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  • 326 guided learning hours

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

  • Understand hydrotherapy treatments for small animals
  • Care for animals suffering from physical conditions or recovering from surgery
  • Start a rewarding new career
  • Complete this course within the year
  • Recognised RQF qualification
  • A dedicated tutor guides your learning

About your Diploma

Small Animal Hydrotherapy allows you to treat animals recovering from surgery, illness or suffering from conditions such as arthritis.

Hydrotherapy supports healing and provides pain relief for several conditions through physiotherapy in dedicated pools where the water pressure and temperature can be carefully monitored.

This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to correctly identify physical issues in small animals and treat them accordingly through hydrotherapy.

The course covers animal behaviour, anatomy, biomechanics, how to correctly apply hydrotherapy techniques, best practises, legislation and other treatments.

You will also be taught how to correctly inform and educate pet-owners on the animal’s performance and management of aftercare. 

This course will allow you to treat small animals with orthopaedic, medical and neurological conditions, improving their quality of life and reducing the need for expensive pharmaceutical treatments.

Most of the course is studied online, however, there is a 6-day intensive practical where you’ll learn from leading experts and gain first-hand experience working in clinics.

This allows you to put your newly gained knowledge to the test, allowing you to qualify with confidence.

Once you’re qualified, you will be in a position to pursue a career as an animal hydrotherapist and even set up your own business. The OCNWM Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy meets the training requirements for NARCH Registration.

Starting your Career

This online course will provide you with the essential elements you will need to provide hydrotherapy to small animals safely.

From there you have the option of seeking employment or studying additional animal care and welfare courses. This can enhance your employment prospects or broaden your offering if you plan on starting your own business.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. Our online courses give you the flexibility to progress with your learning at the ideal time for you.

You’ll gain essential knowledge on the fundamentals of hydrotherapy best practices and other animal care essentials such as first aid. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

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.

Qualification: Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (Qualification Number: 603/4410/6).

Requirements for Entry

For the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma, you’ll need to demonstrate a love of animals. As well as being a confident swimmer who’s in good physical condition.

No previous experience or qualifications is required. However, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with online learning. 

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

The course consists of 14 compulsory units.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what hydrotherapy is.
  • Understand the properties of water.
  • Know the equipment used in hydrotherapy.
  • Understand the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy.
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand legislation about hydrotherapy.

Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Small Animals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of body systems of small animals.
  • Understand the structure and function of body tissues in small animals.
  • Understand joint anatomy and physiology.

Unit 3: Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy.
  • Understand gait patterns.
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures.
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 4: Hydrotherapy and Related Conditions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand orthopaedic conditions.
  • Understand medical conditions.
  • Understand neurological conditions.
  • Understand how to manage conditions presented for hydrotherapy.
  • Understand how hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals.

Unit 5: An Introduction to Small Animal Massage

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the benefits of small animal massage.
  • Understand massage techniques and their use.
  • Understand the benefits of massage for common injuries.
  • Understand the various forms of massage.

Unit 6: Maintenance of Equipment and Water Balance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the maintenance of hydrotherapy equipment.
  • Understand how to administer water chemicals.
  • Understand how to evaluate water test results.

Unit 7: Practical Administration of Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess patients prior to treatment.
  • Be able to prepare the environment for hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to prepare patients for hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to conduct hydrotherapy pool sessions.
  • Be able to complete aftercare processes following hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to communicate feedback to members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).

Unit 8: Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Techniques

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to conduct a gait analysis.
  • Understand the equipment used for advanced aquatic TM techniques.
  • Be able to apply advanced aquatic TM techniques.
  • Be able to review patient performance.

Unit 9: Practical Aquatic Treadmill Therapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to operate an aquatic treadmill.
  • Understand the factors affecting patients in the aquatic treadmill.
  • Understand patient suitability for the aquatic treadmill.
  • Be able to create treadmill sessions for patients.

Unit 10: Professional Practice Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of continual professional development.
  • Understand professional conduct within a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of staff within a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand hydrotherapy centre administration.

Unit 11: Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of veterinary referral.
  • Understand how to health check small animals.
  • Know the members of the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
  • Understand how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy.

Unit 12: Small Animal Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand small animal behaviour concerning safe handling for hydrotherapy.
  • Understand small animal body language.

Unit 13: Small Animal First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the primary aims of first aid.
  • Understand how to manage different types of emergencies.
  • Be able to apply first aid to small animals.

Unit 14: Tissue Healing Process

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the tissue healing processes.
  • Understand the factors affecting tissue healing.
  • Understand pain and its effect on hydrotherapy treatment planning.
  • Understand the timing of hydrotherapy in relation to tissue healing.

When studying your Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. You’ll need to provide a portfolio of evidence upon completion of each unit. 

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification. 

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of the pace in which you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.  

Practical Training 

Within the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma, there is also the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios with a practical element over 6 days.

The practical element allows you to train with expert hydrotherapists and veterinary physiotherapists. They’ll provide in-depth knowledge on how treatments are used in working rehabilitation clinics.

The practical training enables you to shadow experienced professionals and work with a range of cases at various stages of treatment.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care and Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

  • Understand hydrotherapy treatments for small animals
  • Care for animals suffering from physical conditions or recovering from surgery
  • Start a rewarding new career
  • Complete this course within the year
  • Recognised RQF qualification
  • A dedicated tutor guides your learning

About your Diploma

Small Animal Hydrotherapy allows you to treat animals recovering from surgery, illness or suffering from conditions such as arthritis.

