Learn canine massage and bodywork in an accurate and valued format. On-site instruction ensures your quality education with the proper supervision required to learn modalities properly.
In this course, you will not only learn the massage techniques, follow-up exercise, range of motion exercises, handling during the sesson and gentle stretching, you will also learn how to assess the conformation and analyze the gaits. These skills are essential if you plan to work as a team member with other professional offering their care to your clients. Protocol working within the industry to strongly emphasis throughout the course.
This 9-day 100+hour course (a total of 300+hours with the required externship and precourse study) is taught by the international instructor and veterinarian Dr. Mila Speciani. Dr. Mila has been part of the Equinology and Caninology family for some time now teaching the foundation equine bodyworker certification course and she has expanded her offerings to include canine programs. Other locations may use a different instructor.
Like our popular equine course, this canine version is specifically designed for those participants wishing to pursue a career in this field but is also targeted and formatted for veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, canine massage therapists, trainers, kennel managers, and chiropractors who would like to enhance their skills. The course is taught in such a comprehensive logical layered format like our foundation equine massage for horses, those with little or no complementary canine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.
After completing the workshop and required externship, the student will be able to assess posture and movement and apply a complete session confidently. Externship (case studies, extra learning activities) is required in all of Caninology’s courses to ensure the students have learned the enormous amount of material presented in class. The staff is able to answer questions from the participants should they arise during this externship period. Caninology’s reputation stands tall due to the fact we test our students before issuing certificates.
The externship (case studies and additional learning activities):
For this particular course, there’s an additional 100 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class. Participants complete 20 massage sessions on at least 5 different dogs using all of the massage techniques and stretching exercises as well as the documenting techniques as taught in the class. There is also a home study portion included in the externship on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait assessment required to enhance the material that is taught and presented in the class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Caninology to review, evaluate and expand the student’s work.
- Anatomy vocabulary
- Directional terms
- Veterinary terms
- Form and function
- Thoracic appendicular system
- Pelvic appendicular system
- Axial skeletal system
- Typical canine orthopedic conditions
- Surface anatomy landmark identification
- Palpation skills
- Function and Form
- Palpation & rudimentary evaluation skills
- Locating and isolating muscles
- Deep muscles
- Superficial muscles
- Cause of muscle damage
- Causes of various problems
Massage and Bodywork:
- Safety rules
- Basic strokes
- Theory and application of the massage strokes
- Body mechanics for the worker
- Follow-up exercises
- Gentle stretches
- Handling during the session
- Creating documents for the owners
- Gait Abnormalities
- Subjective conformation
- Typical neurological canine conditions
- Canine Behavior
- Handling Skills
- Gait Analysis
- Range of motion analysis and exercises
- Work ethics
- Veterinary ethics
- Creating forms
Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. The fifth day of class is spent out of class for independent study. This is an intense course. It is not unusual for the class to run over by ½ hour daily so please consider this when making your travel plans.
Tuition: $2395 (USA Courses)
Required Reading and Text:
- Required Course Text: Dog Anatomy Workbook: A Guide to the Canine Body: by Andrew Gardiner: $45 (this will be provided free of charge onsite at the Northern CA site)
- Course Workbook: Free
- Course Handouts: Free
- Externship Grading (Case Studies and Visual Presentation) and Certificate: Free
CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Distance Study Course. Tuition $95USD. You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary, and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Distance Study found at https://equinology.com/product/cn3005-canine-anatomy-and-behavior-precourse-distance-study/. You can register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material especially those professionals already in the healthcare industry such as veterinarians or similar; please contact the office to clear this prerequisite. This CN3005 prerequisite will then be waived.
We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the CN3005 precourse work before attending the course. While it is not necessary to complete the entire CN3005 course by the time you attend this course you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the CN3005, you must complete the CN3005 final exam before your Caninology® Canine Body Worker certificate is released.
Suggested Reading for Future Interest:
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy) by Stanley H. Done, et al.