Canine Therapy with Lauren Hunt

Writtle University College

Join Lauren Hunt as she poses the question “Is it just humans that benefit from rehabilitation?” in a series of episodes that culminate in a totally original and exciting Subject Spotlight focussed on Canine Therapy.

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Meet the academic

Lauren Hunt completed her Integrated Master’s in Veterinary Physiotherapy at WUC, graduating in 2018 with distinction. During this time she also obtained her Equinology Equine Body Worker qualification. On graduating she completed her Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and worked in a canine hydrotherapy centre. Lauren joined the VP lecturing team in 2019 and also runs the WUC Canine Clinics. She maintains an industry link with Essex Police Dog Section and treats the force's canine members. Lauren manages the Canine Therapy schemes and completed her PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice in 2021.

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Course snapshot

This programme provides a balance of vocational and academic study that is intellectually challenging, vocationally relevant and provides clear foundations to pursue a progressive career in the field of Canine Therapy, equipping students with abilities and knowledge relevant to potential employment or the need of their employers.

This course produces highly qualified practitioners specialised in various aspects of canine therapy (hydrotherapy, massage therapy). These are popular disciplines within the industry and students will acquire basic skills, enabling them to pursue a career in any of these fields. The course promotes knowledge of the canine both in health and disease, helps you understand normal and abnormal movement patterns in the dog that could cause elicit pain, enables you to compile structured care plans for injured or post-operative animals, and demonstrate the skills needed to run a business and interact with other professionals, such as a veterinary surgeon or trainer, amongst much more.

The BSc Canine Therapy is a '2-in-1' qualification as it embeds the relevant vocational award, and got its AHPR accreditation in 2018.

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College is a specialist education facility founded in 1893 that offers courses in land, animal and sport based subjects. The university college is located in the village of Writtle just outside of the city of Chelmsford, Essex. Writtle features a countryside estate, spanning around 150 hectares with a wide range of facilities including a working farm, equine development and training centre, canine therapy unit, pet behaviour and training centre, and a new centre for sport and health amongst many others.

Writtle offers a supportive environment where students are taught in small cohorts. With around 400 rooms for over 18s on campus, it provides an ideal place to live, study and socialise.

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