Become a Certified Canine Hydrotherapist

Canine hydrotherapy courses at Michelle Monks Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy

New and Improved Course

Thanks to Covid we have completely restructured the Certificate Course including new lectures, assessment criteria, and workshop.

The Certificate Course in Remedial Massage now includes:

  • 12 Online Modules with lectures & tutorials
  • Monthly Customised Live Q&A Webinars
  • Virtual Case Studies
  • Newly structured Live Face-to-Face Workshop
  • Your own private Facebook Group

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


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. 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). 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 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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An indication of 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

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    Water Chemistry in Canine Hydrotherapy

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    Record Keeping

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    Business development, technology and marketing for the Canine Business owner

Course Delivery

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The next Certificate Course in Canine Hydrotherapy will commence on October 26th 2020.

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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 customised to student questions. In addition. there are virtual and live case studies and a live face-to-face workshop. 

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There is one compulsory 3-day workshop delivered in Melbourne June 3rd-5th 2021. This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine hydrotherapy on real animal 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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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 participation and completion of the practical workshop activities including an individual assessment.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a total of 10 patient case studies and submit log book reports including assessment and treatment plan. Full details will be provided during the course.

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Student Support

Throughout the course support is available through a private Facebook Group filled with your peers and instructors plus a dedicated student support team via email.

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Hours of Study Per Week

Hours of study required are approximately 5-7 per week for most students but this can vary depending on students previous knowledge.

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Course Duration

Most students complete the course in 7-8 months. All modules must be completed prior to attending the Live Workshop and after the Live Workshop there are a series of Case Study Log Books required to be completed. 


Key Dates

• MONDAY October 26TH, 2020 •

Course Commences

• Jun 3-5 2021 •

3 Day Live Face to Face Workshop

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

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

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

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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