Meet The Team

Our team are listed below and are fully qualified and registered with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association UK. We are a vet referral only centre and  offer gold standard therapy at the Ribble Valleys finest.

We’re ready and waiting to meet you and your dog.

Steven Maney

Steven Maney

Managing Director

Steve has been opening and building canine businesses for over 12 years, he qualified as a Canine Hydrotherapist in 2012, since then he has personally rehabilitated over one thousand dogs from all over the North West. Steve was also a dog groomer for 5 years and runs the business development workshops for the Hydro and Groom School students.

Ruth Halliwell-Jones MCHA RVN

Ruth Halliwell-Jones MCHA RVN

Senior Hydro Therapist / K Laser Therapist / Registered Vet Nurse

Hi I’m Ruth Halliwell-Jones and helping animals is my ultimate happy place I’m a Registered Veterinary Nurse, Small Animal Hydrotherapist, Klaser Therapist and Pet Nutrition Councellor. Once leaving school I worked in 2 veterinary practices to gain experience before enrolling onto an apprentiship program to become a veterinary nurse. I enjoyed 14 years in practice before realising my spark for rehabilitation and how this industry was pioneering quality of life and recovery for small animals. I have been at Canine Health and Hydo 5 years and have developed multiple skills alongside rehabilitating hundreds of animals with complex conditions. I love seeing the difference I can make to animals- it really puts a smile on my face. I also teach animal first aid for the public and grooming students to become competent animal first aiders. My own cat Petal who I hand reared as she was found abandoned at 2 hours old, She is now 9 years old and you may spot her at the centre as I regularly treat her for a collapsed disc in her spine by using klaser therapy and hydrotherapy. In my spare time I love doing challenging walks,wild swimming, growing my own veggies and spending quality time with my husband Stu, friends and family

Poppy Maney ICMG

Poppy Maney ICMG

Director / Head Groom School Tutor

After a flourishing musical theater career in London, Poppy and her husband Steve decided to take the leap and re-train for a career surrounded by dogs. Their first business opened in 2006 and through sheer hard work and passion the pair eventually could invest and build the largest Specialist Canine Centre in the North of England.

Laura Middleton MCHA

Laura Middleton MCHA

Hydro Theraist / K Laser Therapist

My name is Laura Middleton, I am a qualified canine hydrotherapist and Klaser therapist, I’ve been with the Canine Health & Hydro team for 16 months and I am a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association. I have worked with animals since the age of 14 in kennels, rescue centres, groomers and some dog walking in between. I did a lot of practical work with animals whilst studying for my degree in Animal Science & Welfare which I have had now for 18 months. I have two dogs of my own (Buster the Siberian Husky and Messi the Cavapoo) that I spend a lot of my spare time with, but also have grown up with animals my whole life. There is nothing quite like helping all of the dogs at Canine Health & Hydro throughout their recovery, assisting owners in the rehabilitation and watching the growth and confidence blossom with each individual

Holly Marklew MCHA

Holly Marklew MCHA

Hydro Therapist / K Laser Therapist

My name is Holly Marklew, I’ve been a qualified canine hydrotherapist for 4 years and this year I got my Klaser qualification. I’ve been with Canine Health and Hydro since May 2021. I remember always having a love for animals, especially dogs. When I was growing up I’d always be found cuddled up with our family dog Badger the labrador and since then I’ve been hooked! When I’m not helping your dogs get back onto their paws I’m usually out and about with my own two, Sky the lurcher and Pan the lab. Being a hydrotherapist is one of the most rewarding jobs and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Megan Berry MCHA

Megan Berry MCHA

Hydro Therapist / K Laser Therapist

Hello! I’m Megan Berry and I am a qualified Canine Hydrotherapist and K-Laser therapist. Since June 2021, I have been part of the team at Canine Health and Hydro and am registered with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association. Growing up you would always find me wherever any animal was and ever since I was little I have known that I would work with them. Now you can either find me in the pool, on the farm or with my 2 dogs, Pudding and Fly. Whilst completing an Extended diploma in Animal management I was introduced to Hydrotherapy and since then have never looked back. Being able to help the dogs is not just a job but a love and passion and that is why I am proud and honoured to be able to help give your furry friends a better quality of life.

Ellen Clarkson MCHA

Ellen Clarkson MCHA

Hydro Therapist / K Laser Therapist and receptionist

Hi, I’m Ellen Clarkson, I’ve been dog obsessed for as long as I can remember. I have an 11 month old Golden called Ivy who I love adventuring with. I was introduced to hydrotherapy with my first dog, Pepper, the Golden Retriever. Pepper has now passed over to doggy heaven after hydro enabled him to live a longer more fulfilled life. I went to university to study Textiles & Surface Pattern Design, where I discovered an interest in art therapy. This soon grew into an interest in animal therapy, which sparked the realisation that I wanted to work with animals. In the midst of travelling Australia I began some online studies into canine first aid, canine behaviours and holistic therapies. When returning back to England I worked in various roles within the canine industry to gain experience whilst undergoing my hydrotherapy training. After a year of working as a fully qualified hydrotherapist in Rochdale, I joined the Canine Health and Hydro team in July 2021 and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of one the largest, most respected centres in the UK. I am now a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association and a KLaser therapist.

Kerry Gowen

Kerry Gowen

Head Receptionist

In past roles Kerry maintained websites and social media platforms, before moving back to her true love of animals here at Canine Health and Hydro. Her position now consists of looking after all our fabulous “human / owner” clients helping their rehabilitation journeys and making things simple with regards to bookings, payments, re books and calls. Kerry

Harriet Whinstanley MSc Vet Py

Harriet Whinstanley MSc Vet Py

Physio Therapist / K Laser Therapist

Harriet is our veterinary physiotherapist and is a full member of the NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists). Harriet also has a Masters (MSc) in Veterinary Physiotherapy which was focussed upon canine hip dysplasia. When she’s not treating patients she likes to spend with her two dogs and two donkeys!

Nicola Rutland

Cannot describe how wonderful Ruth was with our 6 month old bulldog Maggie in her first fun session..very impressive, friendly and full of knowledge. Highly recommended.. Maggie loved the session and we loved watching her.
Thanks Ruth and all the team.

"Making the world a better place one dog at a time"