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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.

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

R

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

Theory portion of the course: 12 online units unlocked over the course of 7 weeks.

In-person

Module 2

Practical Skills Days 

4-Day Aquatic placement with a range of rehabilitation cases and one to one instruction.

In-person

Module 3

Practical Skills Days (UK or NZ)

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

You have access to Module 1 for the whole duration of the course and can revisit our resources,  instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs), links and downloadable pdfs as often as you like and whenever you wish.

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.

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)

In 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 7 practical days, providing you with 48 hours of hands-on 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 4 intensive days at K9HS in Suffolk and explores core clinical skills using Movement Enrichment techniques. Our practical enriched days are packed full of techniques and canine practical skills including water management and first aid. You will have multiple supported experiences working in both the aquatic treadmill and hydrotherapy pool with Barbara and her team, developing your aquatic assessment and treatment techniques.

Module 3 is your second practical placement, following on from Module 2, and is based at Active Balance in Hinckley, Leicestershire, where you will expand your treatment techniques and skills. These intensive 3 days cover athletic dog work and rehabilitation techniques with Maria Johnston, the veterinary physiotherapist for our GB agility team.

Research clearly identifies this layered approach with support, reflection and time to practice, leads to significant progression of developing hands-on clinical skills linked to a depth of knowledge and understanding.

You will have opportunities to work in real clinics with a range of dogs and meet their owners as well as workshop style practicals. You are continually mentored and supported by Barbara and her team, who are all  specialists in canine hydrotherapy.

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
Cost: £990
Includes: 4-Day Aquatic Practical

4- Day Practical Skills

4 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.

4-Day Aquatic Practical 2020

Wed 12th – Sat 15th Feb    FULL

Wed 4th – Sat 7th March    FULL

Wed 25th – Sat 28th March

Wed 29th April – Sat 2nd May

Wed 20th – Sat 23rd May

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

4 Attendees, 1 Instructor

These facilities include both underwater treadmill and a 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.

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2020

Wed 
Thurs 
Fri   Feb dates to be announced

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
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 explores working with a range of dogs in the hydro pool. This Module includes your practical assessment, led by Maria Johnston.

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2020

Mon 24th – Wed 26th February

Mon 9th – Wed 11th March

Mon 20th – Wed 22nd April

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

4 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 
Thurs 
Fri    March dates to be announced

 

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 access for a year to our K9HS Courses Community for ongoing support, mentorship and free 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 time together 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. We deliver Modules 2 and 3 every month from February to November. Once you book and start your Module 1, you can then book your preferred Module 2 and 3 dates within the Welcome section. This gives you choices to fit around your work and home commitments.

You choose your study pace
You can choose to 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 all the resources you need and PowerPoint workbooks for each unit in order to build your assignment e-portfolio of the required 10 units. You 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 e-portfolio 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 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.

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