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 a suite of canine hydrotherapy Ofqual regulated courses and ABC Awards QLS endorsed canine courses that are in person and online, making it easy for you to get certificated wherever you are.



Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards ABC L3 Certificate is the industry recognised  qualification in canine hydrotherapy. You need to successfully complete 10 units to achieve your award.

Our flexible, modular course is ideal for veterinary professionals as well as those new to the sector. We ensure our training programme specifically fits your needs.

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

Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass

Our Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills. This is a 1-day practical Masterclass at K9HS, exploring current advanced treatment techniques. You also have access to our extensive online resources, including our unique instructional canine technical videos (K9TVs).

We offer you an optional bonus as you can choose to complete the new Aquatic Treadmill practice unit [F/617/ 6401], part of the SEG Awards ABC Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy (Ofqual regulated).

Our Masterclass has 2 attendees with 2 canine physiotherapist instructors.

Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques

level 5

This ABC Awards QLS endorsed online course is perfect for canine therapists in practice wishing to advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques.

Our unique instructional Canine technical videos demonstrate current advanced techniques step by step. Extra resources include case studies, video links and guided practical tasks.

Build your 6 units at your pace to achieve your Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.


ABC Awards QLS and IRVAP endorsed short canine courses

ICH Canine First Aid Refresher

Perfect to review and update your first aid knowledge to keep dogs safe and expand your skills and confidence to take appropriate action in any emergency. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs plus outtakes.

Level 3: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.

First Aid, First Aid Assessment, CPR, First Aid Box, Bandaging.

ICH Canine Health Checks Refresher

Ideal to expand your canine health checks knowledge and skills to monitor and action essential checks for the dogs in your professional care. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs plus outtakes.

Level 3: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.

Canine Therapeutic Handling, Top tips  for healthy eyes, nose + ears, health checks of heart rate, femoral pulse + body condition, health check of paws, pads + nails, canine water intoxication.

ICH Canine Water Management Refresher

Offers you the perfect balance of skills and information to ensure you meet the needs of your canine hydrotherapy service. Includes our clinic based K9TVs full of money saving tips.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 6 seminars.                             

UK legal framework, biosecurity + infection control, plant processes + Risk Assessment, chemicals + Risk Assessment, water testing, good practice + problem solving. 

Clinic Enrichment Techniques for Canine Therapists

Offers an integrated package of clinical skills and information . Review enrichment techniques in the canine therapeutic clinical setting and it’s positive impact on your treatment success. Includes our unique instructional K9TVs.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.

Canine Clinic Enrichment, canine proprioceptive system, Clinic Enrichment treatment techniques, Clinic Enrichment  + pain management.

Therapeutic Handling Techniques for Canine Therapists

A therapeutic perspective of working with the canine client, building that all important professional bond of active engagement and trust with each dog. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.

Therapeutic Handling techniques, Canine behaviours in clinic, Therapeutic lead stroking techniques, Therapeutic harness choices.

Canine First Aid + Health Checks

This combined course offers you the perfect balance of key skills and information to ensure you can offer the best care for the wonderful dogs in your life. Essential canine first aid skills integrated with a range of health checks and top tips.

Level 3: Course hours: 12 hours of study in 9 seminars.

Canine First Aid, Canine CPR, Canine First Aid box, Health checks of heart rate, femoral pulse + body condition, Top tips for health eyes, ears, nose + teeth, Health check of paws, pads + nails, Canine water intoxication. 

Canine Natural Balanced Motion

Empower your clinical skills when working with dogs and explore how the proprioceptive system can influence efficient and natural balanced motion. Explore breed variation, canine biomechanics and gait.  Ideal for therapists, trainers and those working with dogs.

Level 6: Course hours: 10 hours of study in 7 seminars.

Breeds + biomechanics, canine biomechanical design, canine proprioception, canine muscle power, canine functional anatomy, canine gait + locomotion, canine gait patterns.

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 taking me along a story that was truly 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 aim 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 progress and evolve your practice.

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

Each course we offer includes free access to our online K9HS Community forum. This provides you with additional resources, conversations and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to build, grow and  achieve long term 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 use instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) to explore moment by moment practice along with a wealth of information, case studies, links and resources.

Our in-person courses have practical placements at K9HS, Suffolk and our approved satellite centres in the UK and New Zealand. This provides you with choices and an amazing practical experience supported by specialist canine therapists.

Our online resources are designed to be super convenient and fit around your work and home commitments. This means there are no additional costs for travel, hotels and course materials. We provide everything you need and 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 to advance 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!