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BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy


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.

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Entry requirements


  • 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.

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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.