About BPP University and the McTimoney College of Chiropractic

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is managed and operated by BPP University. All students are students of the University, programmes are internally validated by the University and graduates are awarded a degree of the University.  The Masters in Chiropractic is externally recognised by the General Chiropractic Council.

Students will learn the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, preparing them for the chiropractic profession with a recognised degree. Chiropractors need to perform well in a clinical environment and we are able to combine the academic excellence of a university with the real-life focus of a professional environment.

Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy

This programme provides a career path for those with a degree in equine science to become a professional animal manipulator. It offers a mix of academic knowledge and practical hands-on skills in equine and canine massage - from which you can start to build an animal therapy business. It is also an entry route into the MSc Animal Manipulation programme that will train you in animal manipulation using chiropractic techniques.

The Certificate in Animal Therapy degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Start Date


Length of programme

One-year, part-time

Modes of study

Mixed mode: practical learning, classroom


Examination, assignments, oral presentation and practical assessment

How to apply

Please contact: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk 

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Key Information

  • It unlocks opportunities for research and further postgraduate studies
  • Completion of the diploma allows you to progress onto the MSc Animal Manipulation programme
  • You will graduate with a valuable understanding of the history and philosophy of the profession
  • It gives you both the business and professional skills necessary to start your career or business in animal therapy
  • It will give you basic competency in palpation, massage, animal handling, together with professional, business and communication skills
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^

Aims and objectives of the programme

The overall aim of this programme is to provide those with a non-manipulative background the requisite skills to enter the MSc in Animal Manipulation. Specifically, it aims to introduce:

  • Animal sciences, including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
  • An understanding of the philosophy and history of the profession
  • A range of training exercises relevant to future adjusting skills
  • Palpation skills
  • Massage skills
  • Animal handling skills
  • Professional skills
  • Business skills

By the end of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate basic competency in relevant palpation, psychomotor and communication skills, as well as an understanding of the history and philosophy of the profession, and the business and professional skills necessary to start their career in animal therapy.

On satisfactory completion of this programme, students will have the skills to start their own animal therapy business and be eligible to enroll on the MSc Animal Manipulation programme.

Course dates and duration

The Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy is a part-time one-year course, beginning in March each year with a limited annual intake.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed by a variety of means appropriate to the programme module. These may include written examination, assignments, oral presentation and practical assessment. The aim is to build students’ knowledge and confidence so that they may progress through the programme and be ready for final assessment. The demands are both academic and practical and frequently involve the students in considered reflection upon their own experience and development.

The tutorial staff, Programme Leader and Programme Manager closely monitor student progress. Any difficulties encountered by the student are dealt with sensitively and remedial work is undertaken to bring the student up to the required standard. All modules are summatively assessed and constitute an essential part of the programme.

Students are kept fully informed of their progress. Module assessments can be retaken and a procedure exists for students who wish to make the Examining Board aware of any relevant extenuating circumstances. Special regulations apply to students who fail summative examinations and cost will be incurred if retakes are required.

Assessment methods are constantly being evaluated and the examining and academic boards review the current methods on a regular basis.


Fundamentals of Business & Professionalism

Introduces students to the history and philosophy of the profession, the fundamentals of professionalism and business planning

Introduction to Research

Introduces students to the skills inherent in the critical evaluation of published research, the development of a novel research question and the skills of critical reflection

Practical Skills

Introduces students to the Biomechanics of the joints and its effect on the locomotion of the animal, skills of palpation, connectivity and touch and the psychomotor skills necessary for future animal adjusting

Animal Handling & Massage

Introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the horse and dog, indications and contraindications to animal massage, safe and effective animal massage and safe animal handling

Programme Progression

Each student must have satisfied the criteria of assessment and achieved the appropriate number of credits before being allowed to progress to the MSc Animal Manipulation programme. Students’ progress through the programme as shown below.

Modules Semester 1 Semester 2

Fundamentals of Business & Professionalism


Introduction to Research


Practical Skills


Animal Handling & Massage



Entry requirements

The programme is open to applicants meeting the following criteria (pathway specific):

  • A member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; OR
  • An honours degree in Animal Health or Equine Science or other University-level degrees where the Programme Leader is satisfied that the animal experience of the applicant is sufficient to successfully complete the programme

Students who do not hold an animal science degree but have degree level qualifications and significant animal experience may apply for this programme under the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) system

All applicants must:

  • Satisfy the interviewers of their aptitude for animal work
  • Provide evidence of an up-to-date tetanus vaccination and provide adequate personal liability insurance
  • Complete an examination on safe handling of animals

For those applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Study locations

You can study for the Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy at our study centre in Abingdon near Oxfordshire.

McTimoney College contact details
McTimoney House
1 Kimber Road
OX14 1BZ
Tel: 01235 468 574
Fax 01235 523 576
Email: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk

Fees and Finance

Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy

Fees (including Animal Handling Day & Examination)


Registration fee to the MAA (McTimoney Animal Association)


Registration fee to the McTimoney College (once only, then not paid on commencement of MSc programme)


The entire year’s fees, plus registration fees are due on commencement.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800
Resit practical assessment fee £100
Resit clinical assessment fee £250


Career Development Loans are also available to help you with the costs of studying.

For advice and further information on any of the above, please contact Paula Greenaway at the College, or email finance@mctimoney-college.ac.uk