Courses

South Coast Hydrotherapy School is part of a busy veterinary practice whose prinicpal is currently completing his certificate in orthopaedic surgery. The hydrotherapy unit is a busy practice in its own right and students have plenty of opportunity to observe and assist with real life cases as well as plenty of time to learn with a wide variety of in house dogs, and when necessary cats and even ferrets!

There are two elements to the courses; hands-on training is provided at our own purpose built, larger-than-average, canine swimming pool with power jets, a large ramp and underwater treadmill. Lectures are delivered by experienced hydrotherapists, physiotherapists, behaviourists and veterinary surgeons, according to an accredited curriculum, under the capable principal, Mrs Jo Scott-Nicholas.

All of our tutors are available to provide extra tuition and coaching to the students who have completed the practical component of the course and are compiling their portfolios in their own time.

We have strictly limited numbers on our courses as we believe in delivering quality not quantity, and wish to maintain the friendly, personal touch whilst providing as much individual tuition to our learners as possible. In this way we are able to guarantee a minimum of 40 hours practical hands on experience in the pool and treadmill, rather than just observing. We are also able to tailor our delivery of the curriculum to a student’s individual needs and previous experience. We like to believe that our students leave not only with a qualification, but with the practical ability to confidently deliver hydrotherapy.


Hydrotherapy Taster day

For those who are interested in the field of hydrotherapy, but are unsure whether it is the ideal career route for them, we offer taster days.

The day will consist of a chance to observe the hydro-therapist carrying out their duties and gaining some hands on experience. They will be able to assist the therapist and gain a real insight on the reality of the job.

Cost of the day includes all refreshments, and for anyone signing up to study for a qualification, is deductable from the cost of the course.

Download a booking form here.


Foundation Course in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

This is an intensive two-day theory and practical course that is ideal for those with little to no animal handling experience or anatomical knowledge who are considering a career in the small animal hydrotherapy field.

The foundation course in small animal hydrotherapy is designed to provide the learner with the basic practical skills and underpinning knowledge required in order to progress onto, and complete, a Level 3 certificate or diploma in hydrotherapy for small animals.

During the programme, you will learn about small animal hydrotherapy, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling and a basic understanding of dog behaviour and body language. The course contains a blend of knowledge, practical application and theory.

This course is delivered at Springbok Hydrotherapy Centre by fully qualified Hydrotherapists, Veterinary Physiotherapists and Canine Behaviorists.

Download a booking form here.


Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

This NEW qualification is accredited by ABC awards, part of the Skills and Education group, a leading provider of vocational awards in the UK.

This qualification is designed for learners who already have experience of working with canines in an employed or voluntary capacity in roles such as veterinary nurse or dog groomer.

This course is designed to provide the learner with the practical skills and underpinning knowledge to professionally deliver hydrotherapy to canines. For this reason, we limit the number of students on each course for maximum practical experience and individual tuition.

This course offers you 12 units with choices. You study 9 mandatory units and 1 optional unit of your choosing.

9 Mandatory units:

Optional units:

Choose at least one of the following units to complete your certificate.

The four-week course runs every five weeks, and every day consists of theory and practical sessions, with an opportunity to have extra tuition if required.

Assessment is in the form of both practical assessments during the course, culminating in three final case studies and the completion of a written portfolio in the student’s own time. Tutors are available for further help during completion of the portfolio via email, phone or skype/video calls. There is also a dedicated Facebook student group with useful articles and videos, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources.

Download a booking form here.


First Aid for hydrotherapists

Small animal first aid for hydrotherapists – how to recognise and deal with any possible emergencies. This can be taken as part of the qualification, as CPD or as a stand alone unit. It is recognised by CHA and NARCH for the purposes of updating your first aid certificate. This course is taught by a RVN (registered veterinary nurse) with over thirty years experience and includes practical elements with live animals as well as simulated resuscitation techniques.

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CPD for hydrotherapists

Small animal first aid for hydro-therapists – how to recognise and deal with any possible emergencies. CHA and Narch approved refresher courses.

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NEW Level 4 Diploma in canine hydrotherapy

This NEW qualification will be launching in spring 2019. It is accredited by ABC awards, part of the Skills and Education group, a leading provider of vocational awards in the UK.

This qualification is designed for level 3 qualified hydrotherapists wishing to advance their clinical skills and knowledge within in their profession. The level 4 Diploma will have a modular format consisting of both practical and theoretical assessments.

Please email Jo Scott to be added to our waiting list:
joscott@southcoasthydrotherapy.co.uk


We also offer courses for Australian Students, find out more here.


Course Dates

January / February
WEEK 1 – 9th – 12th January
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 16th – 19th January
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 23rd – 26th January
Certificate and Diploma (23rd First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 30th January – 2nd February
Additional Units
February / March
WEEK 1 – 13th – 16th February
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 20th – 23rd February
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 27th February – 2nd March
Certificate and Diploma (27th February First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 6th – 9th March
Additional Units
March / April
WEEK 1 – 20th – 23rd March
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 27th – 31st March
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 3rd – 6th April
Certificate and Diploma (3rd First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 10th – 13th April
Additional Units
April / May
WEEK 1 – 24th – 27th April
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 1st – 4th May
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 8th – 11th May
Certificate and Diploma (8th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 15th – 18th May
Additional Units
May / June
WEEK 1 – 28th May – 31st June
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 3th – 7th June
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 10th – 14th June
Certificate and Diploma (12th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 19th – 21nd June
Additional Units
July
WEEK 1 – 2nd – 6th July
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 8th – 12th July
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 15th – 19th July
Certificate and Diploma (17th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 28th – 30th July
Additional Units
August
WEEK 1 – 6th – 10th August
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 12th – 16th August
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 19th – 23rd August
Certificate and Diploma (21st First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 28th – 30th August
Additional Units
September / October
WEEK 1 – 10th – 14th September
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 16th – 20th September
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 23rd – 27th September
Certificate and Diploma (25th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 2nd – 4th October
Additional Units
October / November
WEEK 1 – 15th – 19th October
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 21st – 25th October
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 28th October – 1st November
Certificate and Diploma (30th October First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 6th – 8th November
Additional Units
November / December
WEEK 1 – 19th – 23rd November
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 25th – 29th November
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 2nd – 6th December
Certificate and Diploma (4th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 11th – 13th December
Additional Units