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We have a long history of successfully delivering animal science-related courses in conjunction with animal healthcare organisations, for individuals and their employers. This programme is another example of collaboration, this time with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). Delivery is provided by colleagues from Harper Adams, technical specialists who are members of NAVP and also specialist external academics.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates would be expected to have obtained a minimum of a 2:1 in an animal science/health, veterinary nursing, veterinary science or physiotherapy degree and have substantial animal handling/work experience to include a minimum of 160 hours with both small animal (cats and dogs) and equine and 40 hours with cattle . We also welcome applications from Veterinary Surgeons where consideration for approval of prior learning may be granted for the first year of study. For all applicants, evidence of previous qualifications is required.

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Heather Venables

Harper Adams Masters student Heather Venables has shown that with the right level of determination, you can start to realise your ambitions even before completing your studies.

Heather Venables, who is currently studying for an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, has set up a new rehabilitation centre in Shropshire. The postgraduate student set up PawFit Veterinary Physiotherapy after deciding to follow her dream career a decade ago. Despite the business being in its early days, she has already taken on three members of staff and has plans for further expansion.

She said: “I just want to be able to offer gold-standard facilities in order to help my patients and clients. I have been able to take on two part-time veterinary physiotherapists - both Harper students - and a qualified hydrotherapist and hope to be able to expand the centre further as the business grows.”

The centre is the culmination of several years of combined work for Heather, both in the veterinary nursing profession and as a student.

She added: “I have been planning my rehabilitation centre since I first decided I wanted to pursue veterinary physiotherapy as a career in 2010. It then took me many years as I had to complete the diploma in advanced veterinary nursing first due to holding only an NVQ at the time.

“I chose Harper because it has always maintained a high standard for animal-related courses.

“I attended the university for training days when I did my original veterinary nursing NVQ, then again from 2012 - 2015 when I completed my diploma in advanced veterinary nursing - and then I continued onto the veterinary physiotherapy postgraduate diploma.

“After that, I took two years out then started the MSc. It is both challenging and rewarding – and it has allowed me to perform my dream job and run my own business.

“To students looking to study vet physio I would say - be prepared to be stretched to your limits both mentally and emotionally but just know that it’s completely worth it.”

Principal lecturer and Programme Manager for Veterinary Physiotherapy, Carole Brizuela, said: “Heather has been determined and focussed since she decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

“I am in awe at the dedication she put into her academic studies in reaching her goal. It shows that where there’s a will there’s a way!”


Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

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Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

Application Procedure

.The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

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