Accredited courses for canine therapists

Empowering your canine clinical skills through gold-standard training, both online and in-person, to advance your practice for the dogs in your professional care.


Using the latest technology and training strategies, we bring you double accredited online courses and a suite of canine hydrotherapy in-person courses, making it easy for you to get certified wherever you are.


Available Courses

Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This new version of the ofqual ABC Awards  certificate offers you 12 units with choices. You study 9 mandatory units and 1 of the optional units to complete the 10 required to achieve your award.

Our new modular course is perfect for veterinary professionals and those new to the sector.

The in-person practicals led by canine physiotherapist instructors offers you 48 hours of hands on training integrated with the online resources, totalling 300 hours of study.

Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass

This new Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills. Included is a 1-day bespoke practical masterclass at K9HS sharing advanced treatment techniques. You have access to our online resources including instructional K9 technical videos.

As well as updating your treatment techniques you have an optional bonus to complete the new unit: Aquatic Treadmill practice [F/617/ 6401], part of the new ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. 

Our Masterclass has 2 attendees with 2 canine physiotherapist instructors.

Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


Our modular online course is perfect for therapists wishing to advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques and clinical skills.

Our instructional K9 technical videos demonstrate in high resolution detail current advanced techniques. Additional resources include case studies, video links, and guided practical tasks.

Build your 6 units over the time frame you choose to achieve your Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.

Coming Soon

NEW ABC Awards Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This new flexible ABC Awards qualification will be launched in summer 2019. It’s modular format means you choose the units you wish to study and build your Diploma at your pace. It’s perfect for Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy holders wishing to expand their scope of practice in a specific area of hydrotherapy and advance their clinical and business practice.

Dogs in natural balanced motion


This live event was designed as a review of canine biomechanics and functional anatomy to explore how to optimise the dog’s movement and activities. It’s ideal for therapists and trainers wishing to advance their canine knowledge and understanding.

Check out the recording of our virtual event, Dogs in Natural Balanced Motion to learn more about the types of information we’ll be covering in this course.

Who we are

We’re a team of passionate and qualified canine physiotherapists looking to make complex topics and training more accessible through online and in-person education.

Listening to David Attenborough’s eloquent words as I watched a determined male Sloth swim across the water in order to find his future mate in high-definition detail, I jumped up and had an “a-ha” moment.

I was watching Blue Planet on the BBC and wondered to myself,

How could we bring this kind of beautiful immersive learning to canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy?

The music, visuals, and narration were bringing us along a story that was so absorbing and gripping; I was immediately inspired.  What if we could make learning feel less like a textbook, and more like an episode of Blue Planet?

How could we really reach people and touch their hearts, while also teaching scientific concepts and practical information? While we’re no David Attenborough, and we certainly don’t have a BBC budget, all of our courses have been created with your learning experience in mind.

We’re a team of dog-loving therapists behind the screen, and we’re aiming to bring you an online course experience unlike any you may have taken before. We help you advance your canine career pathway by offering you a choice of courses to evolve and further develop your practice.


Look behind the scenes of successful practice

Each course includes a year’s free access to our new K9HS Courses Community for exclusive resources, conversations and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to build and grow a successful practice.

Join Barbara Houlding via live virtual office hours each month, so you can ask questions and come away with new insights.

Barbara ran an exceptional workshop here in New Zealand for a group of our Veterinary Physiotherapists from NZAVPA (the New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association). Barbara overflows with her anatomical, functional biomechanical and neuromotor knowledge, her vast wealth of experience and contagious enthusiasm whilst always making sure the animal’s welfare and best interest is at the centre of all that she does, whether that’s teaching or in her own practice.

 We experienced some very positive and deeply emotionally charged connections and interactions with our demo dogs as Barbara taught us her canine Therapeutic Handling techniques.

 We hope she comes back to New Zealand again soon!
Sarah Cruickshank, MScVetPhys, BHSc (Physiotherapy), MPNZ, ACPAT Cat A (Overseas), MCSP, HCPC, Chair NZAVPA
Director Vetphysio Ltd & VSA Physio
Principal Veterinary Physiotherapist

Learn from the comfort of your home

Our courses include a series of instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) that share moment by moment practice and top tips along with a wealth of information and resources for you to progress your practice.

Our in-person courses have practical placements at K9HS, Suffolk, UK and our two approved satellite centres in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK and in South Auckland, New Zealand. This provides you with choices and an amazing range of different breeds to work with in our specialist veterinary physiotherapy and hydrotherapy clinics.

K9HS is an ABC Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status” due to our continual achievement of being identified as outstanding and excellent in all areas. 

Our online courses or theory components are designed to be super convenient and fit around both your work and home commitments. There are no additional costs for travel, hotels, resources, course materials and there are no worries about being away from your busy practice, as everything is provided for you at your fingertips. You choose your own study pace, when you start and  where you study.



Meet Barbara Houlding

As an accredited clinical educator, lecturer, canine physiotherapist and advanced hydrotherapist, I help canine therapists realise their development potential and support their practice.

My vision is to positively support and mentor canine centred therapists who care for dogs. I am passionate about helping you discover opportunities for growth and success, whether you’re new to this industry or an experienced therapist.

I believe in sharing advanced clinical skills and assist you in making every therapeutic touch count, as it’s always about the dog!

Want to learn something new? Get in touch!