PROGRESSing your canine SERVICES

By advancing your experiences, confidence, clinical skills and treatment techniques.

We provide you with choices through a range of high quality courses, Practical Training Hubs and CPD study hours in our NEW online Canine CPD Resource Library.

Passionate about healthy, happy dogs

We are delighted to be a part of your career journey, whether you are new to the industry, an experienced therapist, trainer or canine professional.

Working together we explore and share clinical techniques and practice. We pledge to support your career journey as your success is our success, which means healthy, happy dogs.

Meet Barbara Houlding

As an accredited clinical educator, lecturer, canine physiotherapist and advanced hydrotherapist, I’m committed to openly sharing knowledge and clinical skills to advance your canine practice.

My vision is to provide therapists with high quality training choices. Qualifications are signposts along the canine career journey and I believe canine therapy thrives if fostered within a positive and friendly network promoting best practice. 

I’m passionate about helping you discover opportunities for growth and success, whether you’re new to this industry or an experienced therapist. I love sharing techniques and skills where every therapeutic touch counts.  


  • First UK Accredited Clinical Educator in veterinary physiotherapy (awarded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
  • 10 years experience as an accredited clinical educator, lecturer, assistant examiner  at the Royal Veterinary College on their Postgraduate Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy (level 7)
  • Co-Course Director for the Nottingham Veterinary School’s Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert level 7) in Small Animal Rehabilitation
  • Designed, taught and examined the canine component of the ACPAT Core Knowledge and Skills course
  • International speaker and instructor in canine physiotherapy, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy
  • Presented with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) Award in 2017 for outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry
  • Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist with 40 years clinical experience
  • Current Chair of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and it’s sub group; the Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH).

Who we are

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

Listening to David Attenborough’s eloquent words as I watched a male Sloth struggle to swim across 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 “story telling” narration took the observer on a journey of learning which was totally absorbing and gripping; I was immediately inspired.  What if we could make canine clinical training feel like an episode of Blue Planet?

How could we reach therapists on their career journey and share advanced practice in this mindful and heartfelt way? While we’re no David Attenborough, and we certainly don’t have a BBC budget, all of our training has been created with your learning experience in mind.

We’re a team of dog-loving humans behind the screen, aiming to bring you an online training experience unlike any you may have taken before. We help you advance your canine career pathway by offering you  choices of different courses and canine CPD to progress your practice.


Learn from the comfort of your home

All our courses and CPD training include a our unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) in high definition. These informative videos are found within our series of bespoke Course Manuals we design for each course.

Our online Manuals are full of clinical tools, informative script, top clinical tips, K9TV’s, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies, visuals, workbooks and guided tasks.

Our in-person courses and practical Masterclasses provide you with an exceptional training experience. These are supported by our online Practical Training Hubs you have access to for 3 months around your booked face to face and “hands on” training.

Practical training is based at K9HS, Suffolk and at our two satellite centres; Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire and K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. Plus we have a linked practice for Clinical Placements in Cork, Ireland.

K9HS is a SEG -ABC Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status”. This is due to our continual achievement of being identified repeatedly as outstanding and excellent in all areas. We wish to share our successes with you.

Our online Manuals and online Practical Training Hubs are innovative and flexible, as well as being super convenient, fitting around both your work and home commitments. There are no additional costs for travel, hotels, resources, or course materials and no worries about being away from your busy practice, as everything is provided for you at your fingertips. 

Our NEW Canine CPD Resource Library is perfect for therapists and those working with dogs to dip in and out of to expand their knowledge from a clinical perspective. Five integrated online Hubs packed full of canine resources, sharing and exploring techniques together. 

Want to learn something new? Get in touch!