CPD & Courses

IRVAP endorsed CPD & courses, verifying robust processes

and the training provider’s commitment to delivering high-quality learning experiences for therapists.


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Advancing YOUR CANINE clinical SKILLS

K9HS Courses

Advance your techniques, skills and confidence, with support. We work with you and offer online courses, an amazing K9 Therapy Hub CPD membership site and bespoke practical Masterclasses.

L4 Diploma in Canine Clinical Hydrotherapy

This exciting new qualification meets current needs of canine hydrotherapists and progresses clinical skills to offer the optimum care to dogs. Do you want to shape the future of K9 hydrotherapy?

Award in Canine First Aid + Health Checks

This CPD refresher course is ideal for therapists to review, update and advance their canine first aid and health check skills. This aims to be proactive and keep dogs safe in professional practice.

Fully preparing for action in challenging clinical situations or an emergency, ensures the best care for dogs and owners.

K9 Clinical Hydrotherapy CPD Overview

​This new FREE CPD resource offers you 30 hours of certificated study.

Disclaimer: This is not a license or qualification to practice, it’s CPD study only.

Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management

This is a great refresher course for therapists to update their canine water management skills.

Achieving high quality balanced and safe water is essential. Effective problem solving and finding solutions for complex challenges is key for canine hydrotherapy water management quality assurance.


IRVAP Member Courses

The selection of courses set out below are delivered by IRVAP Members and have been through a robust accreditation process.

Preparing the Horse Saddle Rider Combination for Performance

This IRVAP accredited course will provide you with knowledge and practical skills in saddle & bridle fit checking, equine mobilisation, ground schooling, and rider stabilisation techniques. 

Successful completion of this award entitles registration with IRVAP – Manual Therapist (MT) category.

Puppy Massage

Learn to massage your own puppy or dog in a safe, jargon free way. Create a calm, happy confident dog.

This course is aimed at puppies, but is great for dogs of any age.

You will learn how to create a relaxing environment for your dog and then move on to learn different massage techniques, including gum massage.

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation in the "not dog or horse"

Learn physiotherapy and rehabilitation planning for species such as cats and rabbits.

On this course, you will compare anatomy (including pedal anatomy) between species and learn how to make a rehabilitation plan to suit the needs of different species.

Equine Water Treadmill for Training and Rehabilitation

Using a water treadmill for training and rehabilitation provides numerous benefits for horses, including improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle tone, and reduced joint stress. It’s a valuable tool for horses recovering from injuries, aiding in the healing process.

This training is a solid starting point based on scientific research and industry experience to assist all equine water treadmill equipment users in achieving their therapeutic goals. This assists to avoid some of the injury occurrences witnessed due to the lack of training, knowledge and experience.

IRVAP members receive a 20% discount on fees. £85 discounted to £68. 2 CPD points are awarded. Enter irvap at checkout to receive your discount.

Level 6 Equine Physiotherapy Diploma Programme

The Level 6 Diploma in Equine Physiotherapy is accredited by the Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP).

Upon completion graduates will be able to apply for IRVAP membership and will be permitted to use the post nominals MIRVAP.  High standards in professionalism and clinical proficiency are assured through IRVAP’s stringent accredited registration process.

This programme is also accredited by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).


IRVAP Member Courses

The courses below are delivered by IRVAP Members and have been through a comprehensive and robust accreditation process.

Course Provider

At the Equine Massage Academy (EMA), we are one of the original providers of the highest quality equine manual therapy training and CPD education to professionals worldwide.  With a team of experienced and knowledgeable instructors, cutting-edge techniques, and a passion for enhancing the health and well-being of all horses, we are proud to set benchmarks for excellence in the industry.  Our mission is simple yet profound: to empower every learner to deliver unparalleled care to horses.

Angela Hall, the founder of EMA is a true professional and meticulously creates multi-media online course material that is engaging and inspirational. When she works with horses her ethos is clear, that every horse is an individual and must be treated that way. Before any therapeutic intervention, she prioritises building trust with every horse – a philosophy that sets her apart and resonates deeply with her clients. It’s this distinctive approach that Angela imparts to her students, ensuring they deliver nothing short of the best for the horses they work with, and, by extension, their clients.

