About K9HS Physiotherapy

K9HS offers you:

  • Canine centered and owner focused clinical services solving your dog’ mobility and fitness needs using physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation techniques and positive behaviour solutions.
  • Courses and skills training for K9 therapists working together and ensuring you receive the best training to progress your career and advance your practice, whether new to this industry or an experienced therapist.

As an ABC Awards approved training centre we provide you with choices for your career journey in K9 physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, athletic dog conditioning and rehabilitation. We offer you face to face courses, each linked to their own amazing online Course Forum. During your K9HS registration period you also have free access to the new K9HS Pro Forum, providing you with free CPD, live teaching and a network of support.

Our team

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Barb Houlding GradDipPhys, MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP

Barbara is an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist specialising in dogs and small animals. As Principal of K9HS she is passionate about offering high quality healthcare to dogs so they can be the best they can be (more…)



Sarah is the Clinical Manager of K9HS and works closely with Barbara to offer the best service to Suffolk, north Essex south Norfolk areas. She is an experienced small animal Veterinary Physiotherapist and advanced canine hydrotherapist and embraces the animal centred ethos K9HS represents. Sarah's background in clinical management as well as her 10 years experience as a Veterinary Nurse empowers the comprehensive services K9HS continues to offer and expand. (more…)

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Mel Doyle PgDipCABC, PgCertSART, BSc(Hons), MIRVAP

Mel is a small animal veterinary physiotherapist and advanced canine hydrotherapist passionate about her clinical services for the dogs in her care at K9HS. She enjoys working with agility dogs and actively supporting their owners, linking this to training and performance at all levels. Mel is the K9HS Course Registrar and the first point of contact for those accessing the face to face training courses offered by K9HS.  (more…)

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Eleanor Garwood BSc, AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP

Eleanor is a lead small animal Veterinary Physiotherapist and advanced canine hydrotherapist with a particular passion for Labrador Retrievers. Her passion for offering animal centred clinics at K9HS is all about making sure every dog receives the best treatment available. She also assists Barbara in teaching on the Level 3 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in hydrotherapy, sharing her skills and knowledge.  (more…)

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Mell Matthews PgCertSART, BSc(Hons), MCSP, HCPC, MIRVAP

Mell is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a small animal Veterinary Physiotherapist specialising in canine agility, rehabilitation and advanced hydrotherapy. She believes that every dog deserves the best therapy and promotes this animal centred practice in her clinics at K9HS and in her own mobile service "Dogworks".Barbara and Mell share a passion for the athletic dog and a pro-active approach of body conditioning and canine performance enhancement work. (more…)

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Susanne Pender PgCertSART, BSc(Hons), MCSP, HCPC, MIRVAP

Susanne is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a small animal Veterinary Physiotherapist specialising in all aspects of canine healthcare and advanced hydrotherapy. She lives in Surrey and regularly commutes to work at K9HS as she embraces our animal centred practice that provides dogs and owners a complete therapy rehabilitation package. Susanne covers the home visit service for K9HS to the local area too. (more…)


Sophie Green

Sophie is one of our small animal rehab assistants at K9HS and has worked hard to progress her career and achieve a hydrotherapist qualification: ABC Awards level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for small animals. Sophie embraces the animal centred practice at K9HS and has a great passion for spaniels. She is always busy in the office if not in clinic and has great organisational skills.  (more…)


Eleanor Wilding

Eleanor enjoys being part of a team who share the same ethos and passion to make a real difference to dogs recovery and their quality of life. She has risen to the challenge of learning so many new skills and is really excited to progress further as part of our expanding team.

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Maria Johnston AdvCertVPhys, Tellington TTouch Practitioner (level 3), MIRVAP, APDT, CBWA

Maria specialises in canine hydrotherapy and small animal rehabilitation and is theGB agility team veterinary physiotherapist. She has worked in association with Barbara for several years jointly delivering an extensive range of exciting CPD courses both in Suffolk and at her rehabilitation centre in the midlands. (more…)