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Table 2 Responses of veterinary surgeons (n = 77) to 11 statements relating to animal physiotherapy

From: Perceptions of animal physiotherapy amongst Irish veterinary surgeons

Statement Strongly agree N (%) Agree N (%) Neither N (%) Disagree N (%) Strongly disagree N (%)
Appropriate career path: qualification as chartered physiotherapist then post graduate APT qualification 27 (35) 37 (48) 6 (8) 5 (6) 2 (3)
Interested in learning more about APT 23 (30) 46 (60) 5 (6) 2 (3) 1 (1)
APT often used as last resort 7 (9) 28 (36) 16 (21) 21 (27) 5 (7)
Register of chartered APTs should be set up in Rep. of Ireland 37 (48) 34 (44) 4 (5) 2 (3) 0 (0)
Cost of APT does not deter animal owners from seeking treatment 11 (14) 42 (55) 7 (9) 16 (21) 1 (1)
APTs should have the right of first referral 4 (5) 17 (22) 18 (23) 31 (41) 7 (9)
APTs unable to assess musculoskeletal and neurological disorders in animals 4 (5) 21 (27) 19 (25) 26 (34) 7 (9)
Willing to allow an APT to choose their own treatment 17 (22) 53 (69) 4 (5) 3 (4) 0 (0)
Good communication between VS and APT is unnecessary for effective management of animals 7 (9) 4 (5) 2 (3) 26 (34) 38 (49)
More research should be published on APT 30 (39) 44 (57) 2 (3) 1 (1) 0 (0)
VS and APTs working in joint practices would enhance liaison between both professions 28 (36) 45 (59) 4 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0)
  1. APT = Animal physiotherapist/physiotherapy VS = Veterinary Surgeons