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Hydrotherapy Course

We are pleased to introduce our small group (max 10 participants) hydrotherapy course in mid 2024 within our beautifully renovated animal rehabilitation clinic in Kensington, 5min to Melbourne City. Our courses aim to provide a face to face experience into the world of small animal hydrotherapy.  There is no pre-requisite to join our courses, and you will receive a thorough understanding of many aspects relating to working with small animals.  You will be  hands on with live cases and 2 underwater Hydrophysio treadmills, under the guidance of 3 experienced animal therapists.

Your Instructors:

Lauren Elliott graduated in Physiotherapy with honours from Melbourne University in 2001. She then completed her master’s in Animal Studies through Queensland University in 2007, a 2-year concentrated program focusing on learning animal anatomy and movement patterns. She then launched Melbourne Animal Physiotherapy because of her love for Animals and for giving them a better quality of life. Laurens’ goal is to provide the best quality of care available to all small animals in Melbourne and the Geelong region, by growing an inspired team of highly skilled and caring animal therapists.

Zoe McCall returned to Australia after studying and working in the UK for the past 6 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in veterinary physiotherapy from Harper Adams University in 2021 and worked in veterinary clinics specializing in animal rehabilitation in the UK. Upon her return to Australia, she completed her level 3 certification in Canine Hydrotherapy. Zoe has a keen interest in orthopedic and neurological cases, but the ones that always steal her heart are the ‘golden oldies.’

Rebecca Leech has been working with animals since 2013, starting her career at a busy kennel and cattery facility while studying Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University. On completion of her degree, Rebecca started in the veterinary industry as a reception nurse and shortly moved into a specialized area of Canine Rehabilitation where she stayed for over 5 years. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and has a Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy.

Module topics:

1.    Canine Anatomy and Skeleton

Introduction to anatomy, terminology, body parts, directional terms, skeleton, body systems, tissues and organs.

2.    Canine Arthrology

Introduction to the types of joints and outlines the major joints and their application to canine therapy.

3.    Canine Nervous system

Introduction to the canine nervous system and its application to canine therapy.

4.    Canine Muscular Anatomy

Introduction to the canine muscular system in more detail and the application to canine therapy.

5.    Canine Orthopaedic Pathologies

An overview of common canine orthopaedic pathologies seen in a clinical setting

7.    Canine Neurological Pathologies

An overview of common neurological pathologies seen in a clinical setting

8.    Assessment of the Canine Patient

Subjective Assessment

Objective Assessment – Conformation, posture, gait, ADL’s, Palpation

9.    Canine Hydrotherapy

Introduction to canine hydrotherapy

Physical properties of water and the physiology of immersion

Hydrotherapy Programs – dosage and progression

Specific conditions

Skin and coat considerations

10. Water Chemistry

An overview of water chemistry and the tools you need to ensure safe chemical composition of water in your hydrotherapy practice.

11. Case Studies

Theoretical and live case studies will be discussed.

12. The Tools and equipment you need for your canine hydrotherapy practice

Lecture surrounding the hydrotherapy clinic, and what role you may take in this setting, including hydrotherapy Underwater Treadmill and associated accessories, Pools, Practice Management Software, Life vests and harnesses.

13. Final Practical Exam Assessment

To be completed at the clinic on Day 2.  Group live case studies, including assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment using hydrotherapy in the underwater treadmill, and plan for ongoing sessions. Competency will be assessed, and follow up assessment may be required if deemed appropriate by the examiners.


The desired outcome is to provide the tools required for participants to begin practising canine hydrotherapy in a clinical setting.  By providing 2 face to face days, this unique course will allow plenty of practise with live cases and real time problem solving. We have many experienced hydrotherapists, who will be excellent mentors for ongoing cases.

18th/19th May 2024, Sat 2-5pm, Sunday 9-4pm. Sold Out!

12/13th October 2024, Sat 2-5pm, Sunday 9-4pm.  Bookings now open!

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What are my career options following completion of the course?

The pet industry is continually evolving and growing.  We have noticed a large increase in the need for canine hydrotherapy services. Vets, in particular, are referring more and more cases across for hydrotherapy. Upon completion of our course, you have many options, and we feel our courses equip you with the practical skills you need to start working with live cases. Some of the option available to you include:

    1. Work as part of a rehabilitation team within a vet clinic
    2. Set up your own mobile service for pet owners
    3. Become employed in a canine hydrotherapy or physiotherapy clinic, such as MAP

What happens if I don’t pass the competency assessment?

At the completion of the course, all participants will receive a competency grade.  If our examiners believe you require more training, we can offer ongoing mentoring and training at our clinic, or via phone, in order to achieve the level of competency required for independence in this field.  Additional fees may be incurred in these cases.

What qualification do I receive when I complete this course?

You will receive a signed certificate from Lauren Elliott, director of Melbourne Animal Physiotherapy, certifying your competency in the field of canine hydrotherapy.  Lauren has more than 22 years experience as a physiotherapist, and 16 years as an animal physiotherapist, making her one of the original and most highly skilled animal physiotherapists in Australia.  Melbourne Animal Physiotherapy is a state of the art hydrotherapy and rehabilitation clinic.  You will find no better way to experience and gain the necessary practical tools required to start working in this exciting and rewarding field.

How much is the course?

Our 2 day face to face course is $2000, including GST.  You will receive a course book, with additional resources, a signed certificate, and a delicious lunch on day 2.  Plus a network of likeminded animal lovers, who will create a community for your future in this field. WE guarantee you will be satisfied with your investment into your future career.

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