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Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals

Catherine McGowan (Editor), Lesley Goff (Editor), Narelle Stubbs (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3195-7
272 pages
May 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Animal Physiotherapy is an essential reference guide for physiotherapists looking to apply the proven benefits of physiotherapy to the treatment of companion and performance animals. Animal Physiotherapy is a growing profession of physiotherapists who have broadened their expertise from the well-established human sphere to animals. The positive perception of physiotherapy in the human sphere, together with an increased awareness of options and expertise available for animals has resulted in a strong demand for physiotherapy for animals.


For the physiotherapist this book provides essential applied background information on animal behaviour, nutrition, biomechanics and exercise physiology. For veterinarians and others who work with animals, the book reviews the scientific principles behind the practice of physiotherapy, and what it can achieve.



  • Includes reviews of different physiotherapy techniques, drawing on both human and animal literature;
  • Discusses approaches in small animal medicine as well as for elite equine athletes;
  • Includes applied evidence-based clinical reasoning model, providing case examples
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1. Introduction
2. Applied Animal Behaviour
3. Applied Animal Nutrition
4. Applied Animal Biomechanics
5. Comparative Exercise Physiology
6. Equine and Canine Lameness
7. Neurological and Muscular Conditions
8. Physiotherapy assessment for Animals
9. Manual Therapy
10. Principles of Electrotherapy in Veterinary Physiotherapy
11. Hydrotherapy
12. Acupuncture and Trigger Points
13. Canine Treatment and Rehabilitation
14. Equine Treatment and Rehabilitation

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Dr Catherine McGowan is a veterinarian with an interest in equine performance. She has her PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine. She developed and coordinated the Royal Veterinary College’s Masters and Post Graduate Diplomas in Veterinary Physiotherapy and the University of Queensland’s Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy).

Lesley Goff is a Physiotherapist who completed Masters programs in both Manipulative Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science and practised in animal physiotherapy before completing her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy). She is currently still at the University of Queensland both teaching for the Animal Physiotherapy Masters program and completing her PhD on sacroiliac joint dysfunction in horses.

Narelle Stubbs is a Physiotherapist who practised as an animal physiotherapist and ACPAT Category A Member in the UK and Australia, including being the official physiotherapist for the Australian Equestrian team (horses and riders) since 1998, before completing her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy). She is currently still at the University of Queensland both teaching for the Animal Physiotherapy Masters program and completing her PhD on back pain in horses.

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• Essential reference guide to companion and performance animal physiotherapy;
• Contains essential applied background information on animal behaviour nutrition, biomechanics and exercise physiology ;
• Reviews the scientific principles behind the practice of physiotherapy;
• Edited and written by experts in both human and veterinary physiotherapy;
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"[T]he author's focus on active rehabilitation, careful evaluation of the patient and assesment of biomechanics in the current textbooks places this book high in the ranking of texts in the field.... we are sure that Animal Physiotherapy, Assesment, Treatment and Rehabilitation will be a valuable addition to the library of animal physiotherapists and all those interested to know more about the area of veterinary treatment." European Journal Companion Animal Practice

Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals represents a new addition to this area and offers a survey of the basic principles and techniques relevant to this field of practice. Divided into equine and companion animal chapters, this book provides an introduction to many important physiologic principles as well as an overview of many of the more common pathologic conditions a practitioner may encounter. In addition, methods of assessment and techniques of therapy are covered.... The use of various case studies, charts, tables, photographs, and highlighted key points serves to further enhance the ability of readers to understand the text. This book should serve as an additional resource for veterinary students and established veterinarians who seek to better understand the principles and techniques relating to the practice of animal rehabilitation." Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"This book is very comprehensive and a mine of information for physiotherapists…. A useful addition to a practice library." Veterinary Times

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