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Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage

Aims of the Course

Massage for the canine patient has been available for many years, but has recently gained more popularly in Australia as the pet industry grows, and pets have more than ever, become VIP’s.

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

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



Michelle Monk has been an Animal Physiotherapist, utilizing 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 form injury and illness and take them through to old age, with ease of mobility and comfort.

Who is this course for?

There are no pre-requisites for this course however a background in the veterinary and / or animal industry or Massage is an advantage. Anatomy, physiology and pathology subjects are quite in-depth. This course is designed to enable participants on 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 3-day work shops and a final practical exam. These are all delivered currently in Melbourne.

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

Duration of the course

The course runs for 8 months 

Study Hours

This is a part time course that will require approximately 8 hours of study per week


  • Introduction to Massage in the Canine Patient
  • The benefits of Massage
  • Canine First Aid
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Canine Patient
  • Canine Massage for Health and wellbeing
  • Canine Massage as part of Rehabilitation
  • Canine Massage in the Sporting Dog
  • Common pathologies that benefit Massage in the Canine Patient
  • Working safely in Canine Remedial Massage
  • Assessment of the Canine patient prior to Massage
  • Massage techniques
  • Development of and progression of treatment plans in Canine Remedial Massage
  • Practical delivery of Canine Massage
  • Working as part of a Multi- disciplinary team
  • Massage room design
  • Record Keeping
  • 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 26th March, 2018  with an Introductory Webinar.

The 3 day practical workshops will be held in July and September 2018 - dates to be confirmed. These will be held in Melbourne.

Please note there will be a 2 week break over the Easter period.

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.


There are 3 options for payment.

  • A one time early bird payment of $3500 until February 10th, 2018.
  • A one time payment after early bird ceases until course commencement $3750
  • A payment plan of $605 over 7 monthly instalments.

If you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact us.

Registrations Open January 1st, 2018.

Registrations close March 19th, 2018

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