Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate Level 3
The ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals 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 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a well recognised Ofqual qualification that is held in high regard.
Learners who successfully complete this animal hydrotherapy course will be able to continue in further training and education related to this area of expertise. This qualification is a component of the membership requirements for professional bodies within the sector.
The Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a regulated qualification recognised by within the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). When achieved, you will gain 29 Credits at Level 3.
It is a theory and practically-based qualification that has the aim of preparing a student for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. We are able to include an intensive 1 week practical placement as part of this course. This practical placement enables students to achieve the course units that require practical placement.
This rigorous qualification is ideal for learners who already have experience of working or volunteering with small animals in roles such as Veterinary Nurse or Animal Welfare Assistant as well as those who wish to build on their existing knowledge and skills. The course is ideally aimed at those who are aged over 19 as, ideally learners will already have had hands on experience with companion animals.
The course enables students to understand the benefits of hydrotherapy for small animals with various medical conditions, and learn how to correctly administer hydrotherapy to them. It is imperative that at all times students act within their area of professional competence and personal limitations. Students should not engage in any manipulation techniques unless qualified to do so.
We also offer the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals.
Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate
ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals
Course Unit Summary
Total credits earned for this course = 29
Unit T/504/1180 Introduction to hydrotherapy for small animals
This unit is an introduction to small animal
hydrotherapy. As the unit isn't intended to provide students with the level of competence and skills required to administer hydrotherapy
treatments, students should not engage in any manipulation
techniques unless qualified to do so.
Unit A/504/1181 Management of medical conditions in
hydrotherapy for small animals
In this unit, students will explore how medical conditions impact on hydrotherapy treatments. Learn how to
identify common medical conditions and the considerations
for specific conditions.
Unit J/504/1183 Management of common orthopaedic and neurological conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals
This unit explores how hydrotherapy can help the treatment of a variety of common orthopaedic and neurological conditions referred for hydrotherapy treatment. Learn
how to identify common orthopaedic and neurological conditions and the correct procedures to administer hydrotherapy for specific conditions.
Unit L/507/5174 Small animal first aid for hydrotherapists
Learn how to recognise and deal with a
variety of emergencies. Students will be asked to apply theory in
practice and make decisions about the most appropriate
treatments for a range of emergencies.
Unit Y/504/1186 Assessing and checking an animal’s suitability
for hydrotherapy treatment
It is essential that animals undergoing hydrotherapy are referred by a veterinary surgeon.
Small animal hydrotherapists need to be able to evaluate the
suitability of an animal for treatment. Learn how to recognise signs of suitability and unsuitability for
Unit R/507/5174 Anatomy and physiology for small animal hydrotherapy
It is vital that hydrotherapists have a sound understanding of the anatomy and physiology of small animals.
This unit explores the relevant major aspects of
small animal anatomy and physiology.
Unit D/507/5176 Professional practice and Multi DisciplinaryTeam working for hydrotherapists
In this unit, students will explore the importance of a multidisciplinary
team approach to hydrotherapy. Students are also
required to consider the importance of reflective practice to their
own continuing professional development.
Unit H/504/1191 The principles of small animal hydrotherapy
This unit provides students with an underpinning knowledge of
the techniques and approaches that are allowed to be used by
The unit is not intended to provide students with the level of skill
and competence required to administer hydrotherapy
treatments and students should not engage in any manipulation
techniques unless qualified to do so.
Unit Y/507/5175 Administering hydrotherapy treatment to small animals
In this practical unit, students are required to prepare animals
and the environment for hydrotherapy. Students will be required to demonstrate how to manage an animal during hydrotherapy
treatment, monitoring the process correctly and interacting with
the animal as appropriate.
Aftercare is important and students will learn about the importance
of appropriate aftercare in relation to communication with the
owner, completion of appropriate documentation and
communication with other professionals.
Unit K/504/1189 Water management for small animal
In this unit, students will gain a basic understanding of water
management and treatment. Explore the
functions of the various pieces of pool plant and equipment,
water chemistry and the relationship of the various chemicals
It is imperative that at all times students act within current
health and safety legislation and work within their area of
professional competence and personal limitations.
