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Foundations of Physical Therapy for Small Animals

Course: #4597Level: Intermediate 2 Hours 380 Reviews
Recorded Webinar

The practice of Physical Therapy for Animals is one of the fastest growing niche specialty areas within our profession, providing evaluation and treatment of movement disorders caused by disability, injury and disease. This 2 contact-hour course builds upon the prior Introduction to PT for Animals and provides Intermediate Level 1 content on Small (non-Equine) Animals through lecture and slides with images, video, and case studies.

Participants are strongly encouraged to take the Introductory course (#4344) prior to this course.

Course created on January 20, 2023

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Course Type: Recorded Webinar

CEUs/Hours Offered: IACET/0.2

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify four major muscles of limb movement in small animals.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recognize typical behavior traits and handling techniques for dogs and cats.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list at least two key elements of performing goniometry in small animals.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recall two or more traits commonly used to assess pain in small animals.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe three beneficial aspects of Controlled Leash Walking.


0-15 Minutes Review of learning outcomes, Review of Intro course, Contraindications
15-30 Minutes Myology, Case Study
30-50 Minutes Body Type, Breed ID, Terminology, Case Study
50-60 Minutes Behavior and Handling
60-75 Minutes Examination/Goniometry
75-95 Minutes Assessment and Scoring Tools, Case Study
95-115 Minutes Controlled Leash Walking, Basic Exercises
115-120 Minutes Summary, Q & A


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Presenter Disclosure: •Financial disclosures: The presenter is the sole owner of Joycare Onsite, LLC that is her private practice for animal PT in which she provides evaluation, treatment, and consultation to pets/pet owners. Joycare Media is a division of Joycare Onsite and is the media and publishing arm of her business from which she receives royalties from her 2 published books: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer and All Hands on Pet. Her books are distributed and printed through Ingram/Lightning Source. The presenter will also receive an honorarium for this course. •Non-financial disclosures: The presenter is a member of the APTA and IAVRPT

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by, a Continued site.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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