Frequently Asked Questions

Who can do the course?

The Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate course is open to anyone from the age of 19 years onwards.  A good, working standard of Maths and English is required.  

How long do I have to complete the course?

You need to be able to complete the course within 2 years of enrolment

Do I have to have a practical placement to enrol on this course?

We provide this as part of the course. We include an intensive 1 week practical training programme where you will gain valuable hands-on experience.

How is the course designed, delivered and assessed?

The course is designed primarily, to be a self-study, distance learning course with tutor support to guide and support you through the learning and materials. The materials contain internet resources that have been examined for quality, content and access that are relevant to the topics and subject matter in the different units. The practical training is carried out towards the end of your course. 

Are there any examinations?

There are no examinations but you also need to build a portfolio of evidence of your learning and understanding according to assessments set out in the course materials. Internal moderation of your portfolio is carried out by your tutor at Animal Jobs Direct Ltd and then moderated externally. 

How long can I expect to be studying?

Each unit of the Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals contains a certain number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) to give an indication of how long you can expect to be studying and preparing for any one unit’s assessment. Although the GLH of any unit may seem small (please see the specification above), you need to take into account the research and reading before attempting the assessments.

Do you supply the pool itself?

Yes. Pools are available in a variety of standard sizes or can be made bespoke to order. You can buy with confidence to receive an efficient, reliable service from a company trading at the forefront of the Canine Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy industry.

Existing Centres


The business thrives on vet referrals from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties due to the high standards of the facility and practice.

Visit the Witney Centre site


Opened in partnership in 2014 as our second branch and is developing into a successful rehabilitation centre with increasing referrals.

Visit the Swindon Centre site

Burgess Hill, WEST SUSSEX

Opened in partnership in 2018 as our fourth branch and is recieving referrals from over 70 vets. A new area for us but a local area to former Fitzpatricks 'Supervet' Hydrotherapist Sue Howell who is managing director of this centre. 

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Opened in Wiltshire in 2018 as our third branch however our first centre to offer a dedicated cat clinic.

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Opened in 2019 to complete the final Woozel border to the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire empire area! 






Houston, USA


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