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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2014

Authors: Tschenett, Teresa

Title: Eine internationale Umfrage zu den rechtlichen Grundlagen zur Befugnis der Ausübung der physikalischen Medizin und Rehabilitation bei Tieren in Europa.

Other title: An international survey on the legal basis for physical therapy and rehabilitation on animals in European countries

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 82.


Bockstahler Barbara

Licka Theresia

Vetmed Research Units:
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Small Animal Surgery

Graduation date: 28.11.14

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation on animals are becoming more and more important as apart in veterinary medicine. Due to gaps in the law on the permission of practicing in the field of veterinary physiotherapy, there are currently lots of discussions about who is legally allowed to perform physiotherapy on animals. There are many different ways of becoming a physiotherapist on animals. They range from a postgraduate university course for veterinarians to weekend workshops for non-veterinarians. These graduates have clearly a complete different state of knowledge after their education. Therefore more and more veterinarians campaign a clear legal basis for veterinary physiotherapy and a uniform way of education. The aim of this study was to obtain an overview on the legal basis of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation on animals in European countries. The assumption is that there is no uniform legal basis on the permission of practicing veterinary physiotherapy in Europe. We can confirm this hypothesis, because the study showed that we are far from a uniform legal basis on this subject in Europe.

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