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Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage - New and Improved Program Released!

New and Improved Program!

We have now 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 delivered entirely online, with support from a monthly live Q & A session and your own private Facebook Group. There is now only a single intense 3 -day workshop, plus a live full day teleconference for case presentations - meaning you only have to travel once.

Aims of the Canine Remedial Massage Course

Canine remedial massage has been available for many years. Recently it has gained more popularity in Australia as the pet industry grows, and pets have more than ever, become VIP’s in their households.

There has been a limited quality education available in Australia around Canine Remedial Massage. Until now.

This canine remedial massage course has been designed by Michelle Monk to teach individuals how to deliver a remedial massage treatment to a canine patient safely and effectively, working in conjunction with the patient’s vet as part of a healthcare team.

Who is this course for?

If you would like to spend your day doing something you love, making a difference in the lives of many more dogs and their owners, then this is for you! There are no pre-requisites for this course. It is designed for people who want a career change, and haven't worked in the industry at all. However, a background in the veterinary and/or animal industry or even massage means you can speed through and get treating dogs sooner. This course is designed with the purpose of enabling participants upon completion, to deliver remedial massage safely and effectively to canine patients.

Course Delivery

Blended delivery includes online learning modules, live monthly Q & A webinars to answer any questions you have and meet other students.

Workshop: There is a single intense practical workshop May 29-31, currently delivered in our  Melbourne clinic.

Live Teleconference: There is also now a live teleconference June 20th, 2019 for case presentations. Attendance at the workshop and the teleconference is compulsory.

Assessments: are delivered online via the course platform at the end of each module.

Work placement: As part of the course completion you must complete 2 days work placement in a canine rehabilitation facility or your choosing.

Log Book Completion: Each student will be required to submit log book case study reports for 15 patients. Full details will be provided in the course

Duration of the canine remedial massage course

The course theory takes 7 months to complete. Case studies are to be completed after all online components and the workshop has been completed.

Study Hours Required

This is a part-time course that will require approximately 5-6 hours of study per week depending on your previous level of canine anatomy experience.


  • 1

    Introduction to Massage for the Canine Patient

  • 2

    Canine Skeletal Anatomy

  • 3

    Canine Arthrology

  • 4

    Canine Muscular System

  • 5

    Canine Nervous System

  • 6

    Massage Techniques

  • 7

    Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing

  • 8

    Canine Massage For Specific Pathologies

  • 9

    Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog

  • 10

    Canine Massage for Older Pets

  • 11

    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

  • 12

    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage

  • 13

    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Remedial Massage

  • 14

    Practical delivery of Canine Massage

  • 15

    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

  • 16

    Massage room design

  • 17

    Record Keeping

  • 18

    Business development

Commencement Date

The course will commence on Monday 5th November, 2018  with an Introductory Webinar.

Registrations Close

Thursday November 1st, 2018   at midnight

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to apply for membership of the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association and professional indemnity insurance with Insurance House. Canine Remedial Masseurs are typically employed in large veterinary facilities or rehabilitation facilities, or operate their own private businesses.

Canine Remedial Massage Course accredited by the ACRA

Enrollments NOW OPEN for Nov 2018 Intake

Enrolments are now open for the next intake. The course will commence November 5th 2018. Registrations close Wednesday October 31st, 2018 at midnight.

Places limited to only 20 per course



Michelle Monk has been an Animal Physiotherapist, utilising soft tissue therapies/massage since 2002.

She originally started as a human physiotherapist and masseur, completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and Dry Needling. She started the first rehabilitation centre for dogs in 2002 and incorporated body-work in the rehabilitation of the majority of her patients.

She is passionate about providing massage to all canines to improve their general health and wellbeing, enable them to recovery from injury and illness and take them through to old age, with ease of mobility and comfort.

Need more information or want to register a place for the Nov 2018 Course?

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

Here's what one of Michelle's clients had to say:

Dogs in motion canine rehabilitation client Chloe testimonial

"Dear Michelle, I wanted to let know how grateful I am for your rehabilitation of Chloe after her ACL operation.  It is now 12 weeks since her operation and her leg is well on the way to recovery with the muscle almost back to normal size.  It is so good to see her pain free and regaining her confidence.  She is loving being able to do a bit of running and playing again. Your programme of hydrotherapy, controlled exercises and reviews with you have worked miracles.  I've attached a few photos of her and Freddie using the pods.  Freddie's right leg is also a great tribute to your rehabilitation programme (fully recovered and back competing in Agility).

Thanks again." - Judy