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Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

To achieve this regulated ofqual award you need to complete an initial registration process to ensure that we can adapt to your needs and experience level and answer all 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. There are 9 mandatory units and you choose 1 more unit from the options section. 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. You can choose to complete your studies in 3 months or any time frame up to 1 year to achieve your qualification.

Units covered in this certificate

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

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

Choose one of following 3 Units to complete your certificate:

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Introduction to Aquatic treadmill practice

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Canine behaviour + 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 Course

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

In-person

Module 2

Practical Skills Days (UK or NZ)

1-Day Land-based practical skills
3-Day Aquatic placement with a range of rehabilitation cases.

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.

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. Module 2 has a single clinical skills day first to cover the practical elements for water management and share key canine clinical skills you can practice before attending the 3-day aquatic practical. Module 3 is your second 3-day aquatic practical, offering you 48 hours of hands-on training overall.

Research identifies this layered approach with support and time to reflect and build clinical skills, deepens your learning and advancement. 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 as well as workshop style practicals. You are mentored 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: 1-Day Land-based Practical Skills + 3-Day Aquatic Practical

1 Day Land-based Practical Skills

6 Attendees, 2 Instructors 

Covers: Therapeutic Handling techniques, Clinic Enrichment techniques, clinical skills + practical water management 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 our two aquatic wet rooms 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 2019

Thur 25th April
Thur 23rd May 

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2019

Thur 11th April
Fri 12th April
Sat 13th April

Thur 9th May
Fri 10th May
Sat 11th May

Thur 13th June
Fri 14th June
Sat 15th June

Thur 4th July
Fri 5th July
Sat 6th July

Thur 8th Aug
Fri 9th Aug
Sat 10th Aug

Vet Physio 3-Day Aquatic Practical

Thur / Fri / Sat July 2019, dates TBC

NEW ZEALAND

Location: K9 Aqua Ltd, Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: Karynne Penfold, Advanced Canine Hydrotherapist, Professional Member NZACH
Cost: $1,000 NZD
Includes: 3-Day Aquatic Practical

3-Day Aquatic Practical

2 Attendees*, 1 Instructor

These facilities include both underwater treadmill and a hydropool.

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

*All NZ dates after June 2019 with have 4 Attendees and 2 Instructors

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2019

Tues 7th May
Wed 8th May
Thur 9th May

Tues 2nd July
Wed 3rd July
Thur 4th July

Tues 10th Sept
Wed 11th Sept
Thur 12th Sept

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 includes your practical assessment led by Maria Johnston.

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2019

Mon 8th April
Tues 9th April
Wed 10th April

Mon 20th May
Tues 21st May
Wed 22nd May

Mon 10th June
Tues 11th June
Wed 12th June

Mon 8th July
Tues 9th July
Wed 10th July

NEW ZEALAND

Location: K9 Aqua Ltd, Drury, South Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: Karynne Penfold, Advanced Canine Hydrotherapist, Professional Member NZACH
Cost: $1,500 NZD

3-Day Aquatic Practical

2 Attendees*, 1 Instructor

These facilities include both underwater treadmill and a hydropool.

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

*All NZ dates after June 2019 with have 4 Attendees and 2 Instructors

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2019

Tues 11th Jun
Wed 12th Jun
Thur 13th Jun

Tue 6th Aug
Wed 7th Aug
Thur 8th Aug

Tue 15th Oct
Wed 16th Oct
Thur 17th Oct

 

This course offers recognized prior learning (RPL).

Vet physios can choose to attend Module 2 dates or our Vet Physio Masterclass. Veterinary surgeons, vet physios and veterinary nurses are entitled to RPL and this is discussed at the interview process.

You have free access to our K9 Community for ongoing support, mentorship and free CPD resources. We wish you to be successful in your canine career and 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 March to November. Once you book and start your Module 1, you can then book your preferred Module 2 and 3 dates 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. 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 Modules 1, 2, and 3, 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.

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