You can become a Certified Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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How would you like to spend your days doing something you love...Surrounded by canines?

Making a difference in the quality of their lives and that of their owners?
As part of the canine therapy industry, this is what you get to do!

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


What's included in the
Canine Remedial Massage Certificate Course



Thanks to the pandemic we have completely restructured this Certificate Course including new lectures, assessment criteria, an updated in-person workshop and the option of choosing a live virtual workshop solution.

The Certificate Course in Canine Remedial Massage now includes:

  • 19 Modules of lectures, tutorials & assessments
  • Monthly Customised Live Q&A Webinars
  • Virtual Case Studies - provided by the Academy
  • A private Facebook Group - including alumni
  • Your choice of a Live in-person OR virtual workshop
  • A personal 1:1 Final Assessment

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 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.

Career Opportunities working
with dogs all day

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 such as Canine Remedial Massage Therapy.

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, dog groomers, even dog kennels are also looking for qualified Canine Massage Therapists to be able to offer this service to their clients. So, there are plenty of job opportunities on the rise once you are certified.

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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

Shirlene Clark Canine Health Academy graduate in Canine Remedial Massage


This Canine Remedial Massage Therapy Course is accredited by the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA). 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

Your Instructor - Michelle Monk

The Course Instructor and founder is Michelle Monk - a Human 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 increasing both the quality and availability of rehabilitation therapies so that all canines have access to quality health care to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness.

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Course Delivery >> completely onine OR in-person options

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The next Certificate Course in Canine Remedial Massage will commence: TBA 2022

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Content Delivery

Course Content Delivery: A blended delivery of course content includes online learning modules for delivery of lectures, slides, and reference materials. Various different types of assignments such as multiple choice, charts, video submissions and 1:1 assessments.

Plus live monthly Q & A webinars customised to student questions. In addition, there are case studies (provided by the Academy) and then a hands-on interactive live workshop either attended in person in Melbourne or via virtual solution. We also utilise the use of a 3D anatomy app instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student learning experience. 

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Compulsory Workshop

There is one Compulsory Workshop Module included in the certificate course approximately 8 months after the course start date. This workshop (can be attended virtually OR in-person) is an intense practical hands-on practice of observing, assessing and treatment recommendations on real canine hydrotherapy patients including live case studies and an individual assessment. Devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective treatment. 

***Students have the option of choosing between attending an in-person workshop in Melbourne or a hands-on interactive virtual solution for this module.***

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Incredible Daily Student Support (M-F)

Get any and all your questions responded to within 24 hours via our incredible email support team. Plus throughout the course support is also available via the private Facebook Group filled with your peers, alumni and instructors.

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Hours of Study & Course Duration

Most students complete the course in an average of 9-11 months doing approximately 5-7 hours of study per week but this can vary depending each student. We have had students complete in much quicker times than this.



Making a difference and saving canine lives

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"Without rehabilitation, so many of the dogs I' have seen over the years would not have regained the function they did and gone on to live happy lives. My own dog 'Roonie' who had spinal surgery for IVDD would not have been able to walk again. This goes for thousands upon thousands of dogs who have been through our doors over the past 18 years. Canine rehabilitation increases strength, helps restore and maximise mobility, and saves lives"

- Michelle Monk


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What our students have to say:

"Thank you very much Michelle and the team, for your commitment in sharing your knowledge and passion in this special field, for being ever so encouraging to all of us and giving us the support we need, to take this first step into this area of work. This course has really broadened my knowledge and I am truly appreciative of it! Cheers to Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy!"

- Hwee Khim Seng - Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


Please pass on my thanks to Michelle for a great course and helpful, considered feedback every step of the way. Much appreciated!

Catherine Rains - Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


“I had no prior skills in this industry and this course gave me the skills as well as the confidence to take hydrotherapy sessions in a clinic. Best career move I ever made”

– Emilie - Canine Hydrotherapist


“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. .”

– Minnesha – Canine Remedial Massage Therapist


“Coming from a professional corporate background, I understood the need to surround myself with like-minded people, increase my knowledge/training and develop a support network, particularly as I work as a sole trader. The Hydrotherapy course delivered on all fronts.”

– Marie – Canine Hydrotherapist


“Since completing the course and gaining my certificate I am now employed and working in the career of my dreams and loving it. I highly recommend the Academy courses if you wish to start a career in Animal Health Care.”

– Alison – Canine Hydrotherapist

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