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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


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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 qualifiying 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: IL

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 qualifiying for Equine Massage Exam

Location HI, various

The Equine Institute (formerly Equi-librium Institute)


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 th exam.

Programs qualifiying 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 qualifiying 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

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

Location: CO

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

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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 qualifiying for Equine Massage Exam

Location: WY

School of Applied Integrative Therapy


Tallgrass provides equine and small animal acupressure training courses both hands-on and online. Tallgrass is a Professional Development Activity Provider for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and an Approved Provider for Continuing Education for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and both approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board. Tallgrass has served the human and animal community for over 20 years through acupressure texts, manuals, meridian charts, videos, and a comprehensive practitioner training program.

Programs qualifiying for Canine & Equine Acupressure Exams

Location: CO, various

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure USA