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Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy Level 6 Diploma + L3 Small Animal Hydrotherapy - Part 2

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Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy Level 6 Diploma + L3 Small Animal Hydrotherapy - Part 2

Key Points

  • Study the advanced methods used by Veterinary Physiotherapists and Animal Hydrotherapists.
  • Learn about a range of advanced therapy methods for small animals in and out of the water.
  • Gain 6 days of practical hydrotherapy training, and 25 days of physiotherapy training.
  • Gain 800 hours of experience with animals in Veterinary Physiotherapy practices.
  • Discover in-depth knowledge on animal rehabilitation and various therapies and treatments.
 

About your Course  

The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy is a combined course resulting in a degree-level qualification. This course will enable you to become a qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist, working with animal patients in and out of the water. 
 
Following completion of this qualification, learners can join the membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).

  

 

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online 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 course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.
 
For more information about Part 1, click here. For more information about Part 3, click here.
OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Advanced Gait Assessment

  • This unit looks at conducting gait analysis and how to look for normal and abnormal gait patterns. Learners will be able to attribute these findings to a patient problem using clinical reasoning. The learner will also discover how to identify abnormalities in gait.
 
Advanced Massage Techniques
  • This unit allows learners to develop their palpation skills to manual techniques. Learners will discover how to use palpation skills to assess a patient before an application massage. Plus, the student will learn how to evaluate the response to massage techniques, including passive range of motion. Learners will also develop their knowledge of stretching techniques and joint mobility.
 
Advanced Canine Nutrition
  • This unit analyses the composition and calorific content of commercial and home-cooked diets. Learners will study the effects of obesity, methods for weight reduction and how to assist owners with this. Learners will also look at the nutritional requirements of a hospital patient and how diet and health can affect the performance of the canine athlete.
 
Analysis of Sporting Activities
  • This unit looks at common sports that dogs participate in within the UK. Learners will investigate the importance of conditioning and learn which injuries affect dogs participating in various sports. Learners will also look at the principles behind rehabilitating sporting dogs.
 
Application of Electrophysical Agents
  • This unit aims to help students clinically identify which type of patients would benefit from the following electrophysical agents. These agents include thermal, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation and pulsed magnetic therapies. Students will learn the safe application of each agent and the contraindications and precautions to take when considering the application.
 
Business Management for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
  • Learners will have the opportunity to develop their business skills by developing their knowledge about web platforms and social media. Learners will understand VAT and the VAT registration process for small businesses, discover how to increase profits and understand methods for expansion. Learners will develop a knowledge of how to cope when running a business in the face of adversity.
 
Customer Service for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
  • Learners will be able to use the skills they have learned to deliver excellent customer service during the application of their physiotherapy service. Students will uncover how to create the right environment for the patient and owner. Learn how to use excellent communication and how to maintain professionalism during complaints.

 

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Programmes for the Canine Athlete
  • This unit allows students to assess a canine athlete and create treatment goals based on these findings. Students will be able to clinically reason treatment techniques to form a treatment plan based on these findings. The learner will evaluate the sporting dog’s response to treatment, prepare them to return to function, and know-how best to prevent re-injury in these patients.

 

Injury and Tissue Repair

  • This unit looks at the effects of damage to the musculoskeletal system caused by injury at a cellular, tissue and gross level. The learner will study the tissue response to injury by the process of inflammation, regeneration, and repair. Students will discover how physiotherapy techniques can be applied to specific conditions to facilitate recovery.
 
Lifelong Learning Skills and Understanding
  • This unit explores the importance of lifelong learning, the positive impact on an individual and the animal rehabilitation industry.
 
Mechanical Locomotion and Kinesiology
  • This unit looks at the principles of biomechanics and how this relates to the functions of the MSK. Learners will study the biomechanics of locomotion, described by kinetics and kinematics, and look at the application of kinesiology in methods of rehabilitation and conditioning.
 
Multidisciplinary Teamworking
  • Learners will understand how a Multidisciplinary Teamwork (MDT) approach can benefit professionals and clients in veterinary care and sports medicine. Learners will develop an understanding of the MDT approach and how this approach has changed human health care and will develop an understanding of the different roles in veterinary care and sports medicine will also be developed.
 
