Certificate Courses for Dog Lovers
who want a Career in Canine Therapy

Michelle Monk Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy Canine Courses

No Prior Experience Necessary
No Pre-Requisites Required

With the courses listed on this page, there are no pre-requisites required AND you don't need to have prior canine or animal experience.

All you need is a passion to make a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners, and a commitment to provide quality care to canines.

If you absolutely love the career or job you currently have then don't read any further! If you already bounce out of bed every morning with a sense of purpose knowing you are having a positive effect on the lives of our four-legged friends and their human carers then that's awesome! But if you don't greet each day with that level of joy and enthusiasm then read on to find out how you can change that.

It's now possible to have a career in the canine therapy industry

These courses are the gateway to your new career

Canine Remedial Massage and Canine Hydrotherapy are becoming an increasingly popular career choice in Australia with the continued growth of the canine health industry. Both roles offer dogs the chance to move better, feel better, and perform better while providing therapists with a rewarding career, doing something they love.


For both the Canine Massage & Hydrotherapy Certificate Courses

A rewarding career in canine therapy

Over fifteen years ago I began the transition from human physiotherapist to canine physiotherapist with a short course in animal physiotherapy. I had always had a huge love for dogs and was disappointed to discover that they didn't have access to the same quality rehabilitation services as we as humans do. I became determined to change that.

I went on to do my Masters in Animal Physiotherapy, open my own canine rehabilitation clinic, and designed and built the first underwater treadmill in Australia. I now get to help others make the transition into the industry that has had such a positive impact on my life.

There's something so immensely satisfying to see a dog's life extended, to witness a dog walk again after being told they couldn't, and to have a dog recover fully from injury or surgery knowing it's because of the therapy I have provided. I feel so fortunate to experience this every single day and now you can too.

Michelle Monk founder of Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy with Zoe

Reasons why I changed my career to canine therapy

Working in the industry as a canine therapist has been the best decision of my life and here are just a few of the reasons why:

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    To provide the same level of quality rehabilitation therapies to canines as we have access to as humans 

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    Be part of an ever growing and changing industry at the forefront of new research, results and therapies

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    Have a positive impact on extending the quality and length of time dogs and their owners get to spend together

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    There is nothing better than seeing the look on a dog's face when help relieve their discomfort through your treatment.

Certificate Courses in Canine Therapy

Canine Remedial Massage Course By Michelle Monk at Canine Health and Wellbeing Academy

Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage

This certificate course in canine remedial massage will give you the qualification you need to either start your own canine massage business or be hired to work in a veterinary clinic or canine rehabilitation clinic.

Canine hydrotherapy courses at Michelle Monks Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy

Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Complete this certificate course in canine hydrotherapy and spend your days using hydrotherapy to support canine patients to improve their health, mobility and speed up their healing process from injury or surgery.

So many career opportunities to choose from

The Pet industry is already a massive and rapidly growing industry. Medical and surgical treatments pet owners are investing in for their pets has increased substantially. So too has the need for rehabilitation and the complementary therapies that increase the effectiveness and speed of recovery.

Upon completion of either your Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage or a Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy you will have several career options available to you:

  • Set up and work from your own clinic or mobile service
  • Work as part of a rehabilitation team in a veterinary clinic
  • Join a grooming facility or a boarding kennel and offer your services
  • Become employed in a canine rehabilitation and physiotherapy centre

The opportunities are endless and expanding all the time.

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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

How Roonie changed my life

In 2003 I had not long opened my canine rehabilitation clinic when my husband and I were given the opportunity to take in a little Dachshund called Roonie. Roonie had recently had spinal surgery and her owners had been told she would never walk again. Consequently, she was unable to toilet herself or move around and her parents had been advised the best thing to do was to euthanise her.

It took a lot of hard work, lost sleep, and lots of washing, but after 5 months of intense rehabilitation, Roonie was able to walk again! She went on to live another six years as a valued part of our family and as a daily reminder that not only can we rehabilitate dogs but that what we can also save lives.

Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy Roonie
Canine Academy Star Dog Roonie

Become a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist

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    Blend of online and hands-on practical learning

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    Complete at your own pace with plenty of support

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    Latest rehabilitation techniques and principles applied

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    Accredited by Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA)

Become a Canine Hydrotherapist

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    Blend of online and hands-on practical learning

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    Complete at your own pace with plenty of support

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    Latest rehabilitation techniques and principles applied

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    Accredited by Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA)

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