The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage provides a list of certified canine massage schools, along with contact information and massage school locations. Websites such as All About Animal Massage and the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork also provide canine massage school listings.
Canine massage practitioners use their hands, elbows and arms to carefully manipulate canine muscle and tissue. To earn a certificate in canine massage, students must complete coursework in animal behavior, muscle anatomy, massage and kinesiology. Most schools offer in-class and online courses.
The National Certification Examination for Animal Acupressure and Massage, created by the NBCAAM, tests a student's knowledge and competency in canine massage. Created by animal massage and acupressure practitioners, veterinarians and professors of veterinary medicine, the exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions. The goal of the exam is to create a set standard for skills evaluation in the animal-massage and acupressure industry.
Canine massage students must complete at least 200 hours of coursework provided by a certified animal massage school or program to qualify for the exam. The NBCAAM provides online study guides and other educational resources. Local animal massage schools and veterinary offices typically host certification exams. Students who do not pass must wait one month before retaking the exam.