Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

The aim of this course is to give you the techniques, tools and understanding to be able to utilise the therapeutic effects of canine massage on your patients as a veterinary nurse.

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.

This course will give SVN's the understanding behind the techniques discussed and practically assessed in their studies but also give RVN's another specialty they may wish to look further into and go on to qualify in this area.

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 and nurses, 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.

Join Emily, our resident RVN Physio on this on-demand course and explore what massage can do for your canine patients.

What you will learn!

This Course has 3 modules of content and this is a brief overview of what you will learn

  • What is canine massage and the legalities around it.

  • Common conditions and contraindications.

  • A look at the basic structure of cells and tissues.

  • Re cap on skeletal and muscle anatomy

  • The relevance of anatomy in massage and what common conditions benefit from this treatment.

  • The massage consultation process and obtaining consent.

  • Correctly assessing a patient to include gait and palpation .

  • Massage techniques and how to perform a massage routine.

  • Important factors when treating puppies, elderly dogs and post-operative patients.

  • Please Note: This 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.

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 7-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • What do I get with this course?

    This course comes with a comprehensive course workbook, interactive activities to complete and a 45 question multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 7 Hours/Credits.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar. You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...

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.

Don't just take our word for it.

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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5 star rating

Highly Recommend!

Renee Biggs

Easy to follow & understand

Easy to follow & understand

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5 star rating

Great Course for a SVN


Our collage course didn't go into physiotherapy very much but it is still required on NPL this course was very informative and will be useful in everyday pr...

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Our collage course didn't go into physiotherapy very much but it is still required on NPL this course was very informative and will be useful in everyday practice

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