Practical Rehabilitation For Vet Nurses – Introductory and Advanced Courses
Melbourne 4th and 5th October 2014
Brisbane 29th and 30th November2014

Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation in conjunction with Animal Physiotherapy Solutions are conducting the first in a series of courses for veterinary nurses and veterinarians.

This very practical two-day Introductory and Advanced Practical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Nurses Course will provide valuable training in basic animal rehabilitation techniques and associated decision-making skills. Participants will learn the most appropriate approaches for a range of conditions commonly encountered in the small animal practice, and receive guidance on selection of the most appropriate rehabilitation treatment techniques, to maximise functional outcomes for their patients. Conditions covered include rehabilitation for cranial cruciate ligament disease / surgery, patella luxation, femoral head ostectomy, hip and elbow dysplasia. Selection of appropriate patient-specific rehabilitation products to enhance treatment will also be included.

The courses will comprise lectures, discussions, and case studies, with much opportunity for practice on animals.

The Introductory Course, will cover topics including introduction to animal physiotherapy, functional anatomy, common conditions requiring rehabilitation, rehabilitation techniques for nurses, treatment protocols for specific conditions, and rehabilitation products for use in the clinic.

The Advanced Course, will progress the participant onto more in depth topics such as advanced assessment skills including gait assessment, development of treatment plans, and exercise prescription as part of the total treatment.


Melbourne Course: Saturday-Sunday 4th and 5th October 2014
(Registrations close Saturday September 27th 2014)

Brisbane Course: Saturday-Sunday 29th and 30th November 2014
(Registrations close Saturday November 22nd 2014

Course Presenters:

Michelle Monk MAnStudies (Animal Physio), BPhysio(Hons), DipMyoTher, Animal Physiotherapist
Director Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation P/L

Michelle Monk is one of the most experienced small animal physiotherapists in the country. She graduated as a human physiotherapist in 1996, working in a variety of different settings. Michelle began working with small animals in 2002. She opened ‘Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Centre’, the first physiotherapy and hydrotherapy centre for dogs in July 2002, complete with indoor heated pool. In 2003 she designed and installed the first underwater treadmill for dogs in Australia.

In 2004 she completed her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) through the University of Queensland, with her research demonstrating the benefits of early post-operative physiotherapy following cruciate surgery, being published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

She now runs the Dogs In Motion Centre from Southpaws in Moorabbin Vic providing rehabilitation to small animal patients with a wide and varied range of conditions. She has a special interest in the application of custom orthotics and prosthetics in small animal patients.
She is actively involved in continuing education in the animal physiotherapy field and teaches course to Physiotherapists, Veterinarians and Veterinary nurses.

Lindsey Connell  MAnStudies (Animal Physio), MCSP
APA Titled Animal Physiotherapist
Director Animal Physiotherapy Solutions

Lindsey qualified as a Chartered Society Physiotherapist from St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1985. She commenced her animal physiotherapy career in 1999 and in 2004 completed a Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland.


Lindsey was one of the founding members of the “Animal Physiotherapy Group” (APG), a recognised national special interest group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and was chair of the committee for two years from 2008-2010.

In 2012 she was an invited speaker at the 7th International Symposium on Veterinary rehabilitation and Physical therapy in Vienna, Austria.

She is the director of Animal Physiotherapy Solutions and consults from Veterinary Specialist Services in Underwood, Brisbane. She provides physiotherapy and hydrotherapy services to patients covering a wide variety of patient conditions.


$500 for both days or $300 for a single day (must have completed an Introduction to animal rehabilitation course for vet nurses or similar to be eligible for registration at the advanced course)


The Melbourne course on 4th / 5th October 2014 will be held at Southern Animal Emergency Centre, 248 Wickham Road, Highett, Vic, 3190.

The Brisbane course on 29th / 30th November 2014 will be held at Veterinary Specialist Services, The Springwood Centre, Cnr Lexington and Logan Roads, Underwood Qld 4119.


Online registration via “Dogs In Motion” website

Dates for future courses to be confirmed

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