Level 3 Award in Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals

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Level 3 Award in Advanced Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals

Approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA)

“We are really impressed with the additions and style of qualification and are pleased to let you know that we will accept this new qualification as a part of the membership criteria for joining the CHA”.  

The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) requires all members to complete 25 hours CPD per year.

Animal Careers Direct includes the first year of CPD training FREE for all new student enrolments!

Course Summary



This Ofqual regulated qualification consists of 48 Guided Learning Hours and attracts 6 credits at Level 3.

The aim of this qualification is to enable students to develop knowledge of Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy. The qualification includes the opportunity for learners to develop skills in conducting gait analysis and the application of Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Techniques. Students  will be able to review patient performance and their own performance.

Progression Routes:

This qualification will enable learners to progress to employment or a higher level of study in the animal care sector.

Entry requirements:

Students will have completed an industry-recognised Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, without Aquatic Units within the completed qualification. They will also have completed the Level 3 Award in Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.


Level 3 Award in Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals


Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill

Techniques (20 GLH)

This 1:1 practical advanced hydrotherapy treadmill unit provides learners with the knowledge, information and practical application of advanced aquatic treadmill techniques to adjust hydrotherapy treatment.

Students will be able to conduct a gait analysis and review patient performance.

Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

(24 GLH)

This unit explores the subject of gait patterns and relevant terminology, as well as posture and muscle contractions relevant to hydrotherapy treatment.

The student will learn how to conduct an advanced treadmill therapy session involving the appropriate use of equipment to improve the hydrotherapy programme for the patient.

Theory knowledge is provided as one unit of online study prior to attending the practical training day.

In this course, learners will develop their knowledge in the operation of the hydrotherapy treadmill and how to maximise patient performance and treatment outcomes.  They will learn in-depth gait analysis to give them the knowledge to apply the advanced techniques.  The student will gain an understanding of additional equipment that can be used to optimise patient movement and learn which and when to apply.  The student will assess patients through observation, evaluating their performance and developing their decision-making skills when providing treatment.

Please note it is important that before completing this unit learners complete all the mandatory units in this qualification.   Students undertaking this unit will require significant knowledge of the operation of a hydrotherapy treadmill and should have previously completed the following unit – Level 3 Award in Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals.


1 Day Intensive Practical Training Included as part of this Advanced Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy Course!


The course consists of an online theory unit and 1-day Practical Placement at Woozelbears in one of the training centres listed below. The centre has top-of-the-range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa, the 2nd U.S gait analysis treadmill in the UK and a team of highly qualified personnel.

Placement within this centre enables you to learn from experienced professionals in the industry whilst working with a range of cases at different stages of treatment.

This is also an opportunity to have first-hand experience within the industry with a company at the forefront of technology on gait analysis.

As more hydrotherapy treadmills are being installed this qualification makes you very employable and there are many companies around the country that are recruiting for Qualified Canine Hydrotherapists on the Hydrotherapy Treadmill. This course will change how you have been previously trained to use the hydrotherapy treadmill.

Woozelbears also offer franchise opportunities in various parts of the UK if you have the ambition to own your own business.

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