SPATEX 2020 The Expo for hydrotherapists

An important diary date for early next year is Tuesday 28th January to Thursday 30th January when the UK’s only dedicated water leisure Exhibition, SPATEX 2020, returns to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. With its three dedicated animal hydrotherapy seminars, it’s an important expo for all in the frontline of delivering treatment as well those involved in the maintenance of pools.

When going green is good…
SPATEX 2020 is the ideal hunting ground for new products and gives you access to the latest energy and time saving innovations for animal hydrotherapy pools. Conscious of climate change, the depletion of the world’s natural resources and the need to reduce the Industry’s dependency on plastic, SPATEX 2020 aims to promote an awareness of the environment. Talks and demonstrations in the Show’s free-to-attend, threeday double seminar and workshop programme will, amongst many other subjects, focus on how we can all play our part in becoming more eco-aware. With over a hundred international and domestic exhibitors, there will be lots of new products, including those that support a low energy, low carbon footprint.

Update your skill set
So much more than just an Exhibition, SPATEX prides itself on providing a double seminar and workshop programme on all three days of the Show, packed full of free essential advice and training. 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. All the seminars and workshops are free to attend and attendees are awarded CPD points and a certificate of attendance.


There will be three dedicated seminars for animal hydrotherapists on Wednesday 29th January in Arena 2 to which all are welcome.

11.00 to 11.30 - Animal Hydrotherapy Pools – The Balancing Act - Howard Gosling FISPE, the renowned expert on water chemistry and former Chairman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG), will focus on the Standards for nonhuman use pools. Water chemistry and balancing is not the easiest of topics and it is subject to continual innovation. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

12.30 to 13.15 - Using Research to Inform Evidence Based Practice - Dr Alison Wills PhD; BSc (Hons); PGCertLTHE, FHEA, Programme Manager BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science, Senior Lecturer in Animal Health, Hartpury University. Pet owners are increasingly taking their dogs for specialised hydrotherapy sessions following veterinary referral. Reasons for dogs to be referred to a hydrotherapy centre include to aid post-surgical rehabilitation, to manage chronic conditions and for general fitness and conditioning. However, there is limited evidence examining how swimming or other forms of aquatic exercise (for example, walking on a water treadmill) benefit dogs in terms of their locomotion. Uncertainty remains as to whether the limb movements induced by aquatic exercise are beneficial for all dogs and the rehabilitation of all conditions. Further research is needed to appreciate the long-term benefits of canine hydrotherapy and if clinically favourable biomechanical changes persist following cessation of therapy.

13.30 – 13.50 - Canine Hydrotherapy: Antimicrobial Management Practices - Aisling Carroll MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE TLHE (Dist.), FHEA Programme Manager BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy & BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Lecturer in Animal Science & Animal Outreach Coordinator Hartpury University Canine hydrotherapy within the UK can be delivered using swimming pools or via an underwater treadmill. The use of water in these treatment practices has been seen to improve range of motion for injury prevention and recovery purposes. Hydrotherapy centres promote warm, moist environments which provide favourable growing conditions for the proliferation of several waterborne pathogens. These can include Legionella bacteria, E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Coliforms and Mycobacterium species which have the potential to impact the health of patients, owners and staff, especially those that may be elderly or immunocompromised. Although recommendations for the use of bromine or chlorine-based sanitisers within hydrotherapy environments exist, the susceptibility of the many different bacterial species is currently not yet clear. This leads to some important questions: What type of bacteria are present in this environment? What are the current management practices for the prevention of bacterial spread/ infection? Moreover, what can be done to ensure the safety of patients, owners and staff?

Visit to see SPATEX’s impressive list of exhibitors, details of the free double seminar and workshop programme and register for the Show’s regular e-newslines. SPATEX 2020 – Tuesday 28th January to Thursday 30th January. The Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE 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.