Flexi Online CPD

Physiotherapy Techniques for RVNs – Flexi CPD

£155.00 Ex VAT

Type:  Flexi CPD 
Start:  On-demand / Unlimited Lifetime Access
CPD:    8 hours (UK), 8 points (AUS, NZ)
Level:  Intermediate



This CPD course is aimed at vet nurses in general practice


Module 1

An Introduction to Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Why is rehabilitation important?
  • Benefits of rehabilitation
  • Manual therapies
  • Electrotherapy
  • Thermal therapy
  • Remedial exercise
  • Physiotherapy for the neurological patient
  • Physiotherapy for the orthopaedic patient
  • Physiotherapy for the geriatric / osteoarthritic patient
  • Physiotherapy for the respiratory patient
  • Physiotherapy for the critically ill patient

Module 2

Veterinary Massage
  • Overview of anatomy, physiology and terminology
  • Why we massage and beneficial effects
  • Massage techniques
    • Effleurage
    • Petrissage
    • Compression
    • Friction
    • Tapotement
    • Chest percussion
  • Considerations and contraindications

Module 3

Passive Range of Motion and Thermal Therapies
  • Overview of joint anatomy
  • Range of motion assessment
  • PROM techniques
    • Single joints
    • Whole limb
  • Considerations and contraindications
  • Thermal therapies
    • Heat therapy
    • Cryotherapy
    • Contrast therapy

Module 4

Managing Osteoarthritis
  • Overview of osteoarthritis
  • Client education and home management
  • Exercise management
  • Diet and weight management
  • Osteoarthritis clinics in practice
  • Physiotherapy and complementary therapies


The course will be available immediately following purchase, with unlimited lifetime access and will provide a total of 8 hours of CPD (UK), or 8 points (Australia and New Zealand).

Release date:  Sept 2022

8 reviews for Physiotherapy Techniques for RVNs – Flexi CPD

  1. Samantha Goodwin

    I will definitely be able to apply this in my practice.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  2. Evie Holden

    Really enjoyed learning i come from a practice routinely doing orthopaedic surgery and feel the physiotherapy is not used as regularly as it should

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  3. Maria Craddock

    Good information and additional reading

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Newly qualified <2 years)

  4. Hannah Pomfret

    Comprehensive information about appropriate physio the techniques. the anatomy and understanding behind the techniques and where they could be applied in practice.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

  5. Tillie Wallace

    Really good and very informative course

    Rated: Introduction / Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  6. Lucy Doyle

    Learned some interesting new facts

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  7. Jessica Waldie

    Very informative, a little slow through some parts but good general coverage of all topics we may see in first opinion practice

    Rated: Introduction level

  8. Ann-Marie Gallagher

    Very informative.

    Rated: Intermediate level

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Matt Scott  BSc (Hons), MNAVP
Synergy Small Animal Rehabilitation


Matthew graduated from Harper Adams University in 2017 as part of the first cohort undergoing undergraduate training for veterinary physiotherapy. After graduation he worked as the in house physiotherapist at the Animal Health Trust small animal referral centre, assisting multiple services throughout the hospital including neurology, orthopaedics, and hydrotherapy. Matthew is a full member and accredited clinical educator of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and has achieved the Blue Paw Award in arthritis management through the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA). Matthew is registered with the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR) under the Vet Physio sub-group. He is also currently undertaking additional training to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee and Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning (VAHL). Matthew regularly provides webinars to other veterinary professionals and helps with the practical teaching of vet physio students. He has a special interest in neurological patients.  Outside of work, Matthew enjoys playing the guitar, walking his cross-breed dog Eadee, and keeping fit.



Upon purchase you will be immediately registered to attend the course, with unlimited lifetime access.  The course will consist of four modules, where each module provides 2 hours of CPD, in the form of a tutorial, a quiz and also a selection of further reading journals, articles or book chapters.


The course is completely flexible, where all the learning resources are provided immediately – it is designed for you to complete one module per week, but it is completely up to you, how and when you decide to complete the course. You have unlimited lifetime access to all the supportive learning materials, and once you have completed the whole course, a certificate will be automatically generated.


Looking for some further information? – please have a look at our Flexi Online CPD Courses – PDF Guide

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 8 hours 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 8 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 8 CPD points.



This course has been listed as ‘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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