Why is it important that I choose a Chartered Physiotherapist?

  • A growing number of Chartered Physiotherapists now work with animals. Unlike the title ‘Veterinary Surgeon’ the title ‘Animal or Veterinary Physiotherapist’ is not protected. This means that any one can call themselves an animal or veterinary physiotherapist regardless of their qualifications.
  • The title ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’ is protected by law and can only be used by physiotherapists who have achieved a high level of academic and practical training in all aspects of physiotherapy and are consequently qualified and registered to practice.
  • Note: Legislation stipulates that animals may only be treated by a Veterinary Surgeon or someone authorised by a Veterinary Surgeon. Members of ACPAT adhere to this requirement to safeguard the interest of the animal.

ACPAT Category A Veterinary Physiotherapists are all trained in Human Physiotherapy during a 3 year undergraduate degree, before going on to work and gain experience in this field. This cements an essential knowledge and skills base in all aspects of Physiotherapy. ACPAT Physiotherapists then undergo a 2 year Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, utilising their skills and transferring these to work with animals, ensuring only the best treatments are provided. Additionally their professional body ensures ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapists continually update their knowledge and skills, keeping all therapists up to date with all treatments and provisions.

ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapists are movement specialists; with extensive experience in assessment of movement, function and gait. Additionally, knowledge in factors such as weakness, pain, muscle tension allows an ACPAT Physiotherapist to not only understand the cause of such movement dysfunctions, but to also treat the cause aswell as the symptoms.

And if you need any more reasons to choose chartered……..the highly successful GB Olympic Equestrian Team have used only ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapists since 1992!