This formal qualification promotes the safe administration of hydrotherapy by teaching practical skills and providing rigorous theory to help learners to understand the benefits of hydrotherapy for small animals with a number of conditions. It aims to provide an extended core of knowledge and skills to enable those successfully completing the qualification to safely work in hydrotherapy and/or set up their own hydrotherapy centre.
Learners who successfully complete the Level 3 Certificate will be able to continue in further education and training related to this area of expertise. To gain the Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals a further module is required (more information can be found under Hydrotherapy).
The Verwood Hydrotherapy Centre (a part of the Springbok Veterinary Group - UK) and Animal Rehabilitation Australia (together with DogSwim Canberra) deliver the course jointly. The Verwood Hydrotherapy School is accredited to deliver the course, which is nationally regulated by ABC Awards (UK) and in the UK forms the core requirement for membership to the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH).
As international graduates, membership for insurance coverage and recognition can be obtained with the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) once completed.
The course consists of ten mandatory units comprising of three Modules.
- Introduction to hydrotherapy for small animals - an introduction to the equipment, techniques, benefits, risks and current legislation
- Anatomy and physiology for small animal hydrotherapy - skeletal structures, soft tissues, organs
- Professional practice and multi-disciplinary team working for hydrotherapists - the team approach, reflective practice
- Management of common orthopaedic and neurological conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals - a description of the common orthopaedic and neurological conditions which are referred for hydrotherapy, the impact of the treatment, correct procedures
- Management of medical conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals - a description of the common medical conditions which are referred for hydrotherapy and the impact of treatment
- Assessing and checking an animals suitability for hydrotherapy treatment - the referral process, suitability and unsuitability
- The principles of small animal hydrotherapy - techniques and approaches
- Small animal first aid for hydrotherapists - how to recognise and deal with any possible emergencies
- Water management for small animal hydrotherapy - equipment,plant, chemistry and treatments
- Administering hydrotherapy treatment to small animals - how to prepare animals and the environment for hydrotherapy, pre- and post- treatment care, communication with other professionals and documentation, putting it all into practice.
Delivery - Distance learning
The unit workbooks are sent by module and completed in your own time with close tutorial assistance.
Once Module 1 of the theory has been satisfactorily completed an intense practical period of 40 hours will be undertaken (mutually agreeable dates will be arranged) to provide the experience and assessments required (either in Australia with DogSwim Canberra or the UK directly with the school).
Class sizes - To provide the maximum amount of practical hands-on experience the class numbers are limited to ONE per course. This means that each student has at least the required 40 hours practical experience.
Eligibility Requirements - Ideally prospective students will have a minimum of high school level but each candidate will be assessed on their own merit. This course will suit committed students who have good people skills, animal handling experience and who wish to further their career in the field.
Job Prospects (Own business or paid employment) - The course will help the successful student further their career (or start their own business!) as a hydrotherapist and is an ideal adjunct to those already employed in animal care aged 19+ e.g. veterinary nurses, animal carers, groomers etc.
Tutors - the course tutors are all professionals still currently working within their fields of expertise, with many years experience and relevant qualifications at high levels. These fields include veterinary medicine, education, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, behavioural modification and training, pool management.
Payment Plan - In addition to full upfront payment we also offer pay-per-module plans in three instalments. Please contact us for this arrangement.
Process - Upon receipt of payment you will receive an application form to complete and return. A full schedule, student handbook and portfolio will subsequently be sent.
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