Canine Hydrotherapy - (15 credits)

Hydrotherapy is becoming highly popular as part of physical therapy to improve the dog's wellbeing by addressing function imbalance and promoting fitness, enhancing the performance of the athlete or as part of a post-surgical program, or to manage specific chronic or degenerative conditions. This module is an introduction to small animal hydrotherapy and will focus on the understanding of the referral system as it is a legal obligation to work with the Vet Surgeon's approval. Students will also learn how to fit hydrotherapy equipment, and how to evaluate the suitability/unsuitability of an animal for treatment. Furthermore, students will explore water management and the functions of pool plant and equipment, water chemistry and the relationship of the various chemicals used. Throughout the module, students will take part in the WUC canine therapy clinics which develop their practical skills and begin to develop industry experience.