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Canine Hydrotherapy Certification

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Canine Hydrotherapy Certification Course:

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 rapidly growing canine therapies industry, then this course is for you!

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

COURSE DURATION: You have 12 months to complete the course. Most students take between 9-10 months depending on how quickly you move through the modules and when the next workshop is scheduled for.

HOURS OF STUDY REQUIRED: For most students it takes an average of 5-7 hours per week but this can vary depending on the students previous knowledge and learning capabilities.

NEXT COURSE COMMENCEMENT: The next Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy Course will commence later this year around Sept/Oct. Places are limited to ensure a high level of individual attention. We usually have two enrolments per year.

LANGUAGES: The entire course is currently presented in English including lectures, the App, assignments and resources. Transcriptions are NOT currently available. Therefore, students are required to be fluent in English otherwise the course may prove to be too difficult.

What's included inside the Hydrotherapy Certificate Course

  • 19 Modules of lectures, slides & assessments
  • Downloadable PDF's and tutorials
  • Video submissions, reviews and individual feedback
  • Monthly Customised Live Q&A Webinars
  • Virtual Case Studies - provided by the Academy
  • A Private Facebook Group - including alumni
  • Live Interactive Practical Workshop
  • A personal 1:1 Final Assessment

Key Dates

• To Be Confirmed - 2022 •

Course Commences


Yet to be confirmed - 2023

** Note: Exact dates will be provided closer to the time of the workshop.

Career Opportunities working as a Canine Hydrotherapist

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.

Becoming a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist with our certificate courses provides you with the knowledge, training, and experience to do the following:

Work in a clinic: More vet clinics are adding rehabilitation and hydrotherapy to their services and are looking for qualified Canine Hydrotherapists to join their teams. Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres, and even dog groomers 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.

Start your own clinic: As the need for rehabilitation services increases, so too does the opportunity to open your own hydrotherapy clinic. We recommend doing thorough preliminary research and included in the course is a module on starting your own hydrotherapy business and how to work with your local veterinarian(s) and dog grooming businesses.

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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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    Provide students with a syllabus that is evidence based, teaching them the most up to date and scientifically proven techniques to equip them to be the best Hydrotherapist they can be.

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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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    Equip students with the knowledge and experience they need to be able to devise appropriate hydrotherapy programs, tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

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    Ensure the level of care and treatment provided to canine patients and their owners is of exceptional quality and sets the standard within the industry.

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


PLUS you'll be given the opportunity to save $100+ with exclusive early bird offers

Will this Certification be recognised in my country?

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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

  • 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


  • 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

Approved education provider

The Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy is proud to have met the high standards and approval of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork AND the Association of Canine Water Therapy as a Preferred Education Provider. This ensures we maintain an exceptional standard of education and student learning experience.

This also gives students access to apply to the IAAMB for student membership which entitles them to access liability insurance, continuing education, mentors and additional support.

Course Module General Outline:

* This is a general outline. A complete course outline will be provided following enrolment.

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    Introduction to Hydrotherapy for the Canine Patient

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    The properties of water

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    Principles of Canine Hydrotherapy - swimming and underwater treadmill

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    Canine Skeleton

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    Canine Arthrology

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    Canine Muscular System

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    Canine Nervous System

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    Canine Hydrotherapy for Health and Fitness

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    Canine Hydrotherapy for Rehabilitation

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    Common pathologies requiring Hydrotherapy in the Canine Patient

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    Working safely in Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Assessment of the Canine patient for Hydrotherapy

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    Use of equipment in Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Practical delivery of Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

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    The Hydrotherapy Facility Centre

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    Water Chemistry in Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Record keeping as a canine hydrotherapist

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    Business development, technology and marketing for the Canine Business owner

Course Delivery

This course includes a blended delivery of different content to cater to all learning styles and preferences:

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Course Content Delivery

Modules: A combination of course modules including lectures, slides, and reference materials.
Assignments: Different types of assignments include multiple choice, written assignments, video submissions, and individual assessments. 
Live Q&A Webinars
: Once a month LIVE interactive Q & A webinars customised to student questions.
Case Studies: Specifically designed patient case studies are provided by the Academy. 
Workshop: A LIVE interactive workshop gives hands-on practical experience under expert instruction.
Anatomy App: We also utilise the use of an in depth canine anatomy app instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student 3D learning experience. 

