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Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

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Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

This course at a glance

  • Learn about hydrotherapy and its benefits using the pool
  • Study the structure and function of small animal physiology
  • Understand the different conditions that hydrotherapy can treat
  • Gain a recognised qualification in animal hydrotherapy
  • Broaden your treatment offering
  • Approved by the CHA and gain membership with IRVAP (ICH)
  • Provides 24 UCAS Tariff Points

About your Course

This blended course in small animal hydrotherapy will teach you the core principles and approaches to small animal hydrotherapy.

This course will help you to understand what hydrotherapy is and how it can be used to treat certain conditions found in small animals. Learn about common orthopaedic and neurological conditions and the surgeries performed to correct them to provide effective hydrotherapy treatment.

You will learn about the structure and function of animal anatomy and the processes required both before and after hydrotherapy sessions to ensure treatment is as safe and effective as possible.

As such you will learn how to assess an animal, identify potential problems and recommend treatments. This will include producing a treatment plan and a method of tracking progress to ensure the hydrotherapy is working.

The course will also cover appropriate animal handling – for your safety and that of the animal, and animal first aid.

This course includes a 4 day practical within our busy rehabilitation centres alongside our experienced qualified hydrotherapists and physiotherapists. This will give you the opportunity to learn pool therapy techniques with a variety of patients. You will also learn how to manage correct water chemistry and regular equipment maintenance. You can choose to attend either our Melksham, Oxfordshire, Chepstow, Newcastle or Aberdeen centres in the UK, or Houston, Texas if you are in the USA.

The centres offer state of the art equipment including gait analysis and underwater treadmills and hydrotherapy pools and spas.

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

UCAS Status

Learners looking to go to university or continue their training at a Higher Education (HE) provider after completing one of our Level 3 animal courses will benefit from UCAS Points.

All our Level 3 animal qualifications are allocated a certain number of UCAS Tariff Points, ranging from 8 to 48 points. These are used to meet entry requirements for higher education establishments. So, if you are keen to pursue the next stage of your career, this Level 3 course will help you achieve it.

UCAS Logo

Getting Started

Upon completion of this level 3 certificate, you will be confident in the benefit and use of small animal hydrotherapy.

You will understand how to develop and administer treatment programmes and track progress. If you are already qualified in small animal care, this course will allow you to broaden your treatment offering.

learndirect is the UK’s leading distance learning provider. Our industry-leading offering allows you to learn from anywhere. Just log in to our online learning portal to access your course materials, any time of the day or night.

You will be supported throughout your learning by a specialist, dedicated tutor who will mark your assignments and answer any questions relating to the course material.

By choosing to study the theory element of your course online you are the one taking charge of your education. With the option to choose from a range of dates for your practical training, you will have the flexibility to study around your work and family commitments.

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Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  
OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Modules

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

Upon 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 in relation to hydrotherapy

Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Small Animals

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of body systems of small animals
  • Understand the structure and function of body tissues in small animals
  • Understand joint anatomy and physiology

Unit 3: Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

Upon completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 4: Hydrotherapy and Related Conditions

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand orthopaedic conditions
  • Understand medical conditions
  • Understand neurological conditions
  • Understand how to manage conditions presented for hydrotherapy
  • Understand how hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals

Unit 5: Maintenance of Equipment and Water Balance

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the maintenance of hydrotherapy equipment
  • Understand how to administer water chemicals
  • Understand how to evaluate water test results

Unit 6: Practical Administration of Hydrotherapy

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess patients prior to treatment
  • Be able to prepare the environment for hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to prepare patients for hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to conduct hydrotherapy pool sessions
  • Be able to complete aftercare processes following hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to communicate feedback to members of the Multidisciplinary team (MDT)

Unit 7: Professional Practice Management

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of continual professional development
  • Understand professional conduct within a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of staff within a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand hydrotherapy centre administration

Unit 8: Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of veterinary referral
  • Understand how to health check small animals
  • Know the members of the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
  • Understand how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy

Unit 9: Small Animal Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand small animal behaviour in relation to safe handling for hydrotherapy
  • Understand small animal body language

Unit 10: Small Animal First Aid

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the primary aims of first aid
  • Understand how to manage different types of emergencies
  • Be able to apply first aid to small animals

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to access this qualification, bar the minimum age for access to this qualification is 16 years.

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

Total study time for this course is 320 hours.

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group logo

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Qualification Number: 603/6624/2)

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

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

AIM has over thirty years of experience in developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. They approve the colleges, training providers, and other education centres that deliver their qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high-quality delivery.

AIM is also regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 31st January
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 31st January

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

This course at a glance

  • Learn about hydrotherapy and its benefits using the pool
  • Study the structure and function of small animal physiology
  • Understand the different conditions that hydrotherapy can treat
  • Gain a recognised qualification in animal hydrotherapy
  • Broaden your treatment offering
  • Approved by the CHA and gain membership with IRVAP (ICH)
  • Provides 24 UCAS Tariff Points

About your Course

This blended course in small animal hydrotherapy will teach you the core principles and approaches to small animal hydrotherapy.

This course will help you to understand what hydrotherapy is and how it can be used to treat certain conditions found in small animals. Learn about common orthopaedic and neurological conditions and the surgeries performed to correct them to provide effective hydrotherapy treatment.

You will learn about the structure and function of animal anatomy and the processes required both before and after hydrotherapy sessions to ensure treatment is as safe and effective as possible.

As such you will learn how to assess an animal, identify potential problems and recommend treatments. This will include producing a treatment plan and a method of tracking progress to ensure the hydrotherapy is working.

The course will also cover appropriate animal handling – for your safety and that of the animal, and animal first aid.

This course includes a 4 day practical within our busy rehabilitation centres alongside our experienced qualified hydrotherapists and physiotherapists. This will give you the opportunity to learn pool therapy techniques with a variety of patients. You will also learn how to manage correct water chemistry and regular equipment maintenance. You can choose to attend either our Melksham, Oxfordshire, Chepstow, Newcastle or Aberdeen centres in the UK, or Houston, Texas if you are in the USA.

The centres offer state of the art equipment including gait analysis and underwater treadmills and hydrotherapy pools and spas.

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

UCAS Status

Learners looking to go to university or continue their training at a Higher Education (HE) provider after completing one of our Level 3 animal courses will benefit from UCAS Points.

All our Level 3 animal qualifications are allocated a certain number of UCAS Tariff Points, ranging from 8 to 48 points. These are used to meet entry requirements for higher education establishments. So, if you are keen to pursue the next stage of your career, this Level 3 course will help you achieve it.

UCAS Logo

Getting Started

Upon completion of this level 3 certificate, you will be confident in the benefit and use of small animal hydrotherapy.

You will understand how to develop and administer treatment programmes and track progress. If you are already qualified in small animal care, this course will allow you to broaden your treatment offering.

learndirect is the UK’s leading distance learning provider. Our industry-leading offering allows you to learn from anywhere. Just log in to our online learning portal to access your course materials, any time of the day or night.

You will be supported throughout your learning by a specialist, dedicated tutor who will mark your assignments and answer any questions relating to the course material.

By choosing to study the theory element of your course online you are the one taking charge of your education. With the option to choose from a range of dates for your practical training, you will have the flexibility to study around your work and family commitments.

+ Free Upgrade Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes
Access your course materials immediately
Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  

Modules

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

Upon 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 in relation to hydrotherapy

Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Small Animals

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of body systems of small animals
  • Understand the structure and function of body tissues in small animals
  • Understand joint anatomy and physiology

Unit 3: Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

Upon completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 4: Hydrotherapy and Related Conditions

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand orthopaedic conditions
  • Understand medical conditions
  • Understand neurological conditions
  • Understand how to manage conditions presented for hydrotherapy
  • Understand how hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals

Unit 5: Maintenance of Equipment and Water Balance

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the maintenance of hydrotherapy equipment
  • Understand how to administer water chemicals
  • Understand how to evaluate water test results

Unit 6: Practical Administration of Hydrotherapy

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess patients prior to treatment
  • Be able to prepare the environment for hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to prepare patients for hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to conduct hydrotherapy pool sessions
  • Be able to complete aftercare processes following hydrotherapy treatment
  • Be able to communicate feedback to members of the Multidisciplinary team (MDT)

Unit 7: Professional Practice Management

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of continual professional development
  • Understand professional conduct within a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of staff within a hydrotherapy centre
  • Understand hydrotherapy centre administration

Unit 8: Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of veterinary referral
  • Understand how to health check small animals
  • Know the members of the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
  • Understand how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy

Unit 9: Small Animal Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand small animal behaviour in relation to safe handling for hydrotherapy
  • Understand small animal body language

Unit 10: Small Animal First Aid

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the primary aims of first aid
  • Understand how to manage different types of emergencies
  • Be able to apply first aid to small animals

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to access this qualification, bar the minimum age for access to this qualification is 16 years.

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

Total study time for this course is 320 hours.

Qualifications

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group logo

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Qualification Number: 603/6624/2)

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

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

AIM has over thirty years of experience in developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. They approve the colleges, training providers, and other education centres that deliver their qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high-quality delivery.

AIM is also regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)

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