Poppy Maney ICMG


International Certified Master Groomer

City & Guilds Internal Quality Assessor

Head Groomer

After a flourishing musical theatre 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 at the family farm,Lancashire.

Poppy Maney ICMG re-trained to be only 1 of 40 in the UK Internationally Certified Master Groomers and decided to set up one of the best Canine Grooming Schools in the UK. It is now a City and Guilds training centre which means it can offer learners the chance to gain their Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Last year Canine Groom School also become 1 of 5 centres in the UK to be able to offer the training for the ICMG qualification. This is an internationally recognized course opening the rest of the world for training. So far Poppy has had students from Dubai, Turkey, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and students from throughout the UK coming to train with Poppy and the team.

Poppy has formed associations with Myerscough college and works alongside them to offer their dog grooming courses at our centre.

All this and Poppy also has two small children, Daisy 6 and Stanley 3.


Steven Maney

Managing Director



Steve has been opening and building canine businesses for over 12 years, Steve is fully registered with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association and 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 fully trained dog groomer for 5 years and runs the business deveopment workshops for the Groom School students.

The main roles for Steve now are the running of the three companies and controlling the expansion & investment our companies are undertaking over 2018 and helping to make them the success they are today.

He also runs our brand new Canine Photography Studio, Our New P.U.P.S (Pop Up Pods) business that launches very soon and is developing our new self funded charity " Love From Butch " The Rehabilitation Foundation.

Helen McLoughlin RVN

Registered Senior Canine Hydrotherapist 

K - Laser Therapist

Registered Vet Nurse


Helen has spent the last 22 years working in various vet practices across the Northwest, Veterinary Nursing was her main role but also got the chance to move into the Hydrotherapy, Rehabilitation field. Helen has gained her Class IV Therapeutic K Laser qualification and is one of two of our Senior Canine Hydrotherapist. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy Helen has two young children and a 14-year-old hand reared cat at home and has just recently rescued 7 year old Tyson - a lovely Boxer dog.

Ruth Halliwell RVN 

Registered Senior Canine Hydrotherapist

K - Laser Therapist 

Registered Vet Nurse


Ruth’s previous work for the last 14 years has been in two veterinary practices in the North west, firstly as a Nurse Assistant but then went on to qualify as a Vet Nurse in 2010. Ruth gained many skills in this time but her interest was animal nutrition, surgical procedures and rehabilitation. Ruth is one of two of our Senior Canine Hydrotherapist has also gained her Class IV Therapeutic K Laser qualification.

Shona Stanley BSc

Veterinary Physiotherapist

Registered Canine Hydrotherapist 

K - Laser Therapist


Shona moved to Manchester from Oxford 6 years ago, to begin studying a degree in Biomedical Science at Manchester Metropolitan University where she graduated in 2014. She has recently qualified as a Canine and Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist at Harper Adams University and is a member of both RAMP and NAVP. She has gained her qualification in Hydrotherapy and is now a CHA recognized Hydrotherapist and started at Canine Health and Hydro in July 2016. Shona is currently training to be our next K - Laser therapist, In her free time, she likes to stay active and enjoys spending time with her animals who include a terrier cross and an Eriskay pony.

Jessica Prescott

Grooming Tutor


I came to Canine Groom School in 2015 after qualifying from Myerscough College with 3 diploma in Animal Management. Prior to this I was a supervisor at a large kennels and cattery. During this time, I also further complimented my studies by working on an open farm.

My role at Canine Groom School is to assist Poppy with the training and organising of our students and grooming dogs, the job is hard work but as we truly help change people's lives when they qualify it makes everything worth it. When I am not at work I spend time with my family and caring for my own dogs, parrot, rabbit and bearded dragon and until recently leading a scout group

Molly McKiernan

Grooming Tutor


I completed my training here at Canine Groom School in 2016 - City and Guilds Level 3 Qualified. Previously I have worked in a doggy day care centre and volunteered in dog shelters around Lancashire. I am passionate about grooming, travelling, animals, people and most importantly dogs.

Kerry Gowans

Head Receptionist


Upon leaving school I did voluntary work at Lords House Farm with animals ranging from Parrots, Owls to Horses, Llamas and Bulls whilst also working full time as a travel agent for Thomas Cook. When I left, Thomas Cook I moved onto The Tattoo Shop where I created, maintained and promoted the company's websites in various languages and social media platforms before moving back to my true love of animals here at Canine Health and Hydro. My position now consists of looking after all our fabulous "human" clients helping their rehabilitation journeys and making things simple with regards to bookings, payments, rebooks and calls. 

Shannon Wilde

Grooming Tutor Apprentice


Shannon started here with us in July 2017, as an apprentice through Myerscough College where she is studying Animal Studies Level 2. Her role is to assist the day to day running of the groom school and slowly learn the grooming skill.

At home Shannon is kept extremely busy with her 4 Staffordshire Bull Terriers, her youngest being Millie. She has previously worked at both kennels and doggy daycares.



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