Veterinary Physiotherapy (Postgraduate Diploma/MSc)

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University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Neston CH647TE
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University of Liverpool Veterinary Postgraduate Unit

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The University of Liverpool’s Postgraduate Diploma / Master’s in Veterinary Physiotherapy is a specialist programme aimed at Chartered Physiotherapists who wish to translate their knowledge and skills developed on humans into practice on animals.

The programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) as an upgrading route for ‘Category A’ membership and is RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners) registered.

The programme is available on a full time or part time basis either to PgDip or MSc level.

  • The full time PgDip and MSc programmes are 1 year duration and require students to study on campus in the UK.
  • The part time PgDip and MSc programmes can be studied remotely over 2 (PgDip) or 3 (MSc) years.

Although work experience is advised, students may apply to join either of our full time programmes immediately after completing their undergraduate degree, graduating as both a qualified human and veterinary physiotherapist in 4 years!

The following six modules are required for both the PgDip and MSc:

  • Principles of Veterinary Physiotherapy & Approach to the Animal Patient
  • Anatomy & Biomechanics for the Veterinary Physiotherapist
  • Orthopaedics of the Common Domestic Species for the Veterinary Physiotherapist
  • Neuromotor System in Performance & Disease
  • Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice 1
  • Advanced Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice

For the MSc, students must successfully complete the above six modules, plus a Research Project module.

Learning and Assessment:

The six core modules provide materials on our Virtual Learning Environment supported by practical periods in the form of core practical workshop weeks, veterinary hospital placements and clinical educator placements.

During trimesters, students are encouraged to work with their cohort with assessed and informal meeting opportunities. There are regular asynchronous learning opportunities with fellow students and academics online via discussion boards, scheduled synchronous journal clubs and meetings as well as opportunities during the face to face practical sessions.

Students have full access to the University of Liverpool's on site and online library.

Practical and theoretical assessment is authentic, on-going throughout each module and feedback is provided by tutors.