Practical Canine Rehabilitation in Veterinary Practice 4 - 7th April 2025

This course, based on the canine patient, and aimed at veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in practice, will educate participants in:

  • how pain is perceived;
  • the processes involved in the development of chronic pain as a disease;
  • and the effects that this may have on the patient’s ability to move and function.

The processes of inflammation and repair will be explained in practical terms so that the relevant rehabilitation therapy can be selected at the appropriate time. The consequences of not mobilising patients adequately will be explored, so that the need for physical rehabilitation for osteoarthritic, chronic pain and post surgical patients can be appreciated.

The theory and evidence behind a range of therapeutic modalities will be provided along with the indications, contraindications and limitations of such treatments. The modalities to be discussed in detail include thermotherapy, massage, hydrotherapy, Class 3B and Class 4 laser, infrared devices, ultrasound, extra corporeal shockwave therapy, electrical stimulation and therapeutic exercise. 

There will be a substantial practical component to the course and participants will be introduced to the different types of exercise equipment that they might use in practice , and taught how to use a wide range of therapeutic modalities. In addition there will be practical sessions on how to approach a chronic pain or rehabilitation consultation from referral to report, physically assess a chronic pain or rehabilitation patient, to recognise normal and abnormal gaits, to analyse a range of outcome measures, prepare a therapeutic exercise program and consider how to set up a veterinary rehabilitation clinic. At the end of the four days, the participants should understand how to take a problem based approach and create progress guided protocols for osteoarthritic and surgical patients.

Price for RVNs is £1,200 (no VAT)  Please contact Kay at to register

Hydrotherapy: this course is designed for any vet or nurse in practice and not everyone will have access to their own or even local hydrotherapy units.
The theory, possible pitfalls and how to direct a hydrotherapist will be covered in this course, but for more hands on, practical teaching for those with their own units, your tutor, Siobhan Menzies can offer stand alone days to attend her clinics and learn from her and her colleagues. 
This one day offering costs £275 and dates can be arranged once the main course has been completed.  Please contact for further information.
Full Price: £1580
Ticket Type: Non Member
Early Bird Deadline: 31/10/2024
Early Bird Price: £1500
Start Date: 4th April 2025 - 7th April 2025
End Date: 07/04/2025
Location: Overtown Manor