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Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage

Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage

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?

There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, a background in the veterinary and/or animal industry or even massage is an advantage. Anatomy, physiology and pathology subjects can be quite in-depth. 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 learner modules, live fortnightly webinars, recommended texts and online resources. There are 2 practical workshops, the first is 3 days and the second is 2 days including a final exam. These are all delivered currently in Melbourne.

Assessments include online examinations, written assignments as well as practical demonstrations and work placement. Each student will be required to submit log book case study reports for 15 patients.

Duration of the canine remedial massage course

The course runs for a total of 6 months. Case studies are to be completed after the online components and workshops have finished.

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

    The benefits of Massage

  • 3

    Canine First Aid

  • 4

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Canine Patient

  • 5

    Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing

  • 6

    Canine Massage as part of Rehabilitation

  • 7

    Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog

  • 8

    Common pathologies that benefit Massage in the Canine Patient

  • 9

    Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage

  • 10

    Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage

  • 11

    Massage techniques

  • 12

    Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Remedial Massage

  • 13

    Practical delivery of Canine Massage

  • 14

    Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team

  • 15

    Massage room design

  • 16

    Record Keeping

  • 17

    Business development


Assessments include online examinations, written assignments and case studies, as well as practical demonstrations and work placement in the student clinic.

Commencement Date

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

The 3 day practical workshops will be held in February and May 2019 - dates to be confirmed. These will be held in Melbourne.

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,

Places limited to only 20 per course

  • Early Bird closes Sept 8th, 2018


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:


"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