Programme Modules

Academic Year 1

Functional Anatomy

Students will be able to understand the structure and function of the small animal articular skeleton in the context of normal movement, and identify key clinical syndromes that impact on the normal anatomy, biomechanics and neurology of small animals.



Students will be able to evaluate complex scenarios associated with nutrition, pharmacological intervention and pathological processes in canine and other small animals.


Clinic Assessment I (Palpation)

Students will be able to evaluate and critically reflect on the application of their psychomotor skills. These focus on effective palpation of normal and abnormal musculoskeletal structures of canines and other small animals, and accurate, and safe setups in preparation for adjusting techniques.


Clinic Assessment II (Gait)

Students will be able to evaluate and critically reflect on normal and abnormal gait and the impact of external factors on the normal functioning and behaviour of small animals.


Clinical Evaluation

Students will be able to conduct a physical examination of the small animal, and determine which clinical presentations would require, or benefit from, referral to another specialist.


Academic Year 2

Practical & Professional Skills

Students will be able to evaluate intervention options, demonstrate proficiency in applying adjustive techniques to small 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. Students who do not wish to complete a research dissertation may exit with a Post Graduate Certificate award.