Practical Application of Strength and Conditioning Exercises
  • This unit investigates the benefits of strength and conditioning exercises and their use. Learners will look at animal exercises used for strength and conditioning, the benefits, and the application. Learners will understand at what level to start an exercise program and know how to develop the patient based on their response. They will understand the contraindications for strength and conditioning and the precautions they need to be aware of when undertaking these exercises.
 
Principles of Electrophysical Agents
  • This unit studies the physical principles behind, patients benefit of, and indications for the following electrical therapies: thermal therapies, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation including NMES and TENS, pulsed magnetic field therapy and shockwave therapy.
 
Principles of Strength Training and Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • This unit looks at the musculoskeletal at the cellular and gross levels. Students will discover how different system responds to strength, conditioning and how this training can affect the tissues. Including the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and haematological and biochemical systems. 
 
Rehabilitation of the Geriatric Patient
  • This unit explores how the ageing process affects the cells, organs, musculoskeletal system, and other body systems. Learners will investigate how diet and exercise can affect the ageing process. The learner will understand which neurological and orthopaedic conditions commonly affect a geriatric patient, and how to assess, clinically reason treatment techniques for and adapting an exercise programme to suit them.
 
Research Methodology
  • Learners will explore choices of methodology based on research questions. Learners will also understand what methods are most suitable for different research questions for application in practice.
 
Small Animal Welfare
  • Learners will discover how to assess the welfare needs of small animals, and in particular, dogs, cats, and rabbits. Learners will be able to monitor the health needs and care for dogs, cats, and rabbits. Furthermore, learners will understand the impact of stress and animal behaviour on animal welfare.
 
Tissue Response to Exercise and Training
  • Learners will study the changes in specific tissues following a period of immobilisation following injury. Then discover the appropriate remobilisation during rehabilitation. Students will look at the effects of specific conditions by examining tissue response to strength and endurance training.

 

For more information about Part 1, click here. For more information about Part 3, click here.

The minimum age to access this qualification is 18. Learners must be able to access veterinary physiotherapy clinics to complete 800 hours of clinical practice and attend practical training and assessment.

 
Students are required to have good physical mobility as the practical placement involves the following activities:
  • Handling a variety of dogs with varying mobility.
  • The ability to handle the dog at their level (knelt).
  • Moving around the dog to accommodate their body language and behaviour.
  • Strength, stability, and balance when working with a patient in the confinement of an aquatic treadmill.
  • Suitable mobility to get in an above-ground pool and walk through a 1 metre water level under the resistance and hydrostatic pressure of a heated hydrotherapy pool.
  • If attending an advanced treadmill course, students must be able to stand, bend over and kneel in the treadmill and deliver the techniques for a variety of breeds.
  • Suitable fitness to perform 40 hours or practical training.

When studying the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy you will be asked to show your knowledge and provide evidence of your studies. 

 
Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth theory assessments for each unit. Students will be assessed on their portfolio of evidence which includes practical assessments taken throughout the qualification.
 
Your written online assessments will be marked by a subject specialist tutor, with vast experience of delivery and Veterinary Therapies.

Part 2:
You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence and complete 25 days of practical demonstration at The Canine Fitness Centre.

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. 

 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

Following completion of this qualification, learners can join the membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).
 
 
    
  
This course includes two qualifications, split into three parts.
Qualification 2: Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy
 
Part 2: Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy
  • 25 days of physiotherapy training
  • Study advanced gait assessment and massage techniques
  • Discover advanced canine nutrition
  • Learn the application and principles of electrophysical agents 
  • Study canine athlete physiotherapy programmes 
  • Learn about tissue response to exercise, conditioning and training
  • Discover the principles of strength training and cardiovascular conditioning
  • Learn about the rehabilitation of the geriatric patient
  • Understand locomotion and kinesiology
  • Study lifelong learning skills, multidisciplinary teamworking and business management
 
After successful completion, students will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy. 

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy, learners must achieve the 502 credits from the 65 units in parts 1, 2, and 3.

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.

Careers

This qualification is designed for those who want to be able to practice Veterinary Physiotherapy with Small Animal Hydrotherapy or for those who wish to start their own small animal business as a qualified Animal Physiotherapist.
Register as a qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapist with IAAT and CHA.


