You can complete the Small Animal Massage Certification Program on-site in 12 months, plus you now have the option of distance learning. The course concentration is on feline and canine massage. A variety of species are discussed in class.
The faculty includes a variety of professional disciplines including: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Licensed Massage Therapists and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners.
Course length: 200 hours—161 in-class hours at Doggone U, 39 hours in an off-campus internship
Distance course: 200 hours – 49 Hours of online classes, 112 Hours on-site at BSMT, 39 Hours Off-Campus Internship
Courses include: Small Animal Anatomy, Animal Behavior, Handling and Management, Animal Massage Techniques I and II, Passive Exercises, Animal First Aid and CPR, Business Practices/Ethics, Marketing, Internship, and more. Complete List of Courses.
Admission requirements: High School Graduate or equivalent.
8-Month Distance Certificate Program:
Start Date: April 15, 2019; Ending Date: November 15, 2019
Students complete 16 classes of instruction at home, taking tests and passing in assignments via an online learning system. The remaining 32 classes would be held on-site at DGU at Destination Dog (Franklin, MA) on the following dates: July 30 to August 4, 2019, September 9-13, 2019, November 11-15, 2019. 39 internship hours need to be completed (in your area) between the end of the first in-house week and the beginning of the last in-house week.
Distance Course material includes Online courses, BSMT handbooks, Anatomy workbook, and Anatomy Textbooks.
Requirements: Computer with speakers, high speed internet (ex. cable) and email access. Students must be able to access classes on-line.
12-Month Certification Program
Classes are in person and will be held one weekend per month for 12 months from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Classes held at Destination Dog located at 7 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA 02038
Start Date: January 26, 2019; Ending Date: December 14, 2019
January 26-27, 2019, February 23-24, 2019, March 23-24, 2019, April 13-14, 2019, May 25-26, 2019, June 29-30, 2019, July 27-28, 2019, August 17-18, 2019, September 21-22, 2019, October 19-20, 2019, November 23-24, 2019, and December 14, 2019.
A 39 hour internship is done in your area between July and December.
The educational investment for the 200-hour program is $4,750.00. Payment plans available.
Required Books: $180.00
Uniform shirt: $32.95
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