badge.


Vet Nurses with an interest in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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