Our Team

Barb Houlding GradDipPhys, MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP

As founder and principal of K9HS, I am passionate about offering high quality healthcare to dogs so they can be the best they can be. My team of advanced veterinary physiotherapists share my vision and practice ethos of canine centred practice, supporting owners and working together to offer the best service we can.

As an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist I believe that every dog, whether they are a loved pet, athletic dog or working breed deserve the best treatment available.

As the first UK Accredited Clinical Educator in veterinary physiotherapy, awarded by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, I am committed to training and empowering other professionals to advance their clinical skills and canine knowledge. My educational background includes;

1. Co-Course Director of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science PgCert programme in small animal rehabilitation 2012-2016. I designed, delivered and examined the PgCert in partnership with the Vet School and DWR, Newmarket

2. Accredited Clinical Educator, lecturer and assistant examiner for the Royal Veterinary College Masters programme in veterinary physiotherapy 2002-2011, at the RVC, London

3. Clinical Educator, lecturer and examiner for ACPAT’s Core Knowledge and Skills Course for three years, where I designed and delivered the small animal component of this course

I continue to enjoy working with therapists around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe as well as in the UK and make every step of my career journey in canine clinical practice and teaching count. I believe education should offer outstanding training experiences that are relevant to best practice and  empower professionals to advance their clinical skills and knowledge.

It was a privilege to receive the CHA Award for outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry (2017) and my fellowship from the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) in 2010.  I have never looked back since my transition from human physiotherapy practice (1983 – 2000) to veterinary physiotherapy and achieving my post graduate Masters at the Royal Veterinary College in 2002. My work in canine therapy and healthcare is the best job in the world!