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Information for Veterinarians

Please see our Learning Platform for a free CVE approved course “An Introduction to Animal Physiotherapy” that gives brief overview on Animal Physiotherapy

What is Animal Physiotherapy?

Animal or Veterinary Physiotherapy is a complimentary therapy for animals. It’s used for the treatment and rehabilitation of various orthopaedic and neurological conditions, as well as the prevention of these conditions. It’s also used for the enhancement of athletic performance. Animal Physiotherapists do not diagnose animals, and should refer back to the treating veterinarian if any issue or concern arises outside of their remit.

Veterinary Referral/Permission

Animals shouldn’t be treated until a veterinarian has signed off on the animal. Usually, this is in the form of a referral letter and may be granted either as a direct referral, or as permission to treat if the owner approaches the physiotherapist. This is because medical history may show up contraindications to treatment the owners may not know about or remember. The Irish Veterinary Practice Act was amended in 2012 (section 54) for the inclusion of non-veterinary persons, and is available via the Irish Statute Book. Further information may be found through the animal physiotherapist’s regulatory body on their specific requirements.

Common Conditions

This is not a full list of treatable conditions but may serve as a guide:

  • Muscle sprains/spasm
  • Arthritis/DJD
  • Tendon or ligament damage
  • Fracture recovery
  • Post operative recovery
  • CCLR
  • Kissing Spines
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • IVDD
  • Wound repair/scar reduction
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Patella luxation

Treatment Modalities

Currently, Fleetfoot Animal Physiotherapy has access to a Class 3b Laser, Long-wave Therapeutic Ultrasound, TENS/NMES, as well as various exercise equipment. We also incorporate massage and prescribe at home exercises for owners. This list is subject to change as more equipment and modalities are added, as we strive for research based treatment.


If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!