Available Courses

Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy


This new version of the ofqual ABC Awards  certificate offers you 12 units with choices. You study 9 mandatory units and 1 of the optional units to complete the 10 required to achieve your award.

Our new modular course is perfect for veterinary professionals and those new to the sector.

The in-person practicals led by physiotherapist instructors offers you 48 hours of hands on training plus supported online learning totalling 300 hours of study.

Underwater Treadmill Masterclass


This new Underwater Treadmill Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills. Included is a 1-day practical masterclass at K9HS on advanced treatment techniques. You have access to our online resources and instructional K9 technical videos.

Plus you can choose to study the new ABC Awards level 3 Aquatic Treadmill unit and achieve their certification as an optional extra.

Each Masterclass has two attendees with 2 physiotherapist instructors to meet your specific needs. 


Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


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

Our instructional Canine technical videos demonstrate in high resolution detail current advanced techniques. Additional resources include case studies, video links and guided practical tasks.

Build your 6 units over the time frame you choose to achieve your Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.


Refresher Courses

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: 6 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 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: 6 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 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: 6 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 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 Refresher

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: 6 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 4 seminars;                    Canine Clinic Enrichment, Canine proprioceptive system, Clinic Enrichment treatment techniques, Clinic Enrichment  + pain management.

Therapeutic Handling Techniques for Canine Therapists Refresher

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: 6 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 4 seminars;                 Therapeutic Handling techniques, Canine behaviours in clinic, Therapeutic lead stroking techniques, Therapeutic harness choices.

Canine Natural Balanced Motion Refresher

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: 10 guided learning hours (GLH) of study + 7 seminars;          Breeds + biomechanics, Canine biomechanical design, Canine proprioception, Canine muscle power, Canine functional anatomy, Canine gait + locomotion, Canine gait patterns.

Coming Soon

NEW Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This new ABC Awards qualification will be launched in summer 2019. It will have a modular format to choose which units you would prefer to study in the order of your choice, building up to achieving your full award. This course is perfect for holders of the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy aspiring to progress their canine hydrotherapy practice.

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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