For the PGDip, you’ll need to complete 120 credits of the taught modules. For the MSc, you’ll need to complete 180 credits, including a research project.
Foundations of Professional Practice
You’ll develop skills in:
- fundamental scientific principles
- risk assessment, first aid, basic approaches to handling
- professional ethics, health and safety law, veterinary surgeons act and exemptions orders
- study skills, IT skills
- professional and peer communications
Anatomy and Physiology
This module covers the musculoskeletal system, including neurology, from cellular microanatomy to gross tissue organization, coupled with the physiology of relevant systems. You will undertake dissections are of the whole canine, equine limb, and the examination of laboratory specimens. The module also covers biomechanics and gait analysis which serve as the grounding knowledge for module two. Practical work relates to identification of bony landmarks, differentiating between axial and appendicular skeleton and comparative anatomy.
Integrated with module two, the teaching continues the theme of physiology, focussing on the reaction of the body systems to inflammation, injury and disease.
Foundations of Clinical Practice
This module introduces specific skills required by the veterinary physiotherapist. These include, palpation, manual techniques – massage, trigger points and myofascial release, active and passive range of motion along with electrotherapies and commonly used equipment such as cryotherapy and thermotherapy, wobble boards, proprioceptive tracks. Many of these skills are taught in small group practical sessions with live animals (horses, greyhounds and agility dogs). The sessions are guided by qualified veterinary physiotherapists.
Applied Clinical Skills
Building on the skills from module four, this develops clinical assessment, reasoning and evaluating outcomes measures into exercise programming and rehabilitation. There is a heavy emphasis on in-field experience achieved by 28 days of work-based learning. For these days you will be working alongside practicing veterinary physiotherapists on the day-to-day cases referred for treatment. You will also develop communication skills to enable you to engage with other professionals and with owners. Progress in this module is measured by the Record of Achievement which addresses day-one competencies via the demonstration of professional skills (DOPS).
Project Proposal and Development
This module establishes the groundwork for a clinically-relevant project. You will evaluate current conditions, theories and treatments to identify an area for research. The module will address writing and testing hypotheses, ethics, data analysis and methods of writing up a formal report. Students are assigned an individual tutor for assistance with this.
This module aims to develop investigative skills in the context of the workplace. It aims to develop and demonstrate skills in:
- the analysis of a problem
- planning and organising a task
- exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data
- compiling a report
- data analysis
- writing a literature review
- giving an oral presentation
Clinical Reasoning and Reporting
In this module you will focus on methods of collecting, collating and analysing patient data to prepare feedback reports to the veterinary surgeon. The module also addresses clinical reasoning and critical evaluation of treatment outcomes by comparison with current theories and studies.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.