eCPD Tutorials

Physiotherapy for Post-Operative Patients

£7.50 Ex VAT

eCPD Tutorial 
Start:  On-demand / Unlimited Lifetime Access
CPD:    50 minutes (UK), 1 point (AUS, NZ)
Level:  Introduction / Intermediate



Course Summary

This 50 minute eCPD tutorial on physiotherapy management and intervention for post-operative patients includes:


  • Fracture repairs and ligament reconstructions (surgical patients)
  • Hemi-laminectomy to relieve disc compression of the spinal cord (neurological patients)
  • Pneumonia (critical care patients)


The challenges and goals for surgical patients include:


  • Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length to ensure the patient returns to the fullest level of function
  • To improve strength and balance using specific exercises
  • To improve stamina by pacing the rehabilitation programmes


The challenges and goals for neurological patients include:


  • Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length, this is crucial in recumbent patients as joints can become inflamed leading to stiffness, muscles can become imbalanced resulting in tight / short flexors and weak extensors resulting in a patient who may have the ability to ambulate, but doesn’t because he has developed preventable joint and muscle secondary changes.
  • Neurological patients tend to recover voluntary motor function, then strength and finally balance. The lecture will outline the stages of rehabilitation for early, mid and late stages, to return the patient back to the highest level of function.


An accurate patient assessment of the respiratory patient is essential to establish an effective treatment plan. The webinar with guide you through physiotherapy assessment, treatment and outcome measures for patients with:


  • Atelectasis
  • Retention of secretions (pneumonia)
  • Ventilation / perfusion (V/Q) mis-matching
  • Hypoxaemia
  • Pain

Course Tutor

Donna Carver BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP
Pain and Rehabilitation Service, University of Glasgow

Course Length

The course is worth 50 minutes of CPD for UK delegates and 1 AVNAT point  for Australian and New Zealand delegates


The course is provided with unlimited lifetime access for on-demand learning

Course Notes

Unfortunately course notes are not available to accompany this tutorial

Release date: Jul 2018


Donna Carver BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP
Pain and Rehabilitation Service, University of Glasgow


Donna qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1993, whilst working in a busy small animal practice. She then took up the position of head nurse in this practice and gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 1998.  In 2000 Donna joined the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Services (R (D) SVS) as a surgical nurse.  From 2002 Donna was employed as an emergency and critical care nurse, and whilst studying for a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy (2009). Donna then returned to the R (D) SVS in 2009 as a physiotherapist / veterinary nurse.  Since May 2011 Donna has been employed at the Glasgow University Veterinary School, with the Pain and Rehabilitation service providing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to small animals.  Donna has given many physiotherapy lectures at local level for the Scottish British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), at national level for BSAVA and at international level for the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).  Donna is the author of Practical Physiotherapy for Veterinary Nurses, published by Wiley in 2015.


Upon purchase, the tutorial will be immediately available to view from ‘My Courses’ (along with your course notes, if available). Every eCPD tutorial now comes with lifelong access, so you can view the tutorial as may times as you like, with no time limits!


If you make any personal notes during the tutorial using ‘take notes’, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My Courses’.

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 50 minutes of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 1 AVNAT CPD point to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 1 CPD point.



This course has been listed as ‘Introduction / Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


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