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Canine Massage Therapy for Health & Performance






EMA is already a well-established and respected training academy in equine massage therapy and over the years we have seen remarkable results with horses from the Therapists we have produced, it therefore seemed logical to expand its expertise and passion into the canine therapy world.

As such we are delighted to offer this exciting Canine Massage Therapy for Health and Performance qualification, new for 2017, approved by UK Rural Skills.  The qualification has the same high standards offered by its equine training to produce highly trained and passionate professionals within the canine complimentary healthcare sector.  Essential to support veterinary medicine today.

By training to become a Canine Massage Therapist, even if you choose another canine related career, the knowledge and skills you will have learned are an instant advantage when applying for jobs; employers are keen to have people who can multi-task within their team of canine (dog) professionals.  Or you may wish to have your own business as a Therapist.

Once qualified as a Canine Massage Therapist, we offer an exciting range of continuing professional development training (CPD) to keep Therapists current with industry and techniques and other related topics.  As such we are delighted to work with the eminent Dr Isla Fishburn, an international leader in canine behaviour and welfare.

Study Programme

Our training principles are based on objective, evidence based research and a thorough understanding of the dog.  This approach takes into account the dog’s  behaviour and psychology and its physical structure including anatomy and physiology with a specific interest in injury prevention and treatment and also the growing focus in biomechanics.  We also cover a number of relevant supplementary subjects providing an ‘all encompassing’ programme of study, including a unit dedicated to building your business and the legalities involved with this. We will guide you on how to perform in clinical practice working alongside vets and other professionals.

From the practical aspect we teach a host of massage techniques to produce a Therapist second to none with the skill and ability to work with a variety of dogs whether a family pet or a working or show dog.  Our therapists will be able to use massage therapy to help with the following in industry (and much more):

  • Rehabilitation following injury or surgery

  • Improve muscle performance which includes the health of muscles and soft tissues, gait and exercise

  • Mobility issues from those associated with simply climbing the stairs to performing agility exercise which may be due to a variety of reasons including orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia etc.

  • General discomfort – the dog may have lost its sparkle and in need of support

  • Dogs that are displaying signs of stress, anxiety and depression and other behaviour issues that often manifest from muscular discomfort.


They will also be equipped to offer advice on many elements of dog care, from a training course that is ‘all encompassing’ and second to none.



EMA has designed a flexible study programme to suit all student profiles, whether studying already or in full or part-time employment. The programme is taught over 5 days which incorporates classroom study along with the practical application of massage followed by a period of distance learning by completing assignments and field based case studies with dogs. This leads to a final theory and practical assessment. The minimum qualifying period is 12 months. Students should be prepared to set aside around 16 hours per month of study time to complete the course in 12 months.  However, the course can be extended to suit student requirements to 18 or 24 months maximum.



The fees for the course are very competitive given the high standard of training offered by EMA with the Lantra support.

Attendance in the UK training fees:   £2500

Final Assessment & Certification = £130

*Monthly Payment Plans may be available on request *

Example:  An initial deposit of £500 is required and the remaining balance of £2000 can be paid over 12 months (£166.66 per month), 18 months (£111.11) or 24 months (£83.33 per month).

If you are an Equine student or Graduate of EMA the course fee is reduced to £1995.


 Entry Criteria

 We welcome applications from ANY one of the following:

  • Experienced dog owners who have a good general standard of education and a passion for working with dogs.

  • Workers of the canine industry such as a Trainer, Veterinary nurse, Chiropractor, Hydro-Therapist, Dog Groomer, Kennel staff.

  • Other animal or human therapists.


Note: all applications are considered on an individual basis.


Please contact us to check availability for your chosen dates and when agreed, click on the application form below and return to us.


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