Taught course

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Harper Adams University · Animals

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree in an animal science subject and animal handling experience commensurate with the pursuit of advanced study in veterinary physiotherapy. Applications may also be considered from candidates with a lower second class honours degree or FdSc/HND with experience, or equivalent. Non-graduates with significant work experience are also invited to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

We have a long history of successfully delivering animal science-related courses in conjunction with animal healthcare organisations, for individuals and their employers. This programme is another example of collaboration, this time with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). Delivery is provided by colleagues from Harper Adams, technical specialists who are members of NAVP and also specialist external academics.

The programme fulfils the need to support veterinary surgeons who treat both companion and large animals. The veterinary physiotherapist (VP) can provide this support during an animal’s recovery from injury or surgery as well as in preparation of the athletic animal. Considering the number of animals owned and cared for in the UK and a general wish for high standards of animal health and welfare, there is now a growing need for well-educated and highly qualified, accredited VPs to provide this sort of service.

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis and studied over three academic years, with students completing the taught modules of the PgD within the first two years and completing the Masters Research Project within an individually negotiated timescale over one to two years.

How will it benefit me?

Veterinary physiotherapy is now well established as a mainstream complimentary treatment and offers the opportunity to become part of a growing professional community. Successful completion of this programme will provide individuals with more extensive opportunities for graduate employment as a VP in the animal health sector by developing the specific scientific, technical and business skills required. On successful completion, students will gain a recognised Higher Education postgraduate qualification as well as being able to apply for professional membership to NAVP, which is recognised by both practising veterinary surgeons and lead sector insurers as valid providers of specialist veterinary physiotherapy.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall (least 5.5 in each of the 4 individual components) TOEFL 90-91 overall ( least the following in each component - 21 listening; 22 reading; 23 speaking; 21 writing) Pearson PTE 58-64 overall ( least 51 in each of the 4 individual components)

Fees and funding

UK students
From £ 2,500 p/a to £9,900 p/a
International students
From £4,250 p/a to £17,050 p/a

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Heather Hogan
+44 (0) 1952 815289
+44 (0) 1952 814783