MSc Animal Manipulation

The MSc Animal Manipulation programme is currently unique in Europe, in that it is the only externally validated Masters level programme that trains students in Animal Manipulation. The programme is designed either for students who already have training in hands-on therapy (this may include a trained chiropractor, physiotherapist, or any other fully qualified and suitably experienced practitioner), for those with a BSc degree in Equine or Animal Science or for those who are a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Students from a non-manipulative background will be expected to gain experience in 'hands-on' therapies before commencing the programme. Students who do not have formal training may submit a portfolio of certified experience for consideration.

The MSc Animal Manipulation degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details
Location

Year 1: Abingdon and Warwickshire College
Year 2: Remote & Warwickshire College

Start Date

January

Length of programme

Part-time 2 years

Modes of study

Mixed mode: practical learning, classroom

Assessment

Written, practical and clinical examinations, assignments, portfolio and research protocol and dissertation

How to apply

How to apply: Please contact McTimoney College or email admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk for more details

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Key Information

  • You will master the theory and practice of safe and competent animal adjusting
  • It will unlock opportunities for research and further postgraduate studies
  • You will learn the renowned McTimoney technique for animals
  • For chiropractors, this programme provides a route to Membership and Fellowship of the College of Chiropractors and the Specialist Animal Faculty
  • It allows you to interpret research findings and understand the implications for animal treatment
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • You’ll get the benefit of monthly weekend tutorial sessions over two years
  • You will gain one of a kind MSc level training in chiropractic techniques for animals
  • The programme is taught in collaboration with Warwickshire College
  • You will gain a deep understanding of your role within the animal health and welfare field and be able to communicate at a high level with other professionals in the sector
  • It will provide opportunities for personal and professional development

The programme

Validated by BPP University, the programme is taught over two years, and leads to the award of an MSc Animal Manipulation. The academic year begins in January of each year, and the annual intake is limited.

For those graduates who are chiropractors, this programme provides a route to Membership and Fellowship of the College of Chiropractors and the Specialist Animal Faculty.

Learning outcomes

The MSc Animal Manipulation is the only programme offering MSc level training in chiropractic techniques for animals and will help you develop a new career path.

The qualification is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Treat animals safely and competently
  • Gain a deep understanding of your role within the animal health and welfare field, and how you can work with colleagues and owners
  • Be able to communicate at a high level with other professionals involved in animal health and welfare
  • Interpret research findings and understand their implication for animal treatment
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the major legal, ethical and social implications of animal health care

Find out about the McTimoney Animal Association and McTimoney Chiropractic Association which set professional standards and a code of ethics for its members.

Course dates and duration

The MSc Animal Manipulation is a unique two-year course, beginning in January 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, projects, 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. In the case of the animal programme the expectation is that students will already have a degree or equivalent qualification, and work is at postgraduate level.

The tutorial staff, Programme Leader and Programme Manager closely monitors 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. Most module assessments can be retaken and an appeals 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. All final results are published and referred to the validating university for confirmation.

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

Programme aims

The overall aim of the programme is to offer sound teaching in the theory and practice of animal manipulation, with particular emphasis on the McTimoney technique. 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 animal manipulation.
  • To create opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • To contribute to the research base of this specialisation and to encourage research amongst practitioners.
  • To promote animal 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 manipulators.
  • To set levels of competency and to place the work of practitioners in an ethical and philosophic context.

Objectives of the programme

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

  • Provide a safe and competent animal treatment.
  • Understand their role within the animal health/welfare field, together with their relationships to other colleagues and owners/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 McTimoney Animal treatment.

Programme progression

Each student must have satisfied the criteria of assessment and achieved the appropriate number of credits for that year before being allowed to progress to the following year. Students’ progress through the programme as shown below. At the end of the second year, students graduate with the necessary skills to become independent animal care practitioners.

  Year 1 Year 2

Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Animal Sciences

       

Clinical Assessment

       

Clinical Evaluation

       

Research

       

Practical & Professional Skills

       

 

Upon qualifying

Animal Manipulators must work with veterinary approval. Manipulators wishing to work abroad must refer to the governing bodies of individual countries.

Continued support

Your development is very important to us. With that in mind, our tutorial staff, Course Leader and Course Manager will be on hand to give you all the support you need. We'll do all we can to help you maintain the required standard and keep you fully informed about your progress.

Useful link

The McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) is the professional association for McTimoney Animal Practitioners. It is responsible for setting professional standards for its members and for maintaining a professional code of ethics. This site has a members section where members can stay in touch, find out about any upcoming CPD courses and relevant news, and ensure effective communication within the profession. Students will join the MAA as student members on enrolment.

Modules

Animal Sciences

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.

Clinical Assessment

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.

Clinical Evaluation

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 adjustive techniques to animals and reflect on all aspects relating to practice management, and synthesising information gained from a wide variety of sources in order to develop an optimal and realistic operational practice.

Research

Students will be able to develop a research question and produce a research dissertation.


Entry requirements

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

A professional qualification in Osteopathy that would qualify the holder for registration with the GOsC

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 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each element) or equivalent.

Study locations

You can study for the MSc Animal Manipulation at our study centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and at Warwickshire College

McTimoney College contact details

McTimoney House
1 Kimber Road
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 1BZ

Tel: 03331 229 170
Fax 01235 523 576
Email: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk

Fees

MSc Animal Manipulation
Year one - £4,782
Year two - £4,908 per year
Total fees are £9,690

From January 2017
MSc Animal Manipulation
Years one to two - £5,000 per year
Total fees are £10,000

Additional fees:
Registration fee to the MAA (McTimoney Animal Association) £25 per annum
Registration fee to the McTimoney College of Chiropractic (once only) £120
Animal Handling Day (including examination) £75

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

Loans

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