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Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses (RQF)

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Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses (RQF)

Key Points

  • Gain knowledge of the benefits of hydrotherapy
  • Enhance your resume for potential employment
  • Complete this qualification within the year
  • Gain a recognised RQF qualification 
  • Meets the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) membership requirements
  • 5-day practical placement 
  • Choice of placement locations available

About your Course

This Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy has been specifically designed as a top-up qualification aimed at Veterinary Professionals who wish to expand their medical training and contribute to their continued professional development.

If you are a qualified professional such as a Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse or Technician, then this qualification is suitable for you.

This Ofqual regulated qualification includes online theory and 5 days of practical experience in hydrotherapy and aquatic treadmill training. The practical placement includes experience with aquatic treadmill therapy using advanced treadmill techniques and gait analysis at a choice of approved Hydrotherapy training centres.

The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) recognises this qualification as part of their criteria for joining their membership for qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists.

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses (RQF) (CHA%201.webp)

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online qualifications and courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your qualification. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

You will have access to the course for 2 years.

Modules

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Animal Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what hydrotherapy is
  • Understand the properties of water
  • Know the equipment used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand legislation about hydrotherapy

Unit 2: Biomechanics and Gait

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 3: Conditions Presented for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 4: Understanding Small Animal Massage

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 5: Water Maintenance, Balance and Testing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 7: Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 8: Practical Aquatic Treadmill Treatment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 9: Administration in a Hydrotherapy Centre

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 10: Assessing Suitability of Animals for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 11: Animal Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 12: Tissue Healing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Entry Requirements

Learners should be aged 16 or above and will need to provide evidence of Vet or Veterinary Nurse qualifications in order to enrol on this course.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Assessment requirements

You will be assessed via a combination of video and photo submissions, your supervisor will also need to provide witness testimonies.

Placement or Practical required

This course includes 5 days of practical training.

If placement or practical required, when?

Placement dates can be chosen to suit the learner once the threshold has been met.

This qualification includes theory and practical training: The theory element is studied online, at your own pace and with full tutor support. The practical training is carried out in partnership with our training providers - with excellent reputations and outstanding teaching staff, providing individual training placements and ensuring excellent outcomes for our students.

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy placements are being done in Northamptonshire.

Additional requirements

Learners can become a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) or the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH) following completion of this course.

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth theory assessments for each unit. Your written online assessments will be marked by a tutor.

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. 

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.  

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

After completion, students will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses). To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve the 44 credits.

This course is approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

This qualification has been designed as a top-up qualification for Veterinary Professionals who would like to expand their medical training and contribute to their continued professional development.

Students who have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses), can apply for a membership at the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary nurses can expand their skillset and improve patient care by training in small animal hydrotherapy. This water-based therapy helps animals recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and maintain fitness, all in a low-impact and enjoyable way. By becoming a certified hydrotherapist, veterinary nurses can directly contribute to animal rehabilitation and enhance the clinic's treatment options.
Veterinary surgeons who train in small animal hydrotherapy can offer a wider range of treatment options for their patients. This safe and effective rehabilitation technique promotes healing, improves mobility, and manages pain in conditions like post-surgery recovery, arthritis, and obesity, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes and potentially increasing client satisfaction.
Small animal hydrotherapy offers a valuable, low-impact treatment option for pets. By incorporating it, veterinary practices can expand their services, improve recovery rates and pain management for various conditions, and potentially attract new clients seeking this innovative and beneficial rehabilitation technique for their furry friends.
This Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, tailored for veterinary professionals, equips you with the skills to become a certified hydrotherapist. Adding this expertise to your veterinary skillset allows you to offer a comprehensive rehabilitation approach for your patients, improving their recovery and pain management. Veterinary surgeons can expand their treatment options, while veterinary nurses can take on a specialised role within the practice, increasing your value and potentially opening doors for career advancement.
Absolutely! This course blends online theory with practical training so you can qualify easily around your existing veterinary role.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 16th July
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 16th July

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses (RQF)

Key Points

  • Gain knowledge of the benefits of hydrotherapy
  • Enhance your resume for potential employment
  • Complete this qualification within the year
  • Gain a recognised RQF qualification 
  • Meets the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) membership requirements
  • 5-day practical placement 
  • Choice of placement locations available

About your Course

This Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy has been specifically designed as a top-up qualification aimed at Veterinary Professionals who wish to expand their medical training and contribute to their continued professional development.

