Harper Adams University Veterinary Physiotherapy

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Harper Adams University Veterinary Physiotherapy

BSc (Hons) 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.

What will I study?

Year 1
Skills for the Veterinary Physiotherapy Professional
Companion Animal Management
Introduction to Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
Large Animal Management
Principles of Animal Health
Fundamentals of Physiology
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Physiotherapy
Year 2
Locomotion and Biomechanics
Evidence Based Rehabilitation
Anatomy for Veterinary Physiotherapy
Introduction to Business Management
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
Equine Science
Principles of Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Clinical Research Methods
Year 3
Placement year
Year 4
Honours Research Project
Canine Clinical Practice
Equine Clinical Practice
Clinical Practice
Veterinary Physiotherapy Professional Practice
Advances in Equine Science
Farm Animal Health
Applied Companion Animal Health, Welfare and Behaviour


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.