Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

We are passionate about delivering the best hydrotherapy treatment available so each dog can enjoy their life to the full and continue to share those special moments with their owners. We get astonishing results and want to share these with you through our new and revolutionary training programmes.

ABC Awards repeatedly award K9HS direct claim status for our outstanding performance in delivering every aspect of the Level 3 Certificate, leading to consistent amazing results for our course candidates who go forward into practice and open their own centres.

As an approved ABC Awards centre we offer you:

  • A choice of 3 K9HS fast track courses, options 1 and 2 are inclusive and open to all.   Option 1. Superfast Track course that includes 9 continuous days practical training placement at K9HS.                                                                                                         Option 2. Fast Track two centred that includes two practical training placements, 5 days at K9HS, Suffolk and a month later 4 days at Active Balance, Hinckley, Leics.           Option 3. For qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists and includes a 3 day practical training placement and has RPL / RPEL inbuilt to ensure you have a training opportunity to catapult your clinical skills forwards.
  • All 3 options are linked into an amazing NEW online Course Forum that is packed full of learning resources to build your knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling you to choose when and where you wish to study around your work and home commitments. You are able to access the online L3 Forum through-out the course.
  • Training instructors who are leading Veterinary Physiotherapists with post graduate awards, specialising in small animal hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and delivering high quality training
  • Superb opportunities in our veterinary hydrotherapy clinics to experience our movement enriched concepts and a wide range of treatment techniques, meeting our owners and working with their dogs that are real cases
  • One to one hands on training with Barbara Houlding, the first UK Accredited Clinical Educator in Veterinary Physiotherapy (awarded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). She designed, delivered and examined the canine component of the ACPAT Core Knowledge and Skills Course. Barbara trained physiotherapists for ten years at the Royal Veterinary College on all aspects of small animal therapy as part of the Masters of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy. She was then Co-Course Director for the Nottingham Veterinary School’s Post Graduate Certificate (PgC) in Small Animal Rehabilitation for 4 years, teaching all aspects of hydrotherapy at level 7
  • Free professional mentorship for 6 months after you achieve your award on a one to one basis with Barbara
  • Free membership to the K9HS Pro Forum closed group for exciting free CPD, live teaching, support and discussion
  • Free Individual Assessment Days (IAD) demanded by CHA and NARCH as part of their membership requirements are incorporated into our unique “hands on” practical enriched programme
  • An additional free canine first aid certificate for our comprehensive first aid and health check component
  • Optional extra clinical placement days offering further one to one skill development. This can be at K9HS or at one of our associated advanced hydrotherapy centres and is ideal for those new to this industry
  • A registration process to make sure all your queries are answered. This is not an attendance only course. You are supported in completing your assessment portfolio for submission, marking and moderation, to meet the ABC Awards requirements and attain this award


We offer you

2018 offers you a choice of fast track courses to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in hydrotherapy for small animals:

1. A Superfast Track course consisting of 3 months online teaching, resources and support with an intensive 9 day hands on practical training with state of the art equipment and accredited instructors at K9HS

2. A Fast Track Two centred course of 3 months online teaching, resources and support with two 5 day hands on practical training (10 days hands on), the first being at K9HS and the second at Active Balance in Hinckley, Leics, one month apart

3. A Veterinary Physiotherapist’s Superfast Track with amazing online teaching, resources and support with a 3 day intensive hands on training at K9HS with RPL / RPEL in place recognising VP’s skills and experiences

The course for all options starts once you receive your username and password and you log on to our fantastic online L3 Certificate Course Forum plus you are invited to have free access to our K9HS Pro Forum group providing you with free CPD, live teaching and lots of great resources. This empowers you to steer your online learning schedule at a pace and times to suit you.

The practical training is an opportunity to work alongside specialists in hydrotherapy and develop your hands on skills. By developing your own tool box of assessment and treatment techniques you can offer safe and current practice that leads to amazing results for the dogs in your therapeutic care.

We recognise you have a preferred style of learning, so we fit the programme to each person, whether you are new to canine hydrotherapy or an experienced therapist. We are delighted to be a part of your career journey and your success is our success.

Course dates and pricing

K9HS ABC Awards L3 Certificate in hydrotherapy:

2018 Autumn Superfast Track Continuous dates: Open: 2 places left

Courses start date: Mon 3rd Sept 2018

Practical training element @ K9HS, Suffolk: Sat 4th Nov- Sun 11th Nov 2018

Final submission date for assignments: Mon 19th Nov 2018

2018 Vet Physio SFT dates: Open: 2 places left

Course start date:  Mon 1st May 2018

Practical training element @ K9HS, Suffolk: Sat 23rd June – Mon 25th June 2018

Final submission date for assignments: Tues 10th July 2018

2018 Spring Superfast Track Continuous dates: FULL

Start date of access to online programme: Wed 24th Jan 2018

Training Placement @ K9HS, Suffolk: Sat 24th Feb- Sun 4th March 2018

Final submission date for assignments: Mon 12th March 2018

2018 Spring Fast Track 2 centred dates: FULL

Course start date: Wed 14th Feb 2018

Practical training element 1 @ K9HS, Suffolk: Sat 17th – Wed 21st March 2018
Practical training element 2 @ Active Balance, Hinckley, Leics: Sun 22nd – Thurs 26th April 2018

Final submission date for assignments: Mon 8th May 2018       

Level 3 Certificate pricing:

Option 1 & 2: Superfast Track Continuous and Fast Track 2 centred courses:  £2700

A non refundable £500 deposit secures your offered place following successful registration, with the balance of £2200 being paid prior to commencement of the course.

Option 3: Veterinary Physiotherapist Superfast Track course: £995

A non refundable £500 deposit secures your offered place following successful registration, with the balance of £495 being paid prior to commencement of the course.

Application and registration process

Step 1: Contact the K9HS Course Registrar for an application form at:


Step 2: Complete the application form and return it for processing

Step 3: Telephone interview to ensure you understand all aspects of the course: delivery, assessment, your responsibilities and our role working with you to assist your professional development

Step 4: Following a successful interview you will be sent a letter of confirmation offering you a provisional place on the course. Payment of the non refundable deposit secures your place and we send you the Course Handbook to prepare for your studies

Step 5: Payment of the balance is required two weeks prior to the course start date. You will then receive your username and password to access the online element of the course on the open date.