The College of Animal Physiotherapy

Canine Sports Massage

  • Canine Massage is the application of recognised massage techniques, adapted to be used on the canine for the purpose of increasing circulation and lymphatic flow. It aids in muscle relaxation and suppleness. It also helps improve the range of movement and overall health and performance.
  • Massage is one of the oldest and most effective forms of treatment. It helps to reduce the chances of injury and speed up the healing process when injury has occurred.
  • Massage is beneficial to suit all breeds of dogs, from the family pet, to a performing dog, whether doing agility, obedience, or a working dog. All will benefit and improve from a correctly applied massage.
  • This is a comprehensive, professional course studying massage and stretching techniques.
  • Successful students will be awarded The College of Animal Physiotherapy's Certification in Canine Massage and will be granted membership of IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists) in the animal massage section. The course will be an advantage when applying for or done alongside the TCAP diploma.
  • The course provides the foundation and understanding required to enable the successful graduate to practise within the canine industry as a professional canine masseuse.
  • The course requires the candidates to complete theoretical modules which will be sent to the candidate at the beginning of the course.
  • Each module will need to be completed and passed before certification can be awarded.
  • The course requires the candidates to complete extensive anatomy and physiology theoretical modules and assessments prior to the practical sessions, which will be sent to the candidate at the beginning of the course. After each practical session, further theoretical modules and assessments will be sent to each student for completion.
Modules will include:
  • A pre-course study module
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Boney points
  • Muscle origin and insertion
  • Vets permission
  • Gait analysis
  • Benefits of massage
  • Contra indications
  • Massage techniques (effleurage, pétrissage, tapotements)
  • Massage routine incl. behaviour and responses
  • Common stress areas on a dog
  • Stretches, PROM
  • Trigger points technique
  • Post massage advice
  • An overview of complimentary massage therapies
  • Submission of case studies for summative assessment
  • A comprehensive multi-faceted final examination (practical written and oral examination)

Each module will need to be completed and passed before certification can be awarded.


The course:
  • The practical element of the course will take place over 3 sessions (one a month) consisting of 5 days training and a final exam.
  • The course is run twice yearly.
  • There will be a considerable amount of pre-course work and an assessment following each weekend..
  • All practical days will take place in Somerset.
  • Full details to be provided once you are booked onto the course.
  • You need to be 18 or over and be able to demonstrate a commitment to the canine industry when listing your experience via your CV. You must have at least 3 years relevant canine experience.
  • The cost of the course is £1500 + VAT (£1800) this can be paid in full prior to the start date. We also offer a 4 monthly payment plan. First payment is required the month prior to the first practical session, when all pre course work will be sent to you. Three further payments will follow.

Please email for more details, or apply online and attach a current C.V. Once we have received your initial application we will contact you.

Life as an Animal Physiotherapist

Life as an Animal Physiotherapist involves working under Veterinary referral to provide treatment and rehabilitation for animals. Animal Physiotherapy is an exciting and rewarding career. The most essential requirement is that you have a natural affinity with animals. find out more

Why Train with Us?

We are the original route of training for animal physiotherapy. In the past couple of years, some new courses have come to the market. So why should you choose to train with us? find out more

We currently have over 200 students worldwide.

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