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Rehabilitation after illness and injury in companion and sports animals

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VM0124 Rehabilitation after illness and injury in companion and sports animals, 15.0 Credits

Rehabilitering vid sjukdom och skada hos sport- och sällskapsdjur

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Veterinary Medicine

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

A total 180 credits, of which 120 credits in veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine, including at least 10 credits in anatomy and zoophysiology as well as English 6.


The objective of this course is to provide the student with the theoretical, and to some extent practical, knowledge in veterinary rehabilitation and exercise physiology needed to design a rehabilitation programme for a selection of specific diseases and injuries in animals, mainly horses, dogs and cats.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- design a rehabilitation programme according to given instructions;
- describe, in detail, how the tissues of the locomotor system respond to injury, during healing and to different amounts of load;
- describe, in detail, indications, contraindications and mode of action for a selection of rehabilitation and assessment techniques;
- at a general level, describe the impact of different training strategies on the animal’s locomotion and circulatory organs;
- critically evaluate scientific documentation in the area of rehabilitation and exercise physiology and justify the importance of a scientific approach;
- reflect on issues regarding ethics, animal welfare and workplace safety that can arise during rehabilitation work.


Instruction is given in the form of lectures, independent study and compulsory demonstrations, practical and theoretical exercises. The course includes handling of dissection material and live animals.

The course covers areas such as the response of tissues to injury, healing, and different amounts of load. It also covers rehabilitation interventions for a selected number of illnesses and injuries, assessment methods and their indications, modes of action and scientific documentation.

The course provides the students with theoretical knowledge in rehabilitation by teaching them when, why and how specific assessment and rehabilitation methods are used on horses, dogs and cats. The students practise critically reviewing documentation on rehabilitation and discussing ethical aspects of animal welfare.

The students are given the opportunity to implement their theoretical knowledge practically during demonstration/training of certain rehabilitation and assessment methods

Formats and requirements for examination

A pass in the written examination and participation in compulsory course components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given partly as a distance-learning course.
Physiotherapists granted approval to work in animal healthcare are also qualified to apply for the course.

This course overlaps with the courses BI1271, BI1331 and BI1358 and can not in full be included in the same qualification.

Responsible department

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
Cooperating departments:
Department of Clinical Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: VM0108, VM0112
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Animal Physiotherapy: assessment, Treatment and rehabilitation of Animals, 2nd ed
Author: McGowan, C., Goff, L. and Stubbs, N. 2016
2) Canine rehabilitation and physical therapy, 2nd ed.
Author: Levine and Millis 2013
3) Equine sports medicine and surgery, 2nd ed.
Author: Kaneps et al 2013

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 48788 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Veterinary Medicine
Course code: VM0124 Application code: SLU-30264 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry Pace: 100%