Level 5 Certificate in Equine Therapeutics

This short course starts by investigating the legal framework encompassing the application of a range of therapies and the legal and ethical responsibilities incumbent on the practitioner.  It is designed to develop your understanding of the range of therapeutic modalities used within the equine sector, enabling you to develop skills of independent enquiry and an awareness of the developments in terms of equine therapies, thereby broadening your perspective on the treatment of disease and injury.

The short course will help you develop an understanding of the value, nature and application of manual therapies.  You will investigate the use of a range of therapeutic machines, evaluating the benefits and mode of use.  On completion of this short course you will have encountered concepts that encompass all aspects of equine therapy from simple massage techniques to the use of sophisticated machines and equipment.

Course Accreditation

Academic Level:

Higher Education Level 5

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Course Duration:

6 to 12 months

Study Week Requirements:

Optional 4-day Study Week

Upon enrolment you are provided with access onto TOCES’ online E-Learning Centre where you will find your study guide, study planner, Course Advisor and tutor information, course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

The HE specialist short courses consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text in pdf format which you can print or download and save.
  • Online learning resources including in-text questions and activities.
  • Pre-recorded webinars, online lectures and videos.
  • You will study and complete *one formative assignment and *one summative assignment for each short course. Referring to the course material, you will complete the assignments at your own pace, within the maximum study period, and submit online for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by a qualified tutor, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a graded TOCES certificate.

Some short courses offer optional or compulsory study week attendance at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. This consolidates the theoretical studies with a mixture of taught classroom based lessons and practical sessions.

*HE SC 1 / 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology has two formative and two summative assignments.

For all HE Specialist Short Courses students must be:

  • at least 16 years old
  • prepared to undertake independent study and hold a
  • level 3 or equivalent qualification in a similar subject area and/or
  • three GCSEs at Grade C (4) and above.

If you do not hold a level 3 qualification you may wish to consider an Intermediate Specialist Short Course.  Satisfactory completion of this will ensure you are suitably prepared for the HE Short Course.

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Module/Unit Details

  • Module 1

    Discuss the ethical and legal principles of the application of equine therapy
    – National and European legal framework surrounding therapies and ethical and legal responsibilities incumbent on practitioners including: veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, pharmacists, farriers, equine dental technicians, equine physiotherapists, osteopathic or chiropractic practitioners, animal behaviourists, complementary medicine practitioners, animal owners and lay persons. Identification of the governing bodies and organisations important in the regulation and certification of equine health care professionals.

    Analyse the use of certain therapeutic modalities for the restoration and maintenance of modality, locomotor function and performance in the horse
    – Therapeutic modalities: farriery, dentistry, soft tissues mobilisation, joint mobilisation, stretching, manipulation, massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, Equine Bowen Therapy, shiatsu, McTimoney chiropractic, osteopathy, cold therapy, spas, heat therapy, solariums, ultrasound, laser, interferential therapy, H wave, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, magnetotherapy, massage machines, exercise programmes, treadmills, water treadmills, hydrotherapy.

    Review the use of therapeutic medicines
    – Therapeutic medicines: different classes of medicines commonly used in equine veterinary therapy; anti-inflammatory, analgesics, bronchodilators, antibiotics, diuretics and sedatives. Appropriate and timely use of veterinary medicines commonly used in equine veterinary therapy. Interaction of drug therapy and prohibited substances regulations. EU drug residues in food legislation and their impact on equine veterinary drug therapies.

    Evaluate the role of complementary and alternative therapy in the treatment of equine diseases
    – Complementary and alternative therapy: legislation, aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, herbalism, homeopathy, magnetic therapy, Tellington Touch Awareness, acupuncture, acupressure and nutritional therapy.


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  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted at any time throughout the year

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£50 Initial Fee

  • 4 Payments of £25
  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted at any time throughout the year

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    Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

    Following enrolment you will be provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where you will find all of your course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

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