Member Schools

We appreciate the support of the following member schools. Each provides a path to qualification for one or more exam. Please note that you may need to take courses beyond their own certification program, as noted. Schools may also have one or more additional programs that do not qualify you for an exam, so please check requirements.

You are not required to attend one of these schools in order to take the exam. I


f you'd like to learn more about becoming an NBCAAM Member School, click here.

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At Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, we take great pride in being one of the oldest and most active schools in the training of professional massage practitioners. We took what we already knew how to do, teach massage, and brought it to the animal world. We will continue the tradition of providing first class massage therapy training to individuals that have a calling to work with animals. In our animal facility, Doggone U, we offer 200-hour Certification Programs in both Small Animal and Equine Massage, as well as continuing education for massage practitioners.

Programs qualifying for Canine Massage and Equine Massage Exams

Location: MA

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

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Founded by Denise Theobald and Sara May, Canis Bodyworks, LLC evolved out of the desire to bring canine massage and bodywork education to a wider audience. To qualify for the exam, take the following workshops: Trust and Relationship Building, Canine Massage Fundamentals, Physical Dog, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Massage, Orthopedic Friction, Business, Canine A&P for the Pet Professional, Canine First Aid and Pathology, and Case Studies. Substitutions may be allowed.

Program qualifying for Canine Massage Exam

Location: VA, Classes in VA, IL, and MO

Canis Bodyworks


Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh and April Johnston founded the Equine Institute to offer approved online education and hands on workshops for equestrians, an online certificate program in equine fascial integration therapy, and online continuing education courses for equine veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and equine massage therapists. To qualify for the exam, take the core fascial integration program, as well as an add-on massage theory class, and hands-on massage workshop.

Program qualifying for Equine Massage Exam

Location HI, various

The Equine Institute (formerly Equi-librium Institute)

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The Equine Natural Movement School offers basic (440 hrs) and advanced (500 hrs) programs in Equine Structural Integration. This unique progressive series was developed through 20+ years of dedicated inquiry into understanding how to resolve issues that affect structure, balance and movement, and return horses to graceful flexibility and comfort. Our students learn to see and think about structure in a new paradigm, combining highly proficient technical skills with a heart-centered way of working. Kindness and respect are hallmarks of our method and help us establish a profound sense of partnership with each individual horse. Our business course is based on honesty and authenticity so students develop thriving practices in their home area. Onsite classes limited to six students, lots of personal attention.

Programs qualifying for Equine Massage

Location: WA

The Equine Natural Movement School


NWSAM offers certification courses in Foundation Massage, Performance Massage and Rehabilitation Massage in a flexible blended learning format combining online and resident training. NWSAM also offers certification in Equine and Small Animal Acupressure and is the exclusive provider of training in Manual Ligament Therapy.  We offer workshops for pet-owners and continuing education for professional practitioners. Based in Puget Sound, NWSAM also offers courses in many sites across North America. Take two levels to qualify for the exam.

Programs qualifying for Canine & Equine Massage, Canine & Equine Acupressure Exam

Location: WA

Northwest School of Animal Massage

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(Est. 1999) The Ojai School of Canine Massage is a NBCAAM and IAAMB approved school offering both a 250-hour Onsite (100 onsite hrs. &150 online hrs.) and a 250-hour Online/Distance Ed. Canine Massage Certification Program. Our courses provide each student with the most current information available. Students enter the workforce as well prepared Professional Canine Massage Therapists. We offer a well rounded education, focusing on animal safety and a holistic approach to healing. Our online and onsite courses include Anatomy/Physiology, Swedish massage, Meditation & Energy Work, Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point therapy, TTouch, Sports massage, and more. 

Programs qualifying for Canine Massage Exam (Onsite program qualifies and Online program qualifies if you include 50 hands-on massage hours)

Location: CA

Ojai School of Canine Massage


The PetMassage Training and Research Institute is dedicated to excellence of instruction for the canine massage industry. PetMassage training focuses solely on the skills and factual information that you will need to develop a confident and successful canine massage practice. PetMassage techniques and protocols are derived from a diverse collection of massage forms and EnergyWork practices, all contextualized in animal behavior. The professional level training program workshops that PetMassage offers are PetMassage Foundation Level, PetMassage Advanced Level, and PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage. Hands-on workshops are conducted with instructor and founder, Jonathan Rudinger, at The PetMassage School in Toledo, Ohio. Take the Foundation Level and the Advanced Level to qualify for the exam.

Program qualifying for Canine Massage Exam

Location: OH


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The School of Applied Integrative Therapy Equine has an option for you if you have a desire to provide horses a therapeutic, non-invasive and wholehearted way to feel and perform their very best! Become a CERTIFIED EQUINE BODYWORK PRACTITIONER -or- add to your skills as an equine professional or horse enthusiast. Kim Kizzier Sherrodd offers a 300 hour Equine Massage Certification Program with an integrated approach to therapeutic bodywork, encouraging each learner to find their individual skills and talents while committing to a vigorous standard of practice and ethics.

Program qualifying for Equine Massage Exam

Location: WY

School of Applied Integrative Therapy

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Rocky Mountain's two campuses are inspirational settings for learning the art of massage and acupressure for animals. RMSAAM faculty members are educated professionals with extensive training, fieldwork and teaching experience. Take two levels of their hands-on program to qualify for the exam.

Programs qualifying for Small Animal and Equine Massage Exams (onsite programs qualify)

Location: CO

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage


Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA offers equine and small animal acupressure training programs. The core curriculum courses are both hands-on and online, plus there is a series of elective courses. All Tallgrass courses focus on the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories and concepts because acupressure-massage is based on Chinese medicine. Acupressure books, charts, videos and other learning resources are available. Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA is an affiliate of Tallgrass Animal Resources (formerly Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute), which has served the human and animal community for over 30 years. Other Tallgrass educational providers are located in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. 

Programs qualifying for Canine & Equine Acupressure Exams

Location: FL, various

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA

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