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.

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Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

This 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 small animals 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 small animals. For this reason, we limit the number of students on each course for maximum practical experience and individual tuition.

The course covers the units:

The three week course runs every five weeks, and students are required to attend Wednesday to Saturday. 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 one final case study 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.


Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

This 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 small animals in an employed or voluntary capacity in roles such as veterinary nurse or dog groomer. It provides an opportunity to build on existing knowledge and skills to understand the benefits that hydrotherapy can have for small animals with a number of conditions, and how to administer hydrotherapy to them. For this reason we limit the number of students on each course for maximum practical experience and individual tuition.

The course covers the units:

The four week course runs every five weeks, and students are required to attend Wednesday to Saturday. 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 one final case study 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. Students are also welcome to attend the centre on extra days for assistance with their studies.

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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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
Diploma
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
Diploma
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
Diploma
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
Diploma
May / June
WEEK 1 – 29th May – 1st June
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 5th – 8th June
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 12th – 15th June
Certificate and Diploma (12th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 19th – 22nd June
Diploma
July
WEEK 1 – 3rd – 6th July
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 10th – 13th July
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 17th – 20th July
Certificate and Diploma (17th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 24th – 27th July
Diploma
August
WEEK 1 – 7th – 10th August
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 14th – 17th August
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 21st – 24th August
Certificate and Diploma (21st First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 28th – 31st August
Diploma
September / October
WEEK 1 – 11th – 14th September
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 18th – 21st September
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 25th – 28th September
Certificate and Diploma (25th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 2nd – 5th October
Diploma
October / November
WEEK 1 – 16th – 19th October
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 23rd – 26th October
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 30th October – 2nd November
Certificate and Diploma (30th October First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 6th – 9th November
Diploma
November / December
WEEK 1 – 20th – 23rd November
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 2 – 27th – 30th November
Certificate and Diploma
WEEK 3 – 4th – 7th December
Certificate and Diploma (4th First Aid)
WEEK 4 – 11th – 14th December
Diploma