Entry to the register via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

If the course you completed is accredited by AHPR then you should apply by ‘direct entry’.  

If the course you completed is not accredited by AHPR (including qualifications gained outside the UK) or is an approved historic course which has discontinued, you will need to apply by Recognition of Prior Learning/Experiential Learning (RPL/RPEL).  To be eligible for this route you must have completed your training before the dates below: 

  • Animal / Veterinary Physiotherapy – 1st April 2020
  • Animal Chiropractic & Manipulation – 1st June 2020
  • Sports Therapy & Massage – 1st November 2020
  • Hydrotherapy 1st November 2022 (still open)

Mapping your training and clinical experience to competencies for your industry.

If you are applying to the AHPR via RPL/RPEL your training and experience must be mapped to the day one competencies of your sub-group.  

  • If you have studied an approved historical course, your training provider has completed the mapping for you and this is lodged with AHPR. You do NOT need to complete this step and should now go directly to the application page for your subgroup.  
  • If you have not studied an approved historical course You are required to make comprehensive notes about your practice and/or training, against the competencies for your industry, as well as provide evidence to support your notes if appropriate.  This evidence could be examples of specific policies or procedures you have in place in your clinic or case study notes.  This may even be a statement or testimonial from a client or member of the multidisciplinary team.  Where relevant to your training, you may choose to support your notes with an example of coursework where you were assessed for competency.  If there are parts of these competencies that you do not meet, AHPR suggests that you endeavour to seek additional training or clinical experience that will help you to achieve the standards required.  

You should endeavour to provide as much evidence as possible to demonstrate your clinical and professional competency.  Some examples are shown in the table below:

Competency Guidance Notes 
Practice good biosecurity and infection control measures when dealing with patientsEffective disinfection procedures for clothing, equipment and self, use of correct PPEAttached as evidence is our practice policy for biosecurity and infection control 
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of veterinary/animal physiotherapy in the prevention of illness and injury and in health promotion and performance enhancement Principles of good husbandry, normal response to exercise; principles of training; stretching warm up cool down ; specific exercises etc. to maximise and enhance performanceDuring my training I elected to study the exercise physiology module where we conducted a research assignment on the prevention of injury….more information


My practice is focused on performance horses and I visit a wide variety of yards with a range of facilities.  As part of my treatment I am advising on husbandry specific to each individual case and work with my clients to develop strategies tailored to the individual patient and circumstances………more information

Ensuring there is sufficient information to address all parts of the guidance.

Choose the relevant subgroup below to find the required documents for your application

Animal / Veterinary Physiotherapy

Animal Chiropractic and Manipulation

Animal Sports Therapy & Massage

Animal Hydrotherapy