Online Canine Courses

Quality Licence Scheme Irvap Endorsed

These courses aim to progress and advance canine clinical skills. Our innovative and exciting online experiences include – our unique instructional technical videos, downloadable PDFs, scripted lessons, templates, workbooks, quizzes and unlimited access to our online K9HS Community.

Certificates are issued on completion of the course assignment, with CPD study hours recorded.

Award in Canine First Aid + Heath Checks

At QLS Level 3 – 18 course hours

This CPD refresher course is ideal for therapists to review, update and advance their canine first aid and health check skills. This aims to be proactive and keep dogs safe in professional practice. Being prepared for action in complex clinical situations or an emergency, ensures the best care for dogs and owners.

Award in Canine Clinic Enrichment Techniques

At QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Clinic enrichment techniques are invaluable when working with dogs requiring therapeutic interventions within a clinic setting. The significant correlation between clinic enrichment and canine natural balanced stance and motion, improves canine focus and active participation. This optimises each dog’s outcomes.

Award in Canine Therapeutic Handling Techniques

At QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Canine therapeutic handlingtechniques are a transformational holistic method for working with dogs in a clinical setting. This wide range of techniques builds a trusted professional bond with each dog, empowering the therapist’s clinical skills and active, focused connection which is proprioceptively enriched.

Award in Canine Natural Balanced Motion

At QLS Level 6 – 20 course hours

This course is perfect for therapists working with dogs to  improve canine natural balance and motion, leading to happy, healthy dogs. Integrating functional anatomy, biomechanics, breed biology and behaviour with treatment technique choices, empowers the achieved outcomes for each dog.

Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management

At QLS Level 3 – 12 course hours

This great refresher course for therapists, updates canine water management skills. Achieving high quality balanced and safe water is essential for safe practice. Effective problem solving for complex challenges is key for water management quality assurance in canine hydrotherapy.


Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards Certificate is the industry recognised qualification in canine hydrotherapy for safe practice. To achieve this award requires successful completion 10 units, totalling 330 guided learning hours.

Our flexible, modular course is ideal for professionals as well as those new to the sector. We provide 48 hours of practical training, on a one to one or small group basis. 

We divide the course into 2 modules – Module 1 is the online part. Module 2 is the face to face practical training delivered in the UK or abroad by specialist instructors.  

is Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


The Diploma is an Ofqual regulated SEG Awards qualification for therapists to progress their skills from the standard Level 3 Certificate qualification.

Advance techniques and expand your “Therapeutic Toolbox” to provide more choices for your complex canine cases. This award is built one unit at a time, choose the topic you wish to study and the pace you prefer.

We divide each unit into 2 modules – Module 1 is your online element. Module 2 is your face to face practical Masterclass in Suffolk, UK. This aims to advance your clinical skills and delivered by specialist instructors.

K9 Therapy Hub

for therapists


Advance clinical skills for the dogs in your professional care.

Choose micro, bitesize, mini and short CPD courses to progress skills.
Explore a clinical Template Toolbox and share in an interactive community.



What Others Are Saying

“I completed my L3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy studies with K9HS. Barbara is so professional, knowledgable and experienced. She has guided me through the course with valuable and constructive feedback.

The course is well structured and the online content is very informative and useful in preparing me for the practical training. I completed this part with Karynne from K9 Aqua in Auckland, New Zealand. She has shared so much knowledge, techniques and skills with me. I had lots of opportunities to learn from different cases during the practical days. Both the theory and practical content of this course has empowered me to be a professional canine hydrotherapist.

It’s a very enjoyable learning experience with K9HS, thanks again to Barbara and Karynne.”

– Audrey Li, Hong Kong. 

“K9HS provided me with a unique learning experience whilst completing my L3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. The online modules meant that I could study at my own pace, whilst still having the benefit of support via the online forum or email.

The practical days were tailored really well to each students individual needs, being well structured and informative. As a Veterinary Physiotherapist this course built on my existing knowledge without repeating content I was already confident with and, having now achieved my certificate, allows me to add another dimension to rehabilitation plans for my patients!”

– Karen Goodall Veterinary Physiotherapy, South Yorkshire, UK.

“The first aid refresher course was a great way to update my first aid knowledge, it was easy to follow and so convenient by being an online course. I really enjoyed it and will definitely use K9HS courses again.”

– Sarah Grimsey, Canine Hydrotherapist at Country Boarding Kennels, UK.

“I recently had another brilliant CPD day at K9HS.

Barbara was brilliant and tailored my day around the learning that I wanted to achieve for my own professional development. I learned some new underwater techniques and the clinical reasoning behind those techniques. It was also a very good refresher on Therapeutic Handling and how we can use Therapeutic Showering treatment techniques as part of the hydrotherapy treatment.

I would thoroughly recommend K9HS for anyone wanting gold standard training and I will definitely be booking again.”

– Lynda Lucas Canine Hydrotherapist, Greenstead Green Canine Hydrotherapy, Essex, UK.

“A big thank you to Barbara and Sarah who hosted a very informative and personalised CPD day. Currently specialising in veterinary physiotherapy, I plan to broaden my skill set to eventually offer hydrotherapy services and given the fantastic reputation that Barbara and the team have, I wanted to make sure I trained with the best! I wasn’t disappointed!

