Worried about exam results and want to work with animals? Well here's how Sussex students can do it

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Worried that you didn’t get the exam results you need to study at university? Well fear not because a career in Veterinary Physiotherapy could still be within your reach.

As students anxiously wait for their results, many will be already looking for alternative ways to achieve their dream careers after their tests did not go to plan.

For lots of young people working with animals is a dream career, but veterinary skills seem out of reach for those learners who do not thrive in traditionally academic settings.

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Many students are being increasingly put off further education by high university fees and levels of student debt, or fear that they may not have what it takes to achieve a place on a university course in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

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Worried about exam results? - Animal News Agency

But there is now a more inclusive and hands-on route, three new qualifications offered by the Academy of Veterinary Physiotherapy, which provide a structured pathway to a degree equivalent Level 6 qualification in veterinary physiotherapy. Qualifications are awarded along the way at Levels 4 and 5, supporting learners, and allowing them to start working from as little as around nine months in.

And studying for these qualifications could be a shrewd move, the UK pet market has shown extreme growth in recent years and is valued at £5.9bn, and a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist can expect to earn up to £25,000 per year once they have qualified. Senior veterinary physiotherapists and consultants may earn up to £65,000 a year.

Wendy Vaughan, founder of the Academy of Veterinary Physiotherapy, which is a RAMP Accredited Education Provider, said: "There is no doubt that the pet and animal care sector is growing, and with more pets and working and competing animals living in the UK than ever before the demand for skilled services is growing, as is the sophistication of veterinary and allied professional services offered.

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"There are so many people out there who would excel in the Animal Physiotherapy sector that may be put off by traditional qualification routes, and our new portfolio of vocationally focused qualifications is designed to redress that balance, and make sure that the people with the real passion get their start, regardless of background.

“The welfare and care of animals has long been my passion, along with a real passion for the profession. I believe that this dream career should be accessible and achievable to anyone with a love for animals who is able to evidence that they meet the required industry standards, through whatever route.

“In line with this, it was my desire from the start to offer a training provision that met high standards similar to those in human care, so sought accreditation from RAMP, the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, a Voluntary Industry Regulating Body, who have developed education standards based on the human care sector, bringing a “gold standard” of care to our animals. I genuinely believe that inclusivity and accessibility to qualifications, collaboration and respect across the industry, are key to keeping our industry safe, skilled and successful.”

The Academy of Veterinary Physiotherapy is an approved training provider of the award winning, Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation iPET Network, delivering regulated qualifications including the iPET Network Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, Level 5 Diploma in Animal Sports Massage and Rehabilitation and Level 4 Diploma in Animal Sports Massage.These qualifications are suitable for all of those who would like to work in this growth field, but need a non-traditionally academic route to achieve their dream.

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These comprehensive qualifications are made up of practical and theoretical learning across a variety of animal species, with the practical elements focusing on the two main species of canines and equines, allowing learners to get recognition for their knowledge and practical skills in a vocational and friendly way.

Alongside the technical knowledge and skills, there is also tuition and support on study skills, personal development, professional development, resilience and wellbeing from people who have extensive experience of what it takes to be successful in the industry.The blended learning, flexible and accessible courses will be delivered by Wendy and her team at The Academy of Veterinary Physiotherapy.

To find out more about the courses go to www.academyvetphys.com

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