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Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for small animals

To achieve this regulated award you need to complete an initial registration and application process to ensure that we can adapt to your needs and experience level and answer all your queries.

This Level 3 Certificate course is comprised of 10 mandatory units that represent 29 credits. These units cover the theory and practical elements essential for safe practice.

Our new flexible format brings this course to you in 3 modules so you can choose your own time frame to complete your studies to achieve your qualification.

Units covered in this certificate

You’ll study the following units in both theory and in-clinic practical work across all modules:

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Introduction to hydrotherapy for small animals (4 credits)

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ANATOMY + PHYSIOLOGY FOR SMALL ANIMALS (4 credits)

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FIRST AID FOR SMALL ANIMALS (3 credits)

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Management of medical conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals (2 credits)

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Management of common orthopaedic + neurological conditions (3 credits)

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Water management for small animal hydrotherapy (3 credits)

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Assessment + checking an animal's suitability for hydrotherapy treatment (3 credits)

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Administering hydrotherapy treatment to small animals (3 credits)

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Professional practice + Multidisciplinary Team working (2 credits)

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The principles of small animal hydrotherapy (2 credits)

How it works:

This Level 3 Certificate course is comprised of 3 modules.

Online

Module 1

Online Course

Theory portion of the course: 10 online modules unlocked over the course of 7 weeks.

In-person

Module 2

Practical Skills Days at K9HS

1-Day Land-based practical skills day
3-Day Aquatic placement

In-person

Module 3

Practical Skills Days at AB

3-Day Aquatic placement with a range of athletic dogs and rehabilitation cases

Part 1: Online Studies (Module 1)

Module 1

Cost: £990

The certificate begins with an online theory-based module to build your knowledge and understanding of current hydrotherapy practice. The 10 units are released to you over 7 weeks to support your learning pathway in preparation for the practical components you will complete in Module 2 and 3.

We begin the process with an informal interview so that we can learn about your experience and needs. In some cases we may recommend an additional practical day before beginning Module 2.

Part 2: Hands-on Practice (Module 2 + 3)

In module 2 and 3 you’ll take your learning to the next level by linking your theory to the practical skills required for safe practice.

This in-person experience involves completing 7 practical days. The first single clinical skills day covers the practical elements for first aid and water management as well as sharing key clinical skills to practice before attending the first of our 3-day aquatic practical. Module 3 is your second 3-day aquatic practical, offering you 42 hours of hands-on training overall.

Research has shown that to reflect and build skills with support in a real setting deepens your learning and skill acquisition. We bring you a practical enriched course that is ideal for those who enjoy developing hands-on skills. You work in real clinics with a range of dogs and meet their owners. You are fully supported and mentored by Barbara and her team of veterinary physiotherapists who are all specialists in canine hydrotherapy.

Module 2 – Practical Skills Days

Location: K9HS, Suffolk
Instructor: Barbara Houlding, GradDipPhys,MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP,
ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist
Cost: £990
Includes: 1-Day Land-based Practical Skills Day + 3-Day Aquatic Practical

1 Day Land-based Practical Skills Day

8 Attendees, 3 Instructors 

Covers: First aid, water management and therapeutic clinical skills.

3-Day Aquatic Practical

4 Attendees, 2 Instructors

These intensive days are packed full of the latest treatment techniques that integrate the knowledge from your theory studies in Module 1.

You’ll learn current techniques in both our aquatic wet room suites to develop and expand your hands-on hydrotherapy skills.

You will be required to do an informal phone or video-based interview and accept the terms and policies before registering for the course.

1-Day Practical Skills
Thurs 29th Nov 2018
Thurs 31st Jan 2019

3-Day Aquatic Practical K9HS
Wed 16th Jan
Thurs 17th Jan
Fri 18th Jan

Wed 27th Feb
Thurs 28th Feb
Fri 1st Mar

Vet Physio 3-Day Aquatic Practical
Wed 6th Feb
Thurs 7th Feb
Fri 8th Feb

Wed 13th Mar
Thurs 14th Mar
Fri 15th Mar

Module 3 – Practical Skills Days

 

Location: Active Balance, Hinckley Leics
Instructor: Maria Johnston, Agility Team GB Veterinary Physiotherapist
Cost: £600

3-Day Aquatic Practical

4 Attendees, 1 Instructor

You will work with a range of athletic dogs including agility dogs.

Module 3 consolidates your practical skills from Module 1 and 2 and includes your practical assessment led by Maria Johnston.

3-Day Aquatic Practical AB

Mon 11th Feb 2019
Tues 12th Feb 2019
Wed 13th Feb 2019

Mon 25th Mar 2019
Tues 26th Mar 2019
Wed 27th Mar 2019

 

This course also offers recognized prior learning (RPL).
For veterinary physiotherapists we offer a specialized package that requires you to complete only Module 1 and 2 and you are exempt from the assessment process for three of the units.
Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses  are exempt from the assessment process for certain units which is discussed at the interview process.

This course also offers recognized prior learning (RPL).
For veterinary physiotherapists we offer a specialized package that requires you to complete only Module 1 and 2 and you are exempt from the assessment process for three of the units.
Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses  are exempt from the assessment process for certain units which is discussed at the interview process.

How does it work?

We aim to provide you with an enriched and positive learning experience to achieve a pass in both the practical and theory components of this course. You may find you require additional support beyond the 3 Modules to achieve your required pass in either the theory or practical. We can arrange additional time together if required (at an additional fee).

You choose your study pace.
You can fast track your training by completing your studies in 3 months, or you can choose dates that work for you, up to a time period of 12 months. If you require a further extension this can be arranged on an individual basis.

We provide you with PowerPoint workbooks for each unit in order to build your assessment portfolio. You receive continuous support throughout the course to make every step along the way work for you.

On Modules 2 and 3 practicals you have a wealth of additional resources. Once you have completed Modules 1, 2, and 3, you will be ready to submit all your workbooks for marking through our easy online system.

Who is this course for?

We have designed this course to be perfect for those looking for a career change or to expand their dog services and add hydrotherapy to their skills. We also offer a unique package that is ideal for veterinary physiotherapists, veterinary nurses and veterinary professionals wishing to further develop their canine aquatic and hydrotherapy clinical skills.

Take it from one who was fortunate enough to find these wonderful people. If you’re passionate about helping dogs and you feel it’s your calling to be a Hydrotherapist, you’ll want/need to get the best training possible. The best you can get is with K9HS. It’s not just the coursework. You’ll be in the pool learning hands on from the most qualified, inspirational and passionate instructors to be found anywhere. K9HS is the gold standard in Hydrotherapy training. Trust me. I was a student and now I have my own centre. Prepare to be inspired!

Derek Richards
Hollywood Houndz Hydrotherapy Services

Take it from one who was fortunate enough to find these wonderful people. If you’re passionate about helping dogs and you feel it’s your calling to be a Hydrotherapist, you’ll want/need to get the best training possible. The best you can get is with K9HS. It’s not just the coursework. You’ll be in the pool learning hands on from the most qualified, inspirational and passionate instructors to be found anywhere. K9HS is the gold standard in Hydrotherapy training. Trust me. I was a student and now I have my own centre. Prepare to be inspired!

Derek Richards
Hollywood Houndz Hydrotherapy Services