Courses and Instructors


Our Online Classes cover the following areas of study:                             

Behavior, Handling and Safety  

  • Equine History and Behavior
  • Equine First Aid
  • Equine Disease and Prevention

Equine Anatomy and Physiology

  • Equine Skeletal System and Bone Articulations
  • Equine Muscular Systems 
  • Equine Tissue Types and Integument
  • Equine Cardio and Lymphatic Systems
  • Equine Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Equine Respiratory and Urinary Systems
  • Equine Reproductive and Digestive Systems
  • Introduction to Biomechanics and Gait Analysis

Our Hands-on Classes cover the following areas of study:  

  • Equine Skeletal Systems bone laboratory
  • Massage Techniques
  • Myofascial Techniques
  • Further Study of Biomechanics and Gait Analysis
  • Saddle Fit and Rider Issues
  • Business Practices, Marketing and Ethics
  • Student Internship

These classes are held at Bancroft or at local partner farms.              


Lisa Ruthig, BS, CEMP, CSAMP 

 Principal Anatomy & Massage instructor.    

After graduating from University of Delaware with a BS in Biology, Lisa worked in molecular biology and immunology laboratories for a number of years before following a meandering path to her career in animal massage.   

A traumatic injury to her puppy, Fergus, led Lisa into the realm of complementary healing techniques. Attempts to treat his resulting structural problems and anxiety quickly led to a passion for working with all animals.   

A graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy's Equine and Small Animal Massage Programs and a Level II Reiki practitioner, Lisa uses her scientific mindset, along with her natural affinity for the emotions of animals, to guide her in treating various behavioral problems, injuries, and movement disorders in animals. Learn more about Lisa at Lively Animal Massage.

Lisa is the Co-Chair of the National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage.    


Carol Mossa, CEMP, LMT

Principle Massage instructor 



Carol Ann Mossa is a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice serving clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. After graduating from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in April 2011, she went on to earn her Equine Massage Therapist Certification, graduating from BSMT in November that same year. Carol at talented photographer and published author is the founder of The Footloose Muse, https://www.facebook.com/groups/thefootloosemuse


Amanda Theriault CEMP

Massage Instructor

Amanda is a graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage, and is also certified in Shoden Reike 1 and Reiki with Animals Training. To learn more about Amanda visit .facebook.com/healingartsequinemassage/

Gillian O'Brien CEMP

Massage Instructor

Gillian is the owner of Goliath Equine Massage and a graduate of our equine program. She continues to educate herself in different modalities include Equine Manual Lymph Drainage courses. To learn more about Gillian visite https://www.facebook.com/goliathequinemassage

Hannah Conquest CEMP 

Massage Instructor