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Masters Degrees in Exotic Livestock

Masters degrees in Exotic Livestock provide postgraduates with advanced knowledge and training in the rearing of animals which are not typically studied on traditional agricultural degrees. Specialisations can range from veterinary treatment and care, to animal nutrition, breeding, and behaviour.

Masters degrees in this area range from taught MSc degrees, to research-based MRes and MPhil degrees. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as veterinary science, zoology, or biology.

Why study a Masters in Exotic Livestock?

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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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