Small Animal Massage Program

Small Animal Massage Program (Massage for Dogs and Cats)

200 Hours- (100 Hours Onsite/100 Hours Distance Education)

Course Instructor:

Nick Scott, CMT/LMT

Schedule and Curriculum:

This course is offered up to three times per year.  Classes are held here at the Ojai School of Massage. Students may choose to fulfill the hands-on portion of the program by attending our Saturday and Sunday/Six week class or you can choose to attend our 14 day intensive program. Each schedule option is offered at various times throughout the year. Please visit our website calendar or call us for more information.

The required hours include the following subjects:

Massage 76 hours: Covers Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, TTouch, Passive Stretching. Proper charting techniques and how to work with DVM’s will also be covered in this class.

Hydrotherapy 4 hours: Covers indications and contraindications for hydrotherapy, application of hot and cold packs, cryotherapy and commercially available therapy packs.

Gait Analysis 4 hours: Covers canine locomotion, structural analysis, video taping of gait and charting.

First Aid 2 hours: Covers common first aid procedures for animals.

Safety, Hygiene and Handling 4 hours: Covers the basics of safe handling, simple training techniques, identification of animal behavior patterns and communication signals. Zoonoses and communicable diseases will also be covered.

Palpation 10 hours: Students will learn to palpate the major boney landmarks and trace the major muscles of the body. Students will also learn acupressure meridian and basic treatment point location.

Anatomy 40 hours: Covers skeletal anatomy. Students will be required to learn the names of all of the bones in the animals body, major boney landmarks and the major muscles of the body with their origins, insertions and actions.

Physiology 30 hours: Students will learn the functions of the eleven systems of the body and the basics of animal nutrition.

Pathology 10 hours: Students will learn about the top ten canine and feline pathologies and how identify the signs and symptoms of these pathologies.

Business Development 10 hours: Students will develop a business plan and learn how to market their services.

Case Studies 10 hours: Students will complete 10 hours of fully charted independent case studies before graduation from the class.

Required texts:

Application of Tui-Na In Veterinary Medicine 2nd Edition, Xie, Ferguson and Deng ISBN 978-1-934786-08-6 (Buy Direct)

Getting In TTouch With Your Dog, Linda Tellington-Jones ISBN 978-1-57076-483-7

Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians; Colville ISBN 9780323046855

Dog Anatomy A Coloring Atlas; Robert A. Kaniner DVM and Thomas O. McCracken, MS

American Red Cross Dog First Aid, ISBN 978-158480401-7

American Red Cross Cat First Aid, ISBN 978-158480402-4

Therapeutic Holistic Dog Massage DVD, ISBN 978-0-9793137-0-7

Total Cost of Books and Materials is approximately $200

(Please order above textbooks & DVD from DVD may also be ordered directly from the Ojai School of Massage by calling (805) 640-9798.

Cost of Tuition: $1,800

Finance Plan: Students may make monthly payments by paying $300 per month towards their total tuition cost plus a finance charge totaling $100.


During the course there is a in-class/online test for Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Massage. All online tests require a minimum score of 75% to pass the class. Online tests are not timed and can be taken more than once if the student fails a test. There are no required internships or externships in this class.

Test Grades are measured using percentages and are calculated below:

0-74%= Non passing grade

75%-100%= Passing grade



Students completing all program requirements will receive a certificate of completion  from the Ojai School of Massage.

Ojai School of Massage is approved by the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork/Association of Canine Water Therapy as an Approved Preferred Educational Provider.



It is a state requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a $1 state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay

all of or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you

have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following


  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have

no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30-days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30-days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

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