BSc (Hons) Canine Therapy

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Explore canine health and behaviour, and what therapists can do to improve dogs' wellbeing. Get hands-on experience in our specialist canine centre when you study Canine Therapy at ARU in Writtle.

Our course offers a mix of vocational and academic study that will prepare you for a career in the field of canine therapy.

It covers topics such as canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as well as focusing on canine massage and hydrotherapy.

As a student in Writtle, you’ll use specialist equipment in our Lordship Canine Centre, including a hydrotherapy pool and underwater treadmill. You’ll gain recognised skills in hydrotherapy as you take part in commercially run sessions with real cases, helping to compile structured care plans for injured or post-operative animals.

Our highly qualified teaching team includes experienced veterinary physiotherapists and veterinary surgeons.

As a graduate of our Canine Therapy course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to run your own business or work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

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Hands-on learning

Study Canine Therapy at ARU in Writtle and:

  • use specialist campus facilities including our Lordship Canine Centre
  • acquire recognised skills in hydrotherapy in commercially run sessions with real cases
  • explore therapeutic techniques, exercise, nutrition and sports medicine
  • learn from experienced veterinary surgeons and physiotherapists.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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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.


Our BSc (Hons) Canine Therapy is a 'two in one' qualification as it includes a vocational award. This means that as a graduate, you'll be ready to work as a therapist – either independently or as part of a clinical team.

As the course has a focus on hydrotherapy and massage, you may choose to work in these popular areas.

You may find yourself helping with post-surgery recovery, managing chronic conditions, increasing the range of motion and balance in senior patients, enhancing the performance of competing athletes, helping with a weight control programme or improving the general wellbeing of family pets.

Alternatively you could consider research assistant posts, lecturing and health advisory roles.

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.

Apply now for BSc (Hons) Canine Therapy

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