About the course
The BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy is a three-year, full-time course designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required to practice and, by meeting the requirements of professional bodies within the industry, be eligible for independent registration.
BCA’s unique delivery makes this course particularly accessible to those who are already in employment within the wider animal industry. Blended learning combines compulsory attendance at each of the four-week-long practical sessions held each year with a portfolio of clinical practice, lectures, seminars, tutorials (offline and online) and guided self-study.
The primary focus is companion animals, mainly dogs, cats and horses, although consideration will be given to a much wider range of species as these can be encountered in practice.
Practical skills in physiotherapy and rehabilitation are acquired in the context of a sound knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and exercise physiology in animals. Students are also equipped with the professional and business skills to work as a self-employed veterinary physiotherapist or employed within a wider practice.
In partnership with:
- Five GCSEs, including English, maths and science at grade 4 and above
- A minimum of two A-Levels, including at least one Science, preferably Biology or a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management achieved at MMM grade (triple Merit).
- Confident handling of horses is essential.
Incremental training allows students to achieve an award at the end of each year of the course, providing additional earning potential and experience at an early stage, thus enhancing employability on completion of the full BSc (Hons):
- Year 1 (Level 4): Animal Massage (Cert HE)
- Year 2 (Level 5): Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapy (FdSc)
- Year 3 (Level 6): Veterinary Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
This progressive approach combined with robust academic skills also prepares students for further progression in postgraduate education and/or the field of research. Students who achieve the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy will be eligible to apply for post-graduate programmes.
Year 1 (Level 4)
- Cellular Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy 1 (15 credits)
- Animal Husbandry/Management (15 credits)
- Animal Behaviour (15 credits)
- Locomotion (15 credits)
- Muscle Function and Dysfunction (15 credits)
- Massage Therapy (including clinical practice) (20 credits)
- Legalities and Professional Practice (10 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5) Core modules
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy 2 (15 credits)
- Biomechanics (15 credits)
- Tissue Damage and Repair (15 credits)
- Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
- Orthopedics and Neurology (15 credits)
- Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise Prescription (30 credits)
- Clinical Practice (15 credits)
Year 3 (Level 6) Core modules
- Dissertation (30 credits)
- Clinical Practice (30 credits)
- Legalities and Professional Practice (5 credits)
- Electro Physical Agents (30 credits)
- Specialist Module (25 credits)
Successful applicants will be required to purchase appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include riding hat (PAS015/BSEN1384 standard), sturdy boots and appropriate clothing for yard/handling.
N.B. Confident handling of horses is required but this programme does not assess or require riding skills.
A recommended reading list will be provided to successful applicants; purchase of key texts is required.
Is an interview required? Yes
Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP). IRVAP is a leading professional association representing animal therapists across a wide range of disciplines including physiotherapy, chiropractic, and osteopathy.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, visits to, and speakers from, industry, plus practical sessions and clinical placements. Underpinning this blend of online and offline activities is compulsory attendance at four week-long practical sessions held each year. A range of assessment methods is deployed, depending on the nature of the module and the skills required by the industry. These include written reports, oral presentations, clinical, practical and written examinations, audits and reflective writing.
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU).