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Thursday, May 26 • 09:00 - 10:00
Physiotherapy to augment airways and ICU conditions

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Veterinarians rightly demand that physiotherapy techniques used to augment their gold standard treatment of small animals with life-threatening conditions is evidence based, but when reviewing the literature thoroughly, it can be seen that many of the studies that laid the foundation for modern human ICU physiotherapy were performed on experimental dogs and cats. Of course, differences remain between experimentally induced and spontaneously occurring illness, but systematically reviewing the human evidence base allows practitioners to determine the likelihood of success of specific techniques in small animals. This lecture will compare the causes of admission to human and small animal intensive care units and review the evidence for physiotherapy for conditions common to both. Examples of cases amenable to adjunctive physiotherapy will be described, including tick poisoning, snake bite, brachycephalic airways disease, neurological crisis and orthopaedic trauma. These examples will give attendees the framework to apply techniques to safely improve the rehabilitation of acutely unwell small animals in their care.


Dr Helen Nicholson

Dr Helen Nicholson was one of the pioneers of animal physiotherapy in Australia, being part of the first class to go through the Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) program at the University of Queensland in 2004 after first forging a career in animal physiotherapy in... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre