Maintaining the standards of Animal Physiotherapy during Covid-19

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ACPAT Statement on Animal Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Working Practices- UPDATED 14.08.2020

During this current time we are committed to sign posting our members in the right direction for the current government, regulatory and professional advice. We are seeing a more local approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic, so the advice will depend on where you live and work. The government advice on travel and quarantine/ self isolation, on return from specified countries, is changing regularly. This affects everyone in U.K, including ACPAT members and their clients.

ACPAT’s position is that animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation should be able to continue, dependent on your local and travel restrictions, whilst limiting client contact and maintaining social distancing and appropriate PPE. The Government now requires everyone in England from the 8th august 2020 to wear a face covering in an indoor setting, including within a Veterinary or clinic environment when there is more than one person present. The legal requirements differ depending where you are in the UK.

We repeat that ACPAT cannot make clinical decisions on behalf of its members; the clinical decision making and risk assessment process rests with the individual physiotherapist, who must decide for themselves whether to see a client face-to-face or not, and what measures need to be in place to do so. Please be patient with your respective Physiotherapist, if you are within an area experiencing a local lockdown, they may have to alter and adapt their working practices temporarily to ensure they are working within the appropriate guidance frameworks.

ACPAT physiotherapy practices throughout the UK continue doing their best to ensure physiotherapy care is provided, whilst prioritising your safety and that of their teams.

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The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) is a Professional Network Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists working in Animal Therapy.

Our aim is to:

  • Be a dynamic and progressive organisation
  • Lead the field by raising standards of Animal Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
  • Promote excellence through ongoing education & research
  • Support cohesion and development between Veterinary Medicine & Veterinary Rehabilitation

Animals, like people, respond to Physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. From the management of joint or spinal problems to rehabilitation after fractures or any injury, animal physiotherapy is now considered an essential addition to medical and surgical treatment.

Animal Physiotherapy, also known veterinary physiotherapy, is used to treat and prevent a range of problems animals can experience. While no two species are exactly alike, neither are two animals of the same species emphasizing why it's so important to tailor the physiotherapy to the animal's specific needs.

Chartered Physiotherapists have specialist knowledge in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology. They use findings from detailed assessments to tailor treatments to each animal's condition and stage of the problem. ACPAT Physiotherapists can cover the treatment of domestic pets, horses, farm animals to even exotic pets and zoo animals.


All full members of ACPAT must be annually subscribing full practising members of the CSP. Those members practising physiotherapy on humans must be registered with the HCPC. Category A and Category B members are required to have Professional & Public Liability Indemnity in order to practise on animals.
There are differing categories of membership. Below is the requirements for each membership to help guide you to which fits you best.

A Membership

  • Includes benefits from Cat B/C plus
  • Access to Wiley online journals
  • Listing on Find a Physio database
  • Access to promotional materials and merchandise
  • Use of ACPAT Branding

B Membership

  • Includes benefits from Cat C plus
  • Discount for ACPAT courses
  • ACPAT Block Insurance Scheme
  • Support from Education Officer
  • CPD and Peer Support via Regional Groups

C Membership

  • Access to members area on ACPAT Website
  • Four Front Journal and Newsletter
  • Discount for ACPAT Seminar
  • Access to selected ACPAT courses