Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy - by Distance - Animal Rehabilitation Australia

Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy - by Distance

South Coast Hydrotherapy School
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UPDATE AS OF 30/08/2020

The practical component of this course is not run in Australia anymore. The only option currently is to do the course online and contact the Southcoast Hydrotherapy School to do the intensive practical training as a block (generally one week) in the UK. Thanks for your understanding.

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.

This qualification is designed for learners who already have experience of working with canines in an employed or voluntary capacity in roles such as veterinary nurse or dog groomer.

This course is designed to provide the learner with the practical skills and underpinning knowledge to professionally deliver hydrotherapy to canines. For this reason, we limit the number of students on each course for maximum practical experience and individual tuition

Learners who successfully complete the Level 3 Certificate will be able to continue in further education and training related to this area of expertise. 

The South Coast Hydrotherapy School - UK and Animal Rehabilitation Australia will deliver the course jointly. The South Coast 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.  

This course offers you 12 units with choices. You study 9 mandatory units and 1 optional unit of your choosing. 

9 Mandatory Units:

  • Introduction to canine hydrotherapy
  • Common canine conditions
  • Canine anatomy
  • Canine physiology
  • Canine health status and first aid
  • Canine assessment processes
  • Pratical administration of canine hydrotherapy treatments
  • Water management
  • Professional and ethical practice

Optional units:

Choose at least one of the following units to complete your certificate.

  • Canine behaviour and clinical practice
  • Introduction to canine gait and movement
  • Introduction to aquatic treadmill practice

    Delivery - Distance learning

    The unit workbooks are sent by module and completed in your own time with close tutorial assistance.


    Assessment is in the form of both practical assessments during the course, culminating in three final case studies and the completion of a written portfolio in the student’s own time. Tutors are available for further help during completion of the portfolio via email, phone or skype/video calls. There is also a dedicated Facebook student group with useful articles and videos, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources.

    You will be required to travel to South Coast Hydrotherapy School in the UK to attend practical training for 3 weeks and an extra day for an elective unit. 

    COVID UPDATE: You are allocated one year to complete the theory and usually required to complete the practical element within the year as well. However, in the current climate all students are to complete their theory and travel to the UK for the practical when it is safe and allowed to do so. 

    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 confirmation of interest you will receive an application form to complete and return along with payment invoice. A full schedule, student handbook and portfolio will subsequently be sent.

    Click here to view the full qualification guide. Please feel free to contact us for more details.



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