Advanced Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy – Level 3

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Level 3 Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy
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Advanced Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy – Level 3

This course is endorsed under ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

Get 2 accredited qualifications in 1 program. The submission of your assessment is compulsory to get your ABC Awards certification. However, if you take a 20 question MCQ examination, you can also receive a free e-certificate from CPD & iAP.

Whether you are a pet owner or someone employed in the pet care industry, or even in animal related career, it’s good to know how to relieve your pet from pain, or help your pet recover from injury, increase movement and enable them to improve their overall health. The Advanced Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy – Level 3 is a comprehensive course that will enable individuals to acquire the knowledge needed to provide good quality care and services to animals, and enjoy returning customers.

It is an insightful and practical course that turns animal lovers into thinking professionals. If the objective is to run an animal venture, then you need to be fully equipped on how to have a career in the pet care industry. And for others, this may provide a platform to even apply to Vet School.

The Advanced Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy – Level 3 will cover key topics on the different elements of animal care including gaining professional experience, working with social media networks to promote your services and enjoying an animal and animal health related career.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Global Edulink has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Global Edulink to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA /Qualification Wales

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Level 3 Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy
Endorsed by ABC Awards

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What is covered in this course?

  • Learn how to improve mobility of hip, knee or elbow in a safe and compassionate way.
  • Learn how to read the signs of pain in animals.
  • Learn how to perform gentle exercises for animals suffering from stiff joints such as an old injury or even arthritis.
  • Discover tips on how to help senior pets move around in the home.
  • Learn how to use techniques and massage your pet to help them relax and build their strength.
  • Know when to use physiotherapy and when not to use it.
  • Understand a dog’s anatomy and improve your knowledge on performing easy and enjoyable exercises that can be done at home.

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Course Curriculum : Advanced Diploma in Animal Physical Therapy – Level 3

Module 1: Introduction

1.1 The Benefits of Physiotherapy

1.2 The Aims of this Course

1.3 Working as Part of a Team

Module 2: When Physio Isn’t Safe

2.1 When Physio Isn’t Safe

Module 3: Physiotherapy

3.1 Hydrotherapy

3.2 Laser

3.3 Electrotherapy

3.4 Cold therapy (Cryotherapy)

3.5 Therapeutic Ultrasound

3.6 Therapeutic exercises

3.7 Acupuncture

3.8 Massage

Module 4: Anatomy for Physiotherapy

4.1 Introduction to terms

4.2 Joint motion

4.3 Forelimb

4.4 Hindlimb

4.5 Spine

4.6 Muscles, Ligaments, and Tendons

4.7 Palpation of the dog

Module 5: Physio and Your Pet - Assessment

5.1 The Rules of Physical Therapy

5.2 Safety

5.3 Is Your Pet in Pain?

5.4 Your Pet’s Problems

5.5.1 Arthritis

5.5.2 Get moving after prolonged rest

5.5.3 Elbow problems

5.5.4 Sore hips

5.5.5 Knee problems

5.5.6 Neck and back problems

5.5.7 Older pets

Module 6: Physio and Your Pet - Action

6.1 Massage

6.1.1 Stroking

6.1.2 Effleurage

6.1.3 Kneading

6.1.4 Percussion

6.1.5 Friction

6.1.6 Passive movements

6.2 Joint Movements

6.2.1 Flexion and Extension

Module 7: Therapeutic Exercises

7.1 Therapeutic Exercise

7.1.1 Strengthening Exercises

7.1.2 Exercises to Improve Flexibility

Module 8: The Bigger Picture

8.1 Assistive Devices

8.2 Nutritional Supplements

8.3 Pain Relief

8.4 Partnerships with Veterinary Professionals

Module 9: Partnerships with Veterinary Professionals

9.1 Partnerships with Veterinary Professionals

Method of Assessment

This online program will be evaluated through written assignments. In order to complete this program successfully and gain your professional qualification, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.

Please Note: Additionally, £159 (Inc. VAT) is charged for assessment and certificate and you need to pay that when you are submitting your assessments only (it is not required to pay initially when you are registering). this payment can be paid into 3 installments when you are submitting your assessments.


At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-03595

Accredited Body

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

While the submission of your assignment is compulsory for you to get your ABC Awards accredited certification, you can also receive another CPD & iAP accredited, free e-certificate if you take a 20 multiple choice exam.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals who have an older or stiff pet and want to learn to use physiotherapy
  • Individuals who want to learn different forms of animal physiotherapy
  • Those who want to learn safe exercises
  • Anyone who has a deep interest in animal care and physiotherapy


There are no formal pre-requisites for this course. The course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning. The course is perfect if you want to acquire new skills or start a new career.

Career path

  • Pet Sitter
  • Pet Groomer
  • Dog Walker
  • Pet Care Assistant

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