36 months
4056 GBP/year
4056 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Veterinary Physiotherapy programme from Writtle University College is designed to develop the skills of the student to support veterinary surgeons in the rehabilitation of a variety of species and will in particular focus on equine and canine patients. It will also focus on supporting equine and canine athletes both during competition and for recovery.


Veterinary Physiotherapy at Writtle University College is designed to enhance competency in existing therapists and to help students with less experience achieve their goal as capable and knowledgeable veterinary physiotherapists. The programme offers successful students the opportunity to become part of the existing para-veterinary profession of veterinary physiotherapists by developing excellent understanding and knowledge of anatomical structure in relation to function, treatment, rehabilitation of a variety of animals and of core business skills for those who plan to be self-employed.

Degree structure

The programme will be run on a part-time basis over three years, with the majority being delivered at weekends (11 weekends for the 1st year , 19 weekends - including internal placements on site - for the 2nd year). There will be the occasional Friday or Monday that requires attendance, such as Academic Induction and examinations. The first year is quite structured and enables us to accurately predict the level of commitment required from each student to pass the modules.  In the second clinical year, students differ widely in their ability to pick up and accurately apply the techniques being taught.  So the requirement for self-directed practice can be substantial.  There is also an increased level of contact in year 2 as students need to undertake placement days alongside the taught element, so weekends become far more frequent than during the first year.  By year 3 students will be able to organise their own study time to complete the dissertation.

The first two years will comprise the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy and if successful the student will obtain their VP practitioner status. The third year involves the dissertation and on completion the student will have a full MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy.

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


This exciting course is recognised by RAMP, Accredited by AHPR and supported by NAVP.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biomechanics and Gait Evaluation
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology of Injury and Disease
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Physiotherapeutic Techniques and Clinical Skills
  • Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

To secure a place, students should submit their application as early as possible. However, if places are left, we may consider applications up to the 30 June


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants will hold an upper second or 1st class Honours degree in Animal Science or a related subject (Equine Science, Zoology, Bioveterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing) or a therapy degree (such as, Equine Sports Therapy, Animal Therapy or Human Sports Therapy) .
  • When applying, you will be asked to produce a personal statement and name 2 referees from whom you will require recommendation letters on the pro-formatted template we will provide. Alongside your application, you must send copies of all your qualifications. Applications must be complete in order to be processed.
  • You will be asked to send a video evidence of your practical skills. The task, simple but aiming at evaluating how safely you handle a horse, will need to be videoed by someone. The video must be less than 10mns.
  • An interview with the academic team will form part of the admissions criteria for entry onto the course. 

Work experience

We would like to see evidence of a minimum of:

  • 150 hours for equine
  • 100 hours for canine
done under the supervision of professional providers ready to vouch for your skills. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4056 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12169 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    4056 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12169 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • £4,998 (Year 1)
  • £4,998 (Year 2)
  • £2,173 (Year 3)

Living costs for Chelmsford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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