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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 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 (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. In Module 1 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 the videos, resources, 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, leading overall to a practical enriched course 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.

Module 2 consists of 4 days at K9HS in Suffolk. This consists of a separate single clinical skills day you attend first, to explore core clinical skills using Movement Enrichment techniques and develop your water management practical skills.

You can then practice your clinical treatment skills prior to attending your Module 2  at K9HS on the 3-day aquatic placement, to optimise your hands-on skills progression.

Module 3 is your second 3-day aquatic practical, following on from Module 2, and is based at Active Balance in Hinckley, Leicestershire, where you will expand your treatment techniques and skills.

Research 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 work in real clinics with a range of dogs and meet their owners as well as workshop style practicals. You are 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: 1-Day Land-based Practical Skills + 3-Day Aquatic Practical

1 Day Land-based Practical Skills

6 Attendees, 2 Instructors 

Covers: Canine Movement Enrichment techniques; Therapeutic Handling techniques, Clinic Enrichment techniques and  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

Tues 17th Sept
Tues 1st Oct
Tues 5th Nov

3-Day Aquatic Practical 2019

Thur 19th Sept
Fri 20th Sept
Sat 21st Sept

Thur 3rd Oct
Fri 4th Oct
Sat 5th Oct

Thur 31st Oct
Fri 1st Nov
Sat 2nd Nov

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 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 2019

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 19th August
Tues 20th August
Wed 21st August

Mon 9th Sept
Tues 10th Sept
Wed 11th Sept

Mon 7th Oct
Tues 8th Oct
Wed 9th Oct

Mon 4th Nov
Tues 5th Nov
Wed 6th Nov

Mon 2nd Dec
Tues 3rd Dec
Wed 4th Dec

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

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

 

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 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