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ICAT™ Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Practitioner
- Level 4
This Level 4 course is accredited through OCN London who are an approved
Awarding Organization with Ofqual. It is both internally and externally
verified ensuring student peace of mind. It is also endorsed by The Association
of Complementary Animal Therapists (ACAT).
This course is the ONLY Level 4 Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation
Practitioner programme available in the UK
- The Purpose of this professional practitioner programme is
to produce safe, effective and competent equine sports therapists in
line with current professional standards.
- Animal health and welfare are at the very core of our teaching
- Learners are encouraged to develop autonomous critical thinking
skills to enable them to be competent, knowledgeable and experienced
Course Title: ICAT™ Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation
Practitioner (Level 4)
Accreditation: OCN London
Course Code: 132288
Sector: 3.3 Animal Care and Veterinary Science
Course Level: Level 4.
Qualification Credit Value: 47
Total Qualification Time (TQT): 650 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 470
Clinically relevant hands-on practice: 180 hours
Course Duration: 12 - 18 months (part-time)
N.B. There is a 2 year completion deadline.
This vocational programme consists of 7 mandatory Units that equip
the learner, with the knowledge, confidence and clinical reasoning skills
required to become a safe, competent, experienced, professional equine sports
therapist. Days at Training Venue:
5 practical instruction module blocks (3 days each Mon/Tues/Wed).
Days start at 9.30am and finish approx. 5.00pm.
N.B. Allow 4 months between attending each module block to allow time
for completion of practical case studies and assignments.
This level 4 qualification is designed to support both self-employed
career prospects and educational progression routes. The majority
of our graduates have set up successful businesses as self-employed
Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation therapists in both the UK
and abroad. Their clientele include everyone from happy hackers
to elite customers; including top racing yards and even Olympic competitors!
Professional Membership: Graduates can apply to become a practitioner
member of the Association of Complementary Animal Therapists (ACAT)
Applicants are expected to:
- be over 18 years of age.
- Provide two references; one from a professional e.g. veterinarian or
instructor, the other should be a general character reference.
- Provide an up to date C.V.
- Students under 21 years should have achieved 4 GCSEs at grades A - C,
including English Language. (Or provide proof of an equivalent educational
- Provide proof of a minimum of owning and/or competing your own horse,
or working in a professional/competition yard - references will be required.
- If you do not meet these requirements, please telephone us for an
informal chat - you may have other skills suitable for entry onto the
N.B. We DO NOT require a prior human massage qualification!
This course consists of 7 Units totaling over 500 GLH (Guided Learning
Hours) and 47 credits at Level 4. Learners complete over
60 practical case studies before taking their final practical assessment,
by which time they are proficient at providing a safe and competent session.
What You Will Study:
The course is offered on a part-time basis with the taught aspect
of the programme being delivered in 'modules' of study (each module
block is usually 3 days in length and there are 5 module blocks that
complete the course). The practical module blocks include lectures from
course tutors and external specialists including; a veterinarian, saddle
fitter and an equine dentist.
Students also are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent
learning completing 7 assignments and completion of practical case
studies: Practical case studies on 15 horses x 4 treatments each
= total 60 recorded treatments. There is a final summative practical assessment
on one horse and a comprehensive theory examination. Most learners complete
their studies within 12-18 months, with a final completion deadline of 2
- ICAT reserves the right to alter the sequence of delivery between
the following Module Blocks:
Module Block 1
This module aims to establish the students understanding of:
- Current legislations pertinent to para professionals; including the
Veterinary Surgeons' Act and the Animal Welfare Act.
- The principles of massage and its history in humans and animals.
- Massage techniques, their hands on application and effects.
- Those involved in integrated healthcare.
- The treatment environment, health and hygiene.
- Professional ethics, code of conduct, professionalism.
- Normal and abnormal equine behavior and its link to pain physiology.
- Equine handling skills.
- Equine conformation and gait analysis.
- The consultation process, history taking and objective examination.
- Contra indications and contra actions to massage.
- Veterinary terminology/anatomical planes.
- Hands on palpation techniques.
- Functional equine anatomy and physiology.
- Health and safety.
Module Block 2
- Massage techniques, their application and effects.
- Active and passive stretching.
- Extrinsic factors affecting.
- Applied anatomy physiology and biomechanics of the equine lower leg
- Equine exercise physiology.
- Pre and post event massage techniques.
- The principles and practice of saddle fitting.
- Further equine anatomy and physiology.
- Health and safety.
- Movement functionality, interpretation and therapeutic intervention.
- Performance, rehabilitation and remedial exercise.
- Compensatory mechanisms.
Module Block 3
- Advanced massage skills.
- Understanding veterinary diagnostics for lameness.
- Professional skills.
- Business development skills.
- Personal development planning.
- Health and safety.
- Equine dentistry overview.
- Exercise physiology.
Module Block 4
- Full revision of practical massage techniques and their application.
- Theory revision session.
- Mock practical assessment.
Module Block 5
- Summative practical assessment (on one horse).
- Summative theory paper (3 hours).
- Portfolio development.
The OCN London Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Practitioner Programme
- Level 4 contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and
- Case study reports.
- Promotional business material.
- Poster presentations.
- Practical assessment of competence and skills related to equine sports
To gain your ICAT qualification you need to attend the five module blocks,
as well as completing all the home study assignments and 60 practical case
Successful graduates from this programme have found employment in the following
- Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist.
- Equine therapy rehabilitation centre.
- Equine welfare charity.
Or gained entry to further training in:
- Animal physiotherapy.
- McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapy.
- ICAT Equine Myopractic Manipulation Therapy.
Total course fees £3500 (+ £195 separate registration fee)
We also have a payment plan: pay for module 1 £800, then pay the £2700
balance remaining via 10 monthly BACS instalments of £270.
N.B. Please note that ALL students commence their Equine Sports Massage
and Rehabilitation Therapy training by attending the residential Module Block
1 (please click the link below to enroll on the next Module Block 1 entry).
When you apply for the Module 1, the dates for the remainder of your training
Module Blocks 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be given to you.
Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Module I
3 day residential block course (& home study)
This block includes assignments for home study completion as well as practical case studies.
Click here for dates, cost and availability