Online Course

Advanced Certificate in canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques

This online course is perfect for canine therapists already in practice, wishing to advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques.

Expand your existing “therapeutic treatment toolbox” to advance your practice for the dogs in your professional care.

Our bespoke Online Course Manual  devised specifically for you to progress your knowledge and integrate with your clinical skills. This Manual is packed full of our unique detailed instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs), useful video links, scripted information in helpful sections, case studies clinical tools, downloadable PDFs, clinical tips and guided tasks.

Learn advanced techniques with real dogs in real clinic environments 

Our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) show real clinical practice supported with detailed instructional clinical skill demonstrations. We know that Canine Movement Enrichment techniques are proprioceptively enriching and include Canine Clinic Enrichment and Therapeutic Handling treatment techniques. Working with the dog to improve their natural balanced stance, postures and motion, improves the quality of dogs lives and leads to happy, healthy dogs.

We build on your level 3 and 4 hydrotherapy training and explore advanced skills so you can progress your treatment techniques for the complex orthopaedic, neurological, elderly and musculoskeletal canine patient. Effective canine conditioning and fitness work uses these advanced techniques and proven concepts, achieving consistently excellent results.

All the K9TVs are supported with clinical instruction, downloadable resources, case studies, useful templates and informative links. You choose when and where you study, at your pace and on your terms. You can watch each video as many times as you wish and the course is fully compatible with Apple and Android on mobile, tablet and computer.

Course Units

When you purchase the complete course, you have access to all six units which are released weekly over a period of six weeks.

If you choose to purchase a single unit you have access to this unit, the additional resources library and the K9 Community forum straight after purchase.

The six units are stand alone topics, as well as dovetailing with each other as you progress through the course systematically from Unit 1 to Unit 6.


If you purchase a unit or the full course, we offer you an extra free resource where you can review the new canine anatomy and canine physiology units from our ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. 


To start this course you will need to fill out a short online application form, agree to our terms and conditions and book an online informal interview with Barbara Houlding using the the discovery chat link below. This is to ensure that the course is a good fit for your needs and canine hydrotherapy experience.

Unsure if this course is a good fit for you, or have questions/concerns? Wish to book an interview? Just use the discovery chat link below to select your date and time on our online calendar.
Book a discovery chat with Barbara for more information.

What assignment tasks are required?

The course requirements include answering questions within downloadable workbooks provided to you in the course material.

Some of these tasks may require you to identify and discuss muscles and their function, devise therapeutic equipment lists, complete projects and provide written case summaries of canine cases you’ve worked with.

In a number of sections of each unit you will be asked to record a short video of yourself implementing specific treatment techniques to demonstrate your skills and understanding. You will have workbooks for each unit to complete and electronically upload.


Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for canine hydrotherapists, physiotherapists, animal therapists, veterinary nurses and veterinary professionals wishing to advance their hydrotherapy clinical skills.

We strongly recommend as a minimum that you have completed the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy or equivalent.

Level 5 Advanced Certificate pricing;

Single course units are £297
All 6 units are £1497 (2-payment plan is available)

Course Credentials

SEG Awards ABC Quality Licence Scheme is delivered by two nationally recognised brands, ABC Awards and Certa Awards, who are a part of the Skills and Education Group. They fully endorse this QLS Level 5 Advanced Certificate course and their Certificate of Achievement is issued to course attendees on successful completion of the course.

Endorsed by: Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and their sub group; Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH).


In order to purchase this course (individual units or the full course) you will be redirected to fill out an online acceptance form, provide details required for your certificate, and agree to our terms and conditions before purchase.

In the form you’ll indicate which units you are interested in purchasing, and upon confirmation you will be provided with the links to finalise your purchase and access the course materials.

1. Complete the registration form above

2. Book your registration chat with Barbara (details provided upon registration)

3. Receive purchase links for Units of your choice

Not sure if this course is a good fit for you, or have questions/concerns?
Book a discovery chat for more information.

This ABC Awards QLS endorsed course consists of six units and 245 course hours of  study, with a flexible format that provides you with choices. You choose when and where you study, so it is on your terms and fits around your work and home commitments. There are no travel costs or hidden extras and we bring all the resources to you, wherever you are based.

We offer you different study options to choose from, so you can build your level 5 Certificate over a time frame that works best for you;

  1.  You can decide to purchase and study a single unit and have one year to complete your studies
  2. You can chose to fast track your studies and purchase the complete course of six units to study over a two year period. You can opt for a two part payment plan for option 2
  3. You have unlimited and free access to our private online K9 Community forum full of additional resources, links and support for the length of your studies

To achieve your Certificate of Achievement in “Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques” you need to successfully complete all six units. You will receive a Unit Certificate of Completion for each unit you achieve. 

The course design integrates all six units so you have a coherent study flow from one unit to the next, to progress your canine clinical skills and hydrotherapy practice over the whole course. We emphasise how important it is to enjoy your learning journey and multi resource around each topic.

By sharing the latest techniques developed from proven clinical expertise and a sound base of science, your “therapeutic toolbox advancement” will empower the hydrotherapy treatments you  offer to the dogs and owners in your professional care, improving their lives.

“Having qualified as a Level 3 Hydrotherapist, I wanted to extend my skills further and the Level 5 Advanced Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques has certainly helped me to do this.The distance learning has been a perfect way to develop my knowledge, at my own pace.

The support I have received from Barbara has been excellent; this year has been challenging with Covid-19, but Barbara has helped me to continue with my qualification throughout.I must admit I was a little unsure about completing video evidence for this course, but the reinforcement of the knowledge by doing this has been incredibly beneficial and much easier to do than I anticipated.

Overall, the skills I have learnt during this course will help me to enhance my practice further and provide a more holistic treatment plan for my clients.I look forward to more K9HS courses in the future, thank you!”

– Abigail Pritchard, Level 5 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy


How advanced is the material?

The Level 5 material builds on the Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy, but dives into more depth into advanced treatment techniques to help you build and expand your therapeutic toolbox.

Why can't I just buy the course?

This course contains advanced material and is accredited by ABC Awards and IRVAP, which means we must do our due diligence in making sure that course attendees fully understand the requirements and expectations of this course. We also want to ensure that the course is a good fit for your needs as a canine therapist. By filling out the registration form we can review your needs and ensure that this course aligns with your specific goals.

What assessments do i need to complete?

There are no formal examinations. You have to complete a variety of clinical assignments relevant for advanced practice to build your e-Portfolio. This will include taking videos of your self demonstrating a technique, writing case studies and completing your unit workbook. You submit your work online for marking and moderation. 

do i need to buy books + additional learning materials?

We provide you with all the resources you need to achieve your award. Our resources are expansive and include our own instructional videos (K9TV), video links, written resources, templates, case studies, downloadable pdfs, interactive seminars, reading list and ongoing support and mentoring through our private K9 Community. As an extra bonus we offer you free access to our new canine anatomy and canine physiology units that are part of our Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. This is ideal for you to dip in and out of as an extra review alongside your own level 3 notes you produced to achieve your L3 Certificate.

What if I need more time to complete my studies?

We know life throws curve balls every now and then, so if you find you need additional time to complete your unit or the course, you can request extenuating circumstances (IC).  You need to formally apply in writing to Barbara for an agreed extension period and we work with you to find a solution for your specific needs.

What is the Quality Licence Scheme?

The Quality Licence Scheme has been designed specifically for Approved Providers, to recognise their commitment to high-quality courses. It offers Approved Providers the freedom to develop courses that meet the specific needs of their course candidates. It is delivered by two nationally recognised brands, ABC Awards and Certa Awards, who are a part of the Skills and Education Group.