You can become a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist

With Our Completely Online Course

Canine hydrotherapy courses at Michelle Monks Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy

Imagine spending your days surrounded by canines doing something you love

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, then this course is for you!

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

Become a Canine Hydrotherapist


What's included in the
Canine Hydrotherapy Certificate Online Course



Under the strict supervision of Australia's leading Canine Physiotherapist Michelle Monk you can complete this Certificate Course entirely online. Utilising lectures, online assessments, a live virtual workshop workshop and 1:1 assessment you are guided through the in-depth knowledge and experience required to become a competent hydrotherapist.

This Certificate Course in Canine Hydrotherapy includes:

  • 19 Modules of lectures, tutorials & assessments
  • Downloadable pdf's and tutorials
  • Monthly Customised Live Q&A Webinars
  • Virtual Case Studies - provided by the Academy
  • A private Facebook Group - including alumni
  • Your choice of a Live in-person OR virtual workshop
  • A personal 1:1 Final Assessment

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 Canine Hydrotherapy Course has been designed to:

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    Ensure the standard of care and treatment provided to canine patients and clients 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.

Career Opportunities working with dogs all day

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. And many dog groomers, doggie day care centres, and dog resorts are wanting to add this service to their offerings. So, there are plenty of job opportunities on the rise once you are certified.

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Will this Certification be recognised in my country?

Dog With World Map Over White Background

The rules and regulations are different in every country and even each state. Therefore, it's imperative that before you enrol you check the certification is going to be recognised by the authorities in your country and the insurance companies.

It pays to mention that the course is taught by Michelle Monk who is both a human Physiotherapist and a Canine Physiotherapist with over 20 years clinical experience in canine rehabilitation.

If you require any documentation just let us know and we are happy to provide what you need.

Countries we currently have students from:

  • Australian Students in the Canine Health Academy


  • Japanese students at the Canine Health Academy


  • United Emirates students at the Canine Health Academy

    United Emirates

  • Thailand students are at the Canine Health Academy now


  • United States Students at the Canine Health Academy

    United States of America

  • Columbian students at the Canine Health Academy


  • Singapore students at the Canine Health Academy


  • Canadian students are now in the Canine Health Academy


  • New Zealand students at the Canine Health Academy

    New Zealand

  • Malaysian students at the Canine Health Academy


  • Hong Kong students in the Canine Health Academy

    Hong Kong


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

We have had students from all over the world complete the certification but we do recommend checking with your local association and insurance company as to whether the certificate will be accepted in your country.

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

Your Instructor - Michelle Monk

The Course Instructor and founder is Michelle Monk - a Human Physiotherapist, with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy. Michelle 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.

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.

Michelle worked as a human physiotherapist prior to working with canines including 6 years in Human Hydrotherapy and continues to attend continuing professional development in this field.

Michelle is passionate about increasing both the quality and availability of rehabilitation therapies so that all canines have access to quality health care to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness.

Michelle Monk founder of Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy with Zoe

Course Delivery >> Online Only

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The next Certificate Course in Canine Hydrotherapy commences TBA 2022.

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Content Delivery

Course Content Delivery: A blended delivery of course content includes online learning modules for delivery of lectures, slides, and reference materials. Various different types of assignments such as multiple choice, charts, video submissions and 1:1 assessments.

Plus live monthly Q & A webinars customised to student questions. In addition, there are case studies (provided by the Academy) and then a hands-on interactive live VIRTUAL workshop. We also utilise the use of a 3D anatomy app instead of a traditional text book as this provides a more in depth student learning experience. 

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Compulsory Workshop

There is one Compulsory Workshop Module included in the certificate course approximately 8 months after the course start date. This LIVE workshop is VIRTUALLY via Zoom and is an intense practical hands-on practice of observing, assessing and treatment recommendations on real canine hydrotherapy patients including live case studies and an individual assessment. Devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective treatment. 

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Incredible Daily Student Support (M-F)

Get any and all your questions responded to within 24 hours via our incredible email support team. Plus throughout the course support is also available via the private Facebook Group filled with your peers, alumni and instructors.

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Hours of Study & Duration

Most students complete the course in an average of 9-11 months doing approximately 5-7 hours of study per week but this can vary depending each student. We have had students complete in much quicker times than this as well.



Making a difference and saving canine lives

Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy Roonie


"Without rehabilitation, so many of the dogs I' have seen over the years would not have regained the function they did and gone on to live happy lives. My own dog 'Roonie' who had spinal surgery for IVDD would not have been able to walk again. This goes for thousands upon thousands of dogs who have been through our doors over the past 18 years. Canine rehabilitation increases strength, helps restore and maximise mobility, and saves lives"

- Michelle Monk


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What our students have to say:

"Thank you very much Michelle and the team, for your commitment in sharing your knowledge and passion in this special field, for being ever so encouraging to all of us and giving us the support we need, to take this first step into this area of work. This course has really broadened my knowledge and I am truly appreciative of it! Cheers to Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy!"

- Hwee Khim Seng - Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


Please pass on my thanks to Michelle for a great course and helpful, considered feedback every step of the way. Much appreciated!

Catherine Rains - Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


“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


“I am delighted to have just completed my certificate in Canine Remedial Massage course and to be starting to practice as a massage therapist, helping dogs to feel their most comfortable. .”

– Minnesha – Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


“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


“Since completing the course and gaining my certificate I am now employed and working in the career of my dreams and loving it. I highly recommend the Academy courses if you wish to start a career in Animal Health Care.”

– Alison – Canine Hydrotherapist

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