Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 4

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Ofqual Code: 603/4657/7

Ofqual Code 603/4657/7
Course level4
DurationUp to 2 Years
GLH560
LocationWitney, Oxfordshire
Study modePractical/Online
Award typeDiploma

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Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA)


“We are really impressed with the additions and style of qualification and are pleased to
let you know that we will accept this new qualification as a part of the membership
criteria for joining the CHA”

Unit 1

Advanced Pool and Treadmill Techniques for Small Animals

This unit studies how to use equipment for advanced hydrotherapy and treadmill techniques. Learn how to conduct hydrotherapy sessions for a range of small animals using advanced pool and treadmill techniques. This unit also explores how to understand the effectiveness of advanced hydrotherapy and treadmill techniques by assessing changes in patient’s performance during hydrotherapy pool and treadmill sessions

Unit 2

Business Management in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

This unit explores how to establish a new hydrotherapy company and includes information about branding, managing hydrotherapy business accounts and understand the importance of marketing for and communication in business management.

Unit 3

Canine Nutrition

This unit explores the role of nutrients for canines and how they support bodily functions. Learn about the structure and function of the canine digestive system, what nutritional benefits the canine diet provides and how it is used within the canine body. Learn how to develop a nutritional plan to include all canine dietary requirements and how to examine the impact of canine diet plans in supporting chosen health conditions.

Unit 4

Conditions and Surgical Procedures in Small Animals

Gain an understanding of surgical and veterinary terminology and learn about common orthopaedic and neurological conditions that may benefit from hydrotherapy treatment. Learn about surgical procedures used for common orthopaedic and neurological conditions and how to manage small animals with these conditions.

Unit 5

Feline Behaviour, Nutrition and Handling

This unit studies the internal and external factors that impact on feline behaviour. Study common feline behaviour and learn about feline body language and how to handle felines correctly and safely in a hydrotherapy setting. This unit also includes information about how nutrition can impact on feline behaviour and health. Learn how to assess feline nutritional requirements, how to analyse the impact of illness on nutrition and dietary planning and how to develop a nutrition plan to include all feline dietry requirements.

Unit 6

Higher Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology

This unit explores in detail the main structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This unit also studies the anatomical terminology used in referrals.

Unit 7

Introduction to Canine Laser Therapy

This unit studies canine laser therapy and the different types of class IV laser equipment. Learn about the different types of wavelength and their importance in laser therapy, the types of conditions in small animals that will benefit from laser therapy and the health and safety responsibilities of a laser therapist.

Unit 8

Introduction to Small Animal Physiotherapy

This unit explores the structure and function of the canine musculoskeletal system and the common orthopaedic conditions that are suitable for physiotherapy. Learn about the professional duties of a physiotherapist and the range of equipment required.

Unit 9

Land Based Exercise for Small Animals

Learn about the principles of basic land based manual therapy and about the importance of clinical reasoning of land based manual exercise. This unit also explores the risk and contraindications of basic land based therapy and the reasons for integration and transfer of land to water based therapy.

Unit 10

Pool and Treadmill Operations and Water Management

This unit studies the principles of water management and how to maintain hydrotherapy pools and treadmills effectively and the potential risk and hazards of inadequate maintenance. Learn about the importance of tests, chemicals and disinfectants in water management and about the implications of inadequate pool and treadmill management for the centre and the patients. This unit also explores the principles of circulation and filtration, and the health implications of inadequate circulation and filtration.

Unit 11

Practical skills in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

Learn about a range of practical skills required in small animal hydrotherapy including how to design plans and programmes for hydrotherapy and treadmill treatment plans and to evaluate them, to ensure effective treatment of small animals.

Unit 12

Professional Practice in a Hydrotherapy Centre

This unit explores the responsibilities of running a hydrotherapy centre including accurate record keeping, ‘duty of care’ and the implications health and disease have in a hydrotherapy centre.

Unit 13

Small Animal Massage Therapy

This unit studies small animal massage, the impact on the anatomical structures of small animals and the benefits for certain conditions experienced by small animals. Learn different types of small animal massage technique and how to apply massage to small animals.

Unit 14

Stress and Small Animal Hydrotherapy

This unit explores canine body language during small animal hydrotherapy. Learn how to recognise signs of stress during small animal hydrotherapy and how to apply safe handling techniques.

minimum student age: 16 years

Small Animal Hydrotherapy

The practical element for this small animal hydrotherapy course is carried out once students complete the theory aspect of the course.

This is an Ofqual regulated qualification set at Level 4. This comprehensive qualification consists of 560 Guided Learning Hours

Our Animal Hydrotherapy courses are offered as online courses and this enables students to fit their studies around their other commitments. Intensive practical training is included in this course.

Distance learning gives working practitioners the opportunity to increase their level of training and education without the need for time-consuming and costly travel and attendance at University.

This qualification offers quality practical training, with maximum training groups of 5 students at a time. This allows us to provide 1:1 training support.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 4

This Level 4 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy has been developed for any working, registered animal hydrotherapists who have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy. This small animal hydrotherapy qualification includes a total of 5 days practical training at the Witney, Oxfordshire branch of Woozelbears, an established small animal hydrotherapy centre. This centre has top of the range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa and a team of highly qualified personnel.

This qualification requires 100 logged hours of practical experience in addition to the training and assessment placement that is part of this qualification.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 4

Who can do the course?
This Level 4 Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma qualification is open to working, registered animal hydrotherapists who have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy.

Why is this different to other hydrotherapy courses?
The Level 4 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy is an Ofqual approved qualification that has been developed in conjunction with OCN West Midlands, and therefore it is checked rigorously for content and standards, to ensure it attains national benchmarks at this level. Regular external quality assurance also ensures that this qualification continues to maintain quality and consistency.

How long do I have to complete the course?
Students must complete the course within 2 years of enrolment.

Do I have to have a practical placement to enrol on this course?
We provide this as part of the course once you have completed the theory aspects of the course. We include an intensive 5 day practical training programme.

How is the course designed, delivered and assessed?
The course consists of theory and practical training. The theory is studied online on the most up to date interactive learning platform, with tutor support to guide you through the learning and materials. The intensive practical training is carried out towards the end of your course.

I don’t live in the UK, can I still enrol?
Absolutely yes, we accept international students, please contact us for more information about this.

Are there any examinations
There are no examinations but you will need to build a portfolio of evidence of your learning and understanding according to assessments set out in the course materials. Internal moderation of your portfolio is carried out by Animal Courses Direct and then moderated externally.