Nottingham's Vet School launches MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy

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A new master’s degree is being launched by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at the University of Nottingham to complement its existing range of postgraduate courses and training.

From September 2018, Nottingham – which recently topped the table for student satisfaction among UK vet schools - will be offering an MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course over three years, with the option of receiving a PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy after two years. Graduates will be able to practice as veterinary physiotherapists with either qualification.

The course will be delivered at the University’s Sutton Bonington campus at weekends – making it ideal for those people already working in the profession or who may be interested in pursuing a change of career.

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Leading the course at Nottingham will be Dr Richard Payne, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomy.

He said: “This is an exciting expansion of our postgraduate provision and will allow us to build on our reputation for delivering first class teaching in our excellent facilities.

“The course will be run on a weekend basis over two academic years, which will allow students to continue to work in their current employment. It is very much hands-on and is designed for musculoskeletal practitioners, veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons, but also for those who want to expand or change their career opportunities.”

The course was developed by Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training (CEPT) and has been delivered by them since 2008, but is being transferred to Nottingham due to an increasing number of applicants.

Practical skills

Much of the practical teaching will be delivered by qualified veterinary physiotherapists, both on campus and at their own practices. Students will be qualified as veterinary physiotherapists after two years, while the third year for the MSc will revolve around research work for a dissertation based on a topic relevant to veterinary physiotherapy.

Modules will cover a range of topics including the foundations of clinical practice, anatomy and physiology, the foundations of clinical practice, applied clinical skills and clinical reasoning and reporting. Students can expect to come away with a range of practical skills such as physiotherapy, electrotherapy and exercise programming.

The course will be open to applicants with a degree (BSc or above) in a science or animal-related subject and with evidence of at least eight weeks of animal handling experience.

More information about the course, and how to apply, can be found at

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at Nottingham achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 100% from its latest cohort of graduates in this year’s National Student Survey. Nottingham’s unique teaching and learning experience came first in all 27 areas of assessment out-performing all the UK’s six other vet schools.


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