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SEG Awards ABC Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

This regulated Ofqual award has a registration process to ensure that we can adapt to your needs and experience level, plus answer your queries.

To achieve the Level 3 Certificate course you need to complete 10 units that combine the theory and practical elements essential for safe practice. The guided learning hours for this course are 300.

Our new flexible format brings this course to you in 3 modules. You choose when you wish to start your studies and you steer your learning programme to work at your pace. To complete your studies, you could fast track your learning to 3 months or take any time frame up to 1 year to achieve your qualification, as you control your Module bookings. Our total course fee of £2,580.00 is payable in 3 stages and we have held our discounted fee for the last 3 years. 

Units covered in this certificate

Our study package of 10 units required to achieve certification consists of the 9 mandatory units and the optional Aquatic Treadmill unit, to meet industry standards. If you wish to change the Aquatic Treadmill unit for one of the other options to compose your 10 units, or achieve additional optional units beyond the 10 required, this is possible and is discussed at interview.

9 Mandatory Units

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Introduction to canine hydrotherapy

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Common canine conditions

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Canine anatomy

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Canine physiology

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Canine health status + first aid

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Canine assessment processes

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Practical administration of canine hydrotherapy treatments

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Water management

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Professional + ethical practice

Optional Units

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Introduction to Aquatic treadmill practice

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Canine behaviour for clinical practice

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Introduction to Canine gait + movement

How it works:

This Level 3 Certificate course is comprised of 3 modules.

Online

Module 1

Online Studies

A bespoke Course Manual with the theory portion of the course: 12 online units unlocked over the course of 7 weeks.

In-person

Module 2

Practical Skills Days 

2 days virtual training + 2 day face to face placement at K9HS. A range of rehabilitation cases, aquatic treadmill training and one to one instruction.

In-person

Module 3

Practical Skills Days (UK or NZ)

1 day virtual training + 2 day face to face placement at AB, Hinckley with a range of athletic dogs,  rehabilitation cases and one to one instruction.

Part 1: Online Studies (Module 1)

 mOdule 1

Stage 1 Payment: £990

The certificate programme begins with an online theory-based module to build your knowledge and understanding of current hydrotherapy practice. This is through our unique online Course Manual consisting of all 12 units are released to you over 7 weeks. This aims to support your learning pathway in preparation for the unit practical components you will complete in Module 2 and 3.

You have access to the online Course Manual for the whole duration of the course with limitless access to all its integrated resources which include; our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs), video links, useful article links, unit tutorials, downloadable pdfs, tutorials, scripted sections and additional notes for each unit.

We begin the process with an informal interview so that we can learn about your experience and needs. We look at each individual application and work with you to optimise your learning pathway and choices. 

In some cases we may recommend an additional practical day before attending your practical Modules 2 and 3. This is inline with the qualification awarding body (ABC Awards) requirements to ensure you achieve your goals and certification. 

Not sure if you’re ready, or have more questions for Barbara before booking in your interview?
You can book a Discovery chat with Barbara here.

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

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

This in-person experience involves completing our practical days, providing you with 48 hours of verified practical training over Module 2 and 3. Our course format is ideal for those who enjoy developing hands-on skills in a clinic environment.

Module 2 consists of two virtual training days using the latest tech and videos, integrated with two intensive “face to face” training days at K9HS in Suffolk. These explore core clinical skills using canine Movement Enrichment techniques and are  practical enriched days, packed full of techniques and canine practical skills.

You will have one to one training in the aquatic treadmill and hydrotherapy pool with Barbara and Sarah to  develop your aquatic assessment and treatment techniques.

Module 3 is your second practical placement, following on from Module 2, and is based at Active Balance (AB) in Hinckley, Leicestershire. This is where you will expand your treatment techniques and skills. AB offers you a one day virtual training experience covering practical techniques and a two day “face to face” opportunity with one to one training with Maria Johnston. You will continue to develop hydrotherapy techniques for athletic dogs and rehabilitation cases and complete your practical assessment. Maria is a leading specialist in veterinary physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for athletic dogs.

Research shows this layered approach with support, reflection and time to practice, leads to significant progression in developing a range of therapeutic hands-on skills integrated to sound science-based knowledge.

You will have opportunities to work in real clinics with a range of dogs and meet their owners as well as workshop style practicals. Barbara and her team of hydrotherapy specialists, offer you continual support and mentoring for all aspects of the course and your practice.

Module 2 – Practical Skills Days

You have two locations to choose from to complete your Module 2 Practical:
Suffolk, UK or Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand.

SUFFOLK, UK

 Location: K9HS, Suffolk, UK
Instructor: Barbara Houlding, GradDipPhys, MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP,
ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist
Stage 2 Payment: £990
Includes: 2-Day in-person Aquatic Practical + state of the art practical webinars and interactive forum

2- Day Aquatic Practical Skills + virtual webinars

2 Attendees, 2 Instructors 

Covers: Canine Movement Enrichment techniques; Therapeutic Handling techniques and Clinic Enrichment techniques; practical water management and first aid skills; canine assessment and treatment techniques. These intensive days are packed full of the latest techniques that integrate the knowledge from your theory studies in Module 1.

