MSc Animal Manipulation (Osteopathy)

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is part of the College of Health.

Awarded by Ulster University and accredited by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), the Animal Manipulation (Osteopathy) programme is a Masters-level programme that trains students in animal osteopathic techniques. Developed with the late Anthony Pusey, this programme is designed for qualified osteopaths who wish to transfer their skills to the care of animals.

A wide range of academic subjects are studied as well as an introduction to the philosophy and practice of animal techniques. The first year of the programme is delivered in Abingdon, with access to animals provided at relevant points in the programme.  The second year of the programme is conducted at various sites throughout the country where practical skills are taught under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. The programme is semestered over two years and students are required to attend monthly weekend tutorial sessions.

The Programme

The programme is taught over two years, and leads to the award of MSc in Animal Manipulation (Osteopathy). The academic year begins in January of each year.

Objectives of the Programme

By the end of the programme successful students will have acquired the experience, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Give a safe and competent animal osteopathic treatment.
  • Understand their role within the animal health/welfare field, together with their relationships to other colleagues and owner’s/carers.
  • Be able to communicate with other professionals involved in the animal health and welfare field.
  • Interpret research findings and their implications for animal treatment.
  • Understand the major legal, ethical and social implications of animal care.

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to offer sound teaching in the theory and practice of osteopathic animal manipulation, with particular emphasis on Osteopathic techniques. It aims to produce safe, competent and reflective practitioners as well as encouraging opportunities for research and further postgraduate studies. The programme aims are:

  • To provide solid teaching in the theory and practice of osteopathic animal manipulation
  • To give opportunities for personal and professional development
  • To contribute to the research base of this specialisation and to encourage research amongst practitioners
  • To promote animal osteopathic manipulation as a safe and practical method of treating animals
  • To provide safe, competent and reflective practitioners
  • To encourage the establishment of the cohesive professional view formalised in a new professional body for animal osteopathy
  • To set levels of competency and to place the work of practitioners in an ethical and philosophic context.