Students will be able to understand the structure and function of the animal articular skeleton in the context of normal movement, able to evaluate complex scenarios associated with nutrition, pharmacological intervention and pathological processes in equine, canine and other animals and identify key clinical syndromes that impact on the normal anatomy, biomechanics and neurology of animals.
Students will be able to evaluate and critically reflect on the application of techniques underlying psychomotor skills, normal and abnormal gait and the impact of external factors such as rider and saddle, on the normal functioning and behaviour of animals These focus on effective palpation of normal and abnormal musculoskeletal structures of equines and canines, and accurate and safe setups in preparation for adjusting techniques.
Students will be able to conduct a physical examination of the animal, and determine which clinical presentations would require, or benefit from, referral to another specialist.
Practical & Professional Skills
Students will be able to evaluate intervention options, demonstrate proficiency in applying osteopathic techniques to animals and reflect on all aspects relating to practice management, synthesising information gained from a wide variety of sources in order to develop an optimal and realistic operational practice.
Students will be able to develop a research question and produce a research dissertation.