Where good hydrotherapy begins

An important diary date for all animal hydrotherapists is Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st January when the UK’s only dedicated annual pool and spa Exhibition, SPATEX 2019, takes place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. To date, SPATEX has been well known for being the UK’s ONLY dedicated annual wet leisure exhibition, however, over the last two years, SPATEX has been quietly edging into the Animal and Veterinary Hydrotherapy field, growing in strength each year. 2018 showed an impressive 8.5 per cent rise in visitor numbers and with the addition of two animal focused seminars, 2019 looks like being the year in which SPATEX establishes itself as a must attend exhibition for all qualified hydrotherapists, students and other interested therapists and professionals.

Why attend SPATEX 2019?

Source new products:

With a huge number of companies specialising in water treatments, cleanliness, pipes, hoses, filters, heaters, climate controls, pumps, liners, none slip flooring, many safety products and bundles of accessories, it’s pretty much a one-stop shop for all your needs. Such is the vibrancy and fast pace of the industry, each SPATEX brings something new. For example, more than ever before, the world’s leading manufacturers have put the launch of energy saving products top of their agendas for 2019 so expect a massive flurry of activity in this area. Nothing stands still and each Show has its own character. Please go to for the impressive list of exhibitors.

Make new contacts:

SPATEX plays a vital role in breathing new life into the wet leisure and hydrotherapy industry, bringing people together. Where else in the UK can you meet over a thousand representatives of the industry under one roof in one day? Answer – ONLY SPATEX!

Dedicated FREE hydrotherapy seminars:

Water chemistry and balancing can be complex so SPATEX has organized a dedicated seminar on water testing and how to maintain good water quality in animal hydrotherapy pools on Tuesday 29th January between 12.15 and 12.45 in the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Exhibition Hall (arena 2). Led by Howard Gosling FISPE, the renowned expert on water chemistry and former Chairman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG), the special presentation will focus on the Standards for non-human use pools. This will be followed by a question and answer session. The seminar is free to attend and all are welcome.

Howard says:

All forms of hydrotherapy including canine and equine are growing in popularity and demand for training courses has doubled in the last year. This free seminar is not to be missed!

And there’s more! Following on from this at 1-2pm in arena 2 Dr Alison Wills, Senior Lecturer at Hartpury University will give a seminar based on her research into canine hydrotherapy and how it is beneficial for rehabilitating from a range of conditions and for fitness/training. Alison’s current research interests focus around applied canine biomechanics with recent research examining the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs with elbow dysplasia and how dogs move on a water treadmill.

Expand your skill set:

And, if that isn’t enough, by attending the plethora of other lectures by industry professionals you can also clock up your CPD hours purely for the cost of your petrol. Led by esteemed experts from Industry bodies such as the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE), the wide variety of topics include guidance on the latest methods of water treatment and testing, commercial pool operation, covers, heating and ventilation, health and safety etc. If you have a specific query on a pool or its operation, then there are plenty of experts on hand to give free impartial advice. For the extensive double workshop and seminar programme please visit

Convenient to get to:

The Ricoh Arena is easy to get to - just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75 per cent of the population, it offers 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces. It’s really a no brainer.

Visitor registration is Free:

SPATEX 2019, Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st January, Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. For further information please contact Michele or Helen Tel: +44 (0) 1264 358558