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Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate
Please see end of this page for 2017 and 2018 course start dates.
This Animal Hydrotherapy course and all other hydrotherapy courses offered by Animal Jobs Direct meet the criteria for membership of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH).
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.
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.
Students who have successfully completed this course can enrol on the Level 3 Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Unit [T/504/6475] Level 3, (a theory unit with 1 day placement).
We also offer the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals.
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 OR Newcastle. 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.
ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals
Course Unit Summary
Total credits earned for this course = 29
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 used. 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
Read some of the recent ABC Awards Moderator Report Comments regarding our delivery of this Qualification:
"All team members 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 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.
Does Animal Jobs Direct also offer the Hydrotherapy Treadmill courses?
Yes, students who have successfully completed this course can enrol on the Level 3 Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Unit [T/504/6475] Level 3, (a theory unit with 1 day placement).
Who can do the Certificate course?
The Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate course is open to anyone from the age of 19 years onwards. A good, working standard of Maths and English is required.
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 OR Newcastle.
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.
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.