Q. How long is the MVetPhys course?
A. The Integrated Masters programme is an innovative four year programme of study, which allows students to progress through a high quality course at undergraduate level directly into a fourth year at masters level, finishing with an MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy. It gives students a fabulous opportunity to excel in both an academic and professional setting alongside professionally qualified NAVP and other clinicians. The Integrated Masters programme will also allow students to apply for membership of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).
Q. What will I study?
A. Study will involve both large and companion animals with a major focus being on horses and dogs. The first three years of the course covers both pre-clinical and clinical skills. This is complemented with practical elements that introduce palpation, a range of therapies and rehabilitation techniques alongside massage. Students may wish to step off the programme after completing the three-year undergraduate programme and at this point they will, if successful, have a professional qualification in either equine or canine massage.
Q. How many days do I have to come into College?
A. This will depend on which programme you have chosen. First year study will probably require you to attend lectures and/or practical sessions on a daily basis, although generally this will not be 9am to 5pm every day, however please note this is a full-time course. Contact time is generally between 16 and 20 hours per week, with self-guided learning in addition to these hours to complete assessment work, background reading etc.
Timetables and a full induction will take place at the beginning of the semester.
Q. What if I wish to change the course I have applied for?
A. Once you are in the system and have been accepted onto one of the courses, you may change your course choice by simply informing the admissions department (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). It is possible to change your course within the first 2 weeks of starting at Writtle. This is subject to there being places available on the alternative course.
Q. Do I need specific subjects to gain entry to the degree?
A. In the perfect world, every student undertaking our MVetPhys course would have a solid background in the Sciences, and a good grasp of English and Maths. You must have a minimum of Cat GCSE Maths for entry on to the course. However, because we have had so many successful students from a variety of academic pathways, we do not specify subjects for entry. To compensate for any weak areas, students must be prepared to do additional background reading, self-directed study and maximise on tutorial opportunities.
Q. How will I be assessed?
A. You will be assessed using a variety of methods throughout the course, including written reports, oral assessments, presentations, closed/open book exams, practical assessments, debates, seminars and many more. Clinical elements will be assessed via observed structured clinical exams and a practical competency log. Practical and clinical components must be passed. You will have three attempts. However, retake fees will apply.
Q. What are my career opportunities?
A. The industry is very diverse and there are a range of opportunities in many fields. As a science graduate you will have a plethora of transferable skills to enhance your profile in almost any area you choose. We also recommend that you gain as much industry-related work experience as possible during your holiday periods. This will not only enhance your CV. Validating your MVetPhys will allow you to become a professional veterinary physiotherapist and a member of the NAVP. The professional healthcare industry for veterinary physiotherapists is an extremely competitive place; therefore it is vitally important to stand out from the crowd when looking for employment. The Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Writtle enables our students to gain a qualification that will enhance their professional opportunities, giving them all of the necessary skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career within the industry.
Alternatively, there is the option to continue with postgraduate studies such as a Masters degree or PhD.
Q. What is the massage qualification undertaken alongside my studies?
A. Ideally, this award would be supplemented by massage skills acquired to a professional level, allowing the student to practice as a massage therapist. Whilst not compulsory, we strongly encourage students to undertake Equinenergy’s EQ100 Equine Bodyworker course or CN3000 Canine Bodyworker course at Writtle, in the summer between their second and third year. These courses take the basic principles of massage already delivered to our students in practical sessions to a professional level of competence via an intense week of delivery, followed by an externship. The latter is supported at Writtle by a module within the third year; and students have the added benefit of staff expertise on hand throughout to help if required.
Students starting their academic award in 2017 benefit from a bursary supplied by WUC of £500 towards the cost of the EQ100 course (£1695) or the CN3000 course(£1595). It is not possible to undertake EQ100 without first completing the online EQ50 introductory course (current cost is $95, please check the Equinenergy website for details and be aware of exchange rates) or to undertake CN3000 without first completing the online CN3005 (current cost is $45, please check the Equinenergy website for details and be aware of exchange rates) and ensuring that you are individually insured to undertake such work on horses or dogs. Balens will insure students for approximately £11. Further details of these professional competency courses can be found at www.equinenergy.com.
Q. Do I need Protective Equipment?
A. Yes, safety is our priority, so you will have to use your PPE. For more details, please click here.
Q. Can I bring my own horse?
A. Yes, we have some DIY livery available at the College yard. Please contact
for further details. There is also a range of local livery yards - please read our livery information for more details.
Q. Are there opportunities to do extra riding?
A. Unfortunately, our college horses work throughout the week and as such there is limited availability for extra-curricular activities. There is no riding on the veterinary physiotherapy course. BHS courses are regularly run at the College and are available to students at additional cost (see Short Courses). There are also various opportunities at local yards in the area. The student Union runs equestrian team for British University and College Sports (BUCS) competitions. All students are welcome to try out for the teams and you do not need your own horse.