Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage


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New FAST TRACK Program!

In light of the current circumstances, we have restructured our usual program to enable students to FAST TRACK their study and become a Certified Canine Remedial Massage Therapist sooner.

The theory component will be made available for students to progress through at their own pace. As each module is completed, the next will be immediately available. 

The logbook and placement experience and grading will be replaced with a virtual alternative.

The hands-on live workshop has been reduced to 3 days with a live assessment. (Once the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted). 

You will still have access to a Private Facebook Group and live fortnightly Q & A sessions.

If you would like to spend your days doing something you love, making a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners, as part of the canine therapy industry, AND you want to fast track your study path, then this course is for you!

There are no pre-requisites except a love for dogs and a passion to help them to live a long, happy & healthy life.

FAST TRACK your path

to becoming a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


Complete Certification within a 4-5 month period*

*Dependent on when the Coronavirus bans are lifted and how quickly the student is able to move through the course material

Rewarding Career

Canine Remedial Massage is becoming an increasingly popular career in Australia. It offers dogs the chance to move better, feel better and perform better. Working as a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist is a rewarding career, providing therapists the opportunity to do something they love while offering a great service to dogs.


Aims of the Canine Remedial Massage Therapy Course

With the growth in this industry, it is imperative there are suitably qualified therapists available to deliver quality services and care to the patients. This Certificate Course in Canine Remedial Massage Therapy has been designed to:

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    Ensure the standard of care and treatment provided to canine patients and clients in Australia is of exceptional quality and sets the standard within the industry.

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    Impart over 2 decades of canine massage therapy experience, Human Physiotherapy principles, and the latest advancements in canine rehabilitation research.

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    Teach students to perform in depth individual assessments of each dog and devise a suitable massage program, specific to the needs of each patient.

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    Prepare students with the knowledge, tools and accreditation required to either set up their own facility or work within a facility providing effective canine treatments.

What our students say:

For as long as I can remember, I have been committed to the health and wellbeing of animals – whether they be the two legged or four legged kind. My care, compassion and enjoyment of dogs led me to enrol in the Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage course.

I found the learning material was thorough and included all the information required to complete assignments. The Academy ensured that course content and assignments were released at a manageable rate. As long as I studied regularly it was easy to keep up with the pace.

"Since qualifying, I have successfully added Canine Remedial Massage therapy to my existing business. I work from home but also provide in clinic visits for the local vet who now refers patients to me. I would love one day to be part of a large multidisciplinary team or a canine sports medicine practice".

– Shirlene Clark Owner Pawstoconsider.com.au

Shirlene Clark Canine Health Academy graduate in Canine Remedial Massage

Career Opportunities

The Pet industry is already a massive and rapidly growing industry, with people now spending more of their disposable income on their pets health and care than ever before. The medical and surgical treatments pet owners are investing in for their pets has increased substantially. So too has the need for body treatments.

Upon completion of your Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage you will have several career options. You could set up and work from your own clinic or mobile service. You may choose to work as part of a rehabilitation team, or in a veterinary clinic, grooming facility or a boarding kennel. Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres are also looking for qualified Canine Massage Therapists to help treat their patients. So, there are plenty of job opportunities on the rise once you are certified.


This Canine Remedial Massage Therapy Course is accredited by the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA). www.caninerehabassociation.com.au ACRA is the governing body for the practise of Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Remedial Massage in Australia.

The (ACRA) board is made up of Physiotherapists with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, and Veterinary professionals with an interest in Canine Rehabilitation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in canine rehabilitation with different membership levels available.

Participants who successfully complete the Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage Course are eligible to apply for ACRA Membership, display the ACRA logo, and apply for professional indemnity insurance with Insurance House.

This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association


The Course chief Instructor is Michelle Monk - a Physiotherapist, with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy and a Post-graduate Diploma in Myofascial Trigger Point and Dry Needling. Plus, Michelle has won several awards for her delivery of service to canine patients and for her research in the area of rehabilitation following surgery for cruciate disease.

Michelle has been an Animal Physiotherapist, utilising her manual therapies and rehabilitation techniques since 2002 when she opened the first Canine Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Centre and has taught canine massage and myofascial trigger point therapy courses to students both in Australia and internationally.

Michelle is passionate about providing massage and health care to all canines to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness, and to extend the length of their lives with their owners.

Michelle Monk Physiotherapist and head instructor at canine health academy canine courses

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Course Modules

  • 1

    Introduction to Massage for the Canine Patient

  • 2

    Canine Skeletal Anatomy

  • 3

    Canine Arthrology

  • 4

    Canine Muscular System

  • 5

    Canine Nervous System

  • 6

    Massage Techniques

  • 7

    Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing

  • 8

    Canine Massage For Specific Pathologies

  • 9

    Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog

  • 10

    Canine Massage for Older Pets

  • 11

    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

  • 12

    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage

  • 13

    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Remedial Massage

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    Practical delivery of Canine Massage

  • 15

    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

  • 16

    Massage room design

  • 17

    Record Keeping

  • 18

    Business development

Course Delivery

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The course will commence Monday 20th April with an Introductory Online Webinar.

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Course Content Delivery

Course Content Delivery: A blended delivery of course content includes online learning modules for delivery of lectures, slides and reference materials. plus live fortnightly Q & A webinars to answer any questions you have and to meet other students. These webinars are recorded and uploaded into the course content website.

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There is one compulsory 3-day live workshop delivered in Melbourne. (DATE TBC after the Coronavirus bans are lifted) This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine massage on real animal patients, including a small exam. Devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective treatment.

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Assessments & Examinations

Delivered online via the course platform at the end of each module together with assignments, and participation and completion of practical workshop activities.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a series of new virtual assessments and submit logbook reports (including treatment plan). Full details will be provided during the course.

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Throughout the program support is available through a private Facebook Group filled with your peers and instructors.




Please note: All payments must be completed in order for you to receive your certification

Key Dates

• MONDAY April 20th 2020•

Course Commences with
Introductory Online Webinar


3 Day Compulsory Workshop

Need more information or want to ask us a question before you register for the FAST TRACK 2020 Course?

This course is accredited by the ACRA - Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association

What our students say:

“I am delighted to have just completed my certificate in Canine Remedial Massage course and to be starting to practice as a massage therapist, helping dogs to feel their most comfortable.”

“I found the course content to be comprehensive, clear and useful and the pace manageable. The interactive webinars and email accessibility ensured my questions were answered and the practical days were great in boosting my confidence and competence whilst connecting with other students.”

– Minnesha – Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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