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Postgraduate Diploma Veterinary Physiotherapy

Postgraduate Diploma Veterinary Physiotherapy

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Veterinary Medicine

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 Diploma Veterinary Physiotherapy is recognised by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), accredited by the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR) and supported by the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). Students will develop the skills needed to support veterinary surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species, with a particular focus on equine and canine patients. It also focuses on supporting equine and canine athletes both during competition and for recovery.

The course will be run on a part-time basis over two years, with the majority being delivered at weekends (11 weekends for the 1st year, 19 weekends - including internal placement weekends on site - for the 2nd year). There will be the occasional Friday that requires attendance, such as academic Induction and examinations.


This module will demonstrate to the student the importance of the kinematics and kinetics of locomotion. It will also include numerous practical and video sessions, which help to develop the skills to identify gait abnormalities and asymmetry in animals. The information will help the student to link functional findings to structural abnormalities both from veterinary examination and poor body balance and posture demonstrated by the animal. This module includes the use of some exciting gait analysis software programmes that can be used for research and working within industry. This module will include gait evaluation in dogs, horses and cattle.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


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 a 2.1 or 1st class 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).