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Graduate Diploma in Animal Therapy

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This unique programme provides a career path for those with a degree in equine science to become a professional animal manipulator. It offers a mix of academic knowledge and practical hands-on skills in equine and canine massage - from which you can start to build an animal therapy business. It is also an entry route into the MSc Animal Manipulation programme that will train you in animal manipulation using chiropractic techniques.

The overall aim of this programme is to provide those with a non-manipulative background the requisite skills to enter the MSc in Animal Manipulation. Specifically, it aims to introduce:

Animal sciences, including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
An understanding of the philosophy and history of the profession
A range of training exercises relevant to future adjusting skills
Palpation skills
Massage skills
Animal handling skills
Professional skills
Business skills
By the end of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate basic competency in relevant palpation, psychomotor and communication skills, as well as an understanding of the history and philosophy of the profession, and the business and professional skills necessary to start their career in animal therapy.

On satisfactory completion of this programme, students will have the skills to start their own animal therapy business and be eligible to enroll on the MSc Animal Manipulation programme.





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