Michelle Monk


Michelle Monk founder of Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy with Zoe

Who is Michelle Monk

Michelle Monk says, "I find my passion at the intersection between helping people and helping animals. As an Animal Physiotherapist, I am driven to assist pet owners to help their own dogs, through the provision of compassionate rehabilitation services, helping to strengthen the bond between owner and pet, whilst maximising quality and longevity of life."

Her qualifications

Michelle Monk began her physiotherapy career as a human physiotherapist after graduating from Melbourne's LaTrobe University. Having always had a passion for helping people to improve their mobility and a love for canine's she was disappointed to discover that her beloved four-legged friends didn't have access to the same level of physiotherapy. Michelle set about changing this after completing her Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy and went on to a post-graduate Diploma in Myofascial Trigger Point & Dry Needling and a certification in Remedial Massage.

Michelle's purpose

As the chief instructor and founder at the Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy Michelle has dedicated her life to providing 1,000,000 dogs and their owners with access to quality rehabilitation services.

Teaching the Canine Health Academy programs allowing her to share her knowledge and experience with others and enable them to also deliver quality animal health care as she can't do it alone. So in the end, more pets can live longer, happier, and healthier lives with their owners.

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Michelle Monk has had a lifelong dream of being able to provide quality canine therapy services to over 1,000,000 canines every year.

She has dedicated her life to this purpose by becoming a Canine Physiotherapist and then starting her own Canine Rehabilitation Clinic over seventeen years ago.

"All dogs deserve the same level of health care as we do" - Michelle Monk

Although Michelle and her clinic have helped hundreds of thousands of dogs live longer, happier, and healthier lives and she has literally saved thousands of dog's lives whose owners had been advised to euthanise, there's only so much that one person can do.

She can't do this alone!

Michelle needs your help. The doggies of the world need your help. Together we can make a difference in the lives of more canines.

Michelle Monk Being Hugged By Puppy



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Becoming a Canine Therapist is the most rewarding career you could have. You get to personally make a difference in the lives of canines every single day and you don't need any prior experience.

What else Michelle does for dogs

When Michelle isn't creating or presenting courses at the academy these are some of the things you will find her doing:

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Dogs in Motion

Michelle Monk started the Dogs in Motion Canine Rehabilitation in 2002 and has treated thousands of dogs since then to improve their mobility, health and lives

Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association on the move conference


As a board member of the ACRA Michelle Monk is committed to standardising the quality of canine rehabilitation education & treatment practices in Australia



Michelle Monk designed and built the first canine underwater rehabilitation treadmill and continues to be the leader in this field of treatment

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2010 and 2015 AWARD WINNING

Canine Specialist

Michelle Monk was voted by the Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA) as the winner of the 2010 and 2015 best Canine Specialist Provider

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The Canine Health EXTEND™ Methodology

Michelle Monk has been one of Australia's leading Canine Physiotherapists treating patients for over twenty-two years in her clinic in Melbourne. In both 2010 and 2015 she was voted the Best Canine Specialist Provider of the year by Master Dog Breeders Association (MDBA).

Through the treatment of hundreds of thousands of canine patients personally Michelle has created her signature treatment methodology EXTEND™ which is designed to extend the quality and length of a dog's life so that each dogs owner can spend as much time together with their best friend as possible.

This EXTEND™ method forms the basis of all of Michelle's teachings, writing and treatments and is the reason for her award-winning success as a canine physiotherapist.

As a student of the Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy you will have the benefit of learning this methodology either in part or entirety depending on which course(s) you choose to complete.


Exercise is an integral part of every being having a healthy body. We were all born to move, especially canines. The way dogs need to move, the intensity, the length and type of exercise requirements change as your dog progresses through life.


Therapy for your canine friend comes in all forms ranging from physiotherapy to massage, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, and alternative or complementary therapies. Knowing when and what therapy is best for your dog is important.


Environmental factors most people aren't aware of can have a positive or negative impact on your canine best friend. Becoming aware of these factors and changing your dog's environment can extend the quality and longevity of their life with you.


Neuroscience is the balance between the mind and the body and this too is an important factor for a happy, healthy and well-balanced canine. Keeping their mind active and stimulated can have a positive effect on your dogs quality of life.


Dietary requirements can change quite quickly as dogs progress through the different stages of life due to their shorter life span. Knowing what to feed your canine and when can make all the difference for a healthy, happy dog.

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Book Michelle as a Speaker

As an international speaker and published author, combined with her passion for all things four-legged and furry, Michelle Monk makes a professional, highly educated and thoroughly enjoyable speaker on the topics of canine rehabilitation.

With keynote topics such as:

Canine Rehabilitation
Cruciate Recovery Acceleration
Canine Hydrotherapy & Massage Benefits
Correct exercise, diet, and environment for your dog
And much more...

If you would like to discuss the possibility of having Michelle customise a topic for your audience and speak at one of your events or conferences please download the speakers kit and get in touch.

Michelle Monk Speakers Kit

Michelle Monk founder of Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy with Zoe

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