The objectives of ACPAT are to:
- Develop and provide clinical guidance and standards of practice for those working in the field of animal physiotherapy.
- Encourage, promote and facilitate communication on professional, theoretical and technical/practical matters between members.
- Provide a system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health Professions Council (HPC), whereby members must show evidence of fulfilment of CPD; before re-registering annually. These requirements and recommendations will be periodically reviewed by the committee and published at the AGM.
- Promote evaluation of practice within animal physiotherapy.
- Promote and facilitate post registration education in animal physiotherapy. To provide lectures, demonstrations, post-registration courses and discussions; on relevant topics and matters of interest to members.
- Promote the benefits of animal physiotherapy.
- Disseminate knowledge of physiotherapy within the veterinary profession.
- Promote research in the field of animal physiotherapy.
- Strengthen and maintain a direct relationship between ACPAT and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
- Promote good relationships, co-operation and collaboration between members of ACPAT, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, The University of the West of England and the Royal Veterinary College (University of London).
- Act as an advisory body to which members and the public can apply for advice concerning matters specific to animal physiotherapy.