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Practitioner in Canine Therapy

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.


Once trained as a Canine Massage Therapist, we offer an exciting range of continuing professional development training (CPD) to keep Therapists current with industry and 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 behaviour and welfare. We have been working with Isla since 2018 to develop some exciting training courses specific to the Academy of Integrative Animal Therapies.


We also offer Graduates of AIAT, if they meet the criteria, the opportunity to teach the 1 day Canine Massage for Dog Owners course as a Training Agent. Thus continuing to spread the word on the benefits of this therapy and establish themselves as Instructors as part of AIAT


Study Programme

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.


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 behaviour and psychology and its physical structure including anatomy and physiology with a specific interest in injury

prevention and treatment and also the growing focus in biomechanics. We also cover a number of  relevant supplementary subjects providing an all encompassing’ programme of study, including a unit dedicated to building your business and the legalities involved with this. We will guide you on how to perform in clinical practice working alongside vets and other professionals.


From the practical aspect we teach a host of massage techniques to produce a Therapist second to none with the skill and ability to work with a variety of 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 industry

(and much more):

•  Rehabilitation following injury or surgery

•  Improve muscle performance which includes the health of muscles and soft tissues, gait and


•  Mobility issues from those associated with simply climbing the stairs to performing agility exercise

    which may be due to a variety of reasons including orthopaedic 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 behaviour 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 on-going support throughout their career.



Attendance in Ireland : €2200

Final Assessment & Certification = €200

*Monthly Payment Plans are available**

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