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Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Veterinary Medicine

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

The MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme is designed to optimise and enhance the competencies of Chartered Physiotherapists to produce technically competent, effective and safe veterinary physiotherapy practitioners in line with current professional standards. Individuals will be encouraged and supported through critical reflection on the similarities and differences relating to practice in the human field of physiotherapy. In particular the course promotes the philosophy of life-long learning and encourages students to develop their skills in critical thinking. You will be encouraged to critically analyse research and evidence and apply your findings to practice. The course is accredited and endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is being run with input from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT).

The course aims to help you recognise your role and responsibilities in the field of veterinary physiotherapy and animal welfare. It will enhance your clinical skills as well as your capacity to deal with complex relationships between animals, their owners/handlers and other healthcare professionals. The course will also introduce you to the legal, ethical and financial issues involved in veterinary physiotherapy/ private practice. Hartpury College will provide a stimulating, supportive and sensitive learning environment which will enable you to maximise your learning and facilitate your development as a self-directed and reflective learner.

Hartpury College has a high standard of teaching facilities and an excellent library. Information technology facilities include multimedia laboratories and various health and social care and veterinary databases enabling you to carry out searches of available literature relating to topics of interest. Modules tend to be taught in two day blocks. This means that the teaching is condensed to allow the Masters study to occur round other commitments in our students' lives. The campus is equipped with excellent equine and animal science facilities including laboratories, hydrotherapy both canine and equine, treadmills both canine and equine, a world class championship arena and much more.

Different course options
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Study mode

Full time


3 years

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These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Preparation For Clinical Practice (15 Credits)

This module aims to establish the students understanding of normal and abnormal animal behaviour and its link to pain physiology. It also covers current legislations pertinent to veterinary physiotherapists; including the veterinary surgeons act and animal welfare act. The module also encompasses animal handling to establish and develop a good working relationship with potential clients. The module also includes equine nutrition and condition scoring of canines and equines. The module is delivered by members of the team and outside lectures including vets and nutritionists.

Comparative and Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics (15 Credits)

Anatomy is an essential component for a physiotherapist; this module introduces the student to comparative equine and canine anatomy. The content includes an introduction to equine and canine exercise physiology, veterinary terminology, canine and equine thoracic, pelvic and axial skeleton and the equine foot. The module is delivered via lectures from the teaching team and external lectures. To support this module there are there are excellent learning resources available at Hartpury. The module introduces the students to hands on palpation of animals.

Understanding Veterinary Diagnostics and Veterinary Physiotherapy Assessment (30 Credits)

This module introduces the student to the relevant veterinary diagnostic procedures and tests for both canine and equine patients. It includes relevant pathogenesis of common disease conditions affecting animals. The module introduces, builds on and develops the student’s clinical reasoning and decision making processes for the physiotherapy assessment of canine and equine cases. The physiotherapy assessment includes gait analysis, history taking and objective examination, rider assessment and note writing. Saddle fitting is also included. As part of this module there are clinical placement days with vets, ACPAT A physiotherapists as well as practical days at Hartpury. At the end of the module there is a formative assessment as well as a written assignment and a portfolio of case studies.

Tuition fees
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Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Students must be a Physiotherapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council. They will also need to be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, having first completed BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and be a category B member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) for insurance purposes. They must also demonstrate the ability and motivation to study at M Level. A minimum of one year post graduate experience of working as a human Physiotherapist is desirable.

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