What we can Achieve with Hydrotherapy


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Course Summary

This 20 minute eCPD tutorial discusses hydrotherapy.  This form of rehabilitation  is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for veterinary patients. These patients may be at different stages and have different rehabilitation needs, for example:


  • Pre-operative patients  – to improve strength and muscle mass before a femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty
  • Post-operative patients – cranial cruciate ligament repair
  • Non-surgical patients –  hip or elbow dysplasia


This tutorial will guide you through ways to develop hydrotherapy treatment techniques and plans for surgical and non-surgical patients. The lecture will show when and how to progress hydrotherapy plans, and how to utilise outcome measures to evaluate hydrotherapy treatment plans, and progress the patient back to the highest level of function.


Hydrotherapy may be used to:


  • Maintain or increase joint range of motion by using the buoyancy effect of water.
  • Improve muscle strength using water to provide resistance to the patient.
  • For gait re-education by controlling the treadmill belt speed, altering the water level and controlling the work time: rest ratio.
  • Reduce pain by reducing concussive forces passing through osteoarthritic joints, also the warmth of the water will reduce muscle tension and have a compressive effect on swollen tissues and joints.
  • Improve stamina by pacing the rehabilitation programme to meet the patients’ needs, and to achieve short and long term goals.

Course Tutor

Donna Carver  BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP


Attendance Certificate

This tutorial is worth 20 minutes of CPD.


Course Notes

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This eCPD tutorial is worth 20 minutes of CPD.


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Donna Carver

BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP


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.

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