Becoming an Equine Physical Therapist

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    11-08-2012, 04:56 PM
Becoming an Equine Physical Therapist

I've been doing some research today at school, and.. well.. I may have opened up a giant can of worms for the school counseler! She helps all of us seniors with college stuff and figuring out our lives, etc, etc. I brought this to her after a quick google search that sparked my interest, and she had actually never even heard of an Equine Physical Therapist! Which doesn't surprise me, it is still a very new concept especially concerning non horse people.
Anyway. The research her and I have done so far has shown that there really is no set course or degree that you can take to become an EPT (Equine Physical Therapist). Using an acronym here because this is a long term! Too much typing.
The two most popular ways of getting to EPT are starting first as a human PT or getting your DVM first. I would prefer to go the PT direction because it is shorter but I also feel like getting my DVM would help with the legal side of things.
I'm not sure where to start here. If anyone has advice, its completely welcome!
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    11-08-2012, 09:29 PM
DVM is the better way to go IMO. People that would send their horses to rehab are usually on the richer side of life and they want someone who knows their stuff. You can also supplement your income with routine care and specialize in physical therapy.

Plan to work in areas where there is a lot of high level competition or horse racing.
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    11-10-2012, 12:40 PM
I'm revising my answer. Stay tuned! I had signed up for "bodywork" appointment a couple of months ago. I found out that the lady considers herself to be an equine physical therapist. She has some links on her page that might be useful to you.

My horse's appointment with her is tomorrow morning. I don't know her personally, but most professionals are really nice about letting you know how to get on their career path if you send them a well thought out e-mail.
    11-23-2012, 06:37 PM
DancingArabian, thank you very much for replying! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to look back at this thread! I have decided to take they DVM route.. although I'm not sure about PT anymore. I would like to specialize in horses, so I may still go that direction!

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