SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy

This NEW Ofqual regulated L4 Diploma is the perfect progression to advance your clinical skills from your L3 Certificate in canine hydrotherapy. Our registration process ensures we meet your specific needs and answer all your queries.

To achieve the L4 Diploma in canine hydrotherapy you need to build 37 credits from the units provided. The total qualification time (TQT) for the Diploma is 365 hours and each unit represents a specific number of credits.

You choose the unit you wish to study, when you wish to start and steer your training programme to work at your pace. You have up to 3 years to complete your qualification and can build your award one unit at a time.

Our very flexible modular format recognises the career value in offering you the opportunity to use each Unit as a discrete “mini course” so it provides a great training experience to meet your professional CPD requirements, as well as bank your credits with ABC Awards.

L4 Diploma units to build your award

You choose your unit combination and plan your own learning pathway. Unit fees are divided into 2 parts; an online component fee and a practical Masterclass component fee, to offer flexibility.

How it works:

Each Unit explores advanced practice and is comprised of 2 components:

Online Studies

Our bespoke online Manuals cover the theory part of your chosen unit. Each Unit Manual is packed full of our unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) showing every technique in high definition detail.

The Manual also includes video links, scripted information in useful sections, downloadable PDFs, guided tasks, clinical guidelines and useful clinical tools and top tips.


In person practical Masterclass (MC)

Each advanced technique unit has a 2-Day practical; 1-Day online practical webinar workshop and a 1-Day face to face MC with 1 to 1 training experience. Our hands on opportunities include real canine cases and a workshop style training to advance your clinical skills.

The advanced water management unit has a bespoke 1-Day online practical webinar workshop.

online component units & fees

Units available to choose from:


Unit 1 Advanced Canine Aquatic Treadmill Techniques (15 credits) – £297


Unit 2 Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Pool Techniques (15 credits) – £297


Unit 3 Advanced Hydrotherapy Water Management Strategies + Solutions (8 credits) – £297


Unit 4 Advanced Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques for the Senior Canine Patient (9 Credits) – £297

Coming Soon (Summer 2020):


Advanced Hydrotherapy Techniques for Canine Fitness + Conditioning (8 credits)


Advanced Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques for the Canine Orthopaedic Patient (9 credits)


Advanced Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques for the Canine Neurological Patient (9 credits)


If you purchase a unit or the full course, we offer you an extra free resource where you can review the new canine anatomy and canine physiology units from our ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. 



This includes a bespoke online Unit Manual, devised specifically for each unit, to progress your knowledge and integrate with your clinical skills.

Each Unit Manual is packed full with our detailed instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs), useful video links, scripted information in helpful sections, case summaries, clinical tools, downloadable PDFs, useful clinical tips and guided tasks. 

This aims to support your knowledge advancement set out in each Learning Outcome (LO) and fully integrates to your Practical Masterclass, to progress your skills in canine hydrotherapy.

Online support is provided through both one to one sessions with Barbara and our K9HS Community Forum, which is a place for additional resources and informative discussion. We provide unlimited access to our online Unit Manuals and their respective K9TVs, plus we have Learning Tracks on our website Resources page and regular new content on our YouTube channel. 

Unit Fees are divided into 2 parts to offer flexible payment, the first payment is at registration for the online component and the second payment is due when you book your practical Masterclass component.

Each unit exploring advanced clinical techniques links your online training with a 2-Day practical  Masterclass. This second component offers an innovative 1-Day online webinar practical linked to a face to face day at K9HS with intensive hands on experience. This aims to build your therapeutic tool box of advanced clinical skills to find solutions for the complex cases in your professional care.

Unit 3 Advanced water management links your online learning to a 1-Day online webinar practical and 1 to 1 support. We use live webinars, professional discussion and interactive workshops to find solutions for successful and safe practice, to achieve an advanced status in this topic.

You choose when you start your online studies and when you wish to attend your Masterclass practical. Masterclass dates are published regularly on the page below and you book your practical component in the Welcome section of your online Unit Manual, using our calendar system.

We begin the process with an informal interview to learn about your career experience and needs, to make sure we can offer you the very best training opportunities. At the interview stage we may recommend you attend a Clinical Placement day prior to your Masterclass. This has an additional fee and is to ensure you optimise your learning pathway and achieve your goals of progressing your skills to achieve your advanced status.

Not sure if you’re ready, or have more questions for Barbara before booking in your interview?
You can book a Discovery chat with Barbara here.

In-person Practical Masterclass

In the Masterclass you’ll take your learning to the next level and link the theory to a range of advanced practical skills, to progress your hydrotherapy practice.

