Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Level 3

Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Level 3

Key Information


Ofqual: 603/4558/5

Course Level


Start Date

Arranged with student


1 day




Oxfordshire or Chepstow  or Aberdeen or Newcastle

Study Mode

1 Day  Practical

Ofqual regulated qualification

This qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements

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Practical Aquatic Treadmill Therapy (24 GLH)


This unit aims to give students a practical skill set when using the aquatic treadmill. Develop knowledge to understand factors affecting patients in the aquatic treadmill. Upon completion, students will be able to assess the small animal patient for suitability and create a design plan.

minimum student age: 16 years 

Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Level 3

This Ofqual regulated qualification consists of an intensive 1:1 practical training day where the student will learn how to conduct a hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving pre-treatment, during treatment and post-treatment treadmill procedures.

This qualification consists of 24 Guided Learning Hours and attracts 3 credits at Level 3. The qualification provides students with basic knowledge of an aspect of small animal hydrotherapy  and enables the student to develop their knowledge of Aquatic Treadmill Therapy.

The training includes the opportunity for learners to operate an aquatic treadmill and assess patients for the aquatic treadmill. Additionally, students are able to create treadmill sessions and work within a multidisciplinary team.

Progression Routes: Upon successful completion of this qualification, students can progress to the Level 3 Award in Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy.

Aquatic Treadmill Therapy Course Entry Requirements


Students undertaking this qualification will require significant knowledge of the principles and practice of small animal hydrotherapy, as well as anatomy and physiology to achieve this unit. Therefore the entry requirement is an industry recognised Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy. 


The minimum age for access to this qualification is 16 years of age.

Dog's hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy Treadmill Therapy 


Develop your knowledge of the treadmill equipment available and the principles of small animal and canine hydrotherapy treadmill therapy.  


Learn how and where to position an aquatic treadmill and how to prepare the area, the patient and clients for a therapy session.


Gain an understanding of the types of conditions for which this treatment is suitable/unsuitable and how to monitor the treatment correctly.  


This course consists of 1 practical training day at Woozelbears in Witney, Oxfordshire, Aberdeen or Chepstow. Our training partner is an established canine hydrotherapy company. The centre has top of the range equipment including underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, hydrotherapy spa, the 2nd gait analysis treadmill in the UK and a team of highly qualified personnel.


Training at this centre enables students to learn from experienced professionals in the industry while working with a range cases at different stages of treatment. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first hand experience within the industry.


As increasingly hydrotherapy treadmills are being installed in hydrotherapy centres, this qualification ensures that students are highly employable -  there are many companies around the country that are recruiting for Qualified Canine Hydrotherapists on the Hydrotherapy Treadmill.