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MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic)
Master in Veterinary Chiropractic
Validated by the University of Ulster

How to train in Veterinary Chiropractic?

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is the only educational institution in Europe offering validated and accredited degree level courses in animal chiropractic care. Awarded by Ulster University, the 2-year part-time Master in Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) has been successfully producing highly competent and qualified graduates in the animal chiropractic techniques for over 15 years in its current format.

The McTimoney College now also has a unique 4-year full-time Master in Veterinary Chiropractic open to under-graduate applicants, recognising the need for more animal chiropractic practitioners in industry at this time.

Both programmes develop student knowledge in animal-specific anatomy, physiology, veterinary science, practice and professional skills and clinical practical skills. Lecturers are specialists in their field, including practising veterinary surgeons and many are also practising Veterinary Chiropractors too. Delivery combines face to face and online teaching from the Abingdon site, whilst practical training utilises a range of practical venues to enable students to experience similar scenarios to those they will see in practice once qualified. This is very important in ensuring that Day One competencies for RAMP and AHPR, the industry registers are met, and graduates are conversant with working within a vet-led team.

Routes to training

Applicants with a previous degree and relevant animal experience can apply to undertake a 6-month Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy, enabling access to the two year part-time Master in Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) programme for post-graduate students.

Applicants without a degree can apply for the Master in Veterinary Chiropractic programme.

Applicants are expected to evidence relevant experience with animals with a working practical knowledge of animal handling and care.

Opportunities Post Qualification

Veterinary chiropractors are in demand and opportunities exist in maintenance, rehabilitative and competition performance roles with many practitioners choosing to specialise in these or in specific species, such as equine, canine or farm animals.
Veterinary chiropractors are often self-employed working within their locality and in close contact or within veterinary practices.

Professional Organisations

All graduates can apply to join the McTimoney Animal Association, (MAA), the professional organisation which registers, supports and promotes graduates from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. All practising members are expected to fulfil CPD hours, (the same as those required by RCVS for their registrants), and members must be insured and follow a strict code of conduct and ethics. Student membership allows those in training to access a plethora of resources and access to an experienced community of practitioners, enabling ongoing development of skills, exchange of information and industry valid experience within the animal chiropractic community. The MAA holds a register of qualified practitioners, and members are eligible to apply to either RAMP (Register of Musculoskeletal Practitioners) or AHPR (Animal Health Professions Register).

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