Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine the anatomy and physiology of the body systems involved with conformation, locomotion and biomechanics in a range of animal species, and will consider how damage to, or altered structure and/or function, can result in changes to animal gait and ease of movement. Aided by a work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will learn about the types, indications and methods of physical therapy available for animals, that trained veterinary nurses are capable of competently and safely undertaking, under the direction of a trained animal physical therapist. Students will also appreciate the importance of early intervention and referral of patients to trained animal physical therapists. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to competently and safely perform a range of basic physical therapy techniques included within prescribed plans and scope of practice as well as provide ongoing support for the provision of family centred patient care and develop an understanding of the limitations of both themselves and the client.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBVN and have passed VET2IAN and VET2PVN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Practical Physiotherapy for Veterinary Nurses

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCarver, D.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required45 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsWIL Placement. Roster-dependent. During COVID - virtual WBL placements are being used to assist students to achieve ILOs safely where required.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Examine the anatomy and physiology involved in locomotion and biomechanics in a range of animal species.
02. Analyse the physical therapy requirements of veterinary patients
03. Perform a range of physical therapy techniques in veterinary care
04. Support family centred patient care through the implementation of prescribed physical therapy care plans for a range of species, life stages and conditions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
Six 7.50 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
WIL Placement. Roster-dependent.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 5.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

5 x 10 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850 words equiv.) 4% each Fortnightly

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

30 min practical examination (1200 words equiv.)Held during examination period

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Physical Therapy Plan: 1000 word literature review. Literature review of a musculoskeletal or neurological disorder requiring physical therapy

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Physical Therapy Plan: 4 min video presentation and 600 word written therapy plan (1000 word equiv)The client education video introduces the case, presents the prescribed plan and demonstrates how and why to perform the physical therapy required within the plan (10%, 4 minutes video, 400 words equivalent approx). The written client information details the physical therapy plan and explains the clients role in safely implementing this. (15%, 600 words)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4