BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Gain practical skills in animal therapy, working with large and companion animals at ARU in Writtle. Our BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy degree has a particular focus on horses and dogs.

You’ll learn from an experienced team of tutors including veterinary surgeons, nutrition and behaviour specialists, biomechanists, and staff qualified in veterinary physiotherapy, massage and myofascial release.

Writtle is the perfect place to get hands-on experience, with the campus being home to dedicated canine and equine therapy centres, a small animal unit and a working farm.

As a BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy graduate, you’ll be able to apply for membership of the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR).

Our Animal Therapy degree runs alongside the MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy course. You may have the opportunity to move on to the MVetPhys course at the end of your first year. To do this, you’ll need to achieve a 50% overall stage average and get a pass in both the equine and canine OSPE (practical exams).

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Hands-on learning

Study Animal Therapy at ARU Writtle and:

  • use specialist campus facilities including our equine and canine therapy centres
  • explore therapeutic techniques, exercise, sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • learn from experienced veterinary surgeons and physiotherapists.


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Animal Health Professions' Register

Our 3-year degree course is accredited by the Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR). As a graduate, you'll be able to apply for membership of the Register.


As a BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy graduate, you'll be ready to work as an equine or canine massage therapist or explore career paths in related industries. You can register with the Animal Health Professions' Register.

Students who complete the first year of their Animal Therapy degree to a high standard (50% overall stage average and a Pass for both Equine and Canine OSPE practical exams), may have the opportunity to transfer to our MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy integrated Masters degree. This four-year qualifies you to work as a veterinary physiotherapist.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

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