Animal Hydrotherapy Course

ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals
Theory & Practical Training

The course includes practical placement at Woozelbears, an established canine hydrotherapy company with branches covering Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The centres have top of the range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa, the 2nd gait analysis treadmill in the UK and a team of highly qualified personnel. 

Placement within one of these centres enables you to learn from experienced professionals in the industry whilst working with a range cases at different stages of treatment.

This is also an opportunity to have first hand experience within the industry. 

This qualification makes you very employable and there are many companies around the country that are recruiting for Qualified Canine Hydrotherapists. Woozelbears offers franchise opportunities in various parts of the UK if you have the ambition to own your own business.

The ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals has been developed for learners seeking a specialised qualification in animal hydrotherapy, with the overall aim being to prepare learners for a career working as an Animal Hydrotherapist or in a Veterinary career utilising hydrotherapy as a treatment.

The Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a well recognised Ofqual qualification that is held in high regard.  

Learners who successfully complete this Course will be able to continue in further training and education related to this area of expertise. This qualification is a component of the membership requirements for professional bodies within the sector.

The Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a regulated qualification recognised by  within the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). When achieved, you will gain 29 Credits at Level 3.  

It is a theory and practically-based qualification that has the aim of preparing a student for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. We are able to include an intensive practical placement as part of this course. This practical placement enables students to achieve the course units that require practical placement.

This rigorous qualification is ideal for learners who already have experience of working or volunteering with small animals in roles such as Veterinary Nurse or Animal Welfare Assistant as well as those who wish to build on their existing knowledge and skills. The course is ideally aimed at those who are aged over 19 as, ideally learners will already have had hands on experience with companion animals. 

The course enables students to understand the benefits of hydrotherapy for small animals with various medical conditions, and learn how to correctly administer hydrotherapy to them. It is imperative that at all times students act within their area of professional competence and personal limitations. Students should not engage in any manipulation techniques unless qualified to do so.

Students who have successfully completed this course can enrol on the Level 3 Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Unit [T/504/6475] Level 3,  (a theory unit with 1 day placement).

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Modules of study

Unit T/504/1180 Introduction to hydrotherapy for small animals

This unit is an introduction to small animal hydrotherapy. As the unit isn't intended to provide students with the level of competence and skills required to administer hydrotherapy treatments, students should not engage in any manipulation techniques unless qualified to do so. 

Unit  A/504/1181 Management of medical conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals

In this unit, students will explore how medical conditions impact on hydrotherapy treatments. Learn how to identify common medical conditions and the considerations for specific conditions.

Unit J/504/1183 Management of common orthopaedic and neurological conditions in hydrotherapy for small animals

This unit explores how hydrotherapy can help the treatment of a variety of common orthopaedic and neurological conditions referred for hydrotherapy treatment. Learn how to identify common orthopaedic and neurological conditions and the correct procedures to administer hydrotherapy for specific conditions.

Unit   L/507/5174 Small animal first aid for hydrotherapists

Learn how to recognise and deal with a variety of emergencies. Students will be asked to apply theory in practice and make decisions about the most appropriate treatments for a range of emergencies. 

Unit   Y/504/1186 Assessing and checking an animal’s suitability for hydrotherapy treatment

It is essential that animals undergoing hydrotherapy are referred by a veterinary surgeon. Small animal hydrotherapists need to be able to evaluate the suitability of an animal for treatment. Learn how to recognise signs of suitability and unsuitability for hydrotherapy treatment.

Unit   R/507/5174 Anatomy and physiology for small animal hydrotherapy

It is vital that hydrotherapists have a sound understanding of the anatomy and physiology of small animals. This unit explores the relevant major aspects of small animal anatomy and physiology.

Unit   D/507/5176 Professional practice and Multi DisciplinaryTeam working for hydrotherapists

In this unit, students will explore the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to hydrotherapy. Students are also required to consider the importance of reflective practice to their own continuing professional development.

Unit   H/504/1191 The principles of small animal hydrotherapy

This unit provides students with an underpinning knowledge of the techniques and approaches that are allowed to be used by hydrotherapists. The unit is not intended to provide students with the level of skill and competence required to administer hydrotherapy treatments and students should not engage in any manipulation techniques unless qualified to do so.

Unit  Y/507/5175 Administering hydrotherapy treatment to small animals

In this practical unit, students are required to prepare animals and the environment for hydrotherapy. Students will be required to demonstrate how to manage an animal during hydrotherapy treatment, monitoring the process correctly and interacting with the animal as appropriate. Aftercare is important and students will learn about the importance of appropriate aftercare in relation to communication with the owner, completion of appropriate documentation and communication with other professionals.

Unit  K/504/1189 Water management for small animal hydrotherapy 

In this unit, students will gain a basic understanding of water management and treatment. Explore the functions of the various pieces of pool plant and equipment, water chemistry and the relationship of the various chemicals used. It is imperative that at all times students act within current health and safety legislation and work within their area of professional competence and personal limitations. 

 

Existing Centres

Witney

The business thrives on vet referrals from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties due to the high standards of the facility and practice.

Visit the Witney Centre site

Swindon

Opened in partnership in 2014 as our second branch and is developing into a successful rehabilitation centre with increasing referrals.

Visit the Swindon Centre site

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