Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage

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New and Improved Program!

We have improved the program to make it even easier for you to become a Certified Canine Remedial Masseur. We have consolidated the theory component so it is delivered entirely online, with support from a monthly live Q & A session and your own private Facebook Group. There is now only one single 3 -day live workshop, plus a live full-day teleconference for case presentations - meaning you only have to travel once if you are from outside Melbourne, Australia.

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, 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.

Become a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


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.

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.

Aims of the Canine Remedial Massage 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 15 years 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.


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.


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 assisted by her team – a group of Physiotherapists with Masters Degrees in Animal Physiotherapy and is passionate about providing massage and health care to all canines to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness.

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

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Course Modules

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    Introduction to Massage for the Canine Patient

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    Canine Skeletal Anatomy

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    Canine Arthrology

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    Canine Muscular System

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    Canine Nervous System

  • 6

    Massage Techniques

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    Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing

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    Canine Massage For Specific Pathologies

  • 9

    Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog

  • 10

    Canine Massage for Older Pets

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    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

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    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage

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    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Remedial Massage

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    Practical delivery of Canine Massage

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    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

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    Massage room design

  • 17

    Record Keeping

  • 18

    Business development

Course Delivery

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The course will commence on MONDAY MAY 6TH 2019 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 monthly 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 workshop delivered at the Dogs in Motion Canine Rehabilitation Clinic in Melbourne. This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine massage on real animal patients. Devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective treatment.

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Live Teleconference

There is also a compulsory live teleconference for case presentations and to ensure integration of course content.

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Assessments & Examinations

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

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Work Placement

As part of the course completion students must complete 2 days of clinical work placement in an approved canine rehabilitation facility or your choosing.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is also required to complete a total of 15 patient case studies (to be completed AFTER the workshop) and submit log book reports for an initial assessment and a review assessment (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.


Course Commences May 6th 2019



Key Dates

• Monday May 6th 2019 •

Introductory Online Webinar

• 2019 dates to be confirmed •

3 Day Workshop

• 2019 dates to be confirmed •

Live Teleconference

Need more information or want to ask us a question before you register a place for the Nov 2019 Course?

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

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