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Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy + The Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy - Part 3
|Ofqual Code Physiotherapy||603/7725/2|
|Guided Learning Hours||626 Physio + 109 Hydro|
|Enrolment valid for||4 years|
|Assessment Method||Portfolio of Evidence and practical assessment|
|Practical (mandatory)||Learners need to attend 25 days of practical training and assessment (at one of our centres) PLUS 800 hours of physiotherapy clinical practice PLUS 6 days of hydrotherapy training and assessment|
|Entry Criteria||Minimum age: 18. Learners must be able to access veterinary physiotherapy clinics to complete 800 hours of clinical practice.|
|Credits||153 Physio + 15 Hydro|
This unit covers the anatomical structure of the cell and the function of the components which make up the cell. Learners will examine the causes of cellular damage and how different types of injury affect the cell in different ways.
Physiotherapy Exercise Prescription
Learners will study how to ensure the home environment is suitable for the patient. The unit will look at how the stage of healing affects the exercises prescribed and how to develop an exercise prescription for a specific patient.
This unit focusses on the different physiotherapy techniques which can be used for rehabilitation. Learners will look at what techniques and equipment can be used to enhance patient strength, range and balance during a physiotherapy session.
Principles and Practise of Rehabilitation
This unit looks at the principles and goals of rehabilitation. Learners will study how differences in morphology can impact on the rehabilitation of small animal patients. Learners will also have the opportunity to consider the different rehabilitation settings in which therapies can take place.
Professional Practice Including Communication and Conduct
Learners will develop an understanding of professional practice and how to promote good practice in the veterinary hydrotherapy and veterinary physiotherapy setting. Learners will study how to effectively use communication and codes of conduct relating to the industry.
Professional Practice for Veterinary Physiotherapists
Learners will examine the ethics and legislation surrounding professional rehabilitation practice. The unit will also look at professional membership for physiotherapists.
Through conducting a supervised project, learners will develop an understanding of how to formulate, conduct, analyse and present a project.
Professional Skills for Veterinary Physiotherapists
This unit focusses on how to implement competent, compassionate and safe animal handling, including what health and safety precautions must be undertaken to deliver a safe physiotherapy service. Learners will understand the professional behaviour requirements for a veterinary physiotherapist and how to keep professional records as a physiotherapist and the importance of doing so.
Rehabilitation of the Juvenile Patient
This unit covers the development of the skeleton, and the skeletal differences which may exist amongst juvenile patients, taking into account the exercise considerations for skeletally immature animals. Learners will look at the common conditions juvenile patients are referred for rehabilitation for and understand the ways to adapt the rehabilitation session for the juvenile patient.
Small Animal Ethics and Legislation
Learners will explore ethics relating to small animals with a focus on dogs, cats, and rabbits. Learners will explore different ethical viewpoints, sentience and be able to relate these topics to small animal legislation.
Treatment Case Study
Learner will construct a 2500–3000-word case study about a particular patient and their treatment session.
Learners will have the opportunity to understand the physiological mechanisms surrounding pain and the complexity of managing chronic pain. Learners will also look at how patient behaviour may be affected by pain and the pharmaceuticals commonly prescribed by veterinary surgeons to treat pain.
A veterinary referral for physiotherapy can help animals to recover from a range of conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Sporting injuries
- Post-surgery recovery
- Improving biomechanics and athletic ability
The use of physiotherapy within the veterinary sphere is increasing. Animals can undergo a variety of treatments such as:
- Manual techniques
- Exercise therapy
Small Animal Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is a form of low impact therapeutic exercise that takes place in water, sometimes using an underwater treadmill. It is normally recommended as a treatment for chronic conditions, preparation and recovery from surgery, and for general fitness.
Water is an optimal environment for rehabilitation and the easing of pain. Water buoyancy supports movement and also ensures protection for joints and muscles. Animal patients who receive physical rehabilitation in water have shown a faster return to their normal function.
Referrals from veterinary surgeons to qualified hydrotherapists are increasing. They are tasked with creating and carrying out suitable treatment plans for a variety of animals and conditions such as:
- Cruciate ligament problems
- Sprains and Breaks
- Hip Dysplasia
- Spinal Injuries and paralysis
- Post-operative muscle regeneration and maintenance
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Obesity and weight control
According to the Canine Hydrotherapy Association, “Hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing following surgery or traumatic injury. Controlled swimming helps to improve cardiovascular stamina, muscle tone, range of movement and is particularly helpful in aiding recovery from injury or surgery whilst also improving general fitness”
The benefits of hydrotherapy for animals include:
- Increased motion range in joints
- Relief of pain, stiffness and swelling
- Improved circulation
- Increased tissue healing
- Muscle maintenance and strengthening
- Alleviating muscle spasm
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Increased speed of recovery
Combining physical rehabilitation with hydrotherapy is well regarded and can be an invaluable addition to a veterinary practice. Working with a trained professional can ensure that aches and pains decrease and mobility is improved.
- 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.
This course contains two qualifications, available to study in three parts.
- Part 1 includes Small Animal Hydrotherapy
- Part 2 includes Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy (Not included in this payment)
- Part 3 includes Veterinary Physiotherapy which is the final stage (Not included in this payment)
You must complete all parts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) to obtain a certificate and become qualified in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and Veterinary Physiotherapy.
This course is for learners aged 18 and over. Learners are required to complete 6 days of practical canine hydrotherapy training at a Hydrotherapy centre. Learners must be able to access veterinary physiotherapy clinics to complete 800 hours of clinical practice, along with completing 25 days of practical physiotherapy training and assessment at The Canine Fitness Centre. A range of practical dates are available.
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).
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