The ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in animal hydrotherapy has been developed for learners seeking a specialised qualification in animal hydrotherapy, with the overall aim being to prepare learners for a career working as an Animal Hydrotherapist or in a Veterinary career utilising hydrotherapy as a treatment.
The Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a well recognised Ofqual qualification that is held in high regard.
The Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a regulated qualification recognised by within the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework).
When achieved, you will gain 41 Credits at Level 3.
If you’ve already invested some time into learning how to work efficiently and safely with small animals, you’re potentially the ideal participant for this vigorous qualification course. From veterinarian nurses interested in moving their careers forward to animal welfare workers eager to learn more about the care of animals in their charge, many adults over the age of 19 find this program a suitable way to advance their knowledge and perfect their skills. Most students have some experience handling animals before starting the coursework.
What will you learn if you sign up for this qualification? You’ll discover valuable information regarding the use of hydrotherapy to treat small animals. This includes answering some critical questions:
While a variety of hydrotherapy techniques are introduced through this course, it’s important that every student act in accordance with their personal qualifications. Participants are never required to perform skills that they can’t competently and confidently implement.
The study of hydrotherapy for small animals must start with the basics. This module will introduce concepts that every professional performing this therapy must understand, but it doesn’t offer any hands-on experience. The manipulation techniques will come later, but this information is still essential to the safe and effective usage of hydrotherapy.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what hydrotherapy is and how it can benefit small animals, you’re ready to learn how specific medical conditions influence this type of therapy. This is the unit that will help you create effective hydrotherapy treatment plans for each animal in your care. Upon completion, you’ll be able to do the following with confidence:
Many small animals with neurological disorders and orthopaedic conditions are referred to professionals for hydrotherapy treatment. This learning module introduces some of the most prevalent conditions that therapists may see, giving you the information needed to match those conditions with the most impactful hydrotherapy procedures.
Would you know how to respond if an emergency occurred with an animal in
your care right now? You typically have no warning when something
tragic happens, and you must act in a split second to rescue an animal
in need. Small animal first aid is introduced in this module, so you’ll
know how to respond to a variety of emergencies without hesitation. This
includes the application of theories, so prepare to put your knowledge
to the test.
Just because a veterinary surgeon refers an animal for hydrotherapy doesn’t mean that the animal is well suited to this type of treatment. This module will help you assess an animal to determine how hydrotherapy may help their medical condition, if it will at all. There are some clear and not-so-clear signs that will help you make this determination.
You can’t effectively treat small animals with hydrotherapy without a solid command on the physiology and anatomy of those animals. If you could use a refresher course or haven’t studied anatomy or physiology in depth, this module will teach you everything needed to approach hydrotherapy with confidence.
As a hydrotherapist, you’ll have to work with other professionals to ensure that animals in your care receive the best overall treatment for their condition. This module will teach you how to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team while enhancing your development as a professional through reflective practice.
Before you can start performing manipulation hydrotherapy techniques, you must develop a thorough understanding of how those techniques work. While this unit doesn’t require hands-on manipulation experience, it does deliver a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the various approaches that hydrotherapists take to their work each day.
You’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge regarding small animals and hydrotherapy treatment. It’s now time to learn how to interact with animals safely and effectively during three phases of the treatment process:
This is a hands-on unit that allows you to put some of your accumulated hydrotherapy knowledge into practice. You’ll receive an introductory lesson in the management and treatment of water. This includes a basic understanding of all components of hydrotherapy treatment, including:
All health and safety regulations are taken into account when completing this unit. Each student is responsible for staying within the realm of their experience and knowledge when determining which tasks they can confidently perform. While it’s important to learn and grow professionally, you don’t want to perform beyond your competency level.
Unit T/504/6475 Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Unit
This unit consists of theory and practical elements where the learner will learn how to conduct a hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving pre-treatment, during treatment and post treatment treadmill procedures.
In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of the treadmill equipment available and the principles of small animal and canine hydrotherapy treadmill therapy.
Learn how and where to position an aquatic treadmill and how to prepare the area, the patient and clients for a therapy session.
Gain an understanding of the types of conditions for which this treatment is suitable / unsuitable and how to monitor the treatment correctly.
Practical & Theory Unit
Unit (T/505/3149) and Unit (K/505/3147) Advanced Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals
These units consists of theory and practical aspects where the learner will learn how to conduct an advanced hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving appropriate use of equipment to improve the hydrotherapy programme for the patient.
Learners will develop their knowledge in the operation of the hydrotherapy treadmill and how to maximise patient performance and treatment outcomes.
Learn in-depth gait analysis to give you the knowledge to apply the advanced techniques. The Learner will gain an understanding of additional equipment that can be used to optimise patient movement and learn which and when to apply.
Assess patients through observation, evaluating their performance and developing their decision-making skills when providing treatment.
Practical & Theory
Unit F/504/6477 Canine Elbow and Hip Dysplasia for Hydrotherapists
In this unit, learners will concentrate on elbow and hip dysplasia firstly learning about the anatomy of elbow and hip dyplastic joints. In the hydrotherapy industry dysplasia is one of the most prevalent in practice and so this module concentrates on the surgical procedures to help an animal with these conditions in order that they can use this information to analyse their own practice to improve the hydrotherapy treatment offered to these animals. This is a theory based unit.
Who can do the course?
The Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma course is open to anyone from the age of 19 years onwards. A good, working standard of Maths and English is required.
What's the difference between the Diploma and Certificate course?
The Diploma course consists of more theory learning and associated credits as well as Treadmill Training. Employers prefer candidates who have completed the Diploma course instead of the Certificate course. You do not need to complete both courses to work as an Animal Hydrotherapist.
How long do I have to complete the course?
You need to be able to complete the course within 2 years of enrolment
Do I have to have a practical placement to enrol on this course?
We provide this as part of the course once you have completed the theory aspects of the course. We include an intensive 6 day practical training programme where you will gain valuable hands-on experience.
How is the course designed, delivered and assessed?
The course is designed primarily to be a self-study, distance learning course with tutor support to guide and support you through the learning and materials. The materials contain internet resources that have been examined for quality, content and access that are relevant to the topics and subject matter in the different units. The practical training is carried out towards the end of your course.
Are there any examinations
There are no examinations but you also need to build a portfolio of evidence of your learning and understanding according to assessments set out in the course materials. Internal moderation of your portfolio is carried out by Animal Jobs Direct Ltd and then moderated externally.
How long can I expect to be studying?
Each unit of the Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals contains a certain number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) to give an indication of how long you can expect to be studying and preparing for any one unit’s assessment. Although the GLH of any unit may seem small (please see the specification above), you need to take into account the research and reading before attempting the assessments.
Study from home, at your own pace and with full tutor support. This course includes 6 days intensive practical training at a well established Hydrotherapy Centre.
2017 Course start dates (these are start dates for beginning the theory aspect of your course NOT the practical placement). Enrol at any time to secure your course start date: