Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

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Enrol today for only £9.99 and pay no course fees until next year. What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

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Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

  • 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).

 

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 Oxford, Chepstow, Bath or Aberdeen centres.

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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

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.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands 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).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

  • 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).

 

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 Oxford, Chepstow, Bath or Aberdeen centres.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands 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).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

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

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