For starters, I recommend a visit to the website for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage: www.nbcaam.org
Also, the following schools offer certification courses in animal massage, other forms of bodywork and related topics. Many of them also offer on-line classes, workshops and other educational resources. See individual descriptions and links below for more information. You can click on the school’s name to visit its website.
Note: On-line classes available here with All About Animal Massage are not intended for professional certification, but they can be used for most continuing education requirements you may have, and/or for your personal education goals and interests. If you do plan to attend a school for professional certification, remember that your state may regulate the profession of animal massage. If licensing is required, certification is only part of the process. Start by checking the regulations in your state.
Recommendations? If you have a school you would like to see added to this list, please have a representative from the school contact us with information and permission to include them here as a resource.
Schools (listed alphabetically)
The Amassage Method™: Certification program for Equine Massage/Biomechanics and Rehab Strategies for EPM, Cold and Sway back, Arthritis and Under Saddle Thereapy. Contact Beverly Brady, 812-756-4796, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the web.
Canine and Equine Structural Integration: Canine and Equine courses offered in Colorado and various other locations.
Caninology and Equinology: Canine and Equine courses offered in CA, VA, MI, TX, IA and other US locations as well as affiliate schools offering courses in the UK, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
Doggone U at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy: 200 hour certification programs in Small Animal or Equine Massage in Worcester, MA. Partial distance programs and continuing ed workshops available. Contact Lisa Ruthig, email@example.com, or call (508) 753-9757, or visit website.
The Equine Natural Movement School: Train in Equine Structural Integration. Small classes on an organic farm, in southern Washington. 360-687-8384
Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc.: Canine, Feline and Equine massage and related modalities, in small classes on a farm near Columbus, OH. Call 1-800-251-0007 or visit them on the web.
Northwest School of Animal Massage: Large Animal and Small Animal courses offered at various locations in the US and Canada, including Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, British Columbia. On-line courses also available.
Ojai School of Massage: Small Animal and Equine Massage courses offered in southern California.
PetMassage Training and Research Institute: Various levels and types of canine massage courses, including water massage, children’s K-9 massage, and instructor training programs. Classes held in Toledo, OH, and some distance learning available. 1-800-779-1001
Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage: Courses in Equine, Canine and Large and Small Animal Acupressure offered on site in Colorado and Florida, or by correspondence.
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute: Equine and Small Animal courses offered around the US, Canada, Australia, England and Israel and on-line.