Purpose: To understand the relationship between how the canine body is composed, how it works and the impact massage therapy will have on these systems.Course Information: Detailed training in canine anatomy and physiology; canine biomechanics and kinesiology; understanding the relationship between anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and massage therapy in dogs. The course involves the use of three textbooks used by the Veterinary Nursing Program in the U.K. and 18 hours of online instruction. The course is designed to give the students the necessary information in order to understand the relationship between how the body is composed, how it works and the impact massage therapy will have on these systems. Knowledge level upon successful completion on the course will be equivalent to that of a Veterinary Nurse/Technician. Students will be provided with a free comprehensive manual. There are required textbooks, please scroll down for details.
Required Texts (see below)
What you can expect to learn in this course:
- The cell and cellular processes
- Integumentary System
- Muscular System
- Skeletal System
- Cardiovascular System
- Respiratory System
- Lymphatic System
- Nervous System
- Endocrine System
- Urinary System
- Digestive System
- Normal functioning of the above systems.
- Pathophysiology of the above systems.
- Anatomical terminology.
- The relationship between anatomy, physiology and the rehabilitation process.
First, you will need to be signed up for Introduction to Canine Massage . The test will be taken at your home and you will have two hours to complete it (done through email). The cost to administer the test is: $75. This fee is non-refundable. If you pass, you will enter the Introduction to Canine Massage course. If you fail, you will have one more chance (a new test, no additional fee) to pass and then, if you fail again, we will advise you to take the Anatomy and Physiology course. You will not advance to the Introduction to Canine Massage Course until you successfully pass the exam. The $75 fee will NOT count toward tuition costs.Course Completion Deadline: This course must be completed in its entirety within 4 months from the date of registration.Required Textbooks:
Students are required to purchase the following textbooks (Click on title to order).
Students need to have ONE of the following anatomy and physiology books:
Tartaglia, Louise and Waugh, Anne.Veterinary Physiology and Applied Anatomy – Revised Reprint: A Textbook for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians, Butterworth-Heinemann, London England, 2005
Reece, William O., Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
Bassert, Joanna M., and Colville, Thomas P., Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians 2nd edition, Mosby, 2007
In addition, students need to have ONE of the following colouring books:
Kanier, Robert A. and McCracken, Thomas O. Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas, Teton NewMedia, Jackson, Wyoming, 2003
Students will need access to a Medical Dictionary either hard copy or online.
Instructor: Sheilagh O’Sullivan
Course Length: Twelve 90 minute sessions.
Course Fee –
Payment Plan Available of three monthly payments of $200.00 USD per month.
Please read the Payment Plan policy.