Professional Practice for Veterinary Physiotherapists

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

From September 2023 we are pleased to offer as a 30 credit course: Professional Practice for Veterinary Physiotherapists as continuing professional development (CPD).

Alongside guided independent study, students will be expected to undertake a significant period of professional practice (minimum 300 hours), in a clinical veterinary physiotherapy setting. This will be supported by formative feedback and mentoring by experienced qualified veterinary physiotherapists. Each individual will develop the professional maturity in their chosen sector of the profession and an ability to recognise the requirement for career planning and continuous development and the impact of such on themselves and/or on the organisation for whom they work.

The course will enable students to focus on the importance of the development of relevant transferable and employability skills, including those applicable to management positions; in addition to giving them a platform to develop their industry-relevant practical skills and case management abilities.

The delivered content of this course will be accessed fully online in conjunction with completing off-site work-based practical learning. The course also allows students to further develop their reflective practice by keeping a live e-portfolio throughout their work and studies.

Applicants should have a Level 6 and above qualification in Veterinary Physiotherapy .

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be achieved through 300 hours of work-based practice and 30 hours of guided independent study.

The work-based practice will consist of actively participating in relevant professional activity, contributing to day-to-day practice of their chosen sphere and generating material relevant to the Professional Practice Portfolio.

Students will be expected to contribute to their professional portfolio actively and continually.

These are examples of the guided independent study expected:

  • Set reading
  • Background reading
  • Practicing skills
  • Moodle discussion contributions
  • Vlog creation and editing
  • E-portfolio contributions
  • Relevant visits in own time
  • Study for presentation preparation and assignments
  • Reading relevant publications to support learning
  • Online activities including quizzes, videos, reviewing lecture material

Knowledge and understanding is assessed through the Professional Practice Portfolio.

The portfolio will evidencing the 300 hours of work-based practice. The portfolio will contain various elements demonstrating professional learning (i.e. role descriptor, case studies, reflective statement).