Nurses Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

NCert (Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation)

Overview

Physical rehabilitation is an invaluable addition to veterinary practice, improving surgical outcomes and quality of life for patients with orthopaedic and neurological conditions. New for 2022, this unique programme is delivered by a veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse who have further qualifications in the field. It provides comprehensive knowledge and hands-on training in physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques which can be applied directly back in practice.

Description

This programme will cover:

  • A general skeletal, myology, sindesmology, arthrology, and topographic review
  • Physiology of healing,
  • Key areas of assessment and rehabilitation techniques
  • Practical hands-on experience and consideration of cases

Summary

This modular programme is made up of four two-day courses. For those wishing to complete the whole course and sit the examination, you must complete all eight modules within three years.

This programme is very practical. In order to get the most from the programme, please bring your dog, if possible.

Electronic and downloadable comprehensive course notes are provided for each module via our online platform Moodle. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all face-to-face modules.

Please contact Improve International or our Programme Tutors for further information.

The programme course fees INCLUDE registration with ISVPS and all of the examination and assessment fees.

Delegates will also be provided additional study skills sessions aiding the delegate to develop their reflective skills. This will help them in their clinical assessments and revision of their learning, which can be used within their future career.

Completion of this programme, and passing of all assessments, leads to the post nominals NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Phys

Please note that this programme does not lead to the qualification or right to title ‘Veterinary Physiotherapist’

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 26 January 2022

Nurses & Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
26 Jan 2022
12 Jul 2022
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8 Day Course
Swindon
Cátia Mota e Sá, Jools Howe, Elisabeth Cameron, Katie Beckinsale
From £2,599.00 + VAT
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This programme is recognised by IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists).

Upon payment of a subscription to IAAT (not included in Improve International course fee), delegates who complete the programme and pass all assessments will be eligible to become members of IAAT and be added to their register..

Introduction to physiotherapy. Functional anatomy
26 Jan 2022 | Swindon

This first module will give you an insight into physiotherapy and will review basic anatomy via a wet lab.

Introduction to Physiotherapy. Functional anatomy

  • Principles of animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • General Skeletal anatomy, Myology and sindesmology review
  • Arthrology and Topographic review
  • Biomechanics and common gaits
  • Co-relate anatomy aspects with function and common clinical pathologies.

Key Learning objectives

  • Define the principles, objectives, and benefits of physiotherapy, explaining the role of the rehabilitation veterinary nurse/technician and their relation within the veterinary team.
  • Define the importance of initiating an early rehabilitation programme.
  • Identify the bones and muscles of the axial and appendicular skeleton and the relevant anatomical landmarks, explaining their clinical importance.
  • Describe the different types of muscles and explain their function, with particular focus on skeletal muscle.
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of tendons and ligaments (composition, structure, function)
  • Define the terms of joint movement.
  • Identify the different tissue types and structures that make up the synovial joints of the appendicular skeleton and explain their clinical relevance.
  • Explain the function of the central pattern generators and interpret and appraise a variety of gait patterns including walk, pace, trot, and gallop.
  • Classify the difference between conformation and posture and how this may predispose to injuries.
  • Relate anatomy to function and explain how this relationship may be associated with certain clinical conditions.
  • Define the anatomy of the stifle and explain the clinical relevance of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL)

Speaker: Elisabeth Cameron
Applied physiology. Physiology of healing. Physiology of sport
27 Jan 2022 | Swindon

To restore core stability and joint stability, one needs to apply the knowledge of the physiological properties of our patients. This module aims to study the biological and biomechanical systems, in order to ensure the correct steps can be made into physiotherapy and rehabilitation practices.

Applied Physiology. Physiology of Healing. Physiology of Sport.

