Accredited Educational Provider

Below is the list of training courses in musculoskeletal techniques with animals which have been assessed as meeting the RAMP standards for Accredited Educational Providers (AEP) as laid out in the Foundation Document.

These are establishments whose courses fully and wholly fulfil RAMP’s educational criteria, allowing graduates to apply for the RAMP register by providing only their Certificate and evidence of their final grade for their educational component, along with the other non-educational requirements (eg insurance, etc).

Another page shows Recognised Educational Providers (REP): details here.

NOTE: Some education providers have several courses at different standards.

AEP Courses at a glance

Insitution Course Profession
Options for Animals Professional Diploma Animal Chiropractic (PDAC) Chiropractic
Options for Animals Master Practitioner Animal Chiropractic (MPAC) Chiropractic
The Open College of Equine Studies Level 6 Diploma in Equine Physiotherapy Physiotherapy
Hartpury University, Gloucester MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy Physiotherapy
Hartpury University, Gloucester PgDip Veterinary Physiotherapy Physiotherapy
Writtle University College Integrated Masters (MVetPhys) in Veterinary Physiotherapy Physiotherapy
McTimoney College of Chiropractic MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) Chiropractic

AEP Course

Options for Animals

Provider: Options for Animals ‐ UK

Date Assessed: 13/7/17


1. Professional Diploma Animal Chiropractic (PDAC)
PCAC (as above) plus 3 advanced modules and assignments
Equivalent learning to 120 M-Level Credits
Membership level Royal College of Chiropractors

2. Master Practitioner Animal Chiropractic (MPAC)
PDAC (as above) plus a case study / dissertation
Equivalent learning to 180 M-Level Credits
Fellowship Level Royal College of Chiropractors

* (REP courses - see details here)

AEP Course

Level 6 Diploma in Equine Physiotherapy

Provider: The Open College of Equine Studies

Date Assessed: 25/11/17


Course Description:
Established in 1988, The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) is a leading provider of equine science and healthcare programmes via blended learning (Tutor supported e-learning and practical training). Students of all ages study from all over the world.

Course Outline:
The legal framework applicable to veterinary paraprofessionals
Static and dynamic structure of the horse
Movement, soundness and performance
Manual therapies and therapeutic machines
Rehabilitation strategies to restore and maintain mobility, function and performance in the horse

AEP Course

LMSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
PgDip Veterinary Physiotherapy

Provider: Hartpury University, Gloucester

Date Assessed: 26/4/18


Course Description:
These part-time postgraduate programmes are available to Chartered Physiotherapists who seek to specialise in animals. The Postgraduate Diploma is a two-year part-time programme and the Master of Science Degree is a three-year part-time programme.

Graduates from these programmes will be able to upgrade from Category B membership of ACPAT to Category A and gain RAMP registration.

Course Outline:
Topics studied on both programmes include Clinical Practice, Comparative and Applied Anatomy Physiology and Biomechanics, Understanding Veterinary Diagnostics and Physiotherapy Assessment, Research Methods, Applied Business Management and Veterinary Physiotherapy Rehabilitation.

Students studying the three-year MSc will also be able to complete their own research and explore their own interests by undertaking a postgraduate dissertation in the third year.

AEP Course

Integrated Masters (MVetPhys) in Veterinary Physiotherapy

Provider: Writtle University College

Date Assessed: 31/8/18


Course Description:
Writtle University College is one of the oldest providers of specialist education in the UK. The Integrated Masters programme in Veterinary Physiotherapy (MVetPhys) is an innovative four year programme of study, which allows students to progress through a high quality course at undergraduate level directly into a fourth year at masters level. This final year ensures the development of clinical reasoning skills to ensure most effective practice, combined with exceptional professional standards.

Course Outline:
Study involves both large and companion animals with a major focus being on horses and dogs. The programme includes anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapeutic techniques, sports medicine, rehabilitation and performance, remedial exercise and veterinary physiotherapy clinical practice. Students benefit from extensive on-campus facilities that include an Equine Water Treadmill and a Canine Therapy Centre.

Academic staff include experienced Veterinary Physiotherapy practitioners and veterinary surgeons. Our therapists have experience in a range of modalities including electrotherapy, massage, myofascial release, acupressure and mobilisation

* (REP courses - see details here)

AEP Course

MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic)

Provider: McTimoney College of Chiropractic

Date Assessed: 11/10/19


Course Description:

The MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) programme is the only Masters level programme in Europe teaching chiropractic for animals. Designed for chiropractors, or for those with a BSc degree in Equine Science who will need to complete the Graduate Certificate in Animal Therapy before entry, it provides the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to meet the exacting standards of the profession.

Practically and clinically focused, a range of academic subjects are studied alongside the philosophy and practice of animal care with a focus on horses and dogs. The first year of the programme is delivered largely in Abingdon through monthly weekend tutorials, and the second year is conducted at various stables and kennels where practical skills are taught under the supervision of a qualified M level practitioner.

Course Outline:

The syllabus focuses on Animal Sciences, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Practical & Professional Skills and Research.

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