Keeping dogs safe in hydrotherapy practice

Canine hydrotherapy water management course


Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management  

 Update your canine hydrotherapy water management skills for your practice. Proactively solve and manage infection control and biosecurity matters, keep dogs safe and advance your clinical skills.

This isn’t your average course.

It’s led by canine physiotherapists with over 27 years of clinical experience, specialising in clinical hydrotherapy and providing an integrated service.

Link this to 19 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 water management policies and procedures, so you are prepared for any challenge
  • Update your biosecurity measures so you are consistently achieving balanced, safe water 
  • Track and validate your water log records so you are prepared for all eventualities
  • Advance your skills so you can effectively solve complex water management problems
  • Achieve 12 hours of CPD study to meet your requirements set by your professional body

Imagine… being completely up to date with your canine clinical hydrotherapy water management skills!

Does this CPD Study fit your goals?

  • Do you need to update your canine hydrotherapy water management?
  • Have you reviewed hydrotherapy infection control and biosecurity?
  • Are you struggling to find a high quality clinical CPD course?
  • Do you need endorsed CPD hours for your professional portfolio?

What’s Inside?

Welcome & Introduction

Online study tips, K9HS Community access for support.

Unit 1 Water Management Practice

Exploring biosecurity, infection control, risk assessment, and legalities.

Unit 2 Water Management Solutions 

Exploring water testing, good practice + problem solving, canine water intoxication.

What Others Are Saying

“I recently undertook a refresher course in water management feeling the need to update these vitally important skills. The course was in-depth and explored the importance of water testing and the necessity of proper hygiene and safety in the work-place. Barbara was incredibly patient, supportive and helpful throughout the whole course. The course was easy to follow and super helpful.”

Luke Mulholland Canine Hydrotherapist, Aqua Dog Hydrotherapy & Recreational Centre, Northern Ireland


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 hydrotherapy water management. This proactive approach to consistently maintaining high quality balanced and safe water keeps dog safe.

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 Hydrotherapy Water Management is issued to registrants who successfully complete this course. A second certificate is issued from K9HS Courses identifying 12 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, short written answers, plus you can use flow charts, brain maps and devise protocol + procedures documents.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 to progress their clinical skills. 

My vision is to support canine focused individuals and find solutions for their growth and success in canine healthcare. Whether new to this sector or an experienced therapist, we empower you to shape your canine journey and make informed decisions.

I believe in working with each dog and their consent, making a real difference to their mobility and lives.”