Students who have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, can apply for a membership at the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).

    
    

Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy Level 6 Diploma + L3 Small Animal Hydrotherapy - Part 2

Key Points

  • Study the advanced methods used by Veterinary Physiotherapists and Animal Hydrotherapists.
  • Learn about a range of advanced therapy methods for small animals in and out of the water.
  • Gain 6 days of practical hydrotherapy training, and 25 days of physiotherapy training.
  • Gain 800 hours of experience with animals in Veterinary Physiotherapy practices.
  • Discover in-depth knowledge on animal rehabilitation and various therapies and treatments.
 

About your Course  

The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy is a combined course resulting in a degree-level qualification. This course will enable you to become a qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist, working with animal patients in and out of the water. 
 
Following completion of this qualification, learners can join the membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).

  

 

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online 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 course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.
 
For more information about Part 1, click here. For more information about Part 3, click here.

Modules

Advanced Gait Assessment

  • This unit looks at conducting gait analysis and how to look for normal and abnormal gait patterns. Learners will be able to attribute these findings to a patient problem using clinical reasoning. The learner will also discover how to identify abnormalities in gait.
 
Advanced Massage Techniques
  • This unit allows learners to develop their palpation skills to manual techniques. Learners will discover how to use palpation skills to assess a patient before an application massage. Plus, the student will learn how to evaluate the response to massage techniques, including passive range of motion. Learners will also develop their knowledge of stretching techniques and joint mobility.
 
Advanced Canine Nutrition
  • This unit analyses the composition and calorific content of commercial and home-cooked diets. Learners will study the effects of obesity, methods for weight reduction and how to assist owners with this. Learners will also look at the nutritional requirements of a hospital patient and how diet and health can affect the performance of the canine athlete.
 
Analysis of Sporting Activities
  • This unit looks at common sports that dogs participate in within the UK. Learners will investigate the importance of conditioning and learn which injuries affect dogs participating in various sports. Learners will also look at the principles behind rehabilitating sporting dogs.
 
Application of Electrophysical Agents
  • This unit aims to help students clinically identify which type of patients would benefit from the following electrophysical agents. These agents include thermal, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation and pulsed magnetic therapies. Students will learn the safe application of each agent and the contraindications and precautions to take when considering the application.
 
Business Management for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
  • Learners will have the opportunity to develop their business skills by developing their knowledge about web platforms and social media. Learners will understand VAT and the VAT registration process for small businesses, discover how to increase profits and understand methods for expansion. Learners will develop a knowledge of how to cope when running a business in the face of adversity.
 
Customer Service for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
  • Learners will be able to use the skills they have learned to deliver excellent customer service during the application of their physiotherapy service. Students will uncover how to create the right environment for the patient and owner. Learn how to use excellent communication and how to maintain professionalism during complaints.

 

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Programmes for the Canine Athlete
  • This unit allows students to assess a canine athlete and create treatment goals based on these findings. Students will be able to clinically reason treatment techniques to form a treatment plan based on these findings. The learner will evaluate the sporting dog’s response to treatment, prepare them to return to function, and know-how best to prevent re-injury in these patients.

 

Injury and Tissue Repair

  • This unit looks at the effects of damage to the musculoskeletal system caused by injury at a cellular, tissue and gross level. The learner will study the tissue response to injury by the process of inflammation, regeneration, and repair. Students will discover how physiotherapy techniques can be applied to specific conditions to facilitate recovery.
 
Lifelong Learning Skills and Understanding
  • This unit explores the importance of lifelong learning, the positive impact on an individual and the animal rehabilitation industry.
 
Mechanical Locomotion and Kinesiology
  • This unit looks at the principles of biomechanics and how this relates to the functions of the MSK. Learners will study the biomechanics of locomotion, described by kinetics and kinematics, and look at the application of kinesiology in methods of rehabilitation and conditioning.
 
Multidisciplinary Teamworking
  • Learners will understand how a Multidisciplinary Teamwork (MDT) approach can benefit professionals and clients in veterinary care and sports medicine. Learners will develop an understanding of the MDT approach and how this approach has changed human health care and will develop an understanding of the different roles in veterinary care and sports medicine will also be developed.
 