You’ll learn current techniques in our two aquatic wet rooms to develop and expand your hands-on hydrotherapy skills in the aquatic treadmill and hydro pool.

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

2020 K9HS 2-Day in-person practical with 1 to 1 training + virtual practical webinar workshop

All Oct, Nov + Dec dates are FULL

Fri / Sat 2021 Module 2 dates are now open. Email Barbara to save your provisional place.

NEW ZEALAND

Location: K9 Aqua Ltd, Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: Karynne Penfold, Advanced Canine Hydrotherapist, Professional Member NZACH
Cost: $1,250 NZD
Includes: 3-Day Aquatic Practical

3-Day Aquatic Practical

2 Attendees, 1 Instructor 

These facilities include both underwater treadmill and a hydro pool, offering a comprehensive practical training experience.

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

3-Day Aquatic NZ Practicals

Wed 4th – Fri 6th Nov 2020 FULL 

Wed 10th – Fri 12th Feb 2021

Wed 14th – Fri 16th April 2021

Our NZ satellite centre is reopened, however, due to border closures, it’s only open to NZ residents.

Module 3 – Practical Skills Days

 

You have two locations to choose from to complete your Module 3 Practical:
Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK or Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand.

HINCKLEY, UK

Location: Active Balance, Hinckley, Leics
Instructor: Maria Johnston, Agility Team GB Veterinary Physiotherapist
Stage 3 Payment: £600

2-Day Aquatic Practical Skills + virtual webinars

2 Attendees, 1 Instructor + 1 assistant

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

Module 3 consolidates your practical skills from Module 1 and 2 and explores working with a range of dogs in the hydro pool. This Module includes your practical assessment, led by Maria Johnston.

2020 AB 2-Day in-person practical with 1 to 1 training + virtual practical webinar workshop.

All Oct, Nov + Dec dates are FULL

2021 Mon / Tues Module 3 dates are now open and email Barbara to save your provisional place.  

NEW ZEALAND

Location: K9 Aqua Ltd, Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: Karynne Penfold, Advanced Canine Hydrotherapist, Professional Member NZACH
Cost: $1,250 NZD

3-Day Aquatic Practical

2 Attendees, 1 Instructor

These facilities include both underwater treadmill and a hydro pool.

Module 3 consolidates your practical skills from Module 1 and 2 and includes your practical assessment led by Karynne Penfold.

 

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2020

Wed 9th – Fri 11th Dec 2020 FULL

Wed 10th – Fri 12th March 2021

Wed 19th – Fri 21st May 2021

Our NZ satellite centre is reopened, however, due to border closures, it’s only open to NZ residents.

Free access to our K9HS Courses community

Our courses are devised around your needs, whether you are a veterinary physiotherapist, veterinary surgeon, veterinary nurse, other canine professional or new to the industry. 

You have free one year access to our private K9HS Courses Community for ongoing support, mentorship and CPD resources.  We wish you to be successful in your canine career and we work with you to help you achieve your goals.

This course offers recognized prior learning (RPL).

Veterinary physiotherapists can choose to attend Module 2 dates or the Vet Physio Masterclass.

Veterinary surgeons, veterinary physiotherapists and veterinary nurses are entitled to RPL and this is discussed at the interview process.

You can join our K9 Community for free to receive additional support, mentoring and a stream of extra resources and clinical tools. 

We care that you are successful and provide you with free CPD to expand your canine therapeutic toolbox,empowering your canine service for the dogs in your professional care.

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 covered in your 10 units. You may find you require additional support beyond the 3 Modules to achieve your pass grade in either the theory or practical. We can arrange additional ” face to face” training if required (at an additional fee).

You choose when you start your studies
Our flexible course means you choose your start date. You also book and select which dates you wish to attend your practical modules, once you have completed your Module 1 studies. We deliver practical Modules 2 and 3 monthly. Once you book and begin your Module 1, you book your preferred Module 2 and 3 dates directly with Barbara. This gives you choices to fit around your work and home commitments.

You choose your study pace
You can choose to fast track your 300 hours of training by completing your studies in 4 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 with Barbara.

We provide you with all the resources you need and PowerPoint workbooks for each unit in order to build your 10 assignments required. You will receive continuous support throughout the course to make every step along the way work for you.

On Modules 2 and 3 practical placements you have a wealth of additional resources. Once you have completed all three Modules, you will be ready to submit your assignments for marking and moderation, 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 canine services and add hydrotherapy to their clinical skills and ” Canine Therapeutic Toolbox”.

We also offer a unique package that is ideal for veterinary physiotherapists, veterinary nurses and veterinary professionals wishing to further expand their canine hydrotherapy clinical skills.

This course offers recognised prior learning (RPL).

Veterinary physiotherapists, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses are entitled to RPL and this is discussed and agreed at the online interview.

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