  • Healing Physiology
  • Inflammation classification
  • Muscle physiology
  • Sports physiology

Key learning objectives:

  • List the different steps of healing physiology.
  • Classify the different types and stages of inflammation.
  • Explain the clinical significance of each inflammation stage.
  • State the healing times for different types of tissue – muscle vs. tendon vs. cartilage
  • Recognise the importance of different healing times, the factors that delay or accelerate healing and how they affect therapeutic approach.
  • Explain how general physiotherapy techniques may affect healing.
  • Define the implications related to tissue immobilization and outline the importance of early re-mobilization.
  • State the existence of different types of muscle fibers and their relevance in different sporting skills.
  • List physiological differences between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
  • Explain adaptations that occur in tissues, cardiovascular and respiratory systems with improving fitness levels.

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Physiology of Pain. Classification of Pain, Trigger Points and Tender Bands. Neurological and Muscle-skeletal assessment – part I
16 Mar 2022 | Swindon

This module will cover the pathophysiology and classification of pain so that understanding can be applied during the rehabilitation process.

  • Discuss the main mechanism of nociception and pain modulation.
  • Define pain classification concerning temporal, physiologic aspects, and location (Acute vs chronic pain; adaptive vs non-adaptive; somatic vs visceral).
  • Identify the location and source of lameness.
  • Classify and explain the trigger points and tender bands.

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the physiology of pain and nociception.
  • List the steps of nociception (transduction, transmission, modulation, projection, and perception)
  • Classify the different types of pain as to their source, location, and duration.
  • Recognize the types of nerve fibers and their relevance to pain management.
  • Explain the mechanisms of the “Gate control” in pain modulation and its application to animal physiotherapy.
  • State and implement the validated scales for the classification and quantification of pain with respect to canine and feline species.
  • Define trigger point and tender band.
  • Identify lameness and subtle abnormalities in gait, using main anatomic references and alterations in body carriage (ischial tuberosity, sacrum crest, head nod, hip hike, stride length, swing phase).
  • State the pathophysiological mechanism involved in trigger points and tender bands.
  • Explain active and latent trigger points, their cause, clinical relevance and treatment in veterinary physiotherapy.

Speaker: Cátia Mota e Sá DVM, MSc, CCRP, Dipl. Quiropráctica Animal
Neurological and Muscle-skeletal assessment – part II
17 Mar 2022 | Swindon

This module will continue to explore the neuro-musculoskeletal (NMSK) examination techniques to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. Thus enabling the accurate recording and monitoring of improvements/signs of deterioration within the rehabilitation process.

  • Orthopedic evaluation
  • Neurological evaluation
  • Myofascial evaluation
  • Monitoring and evaluation progress at rehabilitation program
  • Objective and subjective criteria of evaluation (perimetry, goniometry)

Key learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to perform a variety of orthopedic assessment tests and differentiate between normal and abnormal findings.
  • State how to perform a variety of neurological assessment tests and differentiate between normal and abnormal findings.
  • Identify the different assessment techniques for evaluating muscular pain and superficial sensory disturbances.
  • Describe how to perform adequate goniometry and muscle measurements and evaluate their role in the veterinary setting.
  • Evaluate the variety of methods used to record and monitor improvement in rehabilitation programs.
  • Recognize warning signs and signs of deterioration that may be presented by an animal at the rehabilitation programme.
  • Recognize the importance of identifying those signs and reporting them to the veterinarian.

Speaker: Cátia Mota e Sá DVM, MSc, CCRP, Dipl. Quiropráctica Animal
Physical Rehabilitation Techniques I
3 May 2022 | Swindon

Physiotherapy involves a number of different treatments and preventative approaches, depending on the specific requirements of the veterinary patient. This module will provide an introduction to the most common physiotherapy techniques used in practice.

