Aims of IRVAP
To facilitate safe and effective practice in all aspects of animal therapy and healthcare, aligning sound scientific knowledge to current clinical practice
To promote awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy treatment and management for injured and ageing animals to improve the lives of animals and owners
To encourage research collaborations and scientific based approaches across the field of professionals working in the animal therapy sector
To provide an accreditation service for courses and CPD facilitating quality choices of career progression in veterinary physiotherapy and animal rehabilitation
To foster a positive and dynamic approach to support members by building a trusted community and resource centre to advance professional standards
To optimise effective communication and support of professional, clinical, business and education between members for efficient administration and practise
To nurture an inclusive system of support for professional development, with annual reaffirmation of our CPD requirement and Code of Practice
IRVAP Code of Practice
The IRVAP Code of Practice sets a clear benchmark and expectation of all of its members (full members, associate members, ICH members and student members).
The Code reflects the legal, professional, ethical and organisational requirements members are responsible to meet in their conduct and practice.
Registration with IRVAP coupled with endorsing the shared values of the animal therapy profession empowers the Code of Practice to raise standards, increase public protection and promote the best possible service for animals and their owners.
Direct members to;
Uphold the aims of IRVAP
Prioritise the safety and welfare of their animal patients
Behave ethically and professionally
Strive to achieve excellence within their scope of practice
Take responsibility for their professional decisions and actions
Deliver a safe, beneficial and effective service
Directs members to;
Work within the UK legal framework and observe relevant legislation
Hold appropriate professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover
Practise within their scope of practice and understand their limitations
Demonstrate a commitment to career long learning, in accordance with IRVAP’s continuing professional development (CPD) framework
Maintain professionalism at all times, upholding the reputation of animal therapy and IRVAP, including in all correspondence and on social media platforms
Adhere to the IRVAP Code of Practice along with other professional organisations they hold membership
Maintain accurate, timely and appropriate record keeping and reports for the individual animal patient and multidisciplinary team (MDT)
Work with the animal patient to maximise their quality of life by restoring, maintaining and improving movement, function and independence
Promote therapeutic approaches to optimise health, well-being, fitness and illness prevention strategies, through the delivery of high-quality services
Practise as second referral practitioner in a range of roles and settings and as part of a MDT
Undertake animal therapy activities within the changing structures and increasingly diverse sectors, settings and roles
Join our friendly community of professionals with a shared vision of delivering best practice and supporting each other along their animal therapy career journey.