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Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy Level 6 Diploma (RQF) - Part 2

Ofqual Code 603/7725/2
Qualification Level 6
Course Level 1879
Guided Learning Hours 267
OCN West Midlands 3 Years
Enrolment Valid For 3 years
Credits 153
Entry Criteria Minimum age : 18. Learners must have a Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy (including treadmill unit – with either ABC/SEG, Open College Network West Midlands or OCN London) and prior experience within the industry. Learners must be able to access veterinary physiotherapy clinics to complete 800 hours of clinical practice.
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
Award Type Diploma

The Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy qualification will provide learners with a higher-level knowledge of small animal hydrotherapy and allow them to qualify as a veterinary physiotherapist, gaining the skills, knowledge and practical training required to treat animals both in and out of the water. The course content combines a sound knowledge base of anatomy and exercise physiology in animals along with occupational competence in providing excellent rehabilitation and physiotherapy care for a range of animals and conditions. Please click here for Qualification Guide

The units of this qualification, spread over 3 parts, have been carefully curated with the guidance of industry professionals to ensure that learners receive a rich knowledge base to equip them for a rewarding career in this industry. Learners will explore topics such as advanced neuro physiotherapy, understanding pain, physiotherapy techniques, professional skill, exercise prescription and rehabilitation. Learners will benefit from the higher-level hydrotherapy content which compliments the comprehensive physiotherapy content. Clinical reasoning and case reporting are also examined within this qualification and learners will gain valuable experience by completing 800 clinical practice hours.

This course is an excellent choice for students wishing to qualify as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. On successful completion of this qualification, learners can seek employment as veterinary physiotherapists and hydrotherapists, working to treat animals both in and out of the water. Alternatively, learners can seek employment in a specialist role within a wider practice setting. This qualification also ensures that learners are equipped with the professional skills needed to work as a self-employed Veterinary Physiotherapist.

The practical training will be conducted in small numbers split over the clinical spaces with a mix of live clients and practitioner animals to allow focussed personal development. There will be time for reflective learning as well as larger group workshops. Learners will be actively hands-on in all aspects of running a busy practice and teaching approaches will be adapted to reflect learning styles. A range of practical dates are available. Learners attending the Canine Fitness Centre may be able to benefit from additional benefits and opportunities beyond the structured learning including business mentoring and opportunities with an experienced senior business executive, discounted access to an exercise prescription and client record app, and further clinical and behavioural experience with our partners.

Following completion of this qualification, learners are able to join membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) for which we have Accredited Education Provider Status, meaning upon successful completion, there would be no further evidence or training required to register with RAMP as a Veterinary Physiotherapist

Unit 1

Advanced Gait Assessment
Study conducting gait analysis and recognising normal and abnormal gait patterns
Learn how to attribute these findings to a patient problem using clinical reasoning
Learn how to recognise abnormalities in gait which may form because of compensations

Unit 2

Advanced Massage Techniques
Develop palpation skills and apply these skills to manual techniques
Learn skills to assess a patient before application, evaluate the response and the passive range of motion
Learn stretching techniques and joint mobilisations

Unit 3

Advanced Canine Nutrition
Analyse the content of commercial and home-cooked diets
Study the effects of obesity, weight reduction and how to assist owners 
Study the nutritional requirements of a hospitalised patient
Learn how diet and health can affect the performance of the canine athlete

Unit 4

Analysis of Sporting Activities
Learn the common UK sports that dogs participate in 
Discover canine conditioning and learn which injuries affect dogs participating in various sports
Understand the principles behind rehabilitating sporting dogs

Unit 5

Application of Electrophysical Agents
Learn how to clinically reason which patients would benefit from electrophysical agents
Demonstrate the safe application of these therapies and know the contraindications and precautions 

Unit 6

Business Management for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
Develop business skills with web platforms and social media
Learn the VAT and the VAT registration process
Learn how to increase business profits and methods of expansion
Develop a knowledge of how to cope when running a business in the face of adversity

Unit 7

Customer Service for Small Animal Rehabilitation Practitioners
Develop excellent customer service skills during a physiotherapy service
Learn how to develop the right environment for patient and owner
Learn how to maintain professionalism and handling with complaints

Unit 8

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Programmes for the Canine Athlete
Learn how to assess a canine athlete, create treatment goals based and then clinically reason treatment techniques 
Evaluate an athlete canine's response to treatment, prepare them to return to function, and how to prevent re-injury 

