Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy


This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards ABC L3 Certificate is the industry recognised  qualification in canine hydrotherapy. You need to successfully complete 10 units to achieve your award.

Our flexible, modular course is ideal for veterinary professionals as well as those new to the sector. We ensure our training fit your specific needs.

The in-person practicals led by canine physiotherapist instructors offers you 48 hours of hands on training integrated with the online resources, totalling 300 guided learning hours (GLH).

Underwater Treadmill Masterclass

Our Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills. The 1-day practical Masterclass at K9HS aims to  explore current advanced treatment techniques. You also have access to our extensive online resources, including our unique instructional canine technical videos (K9TVs).

We offer an optional bonus as you can choose to complete the new Aquatic Treadmill practice unit [F/617/ 6401], part of the Awards ABC L3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy.  

Our Masterclass has 2 attendees with 2 canine physiotherapist instructors.

Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


This ABC Awards QLS endorsed online course is perfect for canine therapists in practice wishing to advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques.

Our unique instructional K9TV’s demonstrate advanced techniques step by step. Extra resources include case studies, video links and guided practical tasks.

Build your 6 units at your pace to achieve your Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.



ICH Canine First Aid Refresher course

Perfect to review and update your first aid knowledge to keep dogs safe and expand your skills and confidence to take appropriate action in any emergency. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs plus outtakes. 

Level 3: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.                          

First Aid, First Aid Assessment, CPR, First Aid Box, Bandaging.

ICH Canine Health Checks Refresher

Ideal to expand your canine health checks knowledge and skills to monitor and action essential checks for the dogs in your professional care. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs plus outtakes. 

Level 3: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.                     

Canine Therapeutic Handling, Top tips  for healthy eyes, nose + ears, Health checks of heart rate, femoral pulse + body condition, Health check of paws, pads + nails, Canine water intoxication. 

ICH Canine Water Management Refresher

Offers you the perfect balance of skills and information to ensure you meet the needs of your canine hydrotherapy service. Includes our clinic based K9TVs full of money saving tips.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 6 seminars.                               

UK legal framework, Biosecurity + infection control, Plant processes + Risk Assessment, Chemicals + Risk Assessment, Water testing, good practice + problem solving. 

Clinic Enrichment Techniques for Canine Therapists

Offers an integrated package of clinical skills and information . Review enrichment techniques in the canine therapeutic clinical setting and it’s positive impact on your treatment success. Includes our unique instructional K9TVs.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.

Canine Clinic Enrichment, Canine proprioceptive system, Clinic Enrichment treatment techniques, Clinic Enrichment  + pain management.

Therapeutic Handling Techniques for Canine Therapists

A therapeutic perspective of working with the canine client, building that all important professional bond of active engagement and trust with each dog. Includes our clinical skills led instructional K9TVs.

Level 4: Course hours: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.                 

Therapeutic Handling techniques, Canine behaviours in clinic, Therapeutic lead stroking techniques, Therapeutic harness choices.

Canine Natural Balanced Motion

Empower your clinical skills when working with dogs and explore how the proprioceptive system can influence efficient and natural balanced motion. Review breed variation, canine biomechanics and gait.  Ideal for therapists, trainers and those working with dogs.

Level 6: Course hours: 10 hours of study in 7 seminars.                   

Breeds + biomechanics, canine biomechanical design, canine proprioception, canine muscle power, canine functional anatomy, canine gait + locomotion, canine gait patterns.

Coming Soon

NEW Ofqual regulated  Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This new ABC Awards qualification will be launched in 2019 and offer you a modular format so you can select the units you wish to study. You can build your award one unit at a time to achieve your 37 units, in the order and time you choose.

Each unit offers a great CPD package in itself and focuses on advancing your hydrotherapy practice and  clinical skills. You can decide to complete a unit for your own CPD development.

This course is perfect for holders of the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy aspiring to progress their canine hydrotherapy service.

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

Each course includes 12 months free access to our new K9HS Courses Community for exclusive resources, conversations and a “behind the scenes” look at what it takes to build and grow a successful practice.

You can also join Barbara Houlding via live virtual office hours each month, to ask questions  and come away with new insights to help you advance 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. We also have a satellite centre in Auckland , New Zealand for our hydrotherapy courses.

K9HS is an ABC Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status” due to our continual achievement of being identified repeatedly as outstanding and excellent in all areas. We wish to share our successes with you.

These courses are designed to be super convenient and fit around both your work and home commitments. There are no additional costs for travel, hotels, resources, or course materials and no worries about being away from your busy practice, as everything is provided for you at your fingertips. 



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