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Veterinary chiropractic treatment is now a well respected professional intervention for a wide range of species, predominantly in equines and canines, but also in other domestics such as cats, rabbits and rodents, farm animals in particular sheep, rams, cows, bulls and goats, and even the occasional captive species such as tapirs.

The Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro) brings together academic, practical and clinical components to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to become a practising veterinary chiropractor.

Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro): UCAS VC20

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is the only educational institution in Europe offering validated and accredited degree level courses in animal chiropractic care. The Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro), awarded by Ulster University, is delivered by the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, which is part of the College of Health. The Master of Veterinary Chiropractic is externally recognised by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR).

The programme develops student knowledge in animal-specific anatomy, physiology, veterinary science, practice and professional skills and clinical practical skills. Lecturers are specialists in their field, including practising veterinary surgeons and many are also practising Veterinary Chiropractors too.

Why choose the Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro)?

  • High lecturer-to-learner ratio in practical technique classes
  • Access to a wide variety of animals to develop industry-relevant skills
  • Gain knowledge and confidence from expert and relevant tutors
  • Complete a dedicated business skills module in your final year that focuses on setting up your own practice
  • All hands-on training is taught by practising Animal/Veterinary Chiropractors
  • Learn a broad range of practical techniques and skills
  • Experience practical skills from the first year.

How the programme is taught

Delivery of the MVetChiro combines face to face and online teaching from the Oxford site, whilst practical training utilises a range of practical venues across the UK to enable students to experience similar scenarios to those they will see in practice once qualified. This is important in ensuring that Day One competencies for the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR), the industry registers are met, and graduates are conversant with working within a vet-led team.

There are high staff-student ratios with practising animal chiropractors teaching all the practical elements, and all scientific and medical knowledge is taught by the relevant qualified specialists in their fields.


  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assessments
  • Structured clinical exams.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written exams, projects, oral presentations and practical assessments, depending on the module and stage of development. You will also be encouraged to reflect and feedback on your own experiences, learning and development.

If required, we can assign a mentor to help guide you through the programme, and most module assessments can be retaken in extenuating circumstances.

Academic Modules

The qualification is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and confidence in chiropractic.

Employability and Progression

Veterinary chiropractors are in demand and opportunities exist in maintenance, rehabilitative and competition performance roles with many practitioners choosing to specialise in these or in specific species, such as equine, canine or farm animals.

Veterinary chiropractors are often self-employed working within their locality and in close contact or within veterinary practices.

All graduates can apply to join the McTimoney Animal Association, (MAA), the professional organisation which registers, supports and promotes graduates from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. All practising members are expected to fulfil CPD hours, (the same as those required by RCVS for their registrants), and members must be insured and follow a strict code of conduct and ethics. Student membership allows those in training to access a plethora of resources and access to an experienced community of practitioners, enabling ongoing development of skills, exchange of information and industry valid experience within the animal chiropractic community.

The MAA holds a register of qualified practitioners, and the four-year full time Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro) has been accredited by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR), which means you can then go on to apply directly to either register upon qualification.

Entry Requirements

For more information about the programme please call 01235 468575 or email

Applicants must satisfy the College’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and a GCSE pass in Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) or demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year.

For applicants who do not speak English as their first language a score of 6.0 in the IELTS is required (with no unit less than 5.5 in the IELTS examination) or demonstrate equivalence (current UU requirement).

The initial offer standard is:

96 UCAS tariff points OR

3 A-levels, minimum grade CCC, two of which must be in science subjects, or a relevant higher qualification OR

Successful completion of the Access Diploma in Health (College of Health) or equivalent Get more information on Access Diploma in Health.

We also consider candidates with suitable alternative science based or accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL).

Financial Information

The College of Health offers a range of different payment options for the Master of Veterinary Chiropractic (MVetChiro) – so you can choose to fund your studies via a student loan or if self-funding you can pay the full amount up-front or in instalments, through a payment plan.

Programme Fees

  • 4 Year full-time MVetChiro Programme (Domestic): £9,000 per year
  • 4 Year full-time MVetChiro Programme (International): £15,000 per year

Additional Fees

  • If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences
  • If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative (
  • Registration fee to the McTimoney College of Chiropractic - Once only: £150

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

  • The purchase of textbooks, tunics, materials and travel to external venues
  • Practical equipment will need to be purchased prior to entering year 3 of the MVetChiro
  • Resit fees for assessments £75
  • Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
  • Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
  • Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800
  • Resit practical assessment fee £100
  • Resit clinical assessment fee £250

Undergraduate Loans

UK residents applying for McTimoney College of Chiropractic MVetChiro programme can apply for undergraduate Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility).

You can apply for a full tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £9,000 (fulltime 4 Year MVetChiro Programme).

Please note, if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implications.

For more information, please visit the Student Loans Company website.

Flexible Payment Plans

For further details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the McTimoney College of Chiropractic Student Admissions team at