An animal physical therapist (or a rehabilitation veterinarian) rehabilitates animals that have had surgery, amputation, have been injured or suffer from chronic pain so that they may enjoy a higher quality of life.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Most animal physical therapists are licensed as human physical therapists and treat animals; a minimum of a master’s degree in physical therapy is required for this path. However, veterinarians with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary technicians with a bachelor’s degree or assistant physical therapists with a bachelor’s degree may also work as animal physical therapists. There are typically emphases or concentrations on animal physical therapy that you may pursue while earning your degree.
To pursue a career as an Animal Physical Therapist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Animal hospitals and rehabilitation facilities as well as colleges and universities with veterinary programs employ animal physical therapists.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for an animal physical therapist will be good over the next five years.
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