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Therapeutical approaches in animal neuro/musculoskeletal rehabilitation

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C Gomez Alvarez
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
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Project Description

Animal neuro/musculoskeletal rehabilitation has advanced enormously in the last decades. Its goal is to improve function after injury, post-surgery or detraining in dogs, horses and other pets and sport animals. Elderly patients can equally benefit from rehabilitation exercises. Most of the techniques used in dogs and horses are based on research of human subjects.

These techniques are applied in dogs, horses and other animals and the results are mainly evaluated subjectively. Understanding the effect of a wide range of rehabilitation exercises and modalities on specific musculoskeletal tissues is critical to provide an effective rehabilitation treatment based in objective measurable outcomes.

The goal of this PhD project is to investigate different therapeutical approaches for exercise learning and their effect in different musculoskeletal tissues in domestic animals. By using foot pressure analyses, motion analysis systems and other technologies, the candidate will study the musculoskeletal function of varied healthy animals and patients under rehabilitation treatment.

The student will learn about animal anatomy, animal rehabilitation, physiotherapy and biomechanics.

Funding Notes

Interested candidates should contact [email protected] Applicants should have a MS degree or first class degree in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences, Physiotherapy or similar. Applicant should have a very good level of English. Previous experience working with dogs, horses or other animals is desirable.


Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals. C.McGowan, L. Goff, N. Stubbs. 2007. Wiley-Blackwell
Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. M. C. Zink and J.B. Van Dyke. 2013 Wiley-Blackwell.
Veterinary Clinics in North America (volumes: 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011).

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