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Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

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Our Dogs and Cats are now able to enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. One innovation that has helped to contribute to the overall well-being of the nation’s pets is small animal hydrotherapy.

For those wishing to be involved in the medical care of animals, learning more about the benefits of hydrotherapy and treadmill therapy is important. Animal Hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to help animals with rehabilitation needs to recover from injury or as part of pain management or even as a type of exercise for animals with mobility or weight issues. 

Having a regulated qualification is essential to work as a registered animal hydrotherapist. This hydrotherapy is designed for learners preparing for a career working in animal hydrotherapy as a Small Animal Hydrotherapist or in a Veterinary career utilising hydrotherapy as a treatment.

This Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy is an extensive Ofqual regulated qualification that equips students with the knowledge and expertise they require to deliver safe, competent, and beneficial hydrotherapy to animals under their care.

This qualification features blended learning, with theory studied online and intensive practical training included at the end of your theory studies. 

The practical training and assessment take place over 6 days, offering a choice of locations and dates for the practical training. The assessment takes place through a series of online and practical assessments.

This is a great way to put your theory knowledge into practice and ideal for anyone working full time or needing to fit their studies around their other commitments. 

 

Developing your Career

After the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, students can progress onto the Level 4, 5 and 6 Diplomas in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Students can seek employment as a qualified Animal Hydrotherapist Or alternatively, set up your own Animal Hydrotherapy business.

 

This course consists of 14 units. 

Unit 1: An Introduction to Hydrotherapy 

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Gain background information about small animal hydrotherapy

·       Understand the properties of water

·       Study the types of equipment used in hydrotherapy

·       Understand the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy

Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Small Animals

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Gain an introduction to the subjects of anatomy and physiology

Unit 3: Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Study gait patterns

·       Understand relevant terminology

·       Learn about posture and muscle contractions relevant to hydrotherapy treatment.

Unit 4: Hydrotherapy and Related Conditions

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Explore conditions that are commonly presented for hydrotherapy

·       Understand medical, orthopaedic and neurological conditions

Unit 5: Introduction to Small Animal Massage

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Explore the benefits of small animal massage and the techniques used in small animal massage

·       Learn about the various forms of massage and the benefits of massage on common injuries

Unit 6: Maintenance of Hydrotherapy Equipment and Water Balance

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Learn about water testing and how to interpret results from water tests

Unit 7: Practical Administration of Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Understand the practical application of hydrotherapy

·       Study the initial assessment to preparation of the patient, to hydrotherapy treatment and aftercare

Unit 8: Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Techniques

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Learn about the practical application of advanced aquatic treadmill techniques

·       Learn how to adjust hydrotherapy treatment

·       Learn how to review patient performance

Unit 9: Practical Aquatic Treadmill Therapy

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Undertake practical aquatic treadmill training

·       Learn how to create treadmill sessions for patients

Unit 10: Professional Practice Management

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Learn about the importance of CPD

·       Understand professional conduct within the workplace

·       Study the roles and responsibilities within a hydrotherapy centre

·       Learn about the administration carried out in an animal hydrotherapy centre

Unit 11: Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Study the veterinary referral process

·       Explore the subject of health checking small animals

·       Learn about the various professional team members that are involved in assessing patients suitability for hydrotherapy and the patients subsequent treatment

Unit 12: Small Animal Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Gain an understanding of small animal behaviour in relation to hydrotherapy

·       Learn about safe handling

·       Study how to understand body language in small animals

Unit 13: Small Animal First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Study the aims of first aid

·       Understand the different types of emergency that the student may come across in a hydrotherapy centre

·       Learn about the practical application of first aid techniques

Unit 14: Tissue Healing Process 

On completion of this unit you will:

·       Explore the tissue healing process

·       Look at factors that may affect this process

·       Study types of pain and timing of hydrotherapy treatment

The minimum age for access to this qualification is 16 years and students must demonstrate previous experience with animals. Students are required to have a good understanding of English language, have good physical mobility and physical fitness and be a confident swimmer.

The course includes 6 practical training days and takes 326 guided learning hours to complete.

You will be assessed by one of our qualified animal tutors through in-depth online assessments at the end of each unit. Each unit will encompass quizzes, essays, activities, and research, along with other assessment methods. These are designed to ensure that you understand the learning outcomes of each unit.

The course also includes 6 days of practical training with our team of experienced and qualified staff at a well-established canine hydrotherapy company.

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments and practical training you will receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Qualification number 603/4410/6) you will receive an Ofqual regulated Diploma at level 3 from the awarding body Open College Network West Midlands.

Our Dogs and Cats are now able to enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. One innovation that has helped to contribute to the overall well-being of the nation’s pets is small animal hydrotherapy.

For those wishing to be involved in the medical care of animals, learning more about the benefits of hydrotherapy and treadmill therapy is important. Animal Hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to help animals with rehabilitation needs to recover from injury or as part of pain management or even as a type of exercise for animals with mobility or weight issues. 

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