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MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy

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Develop the skills to support veterinary surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species, with a focus on equine and canine patients, with our MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy at ARU Writtle.

Our accredited Masters degree also focuses on supporting equine and canine athletes during competition and recovery.

If you’re already a therapist, the course is designed to enhance your competency and further your experience. You’ll further your understanding of anatomical structure in relation to function, treatment and rehabilitation; and of core business skills – especially relevant if you plan to work as a self-employed therapist.

As a student in Writtle, you’ll get practical, hands-on experience in specialist facilities including our equine and canine therapy centres.

Most teaching takes place at weekends (11 weekends in Year 1, 19 weekends – including placements on campus – in Year 2). Occasional attendance on Mondays or Fridays will also be required, for example for Academic Induction and exams. If you are completing Year 3 (dissertation) you’re free to organise your own study time.

Our MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge and take the next step in your career. Please note that it is open to UK students only.

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Hands-on learning

As an MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy student in Writtle you'll take part in:

  • practical animal sessions which cover surface anatomy, individual animal assessments, therapeutic interventions, and animal handling skills
  • laboratory practicals
  • a clinical observation day in Year 1
  • ten clinical placement days in Year 2, eight on campus and two external.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • benefit from extensive library and IT resources
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Professional recognition

Our MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy is accredited by the Animal Health Professions' Register (AHPR), and recognised by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).


Our Veterinary Physiotherapy course will help you develop the skills to support veterinary surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species, with a particular focus on equine and canine patients.

A successful veterinary physiotherapist may find that demand for their services outstrips availability, as there are a limited number of qualified therapists in the industry.

With experience, you could become a senior or specialist physiotherapist. You could also set up your own animal physiotherapy practice or move into research.

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