Hydrotherapy Courses


The following courses are Ofqual regulated qualifications 

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 3

This is the Ofqual regulated qualification for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy enables students to gain employment or set up a animal hydrotherapy business - or to progress to further study in the animal hydrotherapy / physiotherapy sector. Students will gain 44 Credits at Level 3. Approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).



Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 4


This Ofqual regulated qualification is the progression route for qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists. This is a comprehensive theory and practical qualification consisting of 660 GLH and providing entry onto Levels 5 and 6 Veterinary Physiotherapy qualifications. 


Initial Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Award Level 3

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals consists of an intensive 1:1 practical training day. Learn how to conduct a hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving pre-treatment, during treatment and post treatment treadmill procedures.


Advanced Aquatic Treadmill for Small Animals Award Level 3

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals consists of theory and 1:1 practical training. Learn how to conduct an advanced hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving appropriate use of equipment to improve the hydrotherapy programme for the patient.

The following course is a Quality Endorsed Course

Practical Canine First Aid Course


This  Intensive Practical Canine First Aid course held in Malvern, Worcestershire, is of relevance to anyone working with dogs in an animal hydrotherapy, animal physiotherapy, veterinary, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for pet owners wishing to increase their knowledge and skills. This course meets CPD requirements for Small Animal Hydrotherapists.

Hydrotherapy Courses

Animal Hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to help animals with rehabilitation needs to recover from injury or as part of pain management or even as a type of exercise for animals with mobility issues. Having a regulated qualification is essential to work as a registered animal hydrotherapist. The hydrotherapy courses offered by Animal Courses Direct are Ofqual regulated qualifications designed for learners preparing for a career working in animal hydrotherapy as a Small Animal Hydrotherapist or in a Veterinary career utilising hydrotherapy as a treatment.


We offer hydrotherapy courses as blended learning, with theory studied online and intensive practical training included towards the end of your theory studies. This is a great way to put your theory knowledge into practice and ideal for anyone working full time or needing to fit their studies around their other commitments. After the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy, students can progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and then to Levels 5 and 6 Veterinary Physiotherapy (coming soon). Students can seek employment as an Animal Hydrotherapist (register with our Job Board for the latest vacancies, or contact Animal Hydrotherapy centres near where you live with your CV). Or alternatively, set up your own Animal Hydrotherapy business!

This little pygmy goat fell off a play frame when she was 10 weeks old. She suffered a soft tissue injury to her forelimb which prevented her from using the limb. She started hydrotherapy to initially reduce the inflammation and increase the range of movement. As she started to weight bear more we could then increase the muscle mass as there was significant atrophy through disuse. Treatment led to a full recovery!

Animal Courses Direct works in partnership with Woozelbears to provide intensive practical training as part of the Ofqual regulated qualifications. Woozelbears has top of the range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa and a team of highly qualified personnel.



Small Animal Hydrotherapy treatments are used for a variety of animals - not just dogs! This video shows Percy the cat receiving treatment for an injury - after 4 sessions he had made a full recovery.

We offer Ofqual regulated animal hydrotherapy qualifications that meet rigorous government regulated standards.


Our online courses enable studies to fit around students other commitments. The theory is studied online with full tutor support and the practical training is available at a choice of 4 venues around the UK. We also offer training in Singapore and the USA.


The Canine Hydrotherapy Association approves our animal hydrotherapy qualifications for meeting membership criteria: "We are really impressed with the additions and style of this 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"


We have many students who have gone on to successful animal hydrotherapy careers.
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