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300 Hour Mentorship Program

The Advanced Canine Massage Mentorship Certification program is an intensive and completely hands-on program that covers all the material in the 10 month program in an intensive month long mentorship that is ideal for students living outside of the Chicagoland area.  Following completion of the program, participants will be prepared to sit for the NBCAAM (National Board of Animal Acupressure and Massage) canine massage board exam.

This program meets 6 full days a week. The program includes hands on learning, observation hours, field trips, and real life intern hours with shelter dogs, pet dogs, and dogs in a rehabilitation setting. Facility locations include The Anti-Cruelty Society, The Animal Care League, and Integrative Pet Care.

Our Mentorship program offers unprecedented access to invaluable one-on-one instructor time with seasoned instructors. Only serious participants who can learn in an intensive fashion should apply.

The following topics are included in the Mentorship:

  • Canine massage overview
  • History of massage
  • Canine ethology
  • Canine physical and social development
  • Canine behavior and low stress handling
  • Understanding and working with stress, anxiety, and fear in dogs
  • Palpation and assessment
  • Fundamental massage techniques
  • Canine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
  • Gait observation
  • Working with shelter dogs
  • Pre-event, post-event, and maintenance massage for canine athletes
  • Passive Range of Motion (PROM) and stretching techniques
  • Working with special populations
  • Palliative care
  • Advanced massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, post-surgical edema management, and orthopedic massage techniques
  • Pathology
  • Common canine neurological, pathological, and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Complementary modalities
  • Canine First-Aid and CPR
  • Documentation and record keeping practices
  • Business practices
  • Working with and educating pet parents
  • NBCAAM national certification preparation

Additionally, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Access a wide array of study materials and anatomy tools to reinforce learning.
  • Learn anatomical structures by applying concepts to live dogs and skeletal models.
  • Meet and interact with guest lecturers who are among the top people in the field.
  • Work with real clients in real-life situations – the ultimate learning experience.

This program consists of lecture and hands-on learning experiences in and outside of the class. Students are required to document observation and lab hours, arrange independent clients for case studies, and complete internship hours providing canine massage therapy services.

Students receive continued support following completion of the program to facilitate continued growth and experience.

Location: anti-cruelty society | 510 N. Lasalle St, Chicago, IL
Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM*
Cost: $7,200
Deposit: $1,600 – Non-refundable.

**Additional book fees not included. Entire program cost must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. A deposit is required to reserve spot and is applied to the full cost. *Times may vary as additional observation hours, anatomy lab, and other educational opportunities may be arranged. Participants are required to complete all program work within six months of start date to receive certification. An established due date will be provided on your program schedule. All materials submitted after due date will be classified as incomplete. A participant who receives an incomplete will be required to retake a CSCM program for certification status.

For more information, please review the Enrollment Process

**Required books for this program include:

  • Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas. Robert Kainer and Thomas O. McCracken, 2003.
  • Stress in Dogs. Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt, 2007.
  • On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals. Turid Rugaas, 2006.
  • Guide to the Dissection of the Dog. Howard E. Evans and Alexander de Lahunta, 2010. 

Participants will also gain access to our student resources portion of our website.