You can become a Certified Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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New and Improved Course

Thanks to Covid we have completely restructured this Certificate Course including new lectures, assessment criteria, and an updated (in-person) workshop.

The Certificate Course in Canine Remedial Massage now includes:

  • 12 Online Modules with lectures & tutorials
  • Monthly Customised Live Q&A Webinars
  • Case Studies provided for you
  • Newly structured Live In-Person (not online) Workshop
  • Your own private Facebook Group


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!

Become a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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


Career Opportunities working with dogs all day

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.

More vet clinics are recognising the benefits of rehabilitation and are looking for qualified Canine Remedial Massage Therapists to join their teams or in the very least, refer their patients to.

Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres are also looking for qualified Canine Remedial 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 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

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). 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 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.

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

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An indication of Course Content:

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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

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    Massage Techniques

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    Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing

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    Canine Massage For Specific Pathologies

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    Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog

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    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

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    Canine Massage for Older Pets

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    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage

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    Development of and progression of treatment plans

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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 for the Canine Massage Therapist

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    Record Keeping for Canine Therapists

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    Business development, tech and marketing for Canine Business owners

Course Details:

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The next Certificate Course in Canine Remedial Massage will commence: SOON

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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 customised to student questions. In addition, there are case studies (provided by the Academy) and a live face-to-face in-person (not online) workshop. We also utilise the use of an app instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student learning experience. 

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Live in-person (not online) Workshop

There is one compulsory 3-day workshop delivered in Melbourne approximately 8 months after course start date. This workshop is an intense practical hands-on practice of canine massage on real animal 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. Note: You would need to attend this workshop in-person (not online) in Melbourne.

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Assessments & Examinations

Each module requires the completion of an assignment and successfully achieving a pass mark. Certification is based on assignments, case study log books and participation and completion of the practical workshop activities including an individual assessment.

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Textbook/App Purchase Required

App purchase: We utilise the use of an online App instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student learning experience and is incorporated into the learning modules. We have secured a special discount for our students for the purchase of the App to reduce it to US$81. NOTE: The App does not run on every device, notably, it won't work on Android devices. Please email us for a full list of compatible devices.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a series of patient case studies and submit logbook reports including assessment and treatment plans. These case studies will be provided for you by the Academy.

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Student Support

Throughout the course support is available through a private Facebook Group filled with your peers and instructors plus a dedicated student support team via email.

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Hours of Study Per Week

Hours of study required are approximately 5-7 per week for most students but this can vary depending on students previous knowledge. 

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Course Duration

Most students complete the course in 9 -10 months. There are modules that must be completed prior to attending the Live Workshop and after the Live Workshop there are additional Case Study Log Books required to be completed (these are provided for you by the Academy). Some students complete these quickly while others can take a little longer.



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

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

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

Canine Health Academy Cruciate Recovery Accelerator Course Labrador Having Cruciate Surgery Min

Frequently Asked Questions

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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