The new MSc/PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy is a two year part time course set at level 7 with a third year to gain an MSc. It is based around one weekend per month from September to July in the first year, together with a number of work based learning days. In the second year there are four contact weekends, plus training days with qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists based around the UK. Students develop a research proposal for progression to the MSc in the third year.
The CEPT Clinical Educator's Certificate is based on four weekends on campus and requires 200 hours of study.
The course uses the facilities at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine & Science (Sutton Bonington campus, LE12 5RD).
What is it.
A veterinary physiotherapist is an individual who performs physiotherapy on animals. The term 'veterinary' means 'working with animals'. There are several courses in the UK providing training. CEPT is one such course.
Why is there a need.
There is now a greater understanding of the role that coordinated rehabilitation can play in an animal's recovery from injury, illness and after surgery. Physiotherapy can be used from the moment of injury right through to the long term support of a healed injury or area.
Training with CEPT.
Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training uses the facilities at the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine & Science (Sutton Bonington campus). This is the newest veterinary school, and as such the course has access to all the facilities associated with training veterinary surgeons.
What is offered.
Training is around a problem oriented approach to assess and plan physiotherapy. Students are able to develop their knowledge of a wide range of topics, from anatomy and physiology, clinical conditions and therapeutic techniques through to study skills and research methodology.
The theoretical teachings of the first year are used to provide the basis for the practical training in the second year. Turning theory into practice. CEPT uses physiotherapists from both IRVAP and ACPAT and allocates students to different clinics and physiotherapists to gain a wide experience.
Qualification & Support.
During the course, or after gaining the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy, students may join the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP). Which provides support from a group of physiotherapists to newly qualified physiotherapists.
Dr Richard Payne
Richard has two separate roles: Director of CEPT and Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. Richard qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1989, and spent the first half of his career in mixed and large animal practices, as well working for Defra for a short period.
Mrs Marjorie Somerville
Marjorie is the Assistant Director of CEPT. She is an education specialist, and provides input into the course design, presentation, and coordinates the preparation of material for submission to the accrediting body. Her previous work has included a position on the Steering Committee on Science Education at the Department for Education and Science.
Dr David Somerville
David is a chartered scientist, and has studied bone healing by way of fracture analysis and orthopaedics at Salford University. He was a research supervisor at Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities from 1991 to 1996. Previously, David qualified in avionics and electronic engineering in the Royal Air Force and went on to study science education before becoming involved in medical research.
Dr Rebecca Brooks
Rebecca qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh in 1993 and has worked in mixed practice ever since. She currently works in a practice in Lincolnshire. Rebecca is also qualified as an NVQ Assessor in order to train veterinary nurses but this qualification covers all NVQ’s. She gained the ESVPS certificate in veterinary physiotherapy with CEPT in 2010, and completed the CEPT teaching certificate in 2011.
Professor George Brown
Professor Brown formerly the Chairman of the Board of Examiners acts as Course Evaluator and advisor to CEPT. He is a noted writer of articles related to education in the medical, veterinary and dental professions, and although retired still engages in educational research.
Dr Carol Batchelor
Carol obtained her first degree in Bio-Vet Science and was awarded the Pfizer BioVeterinary Science prize. She went on to study for her PhD at the University of Liverpool specialising in biomechanics and musculoskeletal adaptation. Formerly managing the Theravet Veterinary and Hydrotherapy centre, Carol went on to complete her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training.
Sam obtained her first degree in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University. After acquiring a real passion for health and performance of horses, she went on to further her knowledge by completing a Masters in Equine health and welfare. Aiming to build a career within the sport horse world Sam went on to complete her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEPT.
Karen qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and worked in a small animal practice for over 18 years. Karen’s main focus was in surgical nursing but it was from here that her interest in rehabilitation grew. Karen went on to study with CEPT and gained her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2013. From there she began her own business in small animal rehabilitation whilst also studying for her Clinical Educator Certificate, which she gained in 2014.
Invited Lecturers on Specialist Subjects.
Dr Mike Targett
Mike is the Associate Professor of Neurology at Nottingham Veterinary School, and teaches on our course on neurological signs and testing. He previously lectured on the RVC MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course before moving to the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Professor Renate Weller
After graduating from the University of Munich, Renate spent a year in the US before she returned to Germany to work in equine practice. She then became a senior clinical research scholar in large animal diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). After this she joined the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy in Munich, where she completed her Dr.Vet.Med. thesis on comparison of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis of head disorders in the horse. Following this she spent two years in California before returning to the RVC to do a PhD in the Structure and Motion Laboratory investigating the effect of conformation on locomotor biomechanics in the horse.
Dr Sarah Channon (nee Williams)
Sarah Williams is a Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, and previously lectured at the University of Liverpool, specialising in locomotor anatomy and biomechanics. Sarah studied for a BSc Equine Science at the University of Bristol before undertaking a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College’s Structure and Motion laboratory. She also lectured on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course held at the RVC. She is passionate about the clinical applications of biomechanics.
Liz is a chartered physiotherapist who teaches hands on techniques to the first-year students.
She completed her training in Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in 1979. She then worked at the City Hospital, Nottingham, becoming Senior Physiotherapist in Out Patients. Part of this role was being responsible for supervising and teaching junior staff and students.
Applications are taken all year for both courses. Interviews are held in May with a September entry point. Applications from May onwards may still be considered for a September start.