Keeping dogs safe in PROFESSIONAL practice

Achieve Your Award in Canine first aid + health checks

  • Do you need to update your canine first aid?
  • Have you reviewed your canine health checks?
  • Are you struggling to find a high quality clinical CPD course?
  • Do you need endorsed CPD hours for your professional portfolio?
Imagine… being completely up to date with your canine first aid + health check skills!


Award in Canine First Aid

+ Health Checks  

Update your canine first aid + health check skills for your practice. Proactively manage complex clinical situations, keep dogs safe and advance your clinical skills.

This isn’t your average course.

It’s led by canine therapists with over 27 years of clinical experience, who also do the job.

Link this to 15 years of expertise as an accredited clinical educator and you have the perfect course for therapists.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Review your emergency action plans at work so you are prepared for any challenge
  • Validate your emergency contacts so you are up to date 
  • Check your canine first aid box so you are prepared for all eventualities
  • Advance your clinical skills so you can effectively deal with complex clinical situations
  • Achieve 18 hours of CPD study to meet your requirements set by your professional body

What’s Inside?

Welcome – orientation and how to use the course, online study tips, K9HS Community access for support.

Unit 1 First Aid – exploring the canine first aider, first aid assessment, canine cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cCPR), canine first aid box and bandaging.

Unit 2 Health Checks  – exploring canine health checks for ears, eyes, nose, body condition, paws, nails, pads. Heart rate monitoring, pulse checks and canine water intoxication.

Both Units 1 and 2 include instructional videos, scripted information, visuals, downloadable resources, useful templates, Workbooks and quizzes.

Next Steps + Submission – with additional resources and video outtakes.

What Others Are Saying

“I needed to do my refresher Canine First Aid course and this course was very affordable and specifically written for therapists. I was concerned about missing out on the practical side, but was pleasantly surprised in how the course was delivered.

I was pleased to be able to download and print off the First Aid booklets which I’ve found a great resource for my clinic. The first aid practical sessions were led with clear concise videos which I could pause and play over and over again to make sure I had carried it out correctly and understood the information.

Putting together an annotated storyboard showing each step of my clinical skills really helped reinforce my practical training. I would highly recommend this online course to all therapists.”

– Tracey J Dempsey, Downward Dog Physiotherapy for Humans and Hounds, Newquay, Cornwall, UK


Who is this course best for?

This course is the perfect refresher course for therapists. It’s ideal for professionals who wish to update their clinical skills in current canine first aid and health checks. This proactive approach is to ensure safe practice is consistently achieved in the complex clinical setting.

Which credentials will I get for completing this course?

This course has been fully approved and endorsed by the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and its sub group; Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH)

This course has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for it’s high quality, non-regulated provision and training programme.

An electonic certificate for the  QLS Grade 3 Award in Canine First Aid + Health Checks is issued to registrants who successfully complete this course. A second certificate is issued from K9HS Courses identifying 18 hours of CPD.

What assignment do I need to complete?

We provide you with a PPT Workbook to build your assignment answers as you progress through the course. The answers are a mixture of bullet lists and short written answers, plus your practical skills are evidenced by producing an annotated storyboard of you doing the tasks.

Once you have completed the course and your Workbook, you will upload this for marking. We have assignment tutorials and support to help you every step of the way.

Do I need to buy books and additional learning materials?

We provide you with all the resources you need to achieve your award. These include our unique instructional technical videos (K9TV and OneShots), video links, written resources, templates, case studies, downloadable pdfs and ongoing support through our private K9HS Community.

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 course, you can request extenuating circumstances (EC).  You need to Email Barbara – to request an extension period. We will work with you to find a solution for your specific needs.

How do I know if this is the right course for me?

Unsure if this course is a good fit for you, or have questions or concerns? Wish to book a chat? Email Barbara: to book your discovery chat and for more information.

What is the quality licence scheme?

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. This course been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programme. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. We are able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

Meet Barbara Houlding

As an accredited clinical educator, I help those working with dogs advance their canine skills and practice. My vision is to positively support and mentor dog focused individuals. I am passionate about helping find solutions and providing exciting opportunities for growth and success in the canine field you work in. Whether you are experienced or new to working with dogs, our community consists of a world wide group of like minded individuals who are all about the dog! I believe in working with each dog and their consent, using clinical reasoning to make every therapeutic touch count!”