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Postgraduate Certificate Animal Health

Postgraduate Certificate Animal Health

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Animal Health Veterinary Services

Course type


Course Summary

Veterinary Physiotherapists are part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting animals (primarily horses and dogs) through injury, disease, fitness acquisition or post-operative recovery; they are also actively involved in the maintenance of wellbeing and welfare. It is a growing discipline, with more veterinary surgeons recognising the benefit of working alongside veterinary physiotherapists for the benefit of the individual animal. Understanding the mechanisms of injury and disease, the processes of operative interventions and the requirements of the animal for rehabilitation and repair are what make this highly technical career so exciting and fulfilling.

Postgraduate Certificate Animal Health provides an entry point to the Veterinary Physiotherapy postgraduate courses for those students with non-typical entry qualifications. It is designed to provide the under-pinning knowledge required to subsequently develop skills to support veterinary surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species. It will in particular focus on equine and canine patients.

The course will be run on a part-time basis over one year, with the majority being delivered at weekends (there will be the occasional Friday that requires attendance, such as academic Induction and examinations.


The module will build on students? existing knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The module will make use of taught sessions, practical dissections and palpation of live animals in order to give students a detailed understanding of musculoskeletal structure, including bony landmarks, muscle origins, insertions and actions. A focus will be placed on relating form to function, giving an appreciation of how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems act to generate locomotion. Musculoskeletal and nervous dysfunction will also be discussed in order to enhance understanding of the above principles. Overall, this module will give a detailed appreciation of osteology, myology, arthrology and neurology.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Part-time study is not available to International students due to UKVI Regulations.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an Honours degree in Animal Science or a related subject (Equine Science, Zoology, Bioveterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing) or a therapy degree (such as, Equine Sports Therapy, Animal Therapy or Human Sports Therapy) .