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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 whether they are a loved pet or companion, a top athletic dog or working breed. She supports and assists the owner or trainer and her multi roles as a clinical specialist in veterinary physiotherapy, small animal rehabilitation and canine hydrotherapy are used to deliver best practice to each animal in her care. 

Barbara was the first UK Accredited Clinical Educator in veterinary physiotherapy, awarded by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and her experience in education and training is outlined below;

1. Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science; Co-Course Director PgCert Small Animal Rehabilitation 2012-2016; which she designed, wrote and delivered in partnership with the Vet School and DWR, Newmarket.

2. Royal Veterinary College, London; Masters programme in veterinary physiotherapy 2002 – 2011 Accredited Clinical Educator, Lecturer and Assistant Examiner

3. ACPAT Core Knowledge and Skills Course: three years as the small animal Lecturer, Clinical Educator and Examiner; designed, wrote and delivered all aspects of the small animal component.

Barbara is an international instructor in canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy and continues to push forward to the boundaries to offer outstanding training experiences to those who share her passion for dogs and wish to advance their canine therapy careers.

In 2002 she was awarded a Master of Science in veterinary physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College and awarded fellow status of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) in 2010 for services to the industry. She received the CHA Award for outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry in 2017 and supports and mentors hundreds of therapists across the world.