Canine Massage Therapy Courses
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:
The canine massage course is offered up to three times per year. Classes are held at a separate venue outside of our administrative office location. Our 12 and a half day intensive program is offered at various times throughout the year. Please visit our website calendar or call us at +1-805-640-9798 for more information.
The required hours are in the following subjects:
Canine Massage 76 hours: Covers Swedish Massage for dogs, Myofascial Release for dogs, Trigger Point Therapy for dogs, Acupressure for dogs, TTouch for dogs, Passive Stretching for dogs. Proper charting techniques for the professional canine massage therapist will also be covered in this class.
Canine Hydrotherapy 4 hours: Covers indications and contraindications for hydrotherapy, application of hot and cold packs, cryotherapy and commercially available therapy packs. This is not an aquatic therapy class but if you are looking for a swim therapy or canine aquatic therapy class you should check with the IAAMB.
Canine Gait Analysis 4 hours: Covers canine locomotion, structural analysis, conformation of the dog, video taping of canine gaiting patterns and correct charting.
Canine First Aid 2 hours: Covers common first aid procedures for animals.
Canine Safety, Hygiene and Handling: 4 hours: Covers the basics of safe handling, simple training techniques, identification of animal behavior patterns and canine communication signals.
Canine 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 anatomy and basic canine acupressure treatment point locations in this class.
Canine Anatomy 40 hours: Covers canine skeletal and canine muscular anatomy. Students will be 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.
Canine Physiology 30 hours: Students will learn the functions of the eleven systems of the body and the basics of animal nutrition.
Canine Pathology 10 hours: Students will learn about the top ten canine and feline pathologies and how identify the signs and symptoms of these pathologies. Zoonoses and communicable diseases will also be covered in this class.
Canine Massage Business Development 10 hours: Students will develop a business plan and learn how to market their services. You will walk out of this class with your business and marketing plan in hand along with your business card design and gift certificates. You will learn how to develop a successful business in the field of canine masssage
Case Studies 10 hours: Students will complete 10 hours of fully charted independent case studies on at least three different dogs that are not their own so that we can see that you know how to correctly document your dog massage sessions and to get you to start working with dogs that are not your own .
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
You can order the textbooks & DVD from Amazon or you can look for used books other then the Dog Anatomy A Coloring Atlas from a variety of used book stores online. One of your assignments will be to color in the coloring book so please don’t buy this book used. DVD may also be ordered directly from the Ojai School of Canine Massage by calling (805) 640-9798.
Cost of Tuition: $1,800
Finance Plan: Students may make monthly payments by paying as little as $200 per month towards their total tuition cost plus a finance charge of $20 per month.
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
**THERE IS NO CALIFORNIA STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SMALL ANIMAL MASSAGE PROGRAM.
Students completing all program requirements will receive a certificate of completion from the Ojai School of Canine Massage.
Ojai School of Canine Massage is approved by the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork/Association of Canine Water Therapy as an Approved Preferred Educational Provider. We are also an Approved Education Provider by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.