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Our programme consists of 6 taught courses and a year of project planning and dissertation that link together to create an MSc Animal Osteopathy (Canine & Equine). Read more
Our programme consists of 6 taught courses and a year of project planning and dissertation that link together to create an MSc Animal Osteopathy (Canine & Equine). Three courses taken alone results in a PG Certificate and six courses, a PG Diploma.

Animal osteopathy is a relatively new and exciting field of osteopathic medicine and the European School of Osteopathy is the first UK Osteopathic Education Institution to offer validated programmes of study. Our programmes are open to qualified osteopaths as postgraduate awards.

Because of the nature of the work, life as an animal osteopath (AO) is both varied and highly rewarding. Some AO's work freelance, moving yard to yard, whilst others work side by side with paraprofessionals and vets.

If you want to work with animals and have an interest in anatomy, biomechanics and the use of manual therapy to help restore and support function in domestic pets and horses, animal osteopathy could be the career path for you.

Integrating the knowledge of osteopathy with veterinary science, behavioural science and methods used in rehabilitation, animal osteopaths add real value to any veterinary team and a gentle non-invasive solution to many functional conditions.

Canine pathways are taught at the ESO, Boxley, Maidstone, Kent. Equine pathways are taught at a mixture of locations, to include: the ESO, Hadlow College, Hadlow and Knightsplace Farm Equestrian Centre, Rochester.

The aims of the programme are:

- To educate osteopaths in the field of animal osteopathy (namely canine and equine osteopathy)

- To produce animal osteopathic practitioners who are independent, safe and highly skilled

- To graduate our students with a professional level of competencies that support critical thinking and reflective practice

- To produce graduates who are capable of contributing to the field of animal osteopathy in an evidence-based fashion.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/ani/ani-most

Animal Management

The care and welfare of both domestic and exotic animals has never been more important. By taking a course in Animal Management you could take part in the growth of this industry and be responsible for caring for a variety of species. Students benefit from highly practical training using purpose-built animal management facilities which house a range of aquatics, reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals.

What you'll study

- Canine Studies - 20 credits
- Advanced Canine Studies - 20 credits
- Canine Training and Rehabilitation - 20 credits
- Equine Studies- 20 credits
- Advanced Equine Studies - 20 credits
- Equine Training and Rehabilitation - 20 credits
- Project Planning and Dissertation – final year (60 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through written assignments, portfolio (reflective writing)and practical assessment.

Specialist equipment/facilities

Practical sessions on the equine programmes are taught at Hadlow College, Hadlow or Knightsplace Farm equestrian Centre, Rochester, Kent. Here the appropriate facilities, live models and safety practices, can be implemented.

Career options

Depending upon the animal osteopathic pathway you choose, various doors can be opened.

Those who complete the PG Certificate in Canine Osteopathy are likely to go into small animal practice within a veterinary surgery, whilst those who study equine osteopathy are more likely to work freelance alongside other paraprofessionals (vets, trainers, farriers etc.).

Some animal osteopaths also go on to teach on animal osteopathic programmes or run open lectures for the general public or veterinary professionals. So whether you're the hands on, team playing type, or someone who prefers a more academic approach, animal osteopathy can expand your horizons.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Drawing expertise from across a wide range of animal categories the course will extend your understanding and analysis of the scientific background underpinning the study of animals. Read more
Drawing expertise from across a wide range of animal categories the course will extend your understanding and analysis of the scientific background underpinning the study of animals. The course lecturers have all published widely and their research interests include farm animal behaviour, physiology and welfare, the welfare of exotic animals, ruminant nutrition and behavioural neurobiology.

The programme is divided into three stages, to complete the Master's level qualification, you must complete six modules as well as an independent research thesis. Interim qualifications are available for those who do not wish to complete a Master's programme. Those who complete 60 credits are able to gain a PgCert award and those who gain 120 credits gain a PgDip qualification.
Our Masters programme in Animal Welfare runs over one year full-time and is aimed at students who have completed a first degree in a biological sciences-related subject and who wish to further their career in animal welfare. Individual modules may also be taken as part of a continuing professional development programme.

The modules covered in this programme are:
• Principles of Animal Welfare (20 credits)
Provides a bridge for those students who have not previously studied animal welfare. The concepts of animal welfare and the cause of changes in animal welfare status will be covered as well as the role of economics in the field.

• Attitudes to Animals (20 credits)
Develops an appreciation of current and historical attitudes towards animals and how these impact on animal welfare and on society.

• Physiology of Animal Welfare (20 credits)
Investigates the structure and function of animal brains and the link between brain physiology and behaviour patterns. Explores in depth the role of physiological control systems in the stress response.

• Animal Behaviour & Cognition (20 credits)
Promotes understanding of the cognitive abilities of animals and assesses the consequences of these on animal welfare status in captivity.

• Animal Welfare in Industry & Law (40 credits)
Equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate the welfare of animals and develop solutions to welfare problems, as well as exploring the role of legislation in animal industries both in the UK and abroad.

• Research Project (60 credits)
Under the guidance of their project supervisor, each student will design and undertake a major research project on an aspect of animal welfare.

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Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline, comprising a wide range of specialist areas. Research in veterinary medicine is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health. Read more

Programme description

Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline, comprising a wide range of specialist areas. Research in veterinary medicine is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health.

The R(D)SVS has an international reputation, and its clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals (dog and cat and exotics, zoo and wildlife) and Large Animal Hospital (equine and livestock) - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK and Europe. It is best placed to advance the skills of the sector due to the skills in primary, secondary and tertiary care medicine and surgery, and its extensive research activities in all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Veterinary practitioners are under pressure to maintain high standards of practice while also keeping abreast of the latest developments. In response to the increasing requirement for support in developing advanced clinical skills, this new distance learning programme is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at veterinarians in practice.

