Let’s build your canine confidence
Advance your career by building your skills, confidence, and experience with our online and in-person accredited courses.
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 wish to empower your practice and support your professional development. We are the Professionals that train professionals; your success is our success, which means healthy, happy dogs.
Who we are
We’re a team of passionate and educated 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 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 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.
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 elements at two leading UK rehabilitation centres providing you with an amazing range of dogs to work with in our specialist veterinary physiotherapy 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 we wish to share our successes with you.
These courses are designed to be super convenient and fit around 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.
- 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 trainer in canine physiotherapy, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy
- Presented with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) Award in 2017 for outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry