About The Course.

Canine Massage is becoming a very popular treatment within the veterinary world. For many years it has been widely accepted in the human field but not so much with our animals. The recent increase in owner’s looking for complementary therapies has increased the requirement for more Massage therapists, and now with more ways than ever to qualify professionally as a Canine Massage therapist, it is becoming more and more popular. 

As Veterinary nurses or Vet’s we are in the best position to implement Massage treatment and it has been a part of the Veterinary nurse practical and theoretical study for many years. With any injury or disease, it’s not simply about medicating or treating that one area, there is often a greater impact on the body as a whole and as massage therapist it’s our job to ensure we rebalance the animal to prevent compensatory issues arising and help to improve muscle tone, strength and flexibility. We also have the best position to educate owners on management of chronic conditions such as Osteoarthritis and massage is often a part of this whether performed by a therapist or an owner doing basic techniques at home.

The aim of this course is to give you a brief introduction into the world of canine massage, to inform on the legalities surrounding the treatment and to give an understanding of how massage can help your patients. As the profession becomes more widely accepted and the demand higher, the veterinary clinic is the best place to start implementing rehabilitation, with massage being a big part of this. Hopefully this course can give students the understanding behind the techniques discussed and practically assessed in their studies but also give qualified nurses another specialty they may wish to look further into and go on to qualify in this area. 

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4 star rating

An interesting course

sonya ellett

I enjoyed this course and feel I have got a lot out of it. Thank you I am now keen to explore this subject further including practical days.

I enjoyed this course and feel I have got a lot out of it. Thank you I am now keen to explore this subject further including practical days.

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5 star rating

An Introduction To Canine Massage for Veterinary Nurses

Karen Holding

A fantastic course. Easy to follow and very informative.

A fantastic course. Easy to follow and very informative.

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Aims & Objectives

Module 1: What is Canine Massage? Conditions, Contraindications and Legalities for the Veterinary Nurse

The aim of this module is to enable the learner to understand what canine massage is and what conditions and contraindications to be aware of.

Key Learning Aims and Objectives

  • To understand what canine massage is and the legalities around it.
  • To understand common conditions and contraindications.
  • To understand the importance of consent for massage.
  • To know what resources may be useful in the study of massage.  

Module 2: Anatomy Rec-Cap and its’ Relevance for Massage
The aim of this comprehensive module, is to enable the learner to refresh and recap Anatomical knowledge and the relevance in this knowledge for canine massage. 
Key learning Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the basic structure of the cell and tissues.
  • To show an understanding of skeletal anatomy 
  • To show an understanding of basic muscular anatomy and tone.
  • To know the relevance of anatomy in massage and what common conditions benefit from this treatment. 

Module 3: Massage Techniques and Consultation 
The aim of this module is to enable the learner to understand how to perform basic massage techniques and the understand how to conduct a Massage consultation.
Key learning Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the consultation process and what is involved, Including obtaining patient history and consent. 
  • To understand the process of correctly assessing a patient to include gait and palpation.
  • The understand the basic massage techniques and how to perform a massage routine.
  • To know important factors when treating puppies, elderly dogs and post-surgical patients. 

Please NoteThis course is not an accredited qualification in canine massage, but relevant and quality CPD, to give nurses a greater insight into what techniques they can use and to give a greater understanding into what massage therapists can do. 


Course curriculum

About Emily

Instructor Bio:


Emily Ashdown

I am a qualified Animal Physiotherapist & Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have been working with animals since I was 16 where I started as a kennel assistant at a rescue kennels. I then trained in my local practice to become an RVN. I have worked at different practices including the RSPCA Birmingham animal hospital where I gained a lot of experience and even worked on the ITV show Give a pet a home! I shortly went back to private practice and Became a Deputy head nurse where I found my passion for rehabilitation by using class IV laser therapy. Whilst working in this practice I researched the different types of Lasers and set up clinics for primarily Geriatric patients. I became very passionate about rehabilitation and in particular the difference Laser therapy was making to many of my clients and with my own working cocker spaniels. I then decided to pursue a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy with the college of Animal Physiotherapists. I started to work for Companion Animal health as a product specialist in primarily Laser therapy but also other rehabilitation products and regenerative medicine. I still work for Companion as I have a real passion for teaching practitioner’s how to use Laser successfully but I also bought my own Laser and set up Worcestershire Animal Therapy where I offer a mobile Physiotherapy and Laser service. I also Do some work for Bromsgrove Canine Hydro and Physio where I enjoy seeing many different cases. From time to time I also still Locum in emergency Vet clinics and I teach Animal First Aid. In my spare time I’m also a member of the IAAT Committee to help push the Musculoskeletal industry and I’m fully registered as a RAMP member. I also have a certificate in Feline Medicine and would like to educate further in rehabilitation for feline’s.

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