These courses are perfect for therapists to advance their canine clinical skills. This exciting online experience includes our innovative instructional technical videos, scripted lessons, downloadable PDFs, templates, workbooks, quizzes and unlimited access to our online K9HS Community. All courses are certificated on successful completion of the assignment. This high quality CPD is recognised by all professional associations. 

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. Fully preparing for action in challenging 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 clinical setting. The significant correlation between enrichment and the dog’s natural balanced stance and motion, leads to improvement of the dog’s active participation and focus in clinic.

Award in Canine Therapeutic Handling Techniques

At QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Canine therapeutic handling techniques are a transformational holistic method for working with dogs in a clinical setting. This includes a wide range of techniques to build a trusted professional bond with each dog, so the therapist can successfully interact with the dog in an active, proprioceptively enriched and connected way. 

Award in Canine Natural Balanced Motion

At QLS Level 6 – 20 course hours

This course is perfect for therapists working with dogs aiming to significantly improve canine natural balance, motion and function, leading to happy, healthy dogs. The course explores canine functional anatomy, biomechanics, gait, breed biology and canine behaviours and their impact on clinical technique choices. 

Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management

At QLS Level 3 – 12 course hours

This is a great refresher course for therapists to update their canine water management skills. Achieving high quality balanced and safe water is essential. Effective problem solving and finding solutions for complex challenges is key for canine hydrotherapy water management quality assurance.


Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards Certificate is the industry recognised qualification in canine hydrotherapy. To achieve your award you need to successfully complete 10 of the 12 units, totalling 300 guided learning hours.

Our flexible, modular course is ideal for veterinary 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 our online course and Module 2 is the face to face practical training delivered in the UK or abroad with specialist instructors.  

Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


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

Advance your techniques and expand your “Therapeutic Toolbox” to provide more choices for your complex cases. You build your award 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 our online course and Module 2 is our face to face 2 day practical Masterclass in Suffolk, to advance your clinical skills.

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

“K9HS provided me with a unique learning experience whilst completing my L3 Certificate in 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

“ICH First Aid Refresher: 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 with thorough instruction and make it easy to demonstrate the same techniques at home. Personally, bandaging has been a former nemesis of mine, and the videos make it very simple to play back and review when required.

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 using the checklists and track your progress. Once completing the course you can widen your knowledge with further reading and also review and make alterations/ 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 feedback which in itself is so important.

Highly recommend this course.”

– Jill Gunn, JG Canine Physiotherapy

“K9HS courses have quite simply re-ignited my passion in my work! I have worked as a veterinary nurse and hydrotherapist for many years, and 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 embarked on the L5 Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques course, and avidly watched Barbara’s Crowdcast presentations I have been both inspired and empowered to learn more … and more! Barbara’s wealth of knowledge and experience is evident, but the clarity and enthusiasm with which the information is delivered makes learning a pleasure (and may be a bit of an obsession!)

I am now filled with a renewed enthusiasm in my work; K9HS are giving me the knowledge and confidence to offer a far superior therapeutic service to the dogs in my care and 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 hydrotherapy with K9HS having worked as a veterinary nurse in a clinic who had recently installed a hydrotherapy pool. The online and distance 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 ICH Canine First Aid course at a discounted rate which is very affordable. 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 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 a photo story book with directions to each step of the first aid process, really helped reinforce my practical training and 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.

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

Each course includes access to our K9HS Community for additional resources, support, conversations and a “behind the scenes” look at canine skills and successful practice.

You can also join Barbara Houlding for one to one calls through virtual office hours, to ask questions  and come away with new insights to help you advance your practice.

Learn from the comfort of your home

All our courses include our unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs + OneShots). We have a “course tour guide” to help you orientate around the course player, where you will find the Welcome Chapter and course material, divided into Chapters. Our different resources are specifically designed for you and include our videos, clinical tools, workbooks, informative script, top clinical tips, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies and full access to our K9HS Community.

Our in-person courses have practical Modules at our different satellite centres which include K9HS Physiotherapy + Hydrotherapy, Bedingfield, Suffolk; Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire, K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand and The Canine Clinic, Cork, Ireland. Our face to face holistic training opportunities and experiences are bespoke and built for you.

K9HS is an SEG 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 ongoing successes with you.

Our online 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.