Harper Adams University College Veterinary Physiotherapy

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Harper Adams University College Veterinary Physiotherapy

Duration: 4 years full-timeStart date: September 2017

The course

This undergraduate programme is recognised by the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists. It will provide the knowledge and skills for you to become a veterinary services professional and work closely with veterinary surgeons.

Physiotherapy following veterinary referral can help animals recover from a variety of conditions such as back pain, sprains, strains, fractures and sporting injuries. It can also be used following orthopaedic, neurological or general surgery, as well as improve biomechanics and athletic ability.

As such its use within the veterinary field is increasing. Animals can undergo a wide range of treatments including manual techniques, electrotherapies and exercise therapy.


Accredited by: National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists

Successful completion of the course will allow entry to the National Association of. Veterinary Physiotherapists.

What you study

In the first year you will study modules that provide the underpinning knowledge you need to work with animals. You will also study some physiotherapy techniques including massage and hydrotherapy. In the second year you will be studying the underpinning science required to work as a veterinary physiotherapist, including anatomy, biomechanics and locomotion and musculoskeletal injuries. Also included in second year is more teaching of physiotherapy skills and knowledge including the electrotherapeutic modalities and exercise prescription. The final year will include clinics and teaching to further your knowledge in the field of veterinary physiotherapy and animal health plus the honours research project.

Teaching and learning

Teaching may consist of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, study visits, clinics or the use of guest speakers. As the course is highly vocational in nature there are many practical skills to be learnt and then honed in the clinics of the fourth year. In addition to the taught sessions you will be expected to undertake further study in your own time, complete tutorial exercises, written assignments and if required, to prepare for an exam.


Veterinary physiotherapists work alongside veterinary surgeons and nurses within vet practices and hospitals in the treatment of animals. A number of physiotherapists work closely with the equine sports industry within racing or other sporting disciplines. Others work independently, setting up their own businesses working with horse and dog owners.