Greyfriars is one of the leading veterinary practices in the UK for rehabilitation and hydrotherapy referrals. So our students have unrivalled opportunities to work with our veterinary rehabilitation team and to meet our patients and clients. We offer training at Greyfriars Training Centres both in the UK and worldwide with our trusted training partners. Wherever you choose to train you receive Greyfriars education, quality, tutor support and most importantly us! We love to travel!

Training at Greyfriars UK

At Greyfriars we have world-class training facilities, including a purpose built lecture/seminar room and a cosy log cabin lounge, with a wood burning stove so students can relax or warm up between hydrotherapy sessions. We have a large 10 metre x 5 metre hydrotherapy pool equipped with swim jets and rehabilitation platforms, a HydroPhysio water treadmill, outdoor exercise and rehabilitation areas, and treatment rooms. The hydrotherapy centre is large and well lit, so there is plenty of space to work together and learn .

Our lecturers are all experts in their professional fields and together have many years’ experience in veterinary rehabilitation. They all love teaching and getting ‘hands on’. We combine up to date rehabilitation knowledge and best clinical practice together with unrivalled practical experience for students. We understand that people learn in different ways and we endeavour to meet delegates’ individual learning needs. Class sizes are limited to allow plenty of opportunities for one to one support, working as teams and for everyone to get involved – both in the classroom and during practical sessions.

In 2020 we introduced a new eLEARNING platform called Moodle. Some of you will be familiar with this platform as it is used by many universities and colleges. It allows learners to view interactive education material and webinars, complete revision tests, assessments and to submit assignments online. Plus attend live tutor support lessons. This also offers flexibility with delivery of our training courses.

About our qualifications

Together with the awarding organisation OCN London we developed a suite of hydrotherapy qualifications, launched in September 2018. The aim of the new qualifications was to raise the standard of training courses and canine hydrotherapy treatment, both in the UK and overseas. The basis of this project was, and still is, to prioritise animal welfare and safety for patients.

Minimum levels of qualification and experience for the lecturers and trainers who deliver these hydrotherapy qualifications have been written into the qualification guides and are enforced. We also wished to provide a clear pathway for continuing education and career development for talented and more academically able hydrotherapists, especially those that will be the leaders and trainers in years to come.

Continuing Professional Development

Hydrotherapists registered with one of the canine hydrotherapy professional bodies are required to complete additional study each year to evidence their continued professional development.

The units included in the Level 4 Award in Canine Hydrotherapy and the Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy all come with CPD or Continuing Education certificates on successful completion.

We also offer an Online Canine First Aid Refresher course, an attendance based First Aid Refresher course, an Anatomy Refresher course and Water Management Refresher course for canine hydrotherapists.

Qualifications available are:

OCNLR Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

OCNLR Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy (Transfer Course)

OCNLR Level 4 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy for Veterinary Physiotherapists

OCNLR Level 4 Award in Canine Hydrotherapy

OCNLR Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapyy

UK courses are OCN London accredited.

Certificate, Award and Diploma modules meet the training requirements for registration with NARCH (the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists) and the CHA (Canine Hydrotherapy Association). When booking a course with us please check with the canine hydrotherapy organisation you wish to join, that the qualification is suitable for your particular circumstances and will satisfy their requirements.

Our lecturers include vets specialising in veterinary rehabilitation, ACPAT Cat. A Chartered Physiotherapists, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners and Registered Canine Hydrotherapists. We believe that training should only be provided by suitably qualified and experienced lecturers and that students should be able to check that this will be the case.

Students from overseas are very welcome at Greyfriars. We have trained people from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UAE and USA.

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