The day had been carefully planned and tailored to suit my experience, including 1-on-1 tuition which was hugely beneficial. The knowledge and enthusiasm that Barbara has, and kindly shares is phenomenal, a truly inspirational professional! I highly recommend the training provided to anyone of any level, I will certainly be returning to further my experience.”

– Danielle Everett, Veterinary Physiotherapy Services, UK.

“This is the first time that I have updated my first aid using an online format as opposed to attending the course in person. The course is extremely user friendly and caters for all different learning styles. The content is delivered through use of slides, graphics, narrated video, downloadable resources and user interaction. The videos delivering the practical elements of the course are very clear and make it easy to demonstrate the same techniques at home. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to fit a short course in and around clinics and family life but this course you can break down into smaller chunks very easily and track your progress. Once completing the course you can widen your knowledge with further reading and also introduce protocols for your own clinic/set up. I certainly did not have nearly enough of the recommended items to make a well stocked canine first aid kit.”

– Avril Coleman, Veterinary Physiotherapist BSc(Hons), PgCertSART, MIRVAP(VP)(ICH), Animo, Kent, UK.

“I found the short course on Canine Natural Balanced Motion extremely in-depth, comprehensive and well structured – a really enjoyable learning experience with such feedback which in itself is so important.

Highly recommend this course.”

– Jill Gunn, JG Canine Physiotherapy, UK.

“K9HS courses have quite simply re-ignited my passion in my work. As a hydrotherapist for many years, I have always felt that there could be better ways of providing therapeutic care; looking at the whole dog, to help achieve comfort physically and emotionally, in the most natural way possible… and this is exactly what Barbara and K9HS Courses have helped me to do.

Having avidly watched Barbara’s K9HS YouTube presentations I have been both inspired and empowered to learn more … and more! Barbara’s wealth of knowledge and experience is evident, plus her clarity and enthusiasm in delivering the information makes learning a pleasure!

K9HS share skills to offer a far superior therapeutic service to the dogs in my care. The positive results are evident, for the dogs and for my business. Thank you.”

– Helen Rowley Canine Hydrotherapist, RVN; MIRVAP (MT)(ICH), CanineKinetics, Market Drayton, UK.

“I completed the level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy with K9HS, having worked as a veterinary nurse in a clinic who had recently installed a hydrotherapy pool. The online learning was great as I could complete it at home in Dublin and fit it in around my own working schedule.

The course layout is very clear and although I don’t have the strongest IT skills it was very easy to understand and submit my work. The course content was extremely in-depth and you cover a broad amount of topics from anatomy to administration.

Barbara was always swift to reply with any concerns I had. The practical days were both interactive and enjoyable, it was invaluable meeting such like minded people on the course. It was a great experience and has added valuable knowledge that I apply in everyday work as a nurse.”

– Anna Butterly RVN, Canine Hydrotherapist, Ireland.

“Firstly being a member of IRVAP I was able to do my refresher Canine First Aid course as an online experience. I was concerned about missing out on the practical side during these covid times but pleasantly surprised in how the course was delivered.

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

Putting together an annotated storyboard, with directions for each step of the first aid process was really helpful to reinforce my practical skills. I would highly recommend it for all therapists.”

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

“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 such 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.

Take it from one who was fortunate enough to find these wonderful people. If you’re passionate about helping dogs and you feel it’s your calling to be a Hydrotherapist, you’ll want/need to get the best training possible.

The best you can get is with K9HS. It’s not just the coursework. You’ll be in the pool learning hands on from the most qualified, inspirational and passionate instructors to be found anywhere. K9HS is the gold standard in Hydrotherapy training. Trust me. I was a student and now I have my own centre. Prepare to be inspired!

– Derek Richards, Hollywood Houndz Hydrotherapy Services, UK.

“I have completed many different first aid courses and most I have find is a matter of going through the same content without challenging my own reflection and how I would deal with individual first aid emergencies.

The course was engaging and covered topics and most importantly challenged my own decision making and understanding of the contents of the course.

– Jannette Slade-Andrews Black Dog Hydro, Knaseborough, UK.

Chat + Share Ideas

Registrants can book Professional Discussions and calls direct with Barbara Houlding, to share ideas, ask questions and review study assignments.

Chatting about “behind the scenes” of canine practice is a great way to progress ideas and deliver a successful canine service.

Learn from the comfort of your home base

The K9 Therapy Hub and CPD courses are designed with multi resources and include our innovative instructional videos in high definition, annotated visuals, tutorials, workbooks, informative lessons, downloadable PDFs, case studies, articles, quizzes and guided tasks.

All our in-person training and practical Masterclasses are supported by our online Practical Training Hub, providing additional videos and resources relevant to the “hands on” training.

K9HS Physiotherapy + Hydrotherapy, Bedingfield, Suffolk is our home base and we have 3 other registered satellite centres delivering our practical skills training: Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK; Canine Clinic, Cork, Ireland and K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand.

As a SEG Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status” we wish to share our successes with you.

Our online K9 Therapy Hub and CPD courses are flexible, convenient and fit around your work and home commitments. There are no extra costs for travel, subsistence, course materials or worries about being away. Everything is at your fingertips to fit in with your life and empower you on your canine career journey. 


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