MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy - Writtle University College

MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: W4F3

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  • Integrated Masters Veterinary Physiotherapy

    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.

    Study will involve both large and companion animals with a major focus being on horses and dogs. 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.

    The four year programme (480 credits), which students are eligible to apply for funding for the full four years of study through Student Finance, 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).

    Throughout the programme professional skills will be taught by a number of our qualified staff. Our veterinary surgeon will be involved in the delivery of clinical information including anatomy and physiology and pharmacology. Our NAVP qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist, who has had extensive equine hydrotherapy spa experience, will be lecturing in rehabilitation, remedial exercise programmes and electrotherapy. Our McTimoney Animal Therapist and Equinenergy Equine Bodyworker, who is involved in delivery of both academic and therapeutic intervention skills, has extensive experience with both equine and canine clients and is currently working with a rider and her horses on the World Class Dressage programme. Writtle also has a number of other highly qualified (both PhD and practical) staff who will be involved with many other aspects of this exciting programme.

  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    The following entry requirements are for courses starting September 2016 only.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    320 - 360
    GCE A Levels
    320 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    320 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x ILC higher at B1
    Scottish Highers
    320 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x higher at B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Minimum of 27 points (pass) (326)
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    DDM (320)
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    D*D* (280 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 320)
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Distinction (360)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Distinction* (280 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 320)

    Key and Functional Skills
    A maximum of 20 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 Key Skills will be taken into consideration when making offers of places for Higher Education courses.

    GCSEs
    All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade AC including, English Language, Mathematics and Science*.
    *Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    From September 2017, UCAS tariff points will be changing.

    View the Entry Requirements for courses starting September 2017

    "Writtle University College encourages early disclosure of any specific learning needs, disabilities, medical and/or mental health conditions that you feel may have an effect on your studies. This allows us to discuss these with you and consider reasonable adjustments and support arrangements you may need.

    The college takes its health and safety and welfare responsibilities very seriously. Veterinary Physiotherapy is a physically demanding course which will involve you working in close contact with large and unpredictable animals. Students are encouraged to declare and discuss with college staff, anything that may impact on their ability to safely and fully take part in any of the practical elements of the course."

    Interview
    An interview with the academic team will form part of the admissions criteria for entry onto the course.

    You will be able to demonstrate good physical fitness, and animal handling skills experience (Small -canine- and Large -equine/bovine- but other animal experience also valuable) corresponding to at least:

    • 150h for equine
    • 100h for small animal
    • 50h for farm animal

    under the supervision of various providers.

    The necessary skills you should master are:

    • Putting bridles on/off
    • Putting rugs on/off
    • Making an animal walk and trot
    • Letting an animal in/out of an enclosed space

    If the placements are done prior to the interview, letters from the providers stating the date and length of the placements, the animal handling activities undertook and the skills developed must be submitted during the interview.

    If the placements have not been done prior to the interview, letters from the providers stating the date and length of the coming placements must be submitted during the interview. All placements must have been effective before the beginning of the course.



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  • FAQs

  • We frequently get asked questions about the MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy course, so we have put together the following list which we hope will answer your queries.

    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: admissions@writtle.ac.uk). 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.

    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. Can I bring my own horse?
    A. Yes, we have some DIY livery available at the College yard. Please contact Tess Campbell 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.



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  • Useful Information

  • You will only be awarded MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy if all academic and clinical components are passed.

    If the clinical component is not passed but the academic elements are, you will be awarded an MAnimTher Animal Therapy and you will not be eligible to apply for membership of NAVP.



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Interview Dates

Below are the interview dates for those applying during 2015/16 for 2016 entry, or a deferred 2017 start.

Thursday 25th August 2016

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Student Finance Information

This course is eligible for student finance.
For more information visit Student Finance Zone.