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Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Courses and Qualifications

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy 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.


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

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 

Houston USA, 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.



Q - When should I consider booking my practical placement? 
A - We recommend that you consider booking your practical placements when you are nearing the completion of your theory units to ensure you have gained the relevant knowledge and skills to apply for your assessments (remember each theory unit must achieve 100% to pass). 

Q - How long is my practical placement?
A - For qualifications such as our Diploma that covers 4 different practical units, your practical placement will be 6 days that need to be booked for one block/visit. The Certificate will be a 4 day placement also to be completed in one block/visit. 

Q - What will I do during my practical placement?
A - During your practical placement you will observe our skilled and experienced team of Hydrotherapists and take part in delivering hydrotherapy treatment to a range of patients. For qualifications such as our Diploma, you will also demonstrate your abilities in delivering first aid procedures, testing the water's chemical levels, using a treadmill and pool for hydrotherapy treatment, and advanced techniques to enhance treatment for some patients. 

Q - How will I be assessed in my practical?
A - For your practical assessments you will be observed by our skilled staff and they will record your performance through videos and photographs. This evidence will then be formally assessed by your tutor. 

Hydrotherapy Qualifications


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 qualifications 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 qualifications 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 with Hydrotherapy. 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!

Start your course today! Call 01202 006 040


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