About the course
PLEASE NOTE: BCA continues to manage applications for September 2021, however, this unique blended-learning programme, validated by the Royal Agricultural University, will transfer to Plumpton College with effect from 1st September 2021. The programme leadership will remain unchanged.
The BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy is a three-year, full-time course awarded by the Royal Agricultural University. Designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a veterinary physiotherapist, graduates meet Day-One Competency requirements and thus are eligible for independent registration with professional bodies within the industry.
The programme is accredited by the Animal Health Professions Register.
As a full-time blended learning programme the course combines compulsory attendance at each of the four-week-long practical sessions held each year with lectures, seminars, tutorials (offline and online), and guided self-study to build a portfolio of clinical practice. This requires a commitment to at least 35 hours of study each week but, due to its unique delivery, the course is accessible to those who may already be employed within the wider animal industry and able to reduce or adjust their working hours to accommodate full-time study.
The primary focus is companion animals, mainly dogs and horses, although consideration will be given to a much wider range of species as these may 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. Graduates may seek employment in a specialist role within a wider practice but, as students, they are also equipped with the professional and business skills required to allow them to work as a self-employed veterinary physiotherapist.
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) or above, or HE access course which must include elements of science, preferably Biology or Anatomy and Physiology
- Confident and competent horse handling experience is essential and this should be evidenced in your personal statement.
We are also happy to consider applications from students wishing to transfer from another college or university onto this programme of study. Transfers are usually only permitted if all the following conditions are met:
- We have sufficient places available.
- You meet the entry requirements for students entering the course at first-year level.
- The content of the modules you have already taken closely matches our own. This ensures you are adequately prepared to continue your studies here.
If you are considering a transfer, in the first instance please contact Aino Halla, Course Manager: AHalla@bca.ac.uk
The progressive approach to the development of sound clinical skills 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 (15 credits)
- Clinical Competency 1 (CC1) – Manual Techniques (30 credits)
- Animal Behaviour and Welfare (15 credits)
- Locomotion (15 credits)
- Introduction to data handling (15 credits)
- Legalities, Professional Practice and Business Management (15 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5)
- Clinical Competency 2 (CC2) – Rehabilitation (30 credits)
- Research Skills and Data Analysis (15 credits)
- Biomechanics (15 credits)
- MSK Dysfunction, Tissue Damage and Repair (15 credits)
- Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
- Orthopedics and Neurology (15 credits)
- Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise Prescription (15 credits)
Year 3 (Level 6)
- Honours Dissertation (30 credits)
- Clinical Competency 4 (CC4) – Veterinary Physiotherapy (30 credits)
- Electro Physical Agents (30 credits)
- Clinical Competency 3 (CC3) – Specialist Skills (30 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 essential but this programme does not assess or require riding skills.
A recommended reading list will be provided to successful applicants; the purchase of key texts is required.
Is an interview required? Yes
This programme is currently delivered via Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) and will move to Plumpton College from September 2021. Applications for September 2021 entry will be processed via BCA.
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.
Offered in partnership with The Royal Agricultural University (RAU).
Accredited by: Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR)