Who Can Take This Course

Introduction to Canine Anatomy and Physiology contains material that is intended for the prospective canine massage therapist. However, anyone with an interest in learning or reviewing canine anatomy can benefit from this online course, including groomers, trainers, animal rescue workers, pet parents, or members of the veterinary community.

Goals of Introduction to Canine Anatomy and Physiology

The goal of this course is to provide students with basic information about the eleven organ systems in the canine body, with special emphasis placed on the skeletal and muscular systems. There is much more to know about each system, but as canine massage therapists, we are required to understand the following:

  • The major functions of each body system
  • The parts that compose each body system
  • How massage affects each body system

Required Supplementary Materials

Required for this course is the book Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas by Robert A. Kainer, DVM, MS and Thomas O. McCracken, MS.  This book can be purchased on Amazon or through another online book seller.

Each unit will refer to plates in the Coloring Atlas so that students have a visual reference tool for understanding each body system and its parts. We recommend that you color each plate according to the lessons in each unit as this will enhance learning and reinforce understanding. You may wish to photocopy plates before coloring them so that you can practice multiple times with clean copies of each structure.

Class Details

The lessons and quizzes in this online course are designed to be completed in the order they are listed.  The video tutorial, which appears within the list of lessons, can also be found in the Resources section and viewed at any time -- click the "Resources" link at the left of your screen to access it.

Each unit in this course will be followed by a quiz, and at the end of the course, students will take a final exam. You must pass each quiz/exam with a score of at least 80% in order to move ahead in the class.  You have 3 attempts to achieve this score. 

You have 90 days to take this course.  All lessons and quizzes/exam must be successfully completed to receive a certificate of completion.

If you have any questions about the class as you are working your way through it, please contact CSCM instructor Sara May at sara@chicagoschoolofcaninemassage.com.

Thank you and enjoy your class!

Information provided in this course is not a substitute for responsible veterinary care. Please consult your professional animal healthcare providers.