International Association of Animal Therapists


Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy


Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy

The College of Animal Physiotherapy is based at Tyringham Hall, near Aylesbury, the home of Sherry Scott MBE, President and founder of the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT), and Fred Lawrence who works alongside her.

We are an accredited learning provider with the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) – The quality watchdog for open and distance learning in the UK.

At The College of Animal Physiotherapy we have been training animal/ veterinary physiotherapists for over 25 years. Our president Sherry Scott was one of the first animal physiotherapists and has been instrumental in its development for over 35 years. Our wealth of knowledge and experience is unsurpassed by others and our College is the most established training route for individuals with animal related skills.

Entry Requirements:

An animal/equine science degree/ or similar;
A veterinary nursing qualification/ or similar;
A high level of demonstrable knowledge and experience

The Course

The College of Animal Physiotherapy offers a flexible Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy.  The course is delivered partly by distance learning and partly by hands on practical training.  We train individuals from the UK and all over the world and the course is designed to be fitted around employment.

Distance learning and practical placements

Students will need to complete and pass 3 units and a research project (10 modules in total)

Complete 4 to 5 weeks practical training

Attend 3 therapy related lectures/ CPDs

We encourage you to do as much practical training as possible alongside the diploma and will send you some forms on registration, to keep a record of this.

Three days of practical time is allocated for experience within a Veterinary Practice or practices

Students will be required to complete and pass a final exam both theory and practical

The modules are as follows:

Anatomy and Physiology
Physiotherapy equipment
Neurology and Pain control
Physiotherapy techniques
Injuries, wounds and pharmacology
Gait and exercise Prescription
Related Professions
Research project

This course is designed to be flexible so that students can continue with employment. However, days off work are usually necessary and students in full time employment should be prepared to use up annual leave to complete their practical training.

Post graduate support

On successful completion of the course graduates will be invited to join the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT)

Graduates also have access to a wide network of professionals who are at hand to help and advise with cases and starting your business

A variety of CPD days are available, often with discounts for IAAT members

Career Progression

Many graduates of our College now run successful animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation practices, or work in house at a veterinary practice.

Often they work on a self-employed basis and we are proud that many of them are associated with well-known top level competitors and trainers

Do practitioners require veterinary referral prior to treatment?

Yes – it is a legal requirement

Do insurance companies recognise and cover the treatments?

Yes, all good insurance companies allow their clients to claim back for physiotherapy


Enrolment is ongoing and starting the course is based around your needs. An interview will be required. For foreign students or individuals having to travel a long way, a telephone interview can be arranged, otherwise the interview will be held at our facility in Buckinghamshire.

Please go to to apply online. Please attach a current C.V

Contact Details

Postal Address - Tyringham Hall, Cuddington, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0AP
Telephone - 01844 290545  Web -     Email -

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