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Masters Courses

Masters Courses

Further your physiotherapy career by studying PGDIP/MSC veterinary physiotherapy to specialise in animal physiotherapy & rehalibitation



We have a career solution enabling you to combine your love for animals and pets with your specialist physiotherapy training to develop a rewarding career in Animal Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. 

ACPAT has a long term partnership with two leading UK universities to provide a unique upgrade route for Chartered Physiotherapists. To enrol on both courses participants are required to:

  • Have obtained a BSc (Hons) or MSc in Physiotherapy prior to enrolment from one of the 55 universities around the UK 
  • Be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Be registered with The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) if currently working in human fields.

Further information on each course can be found below. Please contact them directly for the most up to date entry requirements and to follow the application process.


We have comprehensive courses that can help you to achieve your goal of becoming an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist with Category A status.

If you are not yet a Chartered Physiotherapist you can now train to be an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist and gain Category A status in as little as 4 years.

To achieve this would need to complete your BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at one of the 55 universities across the UK then complete either one of our full time or part time masters programs.


Hartpury University

Hartpury University run a part-time programme available to Chartered Physiotherapists who are looking to specialise in animals. Graduates from this programme will either have a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, allowing them to upgrade from Category B membership of ACPAT to Category A. Once qualified, students will be eligible to set up their own business in veterinary physiotherapy or be employed in the industry.

Topics studied on this programme include: Clinical Practice, Comparative and Applied Anatomy Physiology and Biomechanics, Understanding Veterinary Diagnostics and Physiotherapy Assessment, Veterinary Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, Research Methods and Applied Business Management. Students will also be able to complete their own research and explore their own interests by completing a postgraduate dissertation in the third year if they choose to. There are periods of clinical placement and students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent learning.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with in-person teaching delivered in ‘blocks’ of study (each block is usually between two and four days in length and there are approximately 7 blocks of attendance per year) on both weekdays and weekends. Additionally, there will be times when students are required to attend for individual days, e.g. where assessments are scheduled.

Programme Lead: Gillian Tabor


Hartpury University Website

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University of Liverpool

There are 3 methods of gaining your qualification as an Animal Physiotherapist with the University of Liverpool. All the options are aimed at Chartered Physiotherapists wishing to translate their skills into animal practice.

Two year part-time Post Graduate Diploma

Participants can study from abroad or in the UK attending 6 modules over 2 years

One year full-time Post Graduate Diploma

Participants can study from abroad or in the UK attending 6 modules over 1 year

One year full-time MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy

Participants MUST study in the UK attending 7 modules over 1 year

  • Study 6 modules online individually and in teaching groups
  • Intensive in-person practical workshops – 20 days
  • Clinical placement days – 20 days
  • Veterinary placement days – 10 days
  • Modules cover: Anatomy & Biomechanics, Principles of Veterinary Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics of the Common Domestic Species, the Neuromotor System in Performance and Disease as well as Standard and Advanced Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice
  • In addition to the above, the MSc degree qualification comprises of a seventh module - the postgraduate dissertation and research project
  • You can start the Diploma or Masters immediately following your undergraduate degree completion

This programme has options for international (non-UK/EU and non-EU) physiotherapists to join the programme. For further information please follow the link below.

Programme Lead: Dr Mel Chapman


University of Liverpool Website

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