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Certificate Program in Canine Hydrotherapy - New and Improved Program Released!

New and Improved Program!

We have now improved the program to make it even easier for you to become a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist. We have consolidated the theory component so it delivered entirely online, with support from a monthly live Q & A session and your own private Facebook Group. There is now only a single intense 3 -day workshop, plus a live full day teleconference for case presentations - meaning you only have to travel once.

Aims of the Canine Hydrotherapy Course

Hydrotherapy for the canine patient has been available for many years but has recently gained more popularity in Australia as a form of exercising in a low load environment as well as rehabilitation of specific conditions, injuries and surgeries.

Until this now there has been a distinct lack of education available in Australia around Canine Hydrotherapy.

This canine hydrotherapy course has been designed to teach individuals how to deliver hydrotherapy to the canine patient safely and effectively, working in conjunction with the patient’s vet as part of a healthcare team.

Who is this course for?

If you would like to spend your day doing something you love, making a difference in the lives of many more dogs and their owners, then this is for you! There are no pre-requisites for this course. It is designed for people who want a career change, and haven't worked in the industry at all. However, a background in the veterinary and/or animal industry or even massage means you can speed through and get treating dogs sooner. This course is designed to enable participants on completion, to deliver hydrotherapy safely and effectively to canine patients.

Course Delivery

Blended delivery includes online learning modules, live monthly Q & A webinars to answer any questions you have and meet other students.

Workshop: There is a single intense practical workshop May 15-17, 2019, currently delivered in our  Melbourne clinic.

Live Teleconference: There is also now a live teleconference June 12th, 2019 for case presentations. Attendance at the workshop and the teleconference is compulsory.

Assessments: are delivered online via the course platform at the end of each module.

Work placement: As part of the course completion you must complete 2 days work placement in a canine hydrotherapy facility or your choosing.

Log Book Completion: Each student will be required to submit log book case study reports for 15 patients. Full details will be provided in the course

Duration of the Canine Hydrotherapy course

The course theory takes 7 months to complete. Case studies are to be completed after all online components and the workshop has been completed.

Study Hours Required

This is a part-time course that will require approximately 5-6 hours of study per week depending on your previous level of canine anatomy experience.


  • 1

    Introduction to Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient

  • 2

    The properties of water

  • 3

    Principles of Canine Hydrotherapy - swimming and underwater treadmill

  • 4

    Canine Skeleton

  • 5

    Canine Arthrology

  • 6

    Canine Muscular System

  • 7

    Canine Nervous System

  • 8

    Canine Hydrotherapy for Health and Fitness

  • 9

    Canine Hydrotherapy for Rehabilitation

  • 10

    Common pathologies requiring Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient

  • 11

    Working safely in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 12

    Assessment of the Canine patient for Hydrotherapy

  • 13

    Use of equipment in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 14

    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 15

    Practical delivery of Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 16

    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

  • 17

    Hydrotherapy Facility Centre

  • 18

    Water Chemistry in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 19

    Record Keeping

  • 20

    Business development

Commencement Date

The course will commence on Monday 5th November, 2018  with an Introductory Webinar.

Registration Close

Thursday 1st November, 2018 at midnight

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to apply for membership of the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association and professional indemnity insurance with Insurance House. Canine Hydrotherapists are typically employed in large veterinary facilities or rehabilitation facilities, or operate their own private businesses.


Enrollments NOW OPEN for Nov 2018 Intake

We will be opening the enrolments for the next intake of the course in July 2018. The course will commence November 5th 2018. Registrations close Wednesday October 31st, 2018 at midnight. 
Places limited to 20 per course



Need more information?

This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association


Here's what some of Michelle's clients have to say:

Dogs in motion canine rehabilitation client Chloe testimonial

"Dear Michelle, I wanted to let know how grateful I am for your rehabilitation of Chloe after her ACL operation.  It is now 12 weeks since her operation and her leg is well on the way to recovery with the muscle almost back to normal size.  It is so good to see her pain free and regaining her confidence.  She is loving being able to do a bit of running and playing again. Your programme of hydrotherapy, controlled exercises and reviews with you have worked miracles.  I've attached a few photos of her and Freddie using the pods.  Freddie's right leg is also a great tribute to your rehabilitation programme (fully recovered and back competing in Agility).

Thanks again." - Judy