About Equinology® INC and Caninology®


Equinology is approved to operate by the BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education). BPPE approval to operate means the institution is in compliance with the minimum state standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act. BPPE is the regulatory agency for private postsecondary schools. Equinology and Caninology is the only approved private postsecondary school in California which is strictly dedicated to Equine and Canine Bodywork.


Chances are if you are looking at this site, you have been reviewing programs to see which one suits you best. Ask your veterinarian who they would recommend. Equinology will be at the top of the list. Why? Because we train our graduates to work as team players in the paraprofessional world. We stress recognizing red flags and situations when the animal needs veterinary intervention prior to sessions. Our course participants are required to demonstrate their learned skill sets and protocol before they are certified. We require case studies and a visual presentation to pass our program before offering a qualification. We do not issue certificates of achievement (qualifications) via distance study or online study; a good portion of the course must be attended onsite to receive supervision and training for their qualification.


Whether you already working in the animal health care field and are looking for continuing education, one course of interest or an entire certification series; you have come to the right place. You do not need to be one of our program graduates to attend these continuing education courses! This site takes you through both programs explaining the different levels of certification as Equinology® Equine Body Worker professionals and Caninology® Canine Body Worker professionals as well as our specialty certification in Equine Myofascial Release. Click here for the direct link. 


We have several distinctions and requirements for our course attendees. Onsite courses are those presentations where the participant attends the course at a selected location. Our Professional Courses are limited to licensed professionals such as veterinarians, chiropractors, osteopaths, advanced animal body workers and therapists, physical therapists, vet technicians and physical therapist assistants working for a profession and veterinary students in their final years. Requirements do vary by course so please read those carefully. For the full criteria details and application please click here. We also have Distance Study Courses for appropriate subject matter such as nutrition and exercise physiology as well as courses that prepare the student for onsite courses.


The Equinology® Approach is the cornerstone for our Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification® (EEBW) Courses (EQ100, E Q101 and EQ102) .  This approach was developed by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW, and founder of Equinology Inc. and co-founder of the International Equine Body Worker Association. She has used this approach successfully for her own client base for over 25 years, and has shared it with thousands of students, many of them already equine professionals, all over the world. This unique hands-on system addresses the whole body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure, and utilizing detailed static and dynamic evaluation to inform the practitioner. Different bodywork techniques; including sports massage, soft tissue mobilization, stretching, range of motion and positioning exercises, as well as focal point work (stress and trigger points) are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline. Reflecting Debranne’s passion for academic precision with regard to equine musculoskeletal anatomy, the Equinology® Approach stands out because it is comprehensively anatomically referenced. The Equinology® Approach continues to evolve from Debranne’s extensive experience and ongoing learning from her colleagues and mentors; both human and equine.


We offer the Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification® (EEBW) Course in several formats. Courses with a larger number of attendance days have shorter daily hours while the courses with a smaller number of attendance days have longer daily hours. You only need to take one of the EEBW formats. Join us for our signature certification course which offers a unique approach to equine wellness.


Recognized by Multiple Organizations
Equinology is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTM B) as a continuing education Approved Provider. 

Equinology's courses are approved and recognized by the International Equine Body Workers Association (www.iebwa.com), UK's McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice .

Equinology is an approved veterinary continuing education provider for RACE. Select courses are registered and approved for this continuing education. RACE-approved continuing education is recognized by most AAVSB Member Boards;however providers and participants should verify recognition with their board(s) and should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions of certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please check by going to: http://www.aavsb.org/RACE/Standards

Equinology’s and Caninology's courses and online classes are accepted by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy (ACAN) as electives and/or continuing education for certified animal and veterinary naturopaths. Click here for more information.


Leading International Program
So many others attempt to copy our long standing program and we are flattered. However, no other program offers as many courses as Equinology® INC and Caninology® with our high profile instructors. We feel your education should be presented by the best in the field and in a classroom setting with plenty of hands on instruction. The comprehensive materials we offer is supervised by instructor participation not distance learning. While distance learning works well for some subject matter and course preparation; applied techniques need to be supervised for accuracy and value. If you were planning on receiving a massage, wouldn't you prefer a practitioner that attended a program for the fine tuning and the modification required with on-site training rather than a practitioner who earned their certification from a book, video or other distance training? Wouldn't you also feel more confident and assured knowing that your chosen practitioner has been examined by the issuing certification institution and completed case studies before earning their qualification?


World-renowned Instructors
We strive to produce the leaders in this ever challenging field. Veterinarians and specialists who are household names from around the world teach our many courses. Where else can you find Dr. Hilary Clayton, Dr. Barb Crabbe, Dr.Nicole Rombach, Dr. Narelle Stubbs, Dr. Carrie Schlachter, Dr. Mila Speciani, Ken Bains, Ruth Mitchell Golladay, PT, Dr. Kellon, Megan Kanz, MEEBW, Beverly Adams, Brenda Aloff, Tina Watkins and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW. Our instructors keep up with the rapidly changing information in the equine and canine health industry to make sure our students evolve and stay current in this wonderful field.


Progressive Equine and Canine Certification Levels  
Courses at Equinology®, Inc. and Caninology® are presented in modular formats with the total hours adding up and going well beyond a 2-year course for those who continue to the Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker (MEEBW) certification level. In addition to the MEEBW certification, the foundation Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) certification, the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level II (EEBWII) certification, the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level III (EEBWIII) certification and our Caninology® Canine Body Worker certification levels one and two. We also offer an Extension Certification module in Equine Myofascial Release. Although this extension module is available for everyone to participate, to be officially certified by Equinology® and Caninology®, one must also hold the Equinology® Equine Body Worker or a qualified equine massage therapist from a similar program of length and content.


Monitored Externships: (Final Projects)
If the program you choose to attend hands you a "certificate of achievement" in animal bodywork or some kind of modality at the end of a few days’ time or over the internet, run. We go the step beyond a business education service through the compulsory externships that accompany each course. We provide sets of guidelines for externships which includes case studies and extra learning activities so that students can build on and assimilate all the information from each course, before testing for each level of certification. We feel we can answer questions a student may have during the case studies and fine tune their techniques through the use of a visual presentation which the student submits at the end of certification level testing. We are proud of our name and our graduates who are successful and extremely well prepared as well as accepted in the equine complementary care field.


Courses Suitable for Professionals and New Students  

Our program is aimed towards serious students who strive to be leaders in their chosen profession. Our courses are regularly attended by professionals such as veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, trainers, barn managers, and chiropractors as well as those who are just beginning their studies. The courses are taught in such a comprehensive logical format, that individuals with little or no complementary equine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants as long as they have good horse handling skills and understand equine behavior.


Helpful Staff
We welcome you to look through our site which explains our unique combination of courses. Please feel free to contact Paul at the office with any questions to help you chose the appropriate courses. We look forward to hearing from you soon and are fast with responses to your eager questions! The office is open 9am-1pm Monday through Friday: 1.707.377.4313


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