Practical Application of Strength and Conditioning Exercises
  • This unit investigates the benefits of strength and conditioning exercises and their use. Learners will look at animal exercises used for strength and conditioning, the benefits, and the application. Learners will understand at what level to start an exercise program and know how to develop the patient based on their response. They will understand the contraindications for strength and conditioning and the precautions they need to be aware of when undertaking these exercises.
 
Principles of Electrophysical Agents
  • This unit studies the physical principles behind, patients benefit of, and indications for the following electrical therapies: thermal therapies, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation including NMES and TENS, pulsed magnetic field therapy and shockwave therapy.
 
Principles of Strength Training and Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • This unit looks at the musculoskeletal at the cellular and gross levels. Students will discover how different system responds to strength, conditioning and how this training can affect the tissues. Including the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and haematological and biochemical systems. 
 
Rehabilitation of the Geriatric Patient
  • This unit explores how the ageing process affects the cells, organs, musculoskeletal system, and other body systems. Learners will investigate how diet and exercise can affect the ageing process. The learner will understand which neurological and orthopaedic conditions commonly affect a geriatric patient, and how to assess, clinically reason treatment techniques for and adapting an exercise programme to suit them.
 
Research Methodology
  • Learners will explore choices of methodology based on research questions. Learners will also understand what methods are most suitable for different research questions for application in practice.
 
Small Animal Welfare
  • Learners will discover how to assess the welfare needs of small animals, and in particular, dogs, cats, and rabbits. Learners will be able to monitor the health needs and care for dogs, cats, and rabbits. Furthermore, learners will understand the impact of stress and animal behaviour on animal welfare.
 
Tissue Response to Exercise and Training
  • Learners will study the changes in specific tissues following a period of immobilisation following injury. Then discover the appropriate remobilisation during rehabilitation. Students will look at the effects of specific conditions by examining tissue response to strength and endurance training.

 

For more information about Part 1, click here. For more information about Part 3, click here.

Requirements

The minimum age to access this qualification is 18. Learners must be able to access veterinary physiotherapy clinics to complete 800 hours of clinical practice and attend practical training and assessment.

 
Students are required to have good physical mobility as the practical placement involves the following activities:
  • Handling a variety of dogs with varying mobility.
  • The ability to handle the dog at their level (knelt).
  • Moving around the dog to accommodate their body language and behaviour.
  • Strength, stability, and balance when working with a patient in the confinement of an aquatic treadmill.
  • Suitable mobility to get in an above-ground pool and walk through a 1 metre water level under the resistance and hydrostatic pressure of a heated hydrotherapy pool.
  • If attending an advanced treadmill course, students must be able to stand, bend over and kneel in the treadmill and deliver the techniques for a variety of breeds.
  • Suitable fitness to perform 40 hours or practical training.

Assessment

When studying the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy you will be asked to show your knowledge and provide evidence of your studies. 

 
Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth theory assessments for each unit. Students will be assessed on their portfolio of evidence which includes practical assessments taken throughout the qualification.
 
Your written online assessments will be marked by a subject specialist tutor, with vast experience of delivery and Veterinary Therapies.

Part 2:
You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence and complete 25 days of practical demonstration at The Canine Fitness Centre.

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

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

Following completion of this qualification, learners can join the membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).
 
 
    
  
This course includes two qualifications, split into three parts.
Qualification 2: Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy
 
Part 2: Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy
  • 25 days of physiotherapy training
  • Study advanced gait assessment and massage techniques
  • Discover advanced canine nutrition
  • Learn the application and principles of electrophysical agents 
  • Study canine athlete physiotherapy programmes 
  • Learn about tissue response to exercise, conditioning and training
  • Discover the principles of strength training and cardiovascular conditioning
  • Learn about the rehabilitation of the geriatric patient
  • Understand locomotion and kinesiology
  • Study lifelong learning skills, multidisciplinary teamworking and business management
 
After successful completion, students will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy. 

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy, learners must achieve the 502 credits from the 65 units in parts 1, 2, and 3.

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.

Careers

This qualification is designed for those who want to be able to practice Veterinary Physiotherapy with Small Animal Hydrotherapy or for those who wish to start their own small animal business as a qualified Animal Physiotherapist.
Register as a qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapist with IAAT and CHA.


Students who have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, can apply for a membership at the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).

    
    

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