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Mentorship: Advanced Canine Massage

The Advanced Canine Massage Mentorship Certification program is an intensive, hands-on curriculum that prepares students to work confidently, skillfully, and professionally as canine massage therapists. Students gain the knowledge, hands on ability and confidence to work in a variety of environments, including rehabilitation centers, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, training facilities, or private practice. This program prepares students to sit for the NBCAAM (National Board of Animal Acupressure and Massage) canine massage board exam.

This program meets 6 full days a week from May 1 to May 23. 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 enables unprecedented access to invaluable one-on-one instructor time with seasoned instructors. Only serious students who can learn in an intensive fashion should apply.

Extensive curriculum includes the following topics:

  • 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
  • Therapeutic exercise and conditioning
  • 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, our hands-on curriculum provides students with 3-dimensional learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Access a wide array of study materials and anatomy tools to reinforce in-class 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 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, experience, and a thriving practice.

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 tuition must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the start of class. Deposit required to reserve spot.

*Times may vary as additional observation hours, anatomy lab, and other educational opportunities may be arranged. Students are required to complete all program coursework within six months of class start date to receive certification. An established due date will be provided on your class syllabus. All materials submitted after due date will be classified as incomplete. A student who receive 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. 

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

Earlier Event: April 27
STAAR Symposium
Later Event: May 17
Animal Care League 'Yappy Hour'