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Animal Physical Therapists


Physical therapists help people to regain mobility after surgery, injury, or the diagnosis of a medical condition; help to alleviate pain; work to prevent permanent disability; and assist patients in managing chronic conditions. Animal physical therapists do the same for animals—most commonly for dogs and horses, but also for cats, rabbits, donkeys, cows, and other animals. The California Association of Animal Physical Therapists says that “physical therapy for animals does not include chiropractic (musculoskeletal manipulation) services, nor does it include making a veterinary medical diagnosis.” Animal physical therapists also are known as animal rehabilitation therapists.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level





Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



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College Professor

Business Owner

Animal Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist or Veterinarian

Assistant Physical Therapist or Veterinary Technician