The modular, portfolio approach allows the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of the modern practitioner. The goal is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required to be highly effective practitioners and to enable them to act as leaders and mentors within the veterinary community.

Online learning

Online learning is aimed at people who want to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside ongoing work or other commitments. You can study at times most convenient to you. Most of our students continue in their employment while they study.

The courses are taught in distance learning mode and are completed entirely online. The teaching is quite varied, including: online lectures, tutorials, specialist external lectures, scientific group discussions, case studies, problem-based learning scenarios, literature based research, computer-assisted learning and quizzes.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered part-time by online distance learning over a minimum period of three years and a maximum period of six years. You may undertake the programme by intermittent study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within a maximum time limit of two years for the Postgraduate Certificate, four years for the Postgraduate Diploma and six years for the MVetSci.

In summary, the completion times are as follows:

PgCert: 12-24 months
PgDip: 24-48 months
MVetSci: 36-72 months

The programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied. You can choose to take a particular species track in the elective course, ie courses focussed on companion animals, exotic zoo and wildlife, equine or production animals. Equally, you can choose to take a mixed-practice approach by selecting courses that meet your individual professional needs. If you choose a particular species track you will exit with a designated MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice, eg MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice (Companion Animal Medicine). You will have the option to select a final year project or fully-taught route to achieve the MVetSci.

Each year will consist of three 11-week terms structured into two blocks of five weeks of study with a week in between for independent study and reflection. One block of five weeks will equate to 10 credits of course material. This framework is designed to fit in with the part-time nature of the programme, giving you time to reflect on your learning and lessening the impact of the additional requirements that studying will place on the your working life.

Learning outcomes

This programme provides graduates with the scientific knowledge and practical skills to carry out the work of advanced veterinary practitioners.

The programme aims to support students as they:

acquire knowledge about advanced veterinary clinical research and developments
acquire specific veterinary skills applicable to an advanced practitioner in their chosen specialist area(s)
develop an understanding of how an evidence-based medical approach can be applied in a range of practical situations
learn to interpret and communicate scientific results and information in research and other forms of social debate, across other related scientific disciplines and to other stakeholders

Career opportunities

Enhanced promotion within the veterinary clinical practice sector.
Entry point for academic clinical positions coming from the private practice sector.
Veterinary-based industries particularly feed and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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This innovative programme aims to give you the knowledge, skills and practical training needed to work with wildlife, with special emphasis on wildlife health and conservation at the global scale. Read more
This innovative programme aims to give you the knowledge, skills and practical training needed to work with wildlife, with special emphasis on wildlife health and conservation at the global scale.

Cutting-edge topics include animal capture and handling techniques; the assessment, stabilisation and transportation of injured animals; methods for improving the welfare of captive animals; concepts in behavioural ecology; endangered species breeding programmes; the reintroduction of captive populations to the wild; practical conservation strategies; and the management of protected areas. The curriculum also delivers a comprehensive introduction to wildlife disease ecology, surveillance and control.

The MSc is based at the School of Veterinary Sciences near the Mendip Hills in Somerset, providing convenient access to Exmoor National Park and the rich wildlife habitats of south-west England. A large number of lectures, small group workshops and practical sessions take place at Bristol Zoo, allowing you to gain hands-on experience of exotic animal care while working behind the scenes in a modern zoological garden.

A special feature of this MSc is the large number of specialist lectures, workshops and seminars that are delivered by leading researchers, conservationists and wildlife veterinarians from outside the University. These provide a valuable networking opportunity that will benefit your future career.

By the end of the course you will have gained the skills and knowledge to deal with a variety of practical situations that professional wildlife biologists face on a day-to-day basis.

Programme structure

The course is split into two elements. A taught element from September to April provides training in:
-First Aid for Injured Animals
-Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation
-Captive Wildlife Management
-The Re-release of Wildlife into the Field
-Wildlife Conservation
-Wildlife Diseases and Integrated Health
-Animal Behaviour and Welfare
-Research Skills

A research element from May to August provides an opportunity for you to carry out an applied project on a wildlife topic of interest to you. You will undertake a literature review, collect and analyse data, and present your results as a written report suitable for publication. In previous years many of these projects have been carried out at Bristol Zoo or in Australia.

Careers

This course has been carefully designed for those aspiring to a career in wildlife health, conservation and management. Potential employers include national parks, zoological gardens, animal rescue centres, wildlife hospitals, environmental NGOs, conservation charities and government agencies with statutory wildlife responsibilities, both in Britain and overseas.

Previous students have gone on to work for a range of employers, including the Environment Agency, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Chester Zoo, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Frontier, Ecofieldtrips Singapore and Natural England. Our graduates are now spread across the world, working to achieve wildlife conservation from positions of influence in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

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The Department of Clinical Studies provides undergraduate and graduate-level training and research in areas related to clinical veterinary medicine including internal medicine, surgery, imaging, anaesthesiology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, ICU and nutrition. Read more
The Department of Clinical Studies provides undergraduate and graduate-level training and research in areas related to clinical veterinary medicine including internal medicine, surgery, imaging, anaesthesiology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, ICU and nutrition. We are dedicated to providing state of the art knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of companion animals (dogs and cats, as well as birds and exotic species), performance animals (primarily horses) and food-producing animals. We offer advanced clinical training for DVM graduates leading to board certification in specialties listed above.

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