Animal Hydrotherapy Course


The ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate Animal Hydrotherapy Course is a regulated qualification for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist.

This Certificate Course and the ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals course are both offered as online and theory courses by Animal Jobs Direct.

More information about the Level 3 Certificate course is on this page.

Please click here for more information about the Level 3 Diploma course.

We are able to offer both courses by video link for overseas students. Please contact us for more information.

Animal Hydrotherapy Course

Course Accreditation:

OfQual Code 500/6707/2

ABC Awards


Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 29 hours Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Animal Hydrotherapy Course
Level 3 ABC Awards Certificate

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Animal Hydrotherapy Course

Course Price:  £2,300  with pract. placement

£1,500 then 10 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and courses registration)

Animal Hydrotherapy Course Details:

This Hydrotherapy for Small Animals Course is an ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate and is recognised within the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). When satisfactorily completed you will gain 29 Credits at Level 3.  This course also meets the well-recognised Ofqual qualifications, which is held in high esteem among potential employers.

The course is designed for those wanting specialised qualifications in animal hydrotherapy and helps prepare for a variety of careers, such as Animal Hydrotherapist or in a Veterinary capacity utilising hydrotherapy as a treatment modality.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to continue further education and training related to this area of expertise, if desired. This certificate provides necessary qualifications as a component of the membership requirements for professional associations within the field.

This course is both theory-based and practically-based, including an intensive 1-week practical placement, providing qualifications and knowledge that prepare the student for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist.

This course is ideal for learners who have prior experience working or volunteering with small animals in roles such as Veterinary Nurse or Animal Welfare Assistant, as well as those who want to build on their existing knowledge and skills. Typically, students are aged 19 or over, since ideally they will have had hands-on experience with companion animals.

Students will learn to appreciate the benefits of hydrotherapy for small animals with various medical conditions, and learn how to correctly administer hydrotherapy to them. During the course, it is mandatory that students act within their area of professional competence, and students should therefore not engage in any manipulation techniques or treatments unless qualified to do so.

1 Week Intensive Practical Placement Included as part of this course!

The course includes a 1-week Practical Placement at Woozelbears. Woozelbears is a well-established canine hydrotherapy company with branches in Witney, Oxfordshire and Swindon, Wiltshire. The centres offer a range of services including rehabilitation, fitness, and recreational services, and a team of highly qualified personnel. They have top of the line equipment including a heated therapy pool with an electric hoist and underwater cameras, an aquatic treadmill, hydrotherapy spa, and a gait analysis treadmill (the 2nd in the UK).

This placement opportunity offers valuable first-hand experience, both with experienced professionals as well as a variety of canine conditions. This not only gives you the chance to see real-life applications of hydrotherapy usage, it also provides a positive addition to your resume.

Your qualifications as a canine hydrotherapist will benefit you whether you desire to work for others
or whether you have the goal of being self-employed. In addition, Woozelbears offers franchise opportunities in the UK, if you are interested in eventually running your own centre.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can take this course?

The Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate course has been developed for those wanting specific qualifications in animal hydrotherapy. It is generally recommended to be age 19 or above, since some prior experience is desired. In addition, students should have a solid command of English and Maths.

How is the course designed, delivered and assessed?

The course is primarily designed to be a self-study course (also known as distance learning). This gives the advantage of working at your own pace and convenience, while still offering tutor support to assist through the learning and course units. The units include a variety of qualified online resources and materials and the practical training portion is done towards the end of your course. 

Are there any examinations?

There are no formal examinations to complete the course. However, you will build a portfolio of assessments in the course, providing written evidence of your learning and understanding of the material. Your assigned tutor at Animal Jobs Direct Ltd carries out internal and external moderation of your portfolio.

Am I required to complete the practical placement portion to enrol on this course?

This is included as part of the course. This intensive 1-week practical training programme provides valuable hands-on experience and is an important aspect of the course.

How long can I expect to be studying?

Each unit of the Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals contains a certain number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH), which provides a general guideline for how long you can expect to be studying in that particular unit. Although the GLH of the units may not seem long (please see the specifications above for more details), keep in mind you will also need to account for the research and reading before attempting the assessments. Time needed for this will vary based on your own needs.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will need to complete the course within 2 years of enrolment to qualify for your Certificate.

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