Writtle University College has an excellent reputation for its existing undergraduate Equine Sports Therapy course that has both academic and professional input and by popular demand we now offer an MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy.
This exciting course, first delivered in September 2014, is run in conjunction with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). The programme is designed to develop the skills of the student to support Veterinary Surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species and will in particular focus on Equine and Canine patients. It will also focus on supporting Equine and Canine athletes both during competition and for recovery.
It is designed to enhance competency in existing therapists and to help students with less experience achieve their goal as capable and knowledgeable Veterinary Physiotherapists. The programme offers successful students the opportunity to become part of the existing para-professional cache of Veterinary Physiotherapists by developing excellent understanding and knowledge of structure in relation to function, treatment, rehabilitation of a variety of animals and of course business skills for those who plan to be self-employed.
The programme will be run on a part-time basis over three years. The first two years will be taught on a modular basis and will require the student to attend one weekend a month in the first year and attendance in the second year will additionally include placement days with a variety of Physiotherapists. These two years will comprise the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy and if successful the student will be invited to become a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists and be able to practice. The third year involves the dissertation and on completion the student will have a full MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy.
A successful Veterinary Physiotherapist will soon find that demand for their services outstrips their availability as there are a limited number of qualified therapists in the industry. Additionally, Para-professionals in the veterinary world may soon be limited to those carrying a recognised postgraduate qualification.