The second component involves completing your Practical Masterclass, with small groups of 2 course participants to 2 instructors. This amazing ratio ensures a one to one training experience with veterinary physiotherapists who specialise in advanced canine aquatic and hydrotherapy practice.

Our practical enriched training is perfect for those who enjoy exploring techniques using a hands on learning approach. We facilitate the link between the theory and practical skills so you know the “why” of your treatment choices and ensure your service is both up to date and the best service you can offer the dogs in your professional care.

Research identifies this training approach of ongoing support, clinical reflection and hands on experiences with highly qualified clinical instructors, leads to significant progression of your clinical skill acquisition.

You are mentored by Barbara who was the first UK accredited clinical educator in veterinary physiotherapy. Barbara and her lead physiotherapists are all advanced clinical specialists in canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy practice.

Current practice is about devising an individual treatment programme based on your assessment findings linked to clinical reasoning skills and a strong scientific knowledge base. Delivering an advanced clinical service to your canine clients, leads to improved lives for dogs and their owners, making a real difference that is long lasting.


As the first UK approved training provider for this qualification, we look forward to sharing advanced skills with you using our fully integrated and practical enriched training. 

In-Person Practical Masterclass

K9HS, Suffolk is your location for your Practical Masterclass for Units 1, 2 + 3
Active Balance, Leics will be the location for the Canine Fitness + Conditioning unit (coming soon).

Location: K9HS, Suffolk, UK
Instructors: Barbara Houlding
GradDipPhys, MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
ACPAT Canine Veterinary Physiotherapist + Advanced Hydrotherapist

Sarah Ward                                                                                                                              L3CertHydroSA, RVN, PgCertSART, MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
Canine Veterinary Physiotherapist, RVN + Advanced Hydrotherapist

You have to complete an informal interview and accept our terms + conditions before registering on your Level 4 Diploma unit.

Practical Masterclasses 2020



All practical Masterclasses will be scheduled when K9HS and AB reopen after the shutdown period.

 UNIT 1 or 2

2-Day Practical Masterclass; 1-Day Online Webinar Workshop plus 1-Day Face to Face @ K9HS 

includes 1 to 1 hands on training 

Units 1, 2, 4 Advanced treatment technique Units 1 ,2 and 4; Canine Movement Enrichment techniques to include Therapeutic Handling, Clinic Enrichment, Movement Shaping, Aquatic Myofasical Release, Clinical Massage, Therapeutic Alignment, Proprioceptive Paw Placement (PPP) and Therapeutic Showering techniques.


1-Day Practical Masterclass: Online Webinar Workshop 

Includes 1 to 1 Video call 

Unit 3 Water Management covers: Finding solutions and raising standards in your centre water management: Explores plant and centre design issues for an efficient and profitable business, develops strategies, protocols, procedures and appropriate record keeping.

Unit 5: Advanced Hydrotherapy Techniques for Canine Fitness + Conditioning

Location: Active Balance, Hinckley, Leics
Instructor: Maria Johnston, Agility Team GB Veterinary Physiotherapist        L3CertHydroSA, TTouch P3, APDT, CBWA, AdvCertVPhys, FIRVAP(VP)(ICH)

2-Day Aquatic Clinical Masterclass

2 Course delegates, 1 Instructor

You will work with a range of athletic dogs including agility dogs to expand and advance your practical clinical skills.

Practical Masterclass 2020

This unit is coming soon


Unlimited access to our K9HS Community forum

Our training always fits around your specific needs. We offer you ongoing access to our Community Forum for ongoing support and additional resources for a year post training.

We wish you every success during your studies with K9HS Courses and that you enjoy every part of your canine career journey.

does it work?

We aim to provide you with an enriched and positive learning experience to achieve a pass in both the practical and theory components covered in your chosen unit. You may find you require further support to achieve your pass grade in either the theory or practical. We can arrange additional time together if required (at an additional fee).

You choose when you start your studies
Our flexible course means you choose your start date. You also book and select which dates you wish to attend your Practical Masterclass from March to November. Once you book and start your online component, you can then book your preferred Masterclass dates to fit around your work and home commitments.

You choose your study pace
You can choose to fast track your training by completing your studies in a time that works for you and you have up to 3 years to achieve the full Diploma award. If you require an extension this can be arranged on an individual basis.

We provide you with all the resources you need, plus a Unit Workbook to use to complete your set assignments. You will receive continuous support throughout the course to make every step along the way work for you.

During your face to face practical you will have access to additional resources. Once you have completed both unit components and your assignments, you will be ready to submit your work for marking and moderation, through our easy online system. 

Who is this Course for?

We have designed this course to be perfect for holders of the Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy or equivalent. This course is ideal for canine therapists wishing to progress and advance their clinical skills and hydrotherapy service.

Ready to get started?

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

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