Veterinary Physiotherapists are able to assess and subsequently treat animals that have musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists) was formed back in 1985 to promote the professional practice of veterinary physiotherapy. Working alongside pet owners but also vets. We aim to ensure the highest standards of veterinary physiotherapy care and will be delivered by linking a strong foundation of scientific knowledge with clinical practice and continued research. Here, we discuss the benefits to vets of working as a NAVP member.
All NAVP members either hold a BSc or PgD/ MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy degree. This can reassure vets that all NAVP members are highly qualified and specialised in this field of study.
Skills and Knowledge
Veterinary Physiotherapy degrees cover both equine and canine species. In some cases, they will also work on bovine, allowing them to work on farm animals. With theory and practical exams that are robust, a final exam has to be passed before any qualification is given. All exams and assignments also have to be passed before a degree is awarded, which is no mean feat.
Scientific knowledge and evidence-based knowledge are combined by NAVP in order to come to an accurate diagnosis and create a bespoke treatment plan.
All NAVP members are part of a professional association and as such have a specific code of conduct, the scope of practice, CPD and complaints procedure.
NAVP members work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with the vet as the primary healthcare professional
A lot of NAVP members are self-employed and as a result, have a strong drive and enthusiasm in how they approach business. This is a great quality when working closely with veterinary surgeons. They must be flexible and practical, adapting to new situations and scenarios.
Patience is also a key quality in veterinary physiotherapists that vets can benefit from. NAVP members are required to be observant, persistent, and analytical in their work. They have a genuine interest in the animals they work with and have the animals' welfare at the forefront of their work.
NAVP members are typically flexible due to the nature of their work. Some will offer weekend appointments or are on call for emergency cases.
Benefits when using a NAVP member
There are many benefits for veterinary surgeons to working with a NAVP. The combined knowledge can help create an accurate diagnosis and perfect treatment plan to help improve the chances of the animal's recovery. If you are a veterinary surgeon that wants to work with a qualified veterinary physiotherapist, in particular a NAVP member, then please get in touch and discover a NAVP member local to you.