Veterinary Information

Veterinary Professionals can now refer patients quickly and efficiently

Why refer your patients to Paws for a Splash?

As Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (RCHs) and full members of the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH) and Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (IRVAP ICH) we are required to obtain either a letter of referral, or a signed form giving permission to treat with hydrotherapy, from the animal’s veterinary surgeon. No dog will receive hydrotherapy treatment without this.

Clients may contact hydrotherapy centres direct but, in every case, even for a ‘leisure’ swim, they will be informed that their vet will be contacted for background information and to obtain permission for hydrotherapy treatment.

In cases where there are first opinion and referral vet(s) and/or physiotherapists involved in the animal’s care, all parties will be contacted for clinical histories and reports. This is to ensure that the hydrotherapist has a complete picture of the animal’s condition, behaviour, clinical history and any cautions or contraindications for hydrotherapy.

It will often be the veterinary physiotherapist who has referred for hydrotherapy and they will normally provide a summary report and plan for the hydrotherapist, listing cautions and the aims of treatment.

Why you should only refer to a Registered Canine Hydrotherapist?

A Registered Canine Hydrotherapist (RCH) has fulfilled the NARCH  and IRVAP Training requirements for registration and must keep up to date by completing a further 20 hours of Continued Professional Development training each year.

RCHs are required to abide by the guidelines and rules set out in the Guide to Professional Conduct for Registered Canine Hydrotherapists and must hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

An RCH will maintain client and professional confidentiality.

RCHs are listed on the NARCH and IRVAP website; it is possible to check their registration is valid and see their level of training and areas of competence or expertise.

NARCH has the highest training requirements for registration in the UK.

If a hydrotherapy centre is listed on this website you can be assured that all hydrotherapy treatment will be carried out or supervised (in the case of a student) by an RCH.