Institute for the education/further education as physiotherapist for animals
You would like to become a physiotherapist for animals?
What you should bring along for the education/further training
In order to be allowed to call oneself a "physiotherapist", the profession of a physiotherapist for humans must be completed. If the company name refers to "horse physiotherapist", the physiotherapeutic training of humans cannot automatically be assumed.
This is the basis for the training and further training as an animal physiotherapist at the Equisiocare Institute. In order to achieve the same high standards in the animal sector as in the human sector, Equisiocare's aim is to teach educated and experienced physiotherapists and interested veterinarians in this field.
The national federation as a strong partner
In view of this fact, the German Equestrian Federation (FN) has reacted and, in the interest of equestrian sports, has developed the criteria for the recognition of therapists who work with horses. The requirements for obtaining FN recognition are laid down in the new training examination regulations. The quality characteristics required by the FN guarantee the horse owner that he is getting a well-trained therapist, who brings along equestrian know-how and to whom the horse can be entrusted with a clear conscience.
Are you interested in further training as a physiotherapist for animals with FN recognition? Inform yourself on this page and contact us for further questions!
We are looking forward to meeting you!
The most important information at a glance
Conditions of participation
Prerequisite for participation is a completed training as physiotherapist in the human domain. In addition, participants must have at least one year of professional experience in this field and knowledge of horseback riding.
The entire course consists of approximately 40 teaching days, which are combined into modules of 3 to 5 days. The course can only be booked in full. The entire course lasts approximately 1.5 years.
The theoretical lessons take place at changing locations throughout Germany. The practice is exercised in different stables on different horses.
Number of students
A maximum of 20 participants per course start is allowed.
At the end of the course there will be an exam. A veterinarian, a representative of the FN and a representative of the physiotherapy are present to take the exam. These three examiners independently assess the examinee and evaluate his practical performance.
Course offers & registration
Every year in autumn the course for the training and further education as a physiotherapist starts. If you have any questions regarding the training and registration, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Horse-specific anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as functional anatomy and movement analysis
- Application of different techniques:
- Classical Massage, sports massage, muscle techniques, stretching techniques
- Manual therapy, facilitation techniques, lymph drainage,
- meridian therapy, acupressure
- Support through physical measures such as
- cold and heat application, electricity, ultrasound, magnetic field, laser, matrix rhythm therapy, hyperthermia
- Saddle knowledge
- Shoeing and hoof mechanics
- Environmental factors
- Influence and analysis of the rider
This apprenticeship is designed to enable the participant to carry out an independent assessment of the horse's condition and to develop the appropriate treatment plan after the diagnosis of a veterinarian.
Physiotherapy for horses is intended to support veterinary care. It is used in prevention, curative medicine, rehabilitation and sports therapy.
Through targeted application of soft tissue and joint techniques, the healing powers of the animals are activated and the healing process is supported.
Learning from approved physiotherapists (for humans)
Christel Auer has been working as a physiotherapist since the 1970s and is the head of Equisiocare. In addition to her many years of training as a physiotherapist for people, she has been committed to raising the training of physiotherapists for animals and horses to a higher level. For this reason, in 2005, together with the FN, Eva Lempa-Röller and Christoph Hess, she set up a certified training program for animal (equine) physiotherapists and continued to develop it further.
She can show many well-known top riders as references. She herself has been active for many years in the jumping saddle at competitions up to advanced level, until she dedicated herself fully to physiotherapy - first as a practitioner, then as an instructor - with a lot of passion.