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Animal Osteopathy, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Course Description

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 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

Visit the Animal Osteopathy, PGCert/PGDip/MSc page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An osteopathic qualification (DO, BSc, BSc (Hons), M.Ost) AND UK applicants must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Non-UK applicants must provide proof of their osteopathic qualifications and their professional status as per their country of origin.

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