About the course

About the course

As an experienced veterinarian, chiropractor or osteopath, via our Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine you’ll learn how to apply biomechanical care to animal patients.

Developed by the Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia (ABPA), this course provides practical skills and knowledge to apply animal biomechanical examination and treatment techniques.

You’ll learn the relevant canine and equine anatomy, biomechanics and neurophysiology. You will also gain skills in:

  • safe work practices while applying biomechanical techniques
  • assessing and interpreting animal patient response
  • the importance and incidence of contraindications to biomechanical care
  • examination techniques required to determine the need for referral or modification of care
  • the safe and effective application of biomechanical assessment and treatments
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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February 2020

Full time: 2 years

Blended learning with 4 on-campus workshops per year, i.e. 8 workshops in total. Each workshop is of 4 days duration (Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

Animal biomechanical medicine practitioners are generally employed in private practice, either as sole practitioners or within group practices. Chiropractors and osteopaths often maintain their human practice with an additional animal component.

Completion of this course will also enable you to apply for membership of the ABPA.

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Entry Requirements

You must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
  • Master of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)

You must also:

  • be registered to practice your original profession (veterinary science, chiropractic or osteopathy) in the geographic area in which you practice
  • demonstrate a level of experience with a minimum of 2 years in full-time practice
  • have a high degree of physical agility and moderate strength
  • have a command of the English language, with oral and written communication skills and a high level of computer proficiency.

You will need to complete an application form and participate in a selection interview.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion of our Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine, you’ll have advanced knowledge of assessment and advanced therapeutic skills in your professional area of veterinary, chiropractic or osteopathic science. You’ll be able to apply this body of knowledge in a range of contexts, and it will also serve as a pathway for further learning by emphasising the constant need for ongoing professional development by practitioners

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8

Fees & Finance Options

Full Fee
Tuition Fee$16,593
Service Fee$325
Core Skills Support Fee$80
Material Fee$588
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$17,586
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$8,668

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Blended delivery is by attendance at 8 x 4-day workshops, work based and on-line learning. 

The course is supported by recommended texts and online resources. Each workshop delivers practical skill sets as learners progress through the course. Assessments may include online quizzes, written assignments, case studies, and practical demonstrations.

Course structure allows for interstate and NZ students to complete this course through the block release workshop.

You will study 10 units in this course.  

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