The Northwest School of Animal Massage was founded in 2001 in response to the growing demand for approved training programs in canine massage and equine massage in the State of Washington. Today, students seek out our programs from every state in the country and across the globe. 

NWSAM was founded on three guiding principles:

To foster compassion for the animal community

To support a higher standard of practice within our industry

To nurture the continued growth of our student body

Our faculty members are highly regarded professionals with extensive fieldwork and teaching experience. Each faculty member brings their own unique approach to the classroom and supports our online community.

Our facilities include Paxhia Farm, our flagship campus on Vashon Island, WA along with host sites at several animal rescue organizations around the country including our education partners at the Oregon Humane Society and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

When you join the NWSAM family, you become part of a group dedicated to serving the animal, the profession and the industry.

The school offers blended learning certification courses in animal massage, acupressure and aromatic sciences, with advanced courses for performance massage and rehabilitation massage.   For the animal owner and professional alike, we offer short workshops in a range of topics, including our exclusive Manual Ligament Therapy training.  We are proud to host the Horse Temperament Typing course for Dr. Madalyn Ward DVM and the Equi-Tape Kinesiology Tape family of classes.

NWSAM is an Approved Provider for the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Board of Massage  and NCBTMB.  Our programs are recognized by NBCAAM and ABMP.  NWSAM is licensed by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (OHECC) and the Washington Workforce Training and Educational Certification Board (WWTECB).