Total credits earned for this Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate Course = 29
Our Animal Hydrotherapy courses are offered as online courses and this enables students to fit their studies around their other commitments. Intensive practical training is included in this course.
1 Week Intensive Practical Placement Included as part of this course
The course includes a 1 week Practical Placement in Oxfordshire, Newcastle or Aberdeen. The placements in Oxfordshire are at Woozelbears, an established canine hydrotherapy company. The centres have top of the range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa, the 2nd gait analysis treadmill in the UK and a team of highly qualified personnel.
Placement within one of these centres enables you to learn from experienced professionals in the industry whilst working with a range cases at different stages of treatment.
This is also an opportunity to have first hand experience within the industry.
This qualification makes you very employable and there are many companies around the country that are recruiting for Qualified Canine Hydrotherapists. Woozelbears offers franchise opportunities in various parts of the UK if you have the ambition to own your own business.
Qualification Start & End Dates
4 Month Fast Track Option
07/11/18 - 07/03/19
07/01/19 - 07/05/19
30/04/19 - 01/09/19
03/09/19 - 07/01/20
1 Year Option
07/11/18 - 07/11/19
07/01/19 - 07/01/20
30/04/19 - 30/04/20
03/09/19 - 03/09/20
2 Year Option
07/11/18 - 07/11/20
07/01/19 - 07/01/21
30/04/19 - 30/04/21
03/09/19 - 03/09/21
Course Fee Payment Options
This qualification can be completed as a 4 month Fast Track course, or as a 1 Year or 2 Year qualification.
Read some of the recent ABC Awards Moderator Report Comments regarding our delivery of the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals:
"All team members at Animal Jobs Direct are very experienced and suitably qualified to deliver and assess the course. A professional, supportive and highly qualified team."
"The feedback to the learners was very constructive and given throughout the portfolio of evidence. I was particularly impressed with the new video assessments. This is showing how the centre is growing and developing the qualifications. This is a new exciting way of evidencing the assessment criteria in practical work".
"An excellent range of assessment methods that are valid, fair and reliable have been used throughout the units of study. The course was very practical and included workplace learning where video evidence/filming was carried out to show the learner meets some of the assessment criteria. This was an excellent addition to the course".
"I’m sure the learners enjoyed carrying out this form of assessment. All feedback from the learners was good".
"Practical work was very well planned and covered a large proportion of the course".
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Animal Jobs Direct also run the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma course in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals?
Yes, we do! Please click here for further information.
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.
Can I upgrade the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals to the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals?
Yes, and we can assist you with this as we provide the Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate course Top Up training. This enables students to convert their ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy to the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals qualification.
The Top Up bundle consists of:
ABC Awards Level 3 Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals: Unit [T/504/6475]
ABC Awards Level 3 Advanced Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals: Unit (T/505/3149) and Unit (K/505/3147)
ABC Awards Level 3 Canine Elbow and Hip Dysplasia for Hydrotherapists: Unit F/504/6477
Please click here for more information on the Top Up Package
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. We include an intensive 1 week practical training programme where you will gain valuable hands-on experience. Students can undertake the practical training in Oxfordshire, Newcastle or Aberdeen.
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 intensive 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 your tutor at Animal Jobs Direct Ltd and then moderated externally.
I don't live in the UK, can I still enrol?
Absolutely yes, we accept international students and are able to offer assessment via video link.
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.
Are there set start and end dates for this course?
Yes. Students have the option of the 4 Month Fast Track, 1 Year or 2 Year programmes. All enrolments have fixed start dates as outlined on our website.
Who is this qualification designed for?
This qualification is aimed at students who have already gained experience of working with small animals in a voluntary or employed capacity, and wish to develop their existing knowledge and skills to be able to safely administer hydrotherapy to small animals. The qualification is therefore designed for students aged 19+
Is there any funding available for this course?
Yes, Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) funding is available for this course.
Animal Jobs Direct is has been granted Approved Learning Provider status in the Enhanced Learning Credit scheme to offer the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate course in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals and the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma course in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals to MOD Service Leavers.
Study from home, at your own pace and with full tutor support. This course includes 1 week intensive practical training at a well established Hydrotherapy Centre.
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