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Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation (FdSc)

Foundation Degree Fd(Sc)

The FdSc in Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation equips students with the knowledge and skills to work with sick, injured and recovering animals in settings such as veterinary surgeries, animal collections and animal welfare organisations. The focus is on canines but includes a range of small and large species (dogs, cats, poultry, horses, pigs, cattle, sheep and small mammals).

Graduates may progress directly to work in this rapidly growing industry or take our BSc top-up. Students develop practical animal husbandry and handling skills, learn a wide range of therapies (including hydrotherapy, emergency management, massage, pre-treatment health checks, electro-therapies, laser, ultrasound, use of cold, touch and environmental therapies and homeopathy) and gain industrial experience, before researching their own research project.

Typical offers

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Abingdon and Witney College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years
  • Part time: 3 - 4 years

UCAS code

DD32 - Abingdon and Witney College

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200 2019/20: £7,350

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £4,500 2019/20: £5,010

International - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £8,200 2019/20: £9,000 (Abingdon & Witney only)

*Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

Typical offers

We seek students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following:

Either, a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and a line manager’s letter of support and recommendation; 


a minimum of 80 UCAS points which could arise from the following:

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. 
  • a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) normally including Mathematics, English Language and Science.

It may be possible, in certain situations, to gain accreditation of prior learning to enable students to enter the course with advanced standing or gain exemption from an element/ elements of the programme. This is assessed on an individual basis and is awarded in line with Oxford Brookes University’s regulations on accreditation of prior learning.

Students who obtain sufficient CAT points at level 4 in appropriate modules from alternative institutions may be granted entry at Level 5.

Specific entry requirements

Students must be at least 17½ years of age.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Find out more

For full details about studying Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation, please visit the College website.