Posted: 6th May 2022 | Back to news feed

Are you looking to take that leap and study for a career you have always dreamed of? The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) is accepting enrolments now for the Level 6 Equine Physiotherapy Diploma Programme, which is a four-year blended learning course.

Aimed at higher education students that are looking to start a career in equine physiotherapy, the programme is accredited by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).


The Equine Physiotherapy Diploma aims to:

Instil an understanding of the ethical and legal principles applicable to the application of equine therapy.

Equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to:

  • Administer first aid to horses following injury.
  • Maintain or restore health and soundness in the horse via the use of manual therapies.
  • Enable them to plan and implement optimum rehabilitation programmes.

Promote effective communication and liaise with owners, veterinary surgeons and other professionals when planning and implementing treatment and rehabilitation programmes for equine patients.

Develop the academic and professional skills that will allow learners to identify further specialist training needs and areas for professional development.

Encourage learners to explore and evaluate the scientific evidence and recent developments relating to the use of a range of therapeutic modalities in treatment and rehabilitation programmes.

The programme is delivered using a combination of printed materials, e-learning, live and pre-recorded online lectures and webinars alongside practical study weeks at TOCES.

Students will also undertake independent practical study to develop their skillset; occupational experience by shadowing other members of the equine health management team to generate an understanding of influences on equine health outside of equine physiotherapy; and manual therapy-specific experience by shadowing professionals qualified in differing industries within equine manual therapy.

On completion of the course students will be fully equipped to start their career in the field of equine physiotherapy and take referrals from Veterinary Surgeons.

Enrol now and start the pre-course induction reading to get a head start with the theoretical content before the official start date in September 2022.

The Open College of Equine Studies is the world leader in equine distance learning combining tutor-supported distance learning to students of all ages, all over the world, with optional practical study weeks.

Courses cover a range of subjects from entry level Basic Stable Management to vocational courses including Equine Veterinary Nursing, Equine Sports Massage and Equine Physiotherapy for those planning a career in the equine industry.

To view the full range of courses available visit

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