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Assessments & Examinations

Each module requires the completion of an assignment and successfully achieving a pass mark. Certification is based on assignments, case study log books, and active participation and completion of the practical virtual workshop and activities including an individual assessment by an examiner.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a series of carefully selected patient pathology case studies and submit logbook reports including assessment and treatment plans. All of these case studies are provided for you by the Academy.

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Course Duration

You have 12 months to complete the course. Most students complete the course in 9-10 months. It depends on how much time you have to dedicate to the course study. There are modules that must be completed prior to attending the Workshop. It may also depend on how quickly you move through the course and when the next workshop availability is. Plus, after the Workshop there are additional Case Study Log Books required to be completed (these are provided for you by the Academy). Some students complete these quickly while others take a little longer.

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Textbook/App Purchase Required

App purchase: We utilise the use of an online App instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student learning experience and is incorporated into the learning modules. We have secured a special discount for our students for the purchase of the App to reduce it to US$81. NOTE: The App does not run on every device, notably, it won't work on Android devices. Please email us for a full list of compatible devices. ALSO, it is NOT compulsory to purchase the App as all learning material is provided within the course modules. The App simply provides an excellent additional learning tool. 



Making a difference and saving canine lives

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"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 19 years. Canine rehabilitation increases strength, helps restore and maximise mobility, and saves lives"

- Michelle Monk

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

The Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy is an Internationally Approved Education Provider by the IAAMB


There is a compulsory workshop portion of the course that every student MUST attend. This is an intensive, practical workshop devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective assessments & treatments. The virtual workshop is held entirely online utilising innovative ways to provide an in depth and hands-on practical experience. There is also the opportunity to attend the workshop in-person live in Melbourne from time to time. You must complete the workshop and the following 1:1 assessment in order to pass this portion of the course.


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    A combination of extra lectures, 2 day hands-on virtual workshop, & a private 1:1 assessment

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    The virtual workshop is run several times a year to cater for students progressing through the course

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    You're required to have a dog to practice anatomy & assessment portion of the workshop

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    You must attend both days of the workshop in full - there are no recordings

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    Under close instruction you will be actively practising anatomy & assessment on your dog

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    Active participation includes live interactive patient assessment & treatment decision making

Student Support

We've been successfully running these courses since 2016 and consequently we are aware and understand the importance of providing student support. For a large number of our students this is a complete career change and can be a steep learning curve in the beginning. To support all levels of students to make this experience as enjoyable as possible we provide the following support:

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    Support Team

    A full-time support team provides answers to all of your course and tech questions via email Mon-Fri 9-5pm AEST along with moral support and motivation where needed. Plus, Zoom calls can also be scheduled as required for additional face-to-face virtual support.

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    Live & interactive Q&A webinars

    Once a month a live and interactive Q&A session is scheduled. Students have the opportunity to submit their questions and have them answered in more detail via live slides and interaction with head lecturer. This provides a more in depth and personalised learning experience. 

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    Private Facebook Group

    A private Facebook group is dedicated to providing answers to questions from both lecturers and also alumni plus a group of like minded people to connect and collaborate with. 

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    Live interactive virtual workshop

    The live interactive workshops provide the individual attention each student needs to gain additional training and support and fill any gaps in their learning before embarking on their new career as a Canine Therapist. 

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    Individual customised feedback

    Throughout the course students have the opportunity to submit assignments that are individually assessed and customised feedback is provided to enhance the learning experience. 


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    The course is updated prior to each intake to ensure the latest information is provided

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    More modules are added to enhance different learning styles based on student feedback

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    Consequently the price usually increases each intake due to the extra content provided

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    The price for the previous intake ranged between $4900 - $5500 AUD and payment plans were available

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    The price of the next intake will be announced once enrolment opens

Frequently Asked Questions

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

About Your Instructor

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

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