Certificate Program in Canine Hydrotherapy


Canine hydrotherapy courses at Michelle Monks Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy

New FAST TRACK program

In light of the current circumstances, we have restructured our usual program to enable students to FAST TRACK their study and become a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist sooner.

The theory component will be made available for students to progress through at their own pace. As each module is completed, the next will be immediately available. 

The logbook and placement experience and grading will be replaced with a virtual alternative.

The hands-on live workshop has been reduced to 3 days with a live assessment. (Once the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted). 

You will still have access to a Private Facebook Group and live fortnightly Q & A sessions.

If you would like to spend your days doing something you love, making a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners, as part of the canine therapy industry, AND you want to fast track your study path, then this course is for you!

There are no pre-requisites except a love for dogs and a passion to help them to live a long, happy & healthy life.

FAST TRACK your path

to becoming a Canine Hydrotherapist


Complete Certification within a 4-5 month period*

*Dependent on when the Coronavirus bans are lifted and how quickly the student is able to move through the course material

Career Opportunities

The Pet industry is already a massive and rapidly growing industry, with people now spending more of their disposable income on their pets health and care than ever before. The medical and surgical treatments pet owners are investing in for their pets has increased substantially. Consequently, so too has the need for rehabilitation treatments that can accelerate the dogs recovery and maximise their return to function.

More vet clinics are adding rehabilitation and hydrotherapy to the services they offer and are looking for qualified Canine Hydrotherapists to join their teams. Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres are also looking for qualified Canine Hydrotherapists to help treat their patients. So, there are plenty of job opportunities on the rise once you are certified.


Aims of the Canine Hydrotherapy Course

With the growth in this industry, it is imperative there are suitably qualified therapists available to deliver quality services and care to the patients. This Certificate Course in Canine Hydrotherapy has been designed to:

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    Ensure the standard of care and treatment provided to canine patients and clients in Australia is of exceptional quality and sets the standard within the industry.

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    Impart over 2 decades of Canine Hydrotherapy experience, Human Physiotherapy principles, and the latest advancements in canine rehabilitation research.

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    Teach students to perform in depth individual assessments of each dog and devise a suitable hydrotherapy program, tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

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    Provide experienced and certified Canine Hydrotherapists available to work in conjunction with a patient’s vet as part of a healthcare team.


This Canine Hydrotherapy Course is accredited by the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA).  www.caninerehabassociation.com.au ACRA is the governing body for the practise of Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Hydrotherapy in Australia.

The (ACRA) board is made up of Physiotherapists with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, and Veterinary professionals with an interest in Canine Rehabilitation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in canine rehabilitation with different membership levels available.

Participants who successfully complete the Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy Course are eligible to apply for ACRA Membership, display the ACRA logo as a mark of quality, and apply for professional indemnity insurance with Insurance House.

This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association


The Course chief Instructor Michelle Monk has a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy and has won several awards for her delivery of service to canine patients and for her research in the area of rehabilitation following surgery for cruciate disease. Physiotherapist, utilizing both pool and underwater treadmill therapy since 2002.

Michelle 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.

Michelle is extremely passionate about providing quality health care to all canines to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness, and to extend the length of their lives with their owners.

Michelle Monk founder of Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy with Zoe

Connect with Michelle

Course Modules

  • 1

    Introduction to Hydrotherapy for the Canine Patient

  • 2

    The properties of water

  • 3

    Principles of Canine Hydrotherapy - swimming and underwater treadmill

  • 4

    Canine Skeleton

  • 5

    Canine Arthrology

  • 6

    Canine Muscular System

  • 7

    Canine Nervous System

  • 8

    Canine Hydrotherapy for Health and Fitness

  • 9

    Canine Hydrotherapy for Rehabilitation

  • 10

    Common pathologies requiring Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient

  • 11

    Working safely in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 12

    Assessment of the Canine patient for Hydrotherapy

  • 13

    Use of equipment in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 14

    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 15

    Practical delivery of Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 16

    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

  • 17

    Hydrotherapy Facility Centre

  • 18

    Water Chemistry in Canine Hydrotherapy

  • 19

    Record Keeping

  • 20

    Business development

Course Delivery

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The course will commence on Monday 20th April with an Introductory Online Webinar.

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Course Content Delivery

Course Content Delivery: A blended delivery of course content includes online learning modules for delivery of lectures, slides and reference materials. Plus live fortnightly Q & A webinars to answer any questions you have and to meet other students. These webinars are recorded and uploaded into the course content website.

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There is one compulsory 3-day live workshop delivered in Melbourne (DATE TBC after the Coronavirus bans are lifted). This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine hydrotherapy on real animal patients. Devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective treatment.

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Assessments & Examinations

Delivered online via the course platform at the end of each module together with assignments, and participation and completion of practical workshop activities.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a series of new virtual assessments and submit logbook reports (including treatment plan). Full details will be provided during the course.

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Throughout the program support is available through a private Facebook Group filled with your peers and instructors.




Please note: All payments must be completed in order for you to receive your certification

Key Dates

• APRIL 20TH, 2020 •

Course Commences with
Introductory Online Webinar


3 Day Compulsory Workshop

Need more information or want to ask us a question before you register for the FAST TRACK 2020 Course?

This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association

What students say:

“I had no prior skills in this industry and this course gave me the skills as well as the confidence to take hydrotherapy sessions in a clinic. Best career move I ever made”

– Emilie Canine Hydrotherapist

“Coming from a professional corporate background, I understood the need to surround myself with like-minded people, increase my knowledge/training and develop a support network, particularly as I work as a sole trader. The Hydrotherapy course delivered on all fronts.”

– Marie  Canine Hydrotherapist

“The Canine Hydrotherapy course was constructed and presented really well. The video lectures provided all the training knowledge required to complete the necessary assignments and I could play them again and again. The Q&A webinars were helpful in providing direction on the next stage of the course and the workshops were informative and hands on. Brilliant to have the Cannikin clay models as a learning tool as well as the live dogs too.”

– Alison Canine Hydrotherapist

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