  • General objectives and SMART goals
  • General security and animal welfare
  • Principles of superficial thermotherapy: how it works, common indications, safety concerns and recommendations
  • Principles of cryotherapy: how it works, common indications, safety concerns and recommendations
  • Principles of massage therapy: superficial and deep techniques, physiologic response to massage; indications, contraindications and precautions
  • Principles of stretching: technique, physiologic response; indications, contraindications and precautions
  • Principles of articular mobilization: technique, physiologic response; indications, contraindications and precautions

Key learning objectives :

  • Recognize the importance of setting realistic treatment objectives with the assistance of SMART goal techniques.
  • Explain the importance of correct therapeutic handling and the application of physiotherapy with a specific focus on animal welfare and wellbeing.
  • Identify signs of stress and discomfort during physiotherapy sessions and demonstrate how to alter the session accordingly.
  • Explain the benefits, physiological principles, therapeutic indications, contraindications, and special precautions of:

Cryotherapy

Superficial Thermotherapy

Massage techniques

  • Evaluate the difference between passive range of motion and active range of motion and the benefits and indications of each.
  • Explain the physiologic mechanism underlying PROM exercises and their benefits from a myofascial and neurological point of view.
  • Demonstrate how to perform a PROM exercise program and how to include them in a rehabilitation programme.
  • List the main safety concerns about PROM exercises
  • Define stretch from an articular range of motion scope.
  • Explain the indications and contraindications of stretch exercises.
  • List the various types of stretching techniques.
  • Implement safe stretches on a variety of muscle groups, explaining the intention and duration of the stretch as well as any associated safety concerns.

Speaker: Elisabeth Cameron
Physical Rehabilitation Techniques II. Hydrotherapy
4 May 2022 | Swindon

As far back as 2400 BC when it was first discovered by the ancient greeks water has been used for healing thus the term 'Hydrotherapy' or 'Water healing'. This module looks at Hydrotherapy as a form of non-weight bearing exercise within the rehabilitation process.

  • Principles of active exercises: definition, general and specific objectives, general and specific indications, repetitions and duration, safety concerns and recommendations
  • Design a rehabilitation programme.
  • Principles of hydrotherapy: therapeutic objectives, indications, contraindications, precautions, and safety concerns
  • Underwater treadmill vs swimming pool: main therapeutic differences

Key learning objectives:

  • List the main difference between active and passive exercises, recognizing the general benefits of active exercises from distinct perspectives: myofascial, neurological, cardiovascular, and articular point of view.
  • Discuss the different types of active exercises according to their main specific goals (for balance, proprioceptive training, muscle tone and muscle strength improvement, enforcing specifically activating hind limb or forelimb musculature
  • State the time of introduction of each exercise according to the distinct clinical conditions, listing the main contraindications and safety concerns for each therapeutic exercise. Implement active exercise and provide guidance on the number of repetitions to be performed.
  • Explain how different surgical procedures may affect the time of introduction of distinct therapeutic exercises, despite the condition being the same (TPLO/TTA vs extracapsular technique for CCL rupture) Identify signs of fatigue/discomfort when performing exercises and know when to stop.
  • Recognize the different types of existing locomotion aid devices and explain their safe use.
  • Define the physical principles of water that allow the use of hydrotherapy, explaining how water properties may influence animal’s biomechanics as well as neurological, cardiovascular, and muscular skills.
  • State general clinical indications, precautions, and contraindications for a hydrotherapy therapeutic plan, recognizing the key differences between hydrotherapy in swimming pool or hydrotherapy on an underwater treadmill.
  • Demonstrate health and safety audit of the hydrotherapy set up.
  • Explain the difference between using a hydrotherapy pool vs an underwater treadmill and their considerations with regards to the condition being treated and the therapeutic goal.
  • Discuss the variety of setups available in the hydrotherapy pool and underwater treadmill.

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Physical Rehabilitation Techniques III
11 Jul 2022 | Swindon

This module will continue to look at therapeutic techniques which can be used in veterinary patients.

  • Therapeutic ultrasound – thermal and non-thermal effects
  • Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
  • Electrotherapy – TENS, NMES
  • Extra corporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy.

