IRVAP Sub group

Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH)

The ICH represents qualified professionals and promotes excellence in canine clinical hydrotherapy. 


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what we do

Raising the Industry Standard

Canine hydrotherapy is currently a non-regulated industry and the ICH sets the standards for professionalism and clinical proficiency in canine clinical hydrotherapy. 

All our members are qualified professionals who annually pledge their commitment and obligations to meet the IRVAP Code of Practice.

The Board is directly accountable to the IRVAP Council and this unique checks and balances system is an IRVAP initiative to ensure the best treatment is consistently achieved by our members. ICH members abide by the ICH Professional Guidelines and Day One Competencies published in our member’s only website.

Board members include – 

Leading approved Training Providers

Canine clinical hydrotherapy specialists

Approved Clinical Educators

Qualified external verifiers and internal moderators

L7 practising canine clinical hydrotherapists


ICH Resources 


IRVAP sources a range of endorsed canine clinical hydrotherapy CPD, courses and resources. 
Members have access to our free resources in our MEMBERS ONLY website called MemberSpace.

We foster a caring, friendly and interactive approach to support professionals with their therapy career journey in canine clinical hydrotherapy.

Our Board works closely with the IRVAP Council and we actively support the CPD needs of each canine therapist.

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Meet the Board

Sarah Ward ICH Chair

Maria Johnston

Jessica Moreton

Karynne Penfold

Tessa Lewis

Paula Teal

registration + recognition

 The ICH has a specific membership admissions policy as part of its Registration Application process, which reflects current clinical hydrotherapy. IRVAP is in ongoing discussion with other Professional Associations and regulatory bodies, working together to raise the standards of practice in the industry.

IRVAP – ICH is recognised by all the major UK insurance companies.


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