Certificate Program in Canine Hydrotherapy

Canine hydrotherapy courses at Michelle Monks Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy

New and Improved Program!

We have improved the program to make it even easier for you to become a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist. We have consolidated the theory component so it IS delivered entirely online, with support from a monthly live Q & A session and your own private Facebook Group. There is now only one single 3 -day live workshop, plus a live full-day teleconference for case presentations - meaning you only have to travel once if you are from outside Melbourne, Australia.

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 to live a long, happy & healthy life.

Become a Canine Hydrotherapist



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 Remedial Massage Therapy 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 15 years 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 assisted by her team – a group of Physiotherapists with Masters Degrees in Animal Physiotherapy and is passionate about providing quality health care to all canines 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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Course Modules

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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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    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 MAY 6TH 2019 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 monthly 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 workshop delivered at the Dogs in Motion Canine Rehabilitation Clinic in Melbourne. This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine massage 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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Live Teleconference

There is also a compulsory live teleconference for case presentations and to ensure integration of course content.

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Assessments & Examinations

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

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Work Placement

As part of the course completion students must complete 2 days of clinical work placement in an approved canine rehabilitation facility or your choosing.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is also required to complete a total of 15 patient case studies (to be completed AFTER the workshop) and submit log book reports for an initial assessment and a review assessment (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.




Key Dates

• MONDAY MAY 6TH 2019 •

Introductory Online Webinar


3 Day Workshop


Live Teleconference

Need more information or want to ask us a question before you register a place for the Nov 2019 Course?

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

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