Students who have completed their qualification in Small Animal Hydrotherapy can apply for a membership at the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT)
Membership of IAAT is open to all animal therapists, veterinary surgeons and nurses and students.Applicants should be the holder of, or a student on, a qualification in the relevant animal therapies.
Unit # 1
Ìntroduction to Hydrotherapy
This unit provides an introduction to Hydrotherapy. It looks at the properties of water and familiarises the learner with the types of equipment used in hydrotherapy before concluding with the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy along with the legal requirements.
Unit # 2
Small Animal Behaviour
This unit looks specifically at small animal behaviour in the context of hydrotherapy. Gain insight into body language in small animals and the correct methods for safe handling.
Unit # 3
Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy
Understand the importance of the veterinary referral process and discover how to perform a small animal health check. Find out about the members of the Multidisciplinary team (MDT) and understand how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy.
Unit # 4
Hydrotherapy and related conditions
Understand how hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals and explore common orthopaedic, medical and neurological conditions.
Unit # 5
Maintenance of equipment and water balance
Understand the importance of key aspects of maintenance in a hydrotherapy setting.
Unit # 6
Professional practice management
Examining the need for continual professional development (CPD) and the importance of professional conduct. Learners will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of staff members along with the administration that is required within a hydrotherapy centre.
Unit # 7
Practical administration of hydrotherapy
Looking at the practical elements involved in delivering hydrotherapy treatments including patient assessments, preparing patients and the environment, conducting pool sessions, the aftercare process and communicating feedback.
Unit # 8
Small Animal First Aid
Gain an understanding of the primary aims of first aid and learn how to manage different emergencies situations including knowledge of how to apply first aid to small animals.
Unit # 9
Anatomy and Physiology of small animals
Gain knowledge of the structure and function of body systems and body tissue in small animals along with understanding joint anatomy and physiology.
Unit # 10
Gait analysis and biomechanics
Learn about the terminology used in hydrotherapy and gain an understanding of gait patterns. Develop knowledge of normal and abnormal postures and understand the process of muscle contraction.
Practical Placement Dates and Venues
Practical placements will resume when covid restrictions are lifted. These may change depending on the current situation but will not affect the students online learning
- Sunday 24th Oct
- Sunday 21st Nov
- 15th – 20th November
- 18th – 23rd October
- 22nd – 27th November
- 1st – 6th November
Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy
This Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy is an Ofqual approved qualification that delivers the required knowledge to work as a CHA registered animal hydrotherapist. Learn about the hydrotherapy process in relation to a variety of small animals including dogs, cats and rabbits. On completion, students will gain 29 Credits at Level 3.
The qualification includes theory and practical training. The theory element is studied online through Moodle and this can be completed at the student’s own pace with full support from a Tutor.
The course includes 4 days of practical training with a choice of dates and locations. The course assessment comprises both online and practical elements.
On completion of the course, students are able to progress onto further related education and training such as Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy and Advanced Treadmill Therapy.
There is also the option to continue onto the Level 4 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and then on to Levels 5 and 6 Veterinary Physiotherapy (coming soon).
Small Animal Hydrotherapy Study Options and Further Information
Students will acquire a thorough overview of the provision of hydrotherapy and the processes required both before and after small animal hydrotherapy sessions occur. This regulated certificate explores terminology used to conduct gait analysis and practically review patient performance. The course includes information on different medical conditions and how they can affect hydrotherapy treatment. It includes information on tissue healing, small animal behaviour and first aid. Additionally, students will learn about appropriate professional practice management.
This certificate combines both theory and practical training that includes:
An introduction to Hydrotherapy and the types of equipment used; along with exploring the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy and the legal requirements.
A look at small animal behaviour in the context of hydrotherapy. Gaining an insight into body language in small animals and the correct methods for safe handling.
Understanding the importance of the veterinary referral process and discovering how to perform a small animal health check. A look at the members of the Multi disciplinary team (MDT) and how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy.
How hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals and common orthopaedic, medical and neurological conditions. Therapists are required to be knowledgeable about these conditions in order to accurately offer therapy.
Key aspects of maintenance in a hydrotherapy setting.
A look at professional conduct, gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of staff members along with the administration that is required within a hydrotherapy centre.
The practical elements involved in delivering hydrotherapy treatments including patient assessments, preparing patients and the environment, conducting pool sessions, the aftercare process and communicating feedback.
Applying first aid to small animals and managing potential emergency situations. This is a necessity for therapists who plan on working in animal healthcare and a compulsory requirement from the CHA/ NARCH to practice as a hydrotherapist.
Gaining knowledge of the structure and function of body systems and body tissue in small animals along with understanding joint anatomy and physiology.
Learning about the terminology used in hydrotherapy and gaining an understanding of gait patterns. Developing knowledge of normal and abnormal postures and understanding the process of muscle contraction.Please note, course fees must be paid in full prior to attending the practical placement.
Alongside the theoretical study, the Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals also includes practical training and assessment which takes place over 4 days. This includes:
Thorough practical training and assessments with a team of experienced Vets, Physiotherapists and Hydrotherapists at one of our partner centres – all of which are established and respected canine hydrotherapy companies. The centres have first-rate equipment including underwater treadmills, large purpose-built pools, hydrotherapy spas and a team of eminently qualified staff.
Opportunities to gain hands-on experience with a variety of dogs requiring rehabilitation and sports conditioning.
Train with exceptionally qualified and experienced hydrotherapists and veterinary physiotherapists. Learn first hand how hydrotherapy is used in a working rehabilitation clinic. This includes pool hydrotherapy and hydrotherapy treadmill treatments (including state of the art advanced aquatic treadmill techniques).
The practical training enables students to learn from experienced professionals in the industry while working with a range cases at different stages of treatment.
Please note, course fees must be paid in full prior to attending the practical placement.
What will you gain if you sign up for this qualification?
You’ll learn important information about the use of hydrotherapy to treat small animals. This includes answering some important questions:
How can this special form of therapy benefit small animals in differing states of physical health?
Which medical conditions respond well to hydrotherapy?
What are the safest and most successful procedures for applying hydrotherapy methods?
There is a huge demand for qualified animal hydrotherapists. Working as a qualified animal hydrotherapist or starting an animal hydrotherapy business can be a great career option.
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Small Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate
4 Day Practical Placement
Practical placements will resume when covid restrictions are lifted.
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 32 hours of practical training.
Students can select from the following locations:
UK: Oxfordshire, Aberdeen, Chepstow, USA: Houston, Texas
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