Barbara Houlding

Barbara Houlding | GradDipPhys, MScVetPhys, MCSP, FIRVAP
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Barbara qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1983 and studied at the royal veterinary college to gain her Masters degree in veterinary physiotherapy in 2002.  Barbara specialises in integrating canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy to find solutions for canine movement dysfunction. She is passionate about offering a holistic approach that is dog centred and owner focused.

As the first UK Accredited Clinical Educator in veterinary physiotherapy (awarded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) Barbara has combined fourteen years of lecturing experience at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Nottingham Vet School and her extensive clinical skills, to develop a series of interactive and dynamic training opportunities provided by K9HS Courses.

These courses focus on Canine Movement Enrichment, which is a clinical concept and method first introduced by Barbara into the RVC Masters Veterinary Physiotherapy programme in 2004. These ranges of techniques are hugely proprioceptively enriching and work with the dog in its natural balanced stance and motion, finding behaviour solutions to optimise their functional abilities.

Barbara is committed to empowering canine therapists to enhance their clinical skills and actively supports and mentors’ therapists on their career journey, whilst continuing to expand the K9HS information service to promote the sharing of skills and knowledge amongst as many practitioners as possible.

Barbara works at the forefront of the canine rehabilitation and healthcare sector and is the Skills and Education ABC Awards specialist for canine hydrotherapy. The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) acknowledged Barbara’s significant contribution when they presented her with their Award for “Outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry” in 2017. 

As Chair of the professional association; Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) she launched the Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH) in September 2019. The ICH reflects the ethos of IRVAP and is focused on advancing therapeutic canine hydrotherapy practice and as a result has seen membership grow exponentially with like-minded clinicians since its inception.




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