Hydrotherapy supports healing and provides pain relief for several conditions through physiotherapy in dedicated pools where the water pressure and temperature can be carefully monitored.

This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to correctly identify physical issues in small animals and treat them accordingly through hydrotherapy.

The course covers animal behaviour, anatomy, biomechanics, how to correctly apply hydrotherapy techniques, best practises, legislation and other treatments.

You will also be taught how to correctly inform and educate pet-owners on the animal’s performance and management of aftercare. 

This course will allow you to treat small animals with orthopaedic, medical and neurological conditions, improving their quality of life and reducing the need for expensive pharmaceutical treatments.

Most of the course is studied online, however, there is a 6-day intensive practical where you’ll learn from leading experts and gain first-hand experience working in clinics.

This allows you to put your newly gained knowledge to the test, allowing you to qualify with confidence.

Once you’re qualified, you will be in a position to pursue a career as an animal hydrotherapist and even set up your own business. The OCNWM Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy meets the training requirements for NARCH Registration.

Starting your Career

This online course will provide you with the essential elements you will need to provide hydrotherapy to small animals safely.

From there you have the option of seeking employment or studying additional animal care and welfare courses. This can enhance your employment prospects or broaden your offering if you plan on starting your own business.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. Our online courses give you the flexibility to progress with your learning at the ideal time for you.

You’ll gain essential knowledge on the fundamentals of hydrotherapy best practices and other animal care essentials such as first aid. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

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.

Animal Care and Veterinary Science
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Qualification: Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma (Qualification Number: 603/4410/6).

Requirements for Entry

For the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma, you’ll need to demonstrate a love of animals. As well as being a confident swimmer who’s in good physical condition.

No previous experience or qualifications is required. However, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with online learning. 

You will be required to get in and out of the hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, should you require any support in doing so, ensure this is in place and the centre is aware.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

The course consists of 14 compulsory units.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what hydrotherapy is.
  • Understand the properties of water.
  • Know the equipment used in hydrotherapy.
  • Understand the intended outcomes of hydrotherapy.
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand legislation about hydrotherapy.

Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Small Animals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of body systems of small animals.
  • Understand the structure and function of body tissues in small animals.
  • Understand joint anatomy and physiology.

Unit 3: Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology used in hydrotherapy.
  • Understand gait patterns.
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal postures.
  • Understand the process of muscle contraction

Unit 4: Hydrotherapy and Related Conditions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand orthopaedic conditions.
  • Understand medical conditions.
  • Understand neurological conditions.
  • Understand how to manage conditions presented for hydrotherapy.
  • Understand how hydrotherapy improves the condition and fitness of small animals.

Unit 5: An Introduction to Small Animal Massage

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the benefits of small animal massage.
  • Understand massage techniques and their use.
  • Understand the benefits of massage for common injuries.
  • Understand the various forms of massage.

Unit 6: Maintenance of Equipment and Water Balance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the maintenance of hydrotherapy equipment.
  • Understand how to administer water chemicals.
  • Understand how to evaluate water test results.

Unit 7: Practical Administration of Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess patients prior to treatment.
  • Be able to prepare the environment for hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to prepare patients for hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to conduct hydrotherapy pool sessions.
  • Be able to complete aftercare processes following hydrotherapy treatment.
  • Be able to communicate feedback to members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).

Unit 8: Practical Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Techniques

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to conduct a gait analysis.
  • Understand the equipment used for advanced aquatic TM techniques.
  • Be able to apply advanced aquatic TM techniques.
  • Be able to review patient performance.

Unit 9: Practical Aquatic Treadmill Therapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to operate an aquatic treadmill.
  • Understand the factors affecting patients in the aquatic treadmill.
  • Understand patient suitability for the aquatic treadmill.
  • Be able to create treadmill sessions for patients.

Unit 10: Professional Practice Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of continual professional development.
  • Understand professional conduct within a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of staff within a hydrotherapy centre.
  • Understand hydrotherapy centre administration.

Unit 11: Small Animal Assessment for Hydrotherapy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of veterinary referral.
  • Understand how to health check small animals.
  • Know the members of the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
  • Understand how to assess the suitability of patients for hydrotherapy.

Unit 12: Small Animal Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand small animal behaviour concerning safe handling for hydrotherapy.
  • Understand small animal body language.

Unit 13: Small Animal First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the primary aims of first aid.
  • Understand how to manage different types of emergencies.
  • Be able to apply first aid to small animals.

Unit 14: Tissue Healing Process

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the tissue healing processes.
  • Understand the factors affecting tissue healing.
  • Understand pain and its effect on hydrotherapy treatment planning.
  • Understand the timing of hydrotherapy in relation to tissue healing.

When studying your Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. You’ll need to provide a portfolio of evidence upon completion of each unit. 

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification. 

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of the pace in which you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.  

Practical Training 

Within the Small Animal Hydrotherapy Level 3 Diploma, there is also the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios with a practical element over 6 days.

The practical element allows you to train with expert hydrotherapists and veterinary physiotherapists. They’ll provide in-depth knowledge on how treatments are used in working rehabilitation clinics.

The practical training enables you to shadow experienced professionals and work with a range of cases at various stages of treatment.

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