With a wealth of experience spanning continents—from Europe to Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and the United Arab Emirates, Angela brings exceptional insights into the diverse equine industry. Her expertise ranges from pleasure horses to elite athletes, including Grand Prix competitors, Olympians, and Group 1 racehorses. Not only is Angela highly qualified in equine, but in business too, which adds another dimension to the training she provides at EMA. This multifaceted approach speaks volumes about the quality, organisation, and compassion infused into every aspect of its programmes.

Angela’s contributions extend beyond the classroom and therapy arena. As the author of the book “Is My Horse in Pain?”, she bridges the gap between professionals and horse owners, imparting invaluable knowledge to all. Her belief in a science-backed yet holistic approach to equine care was ahead of its time with her alternative therapy teachings that have now paved the way for a more mainstream approach.

Angela’s previous involvement with prestigious organisations like IRVAP Council and her recognition as a Fellow of the International Society of Animal Professionals emphasises her standing as a leader in the field.

When you choose to study with EMA, you’re not just embarking on an educational journey, you are gaining access to the peak of equine healthcare platforms. With Angela’s guidance and the expertise of our instructors, you’ll receive an unparalleled experience that will set the stage for a fulfilling career in equine wellness.

Career Courses:

  • Advanced Practitioner in Equine Integrative Support Therapies (level 5)
  • Practitioner in Equine Sports and Remedial Massage (level 4)
  • Practitioner in Canine Massage and Rehabilitation (level 5)
  • Practitioner in Equine Botanical Choices (Zoopharmacognosy) (level 5)
  • Practitioner in Equine Botanical Choices (Zoopharmacognosy) Other species ( CPD level 5)
  • Equine Health and Nutrition Management  (Nutrition Advisor) (level 5)
  • Equine Bit and Bridle Fitting Consultant (level 3)


  • Equine Water Treadmill for Training and Rehabilitation (level 2)
  • Applied Racehorse Support Therapies (level 5)
  • Advanced Assessment and Prescription for Training and Rehabilitation (level 6)


Member Resources

These free resources are created by our members for the benefit of both professionals and the general public.


Anatomy & Biomechanics

Dr Richard Payne; IRVAP Hon Fellow
Course Lead MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
Nottingham Veterinary School of Medicine & Science

Canine Pain Management Strategies

Avril Coleman; MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
Animo Rehabilitation Centre, Kent

Puppies & Hydrotherapy

Maria Johnston; FIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
Active Balance, Leicestershire

Canine referral paperwork – getting the right patient information

Sarah Brick; MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)

Right Side Up! Or the righting reflex in cats

Jo Scott; IRVAP Affiliate


Cervical Abnormalities in Equine Patients

Gaby Kerfoot; FIRVAP(VP)
GKVP, Cheshire

Canine CCL Disease Case Study

Susanne Pender; MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
Paws4Rehab, Surrey

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Hawskmoor Team, Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy, Leicestershire

Managing Equines with chronic sacroiliac dysfunction

Gemma Key; MIRVAP(VP)  www.gemmakeyvetphysio.com

An Exotic Approach

Jo Scott; IRVAP Affiliate

Equine Hydrotherapy

Grainne Ni Chaba-Byrne; MIRVAP(VP)

Canine Movement Enrichment Techniques

Barbara Houlding, FIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
K9HS Courses; Suffolk

Common Injuries in Working Sheepdogs

Sarah Ward; MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)
K9HS Courses, Suffolk


Companion Therapy Lasers

Georgina MacPhail, Companion Animal Health

Hydrotherapy Water Management

Mitchell Loach, TEST Ltd

Cruciate Ligament Disease & the Role of the Balto Knee Brace

Cheryl Corral; MRCVS, MIRVAP(VP)(ICH)

Equine Massage Therapy Pad

Vicky Boakes, Equilibrium Products

Stance Analysis – Tool for Early Lameness Detection

Georgina MacPhail, Companion Animal Health 


For Membership Enquiries - membership@irvap.org.uk
For Professional Development Matters - cpd@irvap.org.uk
For Canine Hydrotherapy Support - ich@irvap.org.uk
For Equine Hydrotherapy Support - ieh@irvap.org.uk
For Receipts and Transactions - treasurer@irvap.org.uk
For Mentoring and Support - mentoring@irvap.org.uk
For Student Support - student-support@irvap.org.uk
For The IRVAP Chair - irvapchair@irvap.org.uk