If you are a qualified professional such as a Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse or Technician, then this qualification is suitable for you.

This Ofqual regulated qualification includes online theory and 5 days of practical experience in hydrotherapy and aquatic treadmill training. The practical placement includes experience with aquatic treadmill therapy using advanced treadmill techniques and gait analysis at a choice of approved Hydrotherapy training centres.

The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) recognises this qualification as part of their criteria for joining their membership for qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists.

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses (RQF) (CHA%201.webp)

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online qualifications and courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your qualification. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

You will have access to the course for 2 years.

Modules

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Animal Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what hydrotherapy is
  • Understand the properties of water
  • Know the equipment used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand legislation about hydrotherapy

Unit 2: Biomechanics and Gait

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 3: Conditions Presented for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 4: Understanding Small Animal Massage

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 5: Water Maintenance, Balance and Testing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 7: Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 8: Practical Aquatic Treadmill Treatment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 9: Administration in a Hydrotherapy Centre

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 10: Assessing Suitability of Animals for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 11: Animal Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 12: Tissue Healing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy
  • Understand gait patterns
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Entry Requirements

Learners should be aged 16 or above and will need to provide evidence of Vet or Veterinary Nurse qualifications in order to enrol on this course.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Assessment requirements

You will be assessed via a combination of video and photo submissions, your supervisor will also need to provide witness testimonies.

Placement or Practical required

This course includes 5 days of practical training.

If placement or practical required, when?

Placement dates can be chosen to suit the learner once the threshold has been met.

This qualification includes theory and practical training: The theory element is studied online, at your own pace and with full tutor support. The practical training is carried out in partnership with our training providers - with excellent reputations and outstanding teaching staff, providing individual training placements and ensuring excellent outcomes for our students.

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy placements are being done in Northamptonshire.

Additional requirements

Learners can become a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) or the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH) following completion of this course.

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth theory assessments for each unit. Your written online assessments will be marked by a tutor.

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. 

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.  

Qualifications

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

After completion, students will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses). To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve the 44 credits.

This course is approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

This qualification has been designed as a top-up qualification for Veterinary Professionals who would like to expand their medical training and contribute to their continued professional development.

Students who have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Top up for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses), can apply for a membership at the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary nurses can expand their skillset and improve patient care by training in small animal hydrotherapy. This water-based therapy helps animals recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and maintain fitness, all in a low-impact and enjoyable way. By becoming a certified hydrotherapist, veterinary nurses can directly contribute to animal rehabilitation and enhance the clinic's treatment options.
Veterinary surgeons who train in small animal hydrotherapy can offer a wider range of treatment options for their patients. This safe and effective rehabilitation technique promotes healing, improves mobility, and manages pain in conditions like post-surgery recovery, arthritis, and obesity, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes and potentially increasing client satisfaction.
Small animal hydrotherapy offers a valuable, low-impact treatment option for pets. By incorporating it, veterinary practices can expand their services, improve recovery rates and pain management for various conditions, and potentially attract new clients seeking this innovative and beneficial rehabilitation technique for their furry friends.
This Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, tailored for veterinary professionals, equips you with the skills to become a certified hydrotherapist. Adding this expertise to your veterinary skillset allows you to offer a comprehensive rehabilitation approach for your patients, improving their recovery and pain management. Veterinary surgeons can expand their treatment options, while veterinary nurses can take on a specialised role within the practice, increasing your value and potentially opening doors for career advancement.
Absolutely! This course blends online theory with practical training so you can qualify easily around your existing veterinary role.
OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)
Online &
Practical Learning
12 units
326 guided
learning hours

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