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Why Greyfriars?

Greyfriars is the leading veterinary practice in the UK for rehabilitation and hydrotherapy referrals so our students have unrivalled opportunities to work with our therapists, meet our patients and clients.

Our lecturers are all experts in their fields and together have many years’ experience in veterinary rehabilitation. We all love teaching and getting ‘hands on’.  We combine up to date rehabilitation knowledge and best practice advice together with unrivalled practical experience. We understand that people learn in different ways and we endeavour to meet delegates’ individual learning needs. On some of our course modules we break into smaller teaching groups to allow plenty of opportunity to get involved both in the classroom and practical sessions.

We have world class training facilities including a purpose built seminar room and log cabin lounge for students. We have a large 10m x 5m hydrotherapy pool equipped with swim jets and rehabilitation platforms, a water treadmill, outdoor exercise and rehabilitation areas, treatment rooms and an inpatient unit. The hydrotherapy centre is large and well lit, so there is plenty of space to work together and learn.

We have developed a suite of new qualifications together with the awarding organisation OCN London and these launched on 1st September 2018. The aims of the new qualifications are to raise the standards of training and canine hydrotherapy treatment both in the UK and overseas. The basis of this is to prioritise animal welfare and safety for patients.

Greyfriars wish to enforce minimum levels of qualification and experience for lecturers and trainers who deliver the new hydrotherapy qualifications and these have been written into the qualification guides. We also want 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.

Qualifications available are:

OCNLR Level 2 Award for Canine Hydrotherapy Assistants – a new starter level qualification for those that will be in a supervised position
OCNLR Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy – replacing the Level 3 Certificate previously offered at Greyfriars
OCNLR Level 4 Award in Canine Hydrotherapy
OCNLR Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


The following qualifications will be available in 2019:
OCNLR Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Hydrotherapy
OCNLR Level 6 Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Hydrotherapy

Overseas courses are designed to meet local needs but we also offer the opportunity to upgrade to full UK qualification if students require this.  Our lecturers include Veterinary Surgeons, Physiotherapists (MSc Vet Physio, ACPAT Cat. A), Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners and Registered Canine Hydrotherapists and full details of who will be teaching each module, or course, are given in our published programs. 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.

  • Greyfriars are a RACE approved continuing education provider under the AAVSB
  • UK courses are OCN London accredited
  • Certificate and Diploma modules meet the training requirements for registration with NARCH

Overseas Students

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. Our quoted course fees include Value Added Tax (VAT) at 20%. Course fees are zero rated for VAT if you are not a European Economic Community resident.

Greyfriars is situated 3 miles from the town of Guildford in Surrey. Our centre is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Surrey Hills with excellent access from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports by train or road.

We strongly recommend staying nearby when you are attending a training course – especially our Fast Track intensive courses. We find that people who travel more than an hour, morning and evening, are too tired to keep up with home study and assignments. Plus traffic can be heavy in our area and travelling any distance may mean delays and missing or arriving late for lectures. Public transport is not possible to Greyfriars – so you will need a car or to use taxis. We often find students choose to share once they have met with other students.

By train

The nearest railway station is Guildford which is on the mainline between London Waterloo and Portsmouth. Half hourly fast train services run from London Waterloo to Guildford with journey times of 40 minutes. For further information call National Rail Enquiries.
Phone: 03457 48 49 50
From overseas: +44(0)20 7278 5240
Or visit the website: www.nationalrail.co.uk

By air

Via London Heathrow: National Express coaches run from Heathrow to Woking station
Frequency: 21 services a day
Journey time: Approximately 40 minutes
Visit the website: www.nationalexpress.com
There are frequent trains from Woking to Guildford

Via London Gatwick: Gatwick train station is positioned in the South Terminal of the airport and provides direct rail-air link trains to Guildford with First Great Western
Frequency: Trains run from 4.00am to 11.00pm
Journey time: Approximately 40 minutes
Visit the website: www.gwr.com

Taxi pick up from London Heathrow and London Gatwick

Approximate costs to Guildford:
Heathrow: £50
Gatwick: £60

Courses Calendar

View dates, courses and costs on our calendar page


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