Academic knowledge and understanding reinforces and supports the development of vocational skills equipping the students with the abilities and the knowledge relevant to their employment or the need of their employers.
The BSc (Hons) in Canine Therapy will produce highly qualified practitioners specialised in various aspects of canine therapy (hydrotherapy, massage therapy). These are popular disciplines within the industry and students will acquire basic skills enabling them to pursue a career in any of these fields.
The aims of the programme are to:
Build on basic scientific principles to develop an advanced academic knowledge of the canine both in health and disease
- Appreciate the effects of normal and abnormal movement patterns in the dog, including assessment for compensatory mechanisms that may change movement patterns or elicit pain
- Compile structured care plans for injured or post-operative animals and introduce a plan to re-educate the structures relevant to the normal patterns of that animal in conjunction with the referring veterinarian
- Complete a portfolio of evidence demonstrating skill in the workplace when applying hydrotherapy and massage to dogs
- Demonstrate the skills to run a business and interact with other professionals, such as the veterinary surgeon or trainer
The BSc Canine Therapy is a '2-in-1' qualification as it embeds the relevant vocational awards.
Recognition from specific professional bodies is currently being sought. The clinical skills for hydrotherapy and massage therapy will be informed by professional placements in commercially-run sessions on WUC premises, under vet's referral.
Learning & Teaching Methods
The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.
- Seminars and debates
- Theoretical learning
- Practical learning
- Small group work
- Field visits
- Independent learning
The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The emphasis on independent learning methodologies increases at the higher level.
Where possible knowledge and understanding will be gained through work related experiences, in this case making particular use of the excellent canine resources on site, which include a hydrotherapy suite, underwater treadmill, kennels and a therapy-specific unit.
With a range of vocationally-relevant practical competencies embedded within the award, the hope is that students will readily gain employment within the sector, working either independently or aligned to existing veterinary provision.
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- Professional Skills
- Canine Anatomy and Physiology
- Functional Anatomy
- Introduction to Animal Biomechanics
- Nutrition and Feeding
- Canine Behaviour Management
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesAnimal Sciences View 160 other Masters in Animal Sciences in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- UCAS Tariff Points: 96
- GCE A Levels: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
- Irish Certificate: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
- Scottish Highers: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
- Proof of qualifications and grades
- A personal statement or statement of purpose
- An academic reference
- Proof of your level of English Language
- A letter from your sponsor guaranteeing your financial support
- A copy of the photograph page from your passport.
- Details of your immigration status: including a photocopy of your visa or Biometric Immigration Document if you are already in the UK
International12100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 12100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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