To become a Canine hydrotherapist you need to complete a course with modules on canine/feline first aid, pool water management, hydrotherapy theory, and canine anatomy and physiology. I assumed that you needed to be veterinary trained to be ale to do the training but you don’t, if you are already a veterinarian or veterinary nurse you can be excluded from some of the modules as you will have already completed similar.
ABC Awards provide an accredited Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals. This qualification is offered by a number of hydrotherapy centres across the country.
Searching online there doesn’t seem to be many training centres in the north, here are the ones I have found:
- Whitehouse training in Lincoln
- Hawksmoor in Nuneaton
- Greyfriars in Surrey
- K9 hydro services in Suffolk
Each training centre seems to deliver the course in a different way, some you can spread out the modules and some you have to complete all in one go or in quick succession. The prices also vary slightly but roughly the certificate costs around £2500. For the diploma it is a bit more as there are more modules to complete.
Its important to pick a training centre which is either CHA (Canine hydrotherapy Association) or NARCH (National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists) approved. These are the main two associations which monitor and regulate Hydrotherapists in the UK, ensuring that all its members meet certain criteria which make them qualified to practice.
I am hopefully going to be doing the course with Hawksmoor, as they fit in my schedule a bit more!