The Animal group caters to physiotherapists who look after the health of Australia’s pets, sporting animals and wildlife.
Physiotherapists who work with animals make up a small proportion of practising physiotherapists in Australia. However, healthcare for animals is predicted to grow with rising pet ownership and healthier animals living longer.
The Animal group will support your career and provide important networking and professional development opportunities.
Members of the group receive regular emails, which include case studies, literature reviews, reflections on professional development and updates on committee activities around the country.
The Animal group has an international outlook, with membership to the International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice, a sub-group of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. This affiliation provides international support and networking for our members.
We strive to promote the expertise and knowledge of physiotherapists who work with animals. Currently, we’re exploring strategies to protect the use of title. Many other practitioners use manual therapy on animals, however none have the same qualifications or knowledge as physiotherapists.
We have worked hard over the last five years to develop a learning pathway, so you can achieve titling in animal physiotherapy. To that end, we now offer Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
There are many opportunities to be involved in shaping the future of the Animal group. You can volunteer for committee positions in your state or at a national level, or contribute your ideas for professional development and other activities.
Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high-quality program for each area of physiotherapy, including animal physiotherapy, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.