Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Courses and Qualifications

Our Animal hydrotherapy courses are blended with online theory and practical training.​ Our Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy qualifications are Ofqual regulated and are designed for aspiring Hydrotherapists and Physiotherapists or for existing Veterinary professionals to further their skill set. Not sure whether Hydrotherapy Career is for you? Then try our Taster Day! Scroll down for details


Our Hydrotherapy qualifications are regulated and officially recognised by the governments’ Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.These Hydrotherapy courses are studied online with practical at the end of the course.


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Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Qualifications

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Hydrotherapy Taster Day

We are delighted to be able to offer Hydrotherapy taster days. The day provides the opportunity to observe the hydrotherapy centre in action and staff providing treatment to animals attending hydrotherapy and treadmill sessions. There will be the chance to get some hands-on experience during the day with the preparation of the animals prior to their sessions and the aftercare that follows. These experiences will also give the chance to become familiar with the equipment used and an insight into the business side of running a hydrotherapy centre.

Over the course of the day, you will observe real patients and conditions that are referred for hydrotherapy to understand the role of an animal hydrotherapist in practice.

And, we refund the taster day fees in full should you decide to enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy!

Placement Locations and Dates 

Newcastle (Has a treadmill but no pool), Chepstow, Aberdeen and Bath

Placement Days are booked on-demand in discussion with both student and the centre to find a mutually beneficial date.

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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.

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. 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!