Unit 9

Injury and Tissue Repair
Study the effects of damage to the musculoskeletal system 
Study tissue response to injury, inflammation, regeneration, and repair 

Unit 10

Lifelong Learning Skills and Understanding
Understand how lifelong learning can provide benefits to the animal rehabilitation industry
Develop methods of adopting lifelong learning and how to better succeed in a career and improve animal welfare

Unit 11

Mechanical Locomotion and Kinesiology
Study the principles of biomechanics and how this relates this to the functions of the MSK
Study the biomechanics of locomotion, described by kinetics and kinematics and application
Learn kinesiology in methods of rehabilitation and conditioning

Unit 12

Multidisciplinary Teamworking
Understand how a Multidisciplinary Teamwork (MDT) approach can benefit professionals and clients in vet and sport medicine
Understand the different roles in veterinary care and sport medicine 

Unit 13

Practical Application of Strength and Conditioning Exercises
Understand the use and the benefits of strength and conditioning exercises
Learn what level to start and develop an exercise program based on the patient’s response
Understand the contraindications for strength and conditioning exercises

Unit 14

Principles of Electrophysical Agents
Explore the physical principles behind electrical therapies
Learn about thermal therapies, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation including NMES and TENS, pulsed magnetic field therapy and shockwave therapy

Unit 15

Principles of Strength Training and Cardiovascular Conditioning
Study how the musculoskeletal system responds to strength and conditioning, at the cellular and a gross level
Discover different types of strength and conditioning training can have different effects on body tissues
Learn about the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and haematological and biochemical systems

Unit 16

Rehabilitation of the Geriatric Patient
Explore how the ageing process affects the cells, organs, and musculoskeletal system
Investigate how diet and exercise can affect the ageing process
Understand which neurological and orthopaedic conditions commonly affect the geriatric patient
Learn how to assess, clinically reason treatment techniques for and how to adapt an exercise programme 

Unit 17

Research Methodology
Explore methodology based on research questions
Understand what methods to use for different research questions and how to apply such methods in practice

Unit 18

Small Animal Welfare
Learn how to assess the welfare needs of small animals particularly, dogs, cats, and rabbit
Discover how to monitor the health needs and care for dogs, cats, and rabbits
Understand the impact of stress and animal behaviour on animal welfare

Unit 19

Tissue Response to Exercise and Training
Study the changes in specific tissues following a period of immobilisation following injury
Understand how to remobilisation during rehabilitation
Discover the effects on tissue of specific conditions and their rehabilitation
Learn how to examine tissue response to both strength and endurance training 

A Career in Veterinary Physiotherapy

Veterinary physiotherapists work alongside other veterinary staff to provide treatment for animals presenting with a range of conditions. Some physiotherapists focus on the equine sports industry, specifically racing and other sporting disciplines. Others choose to work independently, setting up their own businesses to work with horses, dogs and other small animals.

A veterinary referral for physiotherapy can help animals to recover from a range of conditions such as:
  • back pain
  • sprains
  • strains
  • fractures
  • 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
  • electrotherapies
  • exercise therapy
*You will have access to the course for 36 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions.

Key Points

  • Study the advanced methods used by Veterinary Physiotherapists and Animal Hydrotherapists.
  • Learn the advanced therapy methods used for small animals on land and in water.
  • Discover in-depth knowledge on animal rehabilitation and various therapies and treatments.
  • Gain 25 days of physiotherapy training and assessments.
  • Plus 800 hours of clinical practice experience.

About your Course  

The Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy is an advanced degree-level qualification. This qualification will enable you to become a qualified Small Animal Physiotherapist and work with animal patients in and out of the water.

This course is for learners aged 18+ who must have a Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy (including treadmill unit – with either ABC/SEG, Open College Network West Midlands or OCN London).

Students must complete 800 hours of clinical practice, and 25 days of practical training and have prior experience in the animal industry.
The course includes 51 mandatory units, split across three parts.
  • Part 1 includes Level 4 in Advanced Small Animal Hydrotherapy. 
  • Part 2 includes Level 5 in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy. (Not included in this payment)
  • Part 3 includes Level 6 in 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.

Following completion of this qualification, learners can join membership organisations such as the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP). learndirect has the Accredited Education Provider Status, meaning upon successful completion of this qualification, students do not require any further training to register with RAMP as a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist.

Getting Started

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The benefit of blended 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. 

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.

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