Practitioner in Canine Therapy

EQ03 | Professional | UK Rural Skills accredited, align to level 5, (6 Irish Framework).

Course Description

We are delighted to offer this exciting Canine Massage Therapy for Health and Performance align with Level 5 training course, launched early 2017. This course is totally up-to-date with techniques and scientific research to underpin the training and is approved by UK Rural Skills. The course has the same high standards offered by its sister company Equine Massage Academy to produce highly educated and passionate professionals within the canine complimentary healthcare sector. Essential to support veterinary medicine today.


By training to become a Canine Massage Therapist the opportunities are endless, you may wish to incorporate your skills into your existing kennel/boarding business, dog walking, dog training, grooming, hydrotherapy etc. , or if you are applying for jobs in the canine industry, the knowledge and skills you will have learned are an instant advantage when applying for jobs: Employers are keen to have people who can multi-task within their team of canine professionals.

From a practical aspect, we teach a host of massage techniques to produce a therapist second to none with the skill and ability to work with various dogs, whether a family pet or a working or show dog. Our therapists will be able to use massage therapy to help with the following in the industry:

– Rehabilitation following injury or surgery.
– Improve muscle performance, which includes the health of muscles and soft tissues, gait, and exercise.
– Mobility issues, from those associated with simply climbing the stairs to performing agility exercise, which may be due to a variety of reasons, including orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, etc.
– General discomfort – the dog may have lost its sparkle and in need of support.
– Dogs that are displaying signs of stress, anxiety, and depression and other behavioral issues that often manifest in muscular discomfort.

Therapists will also be equipped to offer advice on many other elements of dog care, from a training course that is “all-encompassing” and second to none. Being supported by industry experts, we have all that you need in one place. This allows us to build long-term relationships with our graduates, with ongoing support throughout their career.

Once trained as a canine massage therapist, we offer an exciting range of continuing professional development training (CPD) to keep therapists current with industry techniques and other related topics. As such, we are delighted to work with the eminent Dr. Isla Fishburn, of Kachina Canine Communication. Isla is an international leader in holistic canine behavior and welfare. We have been working with Isla since 2018 to develop some exciting training courses specific to the Academy of Integrative Animal Therapies.

Our training principles are based on objective, evidence-based research and a thorough understanding of the dog. This approach takes into account the dog’s behavior and psychology, as well as its physical structure including anatomy and physiology, with a specific interest in injury prevention and treatment. We also focus on biomechanics, along with covering several relevant supplementary subjects, providing an all-encompassing program of study. Additionally, we have a unit dedicated to building your business, including the legalities involved. We guide our students on how to perform in clinical practice while working alongside veterinarians and other professionals.

The tuition fees for the course are very competitive given the high standard of training offered by Equi-Ed with the UKRS accreditation.

Attendance in the Ireland training fees: €1600

Final Assessment & Certification = €200

*Monthly Payment Plans are available.

Course Name: Practitioner in Canine Therapy

Course Certification: UK Rural Skills accredited, align to level 5, (6 Irish Framework).
Course Duration: This course runs over 9-12 months in total. You will have a period of 4 days tuition with us followed by distance learning during which time you will undertake assignments and practical case studies on dogs. The programme has the flexibility for you to qualify within a year if you have the time and dedication, or longer depending on your other commitments.

Online and Location: Blended learning
Course Code: EQ03

Fee: €1600

Equi-Ed is committed to providing a comprehensive education in equine therapy. Our admissions process is designed to select students who have demonstrated a strong interest in the field or currently work in a related industry. Applications are reviewed on a holistic basis, taking into account the applicant’s academic record, as well as their experience with horses. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision within 5 days of submitting their application form.

Choose your course date and location and fill out the application form. We will contact you within 5 working days to confirm your approval. There are payment options available for professional courses, such as payment instalments or you can use Humm Finance. Once you have signed up and paid the deposit, you can start your course.”

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