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Canine Remedial Massage Certification

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Canine Remedial Massage Certification Course Basics

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 rapidly growing canine therapy industry, then this course is for you!

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

COURSE DURATION: It takes the majority of students 9-12 months to complete the course depending on how quickly you move through the modules and when the next workshop availability is (virtual or in-person).

HOURS OF STUDY REQUIRED: For most students it takes an average of 5-7 hours per week but this can vary depending on the students previous knowledge and learning capabilities.

NEXT COURSE COMMENCEMENT: The next Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage Course will commence Monday October 4th 2021.

LANGUAGES: The entire course is presented in English including lectures, app, assignments and resources. Transcriptions are NOT currently available. Therefore, students are required to be fluent in English otherwise the course may prove to be too difficult.

What's included inside the 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:

  • 17 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 either a Live In-Person Workshop OR a Live Virtual Workshop
  • A personal 1:1 Final Assessment
• MONDAY 4th OCTOBER, 2021 •

Course Commences


Scheduled June 2022**


Scheduled May 2022**

** Note: You have the choice of attending a LIVE in-person Workshop OR a LIVE virtual Workshop. These are tentative scheduled workshop dates. Exact dates will be confirmed closer to the time when we can confirm.

Career Opportunities working as a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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. Consequently, so too has the need for therapy treatments that can accelerate the dogs recovery and maximise their quality and length of life.

Work in a clinic: More vet clinics are adding rehabilitation and body therapies to their services and are looking for qualified Canine Remedial Massage Therapists to join their teams. Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres, and even dog groomers and dog kennels are also looking for qualified Canine Remedial Massage Therapists to help treat their patients as an additional and complimentary service. So, there are plenty of job opportunities on the rise once you are certified.

Start your own business: As the need for rehabilitation services increases, so too does the opportunity to open your own Canine Massage Centre or mobile business. We recommend doing thorough preliminary research and included in the course is a module on starting your own Remedial Massage business and how to work with your local veterinarian(s) and dog grooming businesses.

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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.


This Canine Remedial Massage 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 as a mark of quality, and apply for professional indemnity insurance with Insurance House.

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

Course Module General Outline:

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    Introduction to Massage for the Canine Patient

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    Canine Skeleton

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    Canine Arthrology

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    Canine Muscular System

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    Canine Nervous System

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    Canine 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 for the Sporting Dog

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    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

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    Canine Remedial Massage for older dogs

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    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to treatment

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    Development 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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    Record keeping as a Canine Massage Therapist

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    Business development, technology and marketing for the Canine Business owner

Course Delivery

This course includes a blended delivery of different content to cater to all learning styles and preferences:

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Course Content Delivery

Modules: A combination of course modules including lectures, slides, and reference materials.
Assignments: Different types of assignments include multi choice, written assignments, video submissions, and individual assessments. 
Live Q&A Webinars
: Once a month LIVE interactive Q & A webinars customised to student questions.
Case Studies: Specifically designed patient case studies are provided by the Academy. )
Workshop: A choice of either a live face-to-face in-person workshop OR live real time virtual workshop. Both are interactive & hands-on.
Anatomy App: We also utilise the use of an in depth canine anatomy app instead of a traditional text book as this gives a better student 3D learning experience. 

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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 active participation and completion of the practical workshop (in-person or virtual) activities including an individual assessment by an examiner.

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Log Book Completion

Each student is required to complete a series of carefully selected patient pathology case studies and submit logbook reports including assessment and treatment plans. All of these case studies are provided for you by the Academy.

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Course Duration

Most students complete the course in 9-11 months. There are some who have completed in less than that. It depends on how much time you have to dedicate. There are modules that must be completed prior to attending the Workshop. It may also depend on how quickly you move through the course and when the next workshop availability is. Plus, after the 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.

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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. ALSO, it is NOT compulsory to purchase the App as all learning material is provided within the course modules. The App simply provides an excellent additional learning tool. 



Making a difference and saving canine lives

Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy Roonie


"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

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


There is a compulsory workshop portion of the course that every student MUST attend. This is an intensive, practical workshop devised to support your theoretical learning & ensure you achieve the necessary skills to competently deliver effective assessments & treatments. You have the choice of either the in-person workshop held in Melbourne, Australia or the virtual workshop held online. You must complete one of these and the 1:1 assessment in order to pass this portion of the course.


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    A LIVE interactive hands-on 3 day workshop held in Melbourne Australia several times a year

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    Location to be confirmed closer to the date but will be at Highett or within 1hr of that suburb

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    There are limited spaces available in each workshop due to limited floor space

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    It is a total of 3 full days (approx 9-5) and you must attend all 3 days in full

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    Individual (Covid safe) catering boxes are provided for lunch. All other snacks and drinks are BYO

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    Carefully selected canine models are provided by the Academy for the duration of the 3 days

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    Transport and accommodation are NOT provided and will be at your own expense


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    A combination of extra lectures, 2 day hands-on virtual workshop, & a private 1:1 assessment

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    The virtual workshop is run several times a year to cater for students progressing through the course

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    You're required to have a dog to practice anatomy & assessment portion of the workshop

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    You must attend both days of the workshop in full - there are no recordings

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    Under close instruction you will be actively practising anatomy & assessment on your dog

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    Active participation includes real live clinic patient assessment & treatment decision making

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    Should you not pass the virtual workshop option you can book into an in-person workshop at an additional cost

Student Support

Having run these courses since 2016 we are well aware and in tune with the need for student support. For a large number of our students this is a complete career change and can be a steep learning curve in the beginning. To support all levels of students to make this experience an enjoyable one we have the following available:

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    Support Team

    A full-time support team provides answers to all of your questions via email Mon-Fri 9-5pm AEST along with moral support and motivation. Plus, Zoom calls can also be scheduled as needed.

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    Live & interactive Q&A webinars

    Once a month a live and interactive Q&A session is scheduled. Students have the opportunity to submit their questions and have them answered in more detail via live slides and interaction with head lecturer. This provides a more in depth and personalised learning experience. 

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    Private Facebook Group

    A private Facebook group is dedicated to providing answers to questions from both lecturers and also alumni plus a group of like minded people to connect and collaborate with. 

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    Live interactive workshop

    The interactive workshops (in-person or virtual) provide the individual attention each student needs to gain additional training and support and fill any gaps in their learning before embarking on their new career as a Canine Therapist. 

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

About Your Instructor

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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