An Introduction To Canine Massage for Veterinary Nurses.

An Introduction to Canine Massage for Veterinary Nurses

taught by Emily Ashdown

Course description

An Introduction to Canine Massage Techniques for the Veterinary Nurse
Online CPD Course

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

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.

To enable the learner to understand the legalities involved when treating a canine with massage.

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, geriatrics and post-surgical patients.

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

Emily Ashdown
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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