Certificate Program in Canine Hydrotherapy
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?
There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, a background in the veterinary and/or animal industry is an advantage. Anatomy, physiology and pathology subjects are quite in-depth. This course is designed to enable participants on completion, to deliver hydrotherapy safely and effectively to canine patients.
Blended delivery includes online learner modules, live fortnightly webinars, recommended texts and online resources. There are 2 practical 3-day workshops and a final practical exam. These are all delivered currently in Melbourne.
Assessments include online examinations, written assignments and case studies, as well as practical demonstrations and work placement.
Duration of the Canine Hydrotherapy Course
The course runs for 8 months.
This is a part-time course that will require approximately 8 hours of study per week.
Introduction to Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient
The properties of water
Principles of Canine Hydrotherapy - swimming and underwater treadmill
Canine First Aid
Anatomy and Physiology of the Canine Patient
Canine Hydrotherapy for Health and Fitness
Canine Hydrotherapy for Rehabilitation
Common pathologies requiring Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient
Working safely in Canine Hydrotherapy
Assessment of the Canine patient for Hydrotherapy
Use of equipment in Canine Hydrotherapy
Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Hydrotherapy
Practical delivery of Canine Hydrotherapy
Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team
Hydrotherapy Facility Centre
Water Chemistry in Canine Hydrotherapy
Assessments include online examinations, written assignments and case studies, as well as practical demonstrations and work placement in the student clinic.
The course will commence on Monday 26th March, 2018 with an Introductory Webinar.
The 3 day practical workshops will be held in July and September 2018 - dates to be confirmed. These will be held in Melbourne.
Please note there will be a 2 week break over the Easter period.
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.
Registrations close March 19th, 2018
Next course commences March 26th
Places limited to 20 per course
• One time early bird payment only available until February 10th, 2018
Michelle Monk has been an Animal Physiotherapist, utilizing both pool and underwater treadmill therapy since 2002. She started the first rehabilitation centre for dogs in 2002 complete with indoor heated pool and underwater treadmill. Since then she has delivered hydrotherapy to thousands of dogs and is the most experienced canine hydrotherapist in the country.
She has also authored the Animal Hydrotherapy chapter in the Textbook “Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and rehabilitation of Animals’, 2013.
She is also a human physiotherapist and prior to working with canines she worked for 6 years in Human Hydrotherapy and continues to attend continuing professional development in this field.
Need more information?
This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association
But don't take my word for it....
Here's what some of Michelle's clients have to say:
"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