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CEPT offers two courses:




The CEPT AdvCertVPhys is a two-year course accredited by Middlesex University and attracts 120 credits at level 7, leading to an MSc in Professional Practice. Successful completion of the CEPT course enables students to practice and provides the opportunity to progress to the final stage of Middlesex University's MSc Professional Practice in Veterinary Physiotherapy programme. Or, for suitably qualified students who have existing level 7 qualifications in addition to completing their CEPT Advanced Certificate, an opportunity exists to register with Middlesex University to study for the award of a Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) related to Veterinary Physiotherapy.

The CEPT ClinEdCert is a University Recognised Qualification in Clinical Education for Veterinary Physiotherapists and related professions which deliver practical clinical training. The course is accredited by Middlesex University and attracts 20 credits at level 7. Ideally applicants should be university qualified to level 6 in their profession, a minimum of one year in practice and have a keen interest in teaching both in the classroom and out in practice. The course consists of up to 200 hours of study including 4 weekends, involving theory, practical delivery and research.

Aims of CEPT

Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training was set up to fulfil a need as an alternative route for the education of veterinary physiotherapy students. CEPT provides an educational route for individuals wishing to qualify as veterinary physiotherapists, but who do not already have veterinary or physiotherapy qualifications. Since its inception in January 2009, Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training (CEPT) has set as its guiding principles the quality of education, the standard of the qualification, and the needs of the students.

We provide a sound and high quality education for individuals wishing to become veterinary physiotherapists (aka animal physiotherapists), and thus be able to provide physiotherapy for animals needing specialist attention after injury, surgery, or for maintenance and support, including geriatric patients.

By the end of the program successful students should have developed:

  1. A firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of the links between underlying scientific theories, research and professional practice.
  2. A reflective enquiry-based approach to their work as veterinary physiotherapists.
  3. High standards of practical competence (Day One competencies).
  4. Professional values which inform their clinical practice and relationships with clients and other veterinary health professionals.

Education with CEPT

The CEPT Advanced Certificate in 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 with Middlesex University in the third year.

In order to apply for the veterinary physiotherapy course, ideally you need first degree in a relevant subject. Prior learning experience may be taken into account for mature applicants. A good working knowledge of animal care and handling is also required. You do not need to be a Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse or human Physiotherapist, although holders of such qualifications are welcome to apply.

The CEPT Clinical Educator's Certificate is based on 4 weekends on campus which coincide with the CEPT AdvCertVPhys, and requires a total of 200 hours study.

If you are unsure about whether your qualifications are accepted, or you want to find out more, please use the enquiry page.

CEPT uses the facilities at the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine & Science (Sutton Bonington campus) although applicants should note that the course is independent of the University of Nottingham.

Professional Membership

Graduates from this course are eligible for full membership of the professional body IRVAP. Please see www.irvap.org.uk .

Students on this course are encouraged to join IRVAP as student members.

Applications are taken all year for both courses. Interviews for the AdvCertVPhys are held in May with a September entry point. Entry onto the CertClinEd does not involve an interview.

Please see the Course Details page

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