Advanced Canine Massage Mentorship - 300 Hours

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The Advanced Canine Massage Mentorship Certification program is an intensive and completely hands-on curriculum that prepares students to work confidently, skillfully, and professionally as canine massage therapists in a variety of work environments, including rehabilitation centers, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, training facilities, or private practice. You will cover all the material in the 10 month program in an intensive month long mentorship that is ideal for students living outside of the Chicagoland area. We will meet 6 full days a week for a month and set up observation and real life intern hours. It will enable you to work with real clients and have access to invaluable one-on-one instructor time. This mentorship is only meant for the serious student who can learn in an intensive fashion.

Our extensive curriculum includes the following topics:

Canine massage overview
History of massage
Canine ethology
Canine physical and social development
Canine behavior and low stress handling
Understanding and working with stress, anxiety, and fear in dogs
Palpation and assessment
Fundamental massage techniques
Canine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
Gait observation
Working with shelter dogs
Pre-event, post-event, and maintenance massage for canine athletes
Passive Range of Motion (PROM) and stretching techniques
Therapeutic exercise and conditioning
Working with special populations
Palliative care
Advanced massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, post-surgical edema management, and orthopedic massage techniques
Common canine neurological, pathological, and musculoskeletal condition
Complementary modalities
Canine first-aid and CPR certification
Documentation and record keeping practice
Business practices
Working with and educating pet parents
NBCAAM national certification preparation

Additionally, our hands-on curriculum provides students with 3-dimensional learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to:

Access a wide array of study materials and anatomy tools to reinforce in-class learning
Learn anatomical structures by applying concepts to live dogs and skeletal models
Learn musculoskeletal anatomy by working with clay to build anatomical structures
Meet and interact with guest lecturers who are among the top people in the field
Work with real clients in real-life situations – the ultimate learning experience

This program consists of lecture and hands-on learning experiences in and outside of class. Students are required to document observation and lab hours, arrange independent clients for case studies, and complete internship hours providing canine massage therapy services.
Students receive continued support following completion of the program to facilitate continued growth, experience, and a thriving practice.
May 1-25, 2016
Location: For Your K9, 1975 Cornell Ave, Melrose Park, IL
Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $7,000 – An electronic Course Manual is sent once tuition is received in full
Deposit: $1,600 – Non-refundable

Education Required

Students must be at least 18 years old
Students must have high school completion or GED

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