Canine Massage Certification Course

Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy Course

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This course was developed for those who would like to pursue a career in Canine Massage Therapy.  This certification course provides you with all the foundation knowledge, fundamental massage techniques and advanced physical therapy techniques needed to successfully practice Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy (CMFT).

This course is completely on-line and consists of powerpoints, video presentations and demonstrative videos with homework assignments and quizzes.

Work with dogs for a living!

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It is recommended that you have a high school diploma or GED before registering for this course.  Experience handling dogs and access to a dog or dogs to practice on is required.

This course is approved through the NCBTMB and IAAMB.




  • Welcome to the course! FREE
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Closed Captions
  • CMFT Manual to Download
  • Introduction to Canine Massage FREE

Canine Anatomy


  • Cellular Biology
  • Anatomy Terms
  • Massage and Anatomy
  • Locomotor System Part One
  • Locomotor System Part One PowerPoint Download
  • Palpating Bony Landmarks
  • Locomotor System Part Two
  • Locomotor System Part Two PowerPoint Download
  • Locomotor System Part Three
  • Locomotor System Part Three PowerPoint Download
  • Internal Organs
  • Internal Organs PowerPoint Download
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Cardiovascular System PowerPoint Download
  • Lymphatic System
  • Skin and Hair
  • Nervous System
  • The Senses
  • Canine Anatomy Review Link
  • Anatomy Workbook



  • Applied Canine Biomechanics
  • Dog Gaits Video
  • Evaluating Lameness
  • Evaluating Lameness PowerPoint Download
  • Cranial Draw Test
  • Causes of Lameness
  • Canine Pathology
  • Canine Vitals

Getting Ready to Massage

  • Massage Preparation for the Therapist
  • Massage Preparation for the Dog
  • Contraindications to Massage

Foundation Massage Techniques


  • Foundation Massage Techniques
  • Foundation Massage Techniques PowerPoint for Download
  • Basic Stretches
  • Basic Stretches PowerPoint for Download
  • Homework Assignment
  • Homework Assignment Example Video
  • Exam One

Behavior, Handling and Safety

  • Dog Breed Characteristics and Behavior Article
  • Canine Behavior, Handling and Safety
  • First Aid
  • Canine Heimlich Maneuver
  • Canine CPR

Massage Techniques


  • Swedish Massage Presenation
  • Swedish Massage PowerPoint for Download
  • TMJ Massage
  • TMJ Massage PowerPoint for Download
  • Canine Acupressure Part One
  • Canine Acupressure Part Two
  • Canine Acupressure Part Two PowerPoint for Download
  • Canine Acupressure Part Three
  • Canine Acupressure Part Three PowerPoint for Download
  • Canine Acupressure Part Four
  • Canine Acupressure Part Four PowerPoint for Download
  • Locating Source Points
  • Locating Master Points
  • Locating Influential Points
  • Myofascial Release Massage
  • Myofascial Release Massage PowerPoint for Download
  • Core Muscle Stim (CMS) and Gua Sha Massage
  • Core Muscle Stim (CMS) Demo
  • Gua Sha Massage Demo
  • Aromatherapy

Physical Therapy

  • Neurological Exam
  • Neurological Exam on Dog with Hind End Weakness
  • Checking Reflexes
  • Cranial Nerve Exams
  • Stretches
  • Spine Stretches Demo Video
  • Supportive Therapies
  • Laser Meridian Therapy Demo
  • Electrotherapy Demo
  • Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Whole Body Vibrational Therapy

Other Aspects of Care


  • Collars Vs. Harnesses
  • Brilliant K9 Website
  • Nutrition and Supplementation

Business, Record Keeping and More

  • Record Keeping
  • Scope of Practice
  • Animal Massage Laws by US State
  • Veterinary Referral Letter Example
  • Veterinary Treatment Letter Example
  • Code of Ethics
  • International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB)
  • Running a Business



  • Certification Completion
  • Practice Hours Log Sheet
  • Certification Processing Fee
  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Final Exam
  • Congrats on Completing the Course!
  • Consider Joining Our Affiliate Program!

About Your Instructor

Dr. Angelique Barbara

Dr. Angelique Barbara

Founder and Instructor

Dr. Angelique Barbara (affectionally called Dr. Angel by many of her clients) is a Doctor of Chiropractic who holds additional degrees in Veterinary Science (B.S.), Equine Science (Minor) and Veterinary Pathobiology (M.S.).  Dr. Barbara has been passionate about animals her entire life and has spent the majority of her life studying animals (both in the classroom and in the field).  She developed her first animal bodywork seminar in 2009.  Since that time, her seminars have grown both in number and popularity and she has fine tuned her seminars and techniques to optimize the learning experience.  Dr. Barbara was one of the first practitioners to start utilizing kinesiology tape on animals and she was so impressed with the results that she decided to develop an entire seminar dedicated to the taping applications she developed.  Her background in both the clinical and research animal health care world as well her experience as a human chiropractor give her a unique perspective on animal bodywork, which is evident in her courses. 

Dr. Barbara has publications in the Journal of Veterinary Science and Microbiology and has presented her research at the Conference of Researchers in Animal Disease (CRAWD) and the International Equine Conference of Laminitis and Diseases of the Hoof.  She is a member of Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and French Bulldog Rescue Network.


Swedish Massage


Myofasacial Release


Phyiscal Therapies

Mechanical Massage


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Bonus Material


Techniques Manuals

$50 value
Download and print your manuals to use as a reference while practicing.


Advanced Support

$100 value
Get in touch with Dr. Barbara through email to have any questions you may have during the course or after completing it for a timely response and continued support.

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