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BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Introduction to our Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation course

Learn to work as an equine therapist and support horses' wellbeing and performance. Study at our dedicated equine campus at ARU Writtle.

Our BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degree focuses on the structure and function of the horse, relating that to how horses move and how natural gait may change when areas of tension are seen in the musculature.

It also explores how a team of professionals – including veterinarians, farriers, saddle fitters, dentists and trainers – can work together to enhance and optimise horses' wellbeing, body balance and performance.

As a student at ARU Writtle you’ll be based in the Equine Training and Development Centre, which offers extensive facilities including a working stable yard, riding arenas and an equine therapy barn. There are around 70 horses on campus, and you’re able to bring your own horse to university too: find out more about our DIY Livery Yard.

Our course is accredited by the Animal Health Professions' Register (AHPR), and prepares you to provide health services that protect animal welfare, as well as the interests of owners and referring professionals, such as veterinary surgeons.

As a graduate, you’ll be ready to work in an exciting and evolving part of the equine industry.

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Equine Academy: support for talented riders

The Equine Academy at ARU Writtle supports a group of competition-level riders every year. It offers training sessions for the rider, stabling for the horse, and access to our equine facilities and experienced support staff.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


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Hands-on learning

Study equine courses with ARU Writtle and benefit from:

  • dedicated Equine Training and Development Centre on our Cow Watering Campus
  • working stable yard, with around 70 horses on campus
  • indoor and outdoor riding arenas
  • oval horse walker
  • therapy barn
  • 150-hectare campus with grazing and space for events
  • DIY Livery Yard for students' horses.
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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.


As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degree, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the equine industry. You will also be able to apply for professional membership of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC), which offers ongoing support, mentorship and CPD opportunities as you progress in your career.

You could consider a career in:

  • equine sports therapy, including as a self-employed therapist
  • equine therapy rehabilitation
  • thoroughbred rehabilitation
  • hydrotherapy
  • equine welfare
  • equine nutrition
  • the police force.

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 Equine Performance Science or MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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