Key learning objectives :

  • Discuss the main principles of electrotherapies and their role in healing explaining the mechanism of action and the physiological principles of therapeutic ultrasound.
  • Explain the difference between the thermal effects and non-thermal effects of ultrasound according to clinical indications and state the main indications, precautions, contraindications, and safety concerns.
  • Explain the physiological principles, indications of use, contraindications, and application of low-level laser therapy (LLLT), discussing the differences between use of Class IIIb and Class IV laser systems in veterinary practice.
  • Develop an ultrasound protocol (with suitable parameterisation), referring to the frequency, intensity, speed, pulse, duration, and treatment area.
  • Recognise the therapeutic difference between TENS and NMES according to therapeutic goal and specific parameterization.
  • State the physiological principles, indications, contraindications, and special precautions in applying electric currents.
  • Explain fundamental concepts, such as duty cycle, ramp up and down, frequency, pulse width and intensity.
  • Evaluate the benefits and use of TENS in acute and chronic pain management and its application in the veterinary practice.
  • Describe application of electrodes to include:

– Skin preparation

– Methods to decrease skin resistance.

– Safety concerns

– Electrode’s placement (locally vs segmentary)

  • Classify the physiological principles, indications of use, contraindications and application of extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy.

Speaker: Elisabeth Cameron
Frequent Medical Conditions. Post-Surgical Approach. Management of osteoarthritis, neurological and Oncological Patients
12 Jul 2022 | Swindon

The module will look at a variety of veterinary conditions whereby the patient's recovery and quality of life will benefit from a physiotherapy and rehabilitation approach. You will be able to review all of the other modules in order to formulate a rehabilitation plan for specific patient requirements.

  • Associated complications in a variety of conditions.
  • Principles of rehabilitation program design (list of problems, list of goals, list of therapeutic modalities for each therapeutic goal and therapeutic criteria)
  • Main goals for immediate post-surgical patient
  • Main goals for osteoarthritic, neurologic, and oncologic patient
  • Safety concerns

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognize associated complications across a range of pathological, post-surgical, non-surgical, orthopedic, and neurological conditions.
  • Explain how associated complications will impact treatment options
  • Identify the main goals across a variety of rehabilitation plans and how these can be implemented into cases (e.g., treating pain, movement, strength)
  • Create a rehabilitation plan for:

– a specific post-operative case scenario

– for a specific non-surgical case scenario

– for a specific neurological case scenario

– plan for an oncology patient

– for a long-term hospitalized patient

  • Evaluating any associated safety concerns and discuss the considerations in each of the cases discussed.
  • Demonstrate and discuss reflection on an in-practice case study.

Speaker: Elisabeth Cameron

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 26 January 2022

Nurses & Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
26 Jan 2022
12 Jul 2022
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Cátia Mota e Sá, Jools Howe, Elisabeth Cameron, Katie Beckinsale
From £2,599.00 + VAT

Nurses Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Pricing

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NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Full Programme £2,599.00 £0.00 £2,599.00
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme (Deposit and Direct Debit 12 Monthly Payments) £195.00 £299.00 £2,639.00
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £2,300.00 £299.00 £2,599.00

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  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 26 January 2022

Nurses & Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
26 Jan 2022
12 Jul 2022
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Cátia Mota e Sá, Jools Howe, Elisabeth Cameron, Katie Beckinsale
From £2,599.00 + VAT
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This programme is recognised by IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists).

Upon payment of a subscription to IAAT (not included in Improve International course fee), delegates who complete the programme and pass all assessments will be eligible to become members of IAAT and be added to their register..

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 26 January 2022

Nurses & Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
26 Jan 2022
12 Jul 2022
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Cátia Mota e Sá, Jools Howe, Elisabeth Cameron, Katie Beckinsale
From £2,599.00 + VAT
blank

This programme is recognised by IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists).

Upon payment of a subscription to IAAT (not included in Improve International course fee), delegates who complete the programme and pass all assessments will be eligible to become members of IAAT and be added to their register..