Module: Equine Para-Veterinary Sciences

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Andrew Hemmings
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

The application and principles of equine paraveterinary sciences such as Physiotherapy, Sports Massage and other complementary therapies. Teaching will also centre on the physiological response to common therapeutic modalities and alternative training techniques such as Imprint Training and Clicker Training. Via a selection of visiting speakers students will gain an appreciation of industry and legal perspectives relevant to the topic area.  

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast methods of scientifically validating the efficacy of complementary therapies.
  2. Consider the extent to which information derived from human and rodent studies can be extrapolated to the horse.
  3. Evaluate the legalities and industry perspectives of paraveterinary sciences


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Examination See exam 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Carlson, N.R. (2010) Physiology of behavior 10th edn. Allyn and Bacon.

Higgins, G. and Martin, S. (2012) Horse anatomy for performance : a practical guide to training, riding and horse care David & Charles.

Hourdebaigt, J. (2007) Equine massage: a practical guide 2nd edn. Wiley Publishing Inc.

McBane, S. and Davis, C. (2001). Complementary Therapies for Horse and Rider. David Charles Publishing.

Morris, F. and Keilty, M. (2006). Alternative Health Practices for Livestock. Blackwell Publishing.