Year 1 of the course introduces a wide topic of subjects relevant to managing animals, the way they function and the health challenges they face. Many of the modules are shared with other animal and veterinary nursing courses and include such topics as anatomy, physiology, animal management, behaviour and welfare. Physiotherapy modules specific to the course introduce hydrotherapy and some manual techniques, and assess your animal handling skills.
Year 2 shares a number of modules across courses, however at this point the teaching is more focussed on veterinary physiotherapy. In thephysiotherapy module further manual techniques, electrotherapies and the fundamentals of exercise prescription are considered. The behaviour and welfare theme is also continued and a business module is studied.
Year 3 is the placement year working within the animal industry.
The final year is very much focussed on the practice and application of physiotherapy skills with a third of the taught year being composed of clinics both at Harper Adams and with practicing veterinary physiotherapists in the field and a further module which considers the role of the physiotherapist within the veterinary services industry and as a sports practitioner. The Honours Research Project is an important part of the final year where you may chose a topic related to veterinary physiotherapy to research and write up.