Accredited courses for canine therapists

Empowering you to advance your skills and knowledge through gold-standard training, both online and in-person, so you can learn at your pace and on your terms.


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 physiotherapist instructors offers you 48 hours of hands on training plus supported online learning totalling 300 hours of study.

Underwater Treadmill Masterclass

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

Plus you can choose to study the new ABC Awards level 3 Aquatic Treadmill unit and achieve their certification as an optional bonus.

Each Masterclass has 2 attendees with 2 physiotherapist instructors to meet your individual training needs. 

Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


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

Our instructional K9 technical videos demonstrate in high resolution detail the latest in hydrotherapy practice. Our online resources include case studies, video links, and guided practical tasks.

Build your 6 units to achieve your ABC Awards QLS Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.

Coming Soon

NEW ABC Awards Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This new ABC Awards qualification will be launched in spring 2019. It will have a modular format for you to advance your hydrotherapy knowledge and clinical skills. You choose the module you wish to study and build up to achieving your full award. This course is perfect for holders of the Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy wishing to progress their service for the dogs in their professional care.

Dogs in natural balanced motion


This live event was designed to help you review canine biomechanics and functional anatomy in order to optimise the dog’s movement and activities. Ideal for therapists and trainers wishing to advance their 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 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 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 humans 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 access to our interactive members-only discussion area where you’ll get access to exclusive resources, conversations and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to build a successful practice.

Join our founder Barbara Houlding via live virtual office hours each month, so you can ask questions, connect and come away with new insights to help you build your practice.

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 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. We are the professionals who train professionals and wish to share our successes with you.

These courses 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. 




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 practitioners 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 assisting you to optimise your canine services and make every therapeutic touch count.

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