Veterinary physiotherapist | Selby College
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Veterinary physiotherapist

Veterinary physiotherapists work with injured animals, or animals with movement problems, to help reduce pain and improve their health.

Potential salary

£18,500 to £65,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

On a day-to-day basis you'll be:

  • planning exercise programmes
  • using manual and electro-therapy methods to reduce pain and help with movement
  • applying massage and hydrotherapy techniques
  • giving advice on changes to animals' environments

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a veterinary practice or at a university.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With experience, you could become a senior physiotherapist, or a specialist physiotherapist for breathing conditions or problems affecting the nervous system.

You could also set up your own animal physiotherapy practice or move into research.

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