Animal Massage is not “alternative” therapy, rather it is “complementary,” and integrates readily with all forms of animal healthcare. This program is for the person completing the NE massage licensing program and includes an additional 150 hours of animal massage instruction. This program provides basic skills of canine relaxation and remedial massage, anatomy and physiology and incorporates aspects of canine psycho-social behavior and dog handling. Currently, NE massage therapists may not offer animal massage. However, the MI program objectives are written to include the objectives of currently proposed NE animal massage therapy law. This program will begin upon approval and adoption of law.
To successfully complete a training program that consists of:
- At least 100 hours of instruction or course work pertaining to animals in the following areas:
- anatomy and physiology; pharmacology; study of gait and movement; massage therapy techniques; handling skills; restraint; and behavior
- At least 50 hours of in-class massage therapy clinics supervised as outlined by law.