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Equine Acupressure Foundation Course Distance Learning Equine Acupressure Foundation Distance Learning

In order to meet the busy schedules of many of our students, we are happy to provide a distance learning course as part of our Equine Acupressure Practitioner certification. In the Equine Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions. Completion of the distance-learning portion of the program is required to attend the five-day practical. The hands-on practical will complete the training necessary for certification...

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location:
Student Limit: Unlimited

Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Distance Learning

In order to meet the busy schedules of many of our students, we are happy to provide a distance learning course as part of our Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner certification. In the Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions. The distance-learning portion must be completed in order to attend the five-day practical required to complete the certification...

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

LAMP_DL_300 Large Animal Rehabilitation Massage Distance Learning

The Level 300 LAMP Distance Learning Course explores techniques designed to assist horse's in accessing their natural healing abilities in the face of injury or illness.  Rehabilitation massage is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, but can be a powerful tool in helping animal's regain their former vitality.  This course is the at-home study portion of the Level 300 certification program. Prerequisites:  Completion of LEVEL 100 course. The tuition for this course is $1500.  You may choose a 5-day practical session during enrollment...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

SAMP_DL_300 Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Distance Learning

The Level 300 SAMP Distance Course focuses on rehabilitation massage.  Rehabilitation massage includes techniques designed to support the animal's natural healing abilities during times of recovery from injury or illness.  Rehabilitation massage is not designed to be a substitute for proper veterinary care, but can help pets regain their former vitality.  Prerequisites:  Completion of Level 100 course or equivalent. The tuition for this course is $1500.  You may also select a 5-day practical during enrollment...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

SAMP_DL_200 Small Animal Performance Massage Distance Learning

The Level 200 SAMT Distance Learning course looks at the unique challenges faced by the athletic dog and dogs in service or working roles.  Learn special techniques designed to address stress patterns and improve performance.  This course focuses on techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point treatment and stress point therapy.  Learn about several disciplines including agility, search and rescue and racing sports.  Bring your practice to the next level as a performance massage specialist. PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the Level 100 SAMT program. COST:  Distance Learning: $1500.  Practical Portion: $500  (You may select a 5-day practical during enrollment.)  Both the Distance Learning and the Practical portion must be completed for certification.  Courses can be enrolled in separately.  Distance Learning course must be completed before attending practical...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

LAMP_DL_200 Large Animal Performance Massage Distance Learning

The Large Animal Performance Distance Learning course explores the world of the equine athelete and working horse.   Delve into the various disciplines and learn how myofascial release techniques, trigger point treatment, and stress point therapies can be used to improve performance and combat athletic challenges. PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the LEVEL 100 LAMT program or equivalent. COST:  Distance Learning: $1500.  Practical Portion: $500  (You may select a 5-day practical during enrollment.)  Both the Distance Learning and the Practical portion must be completed for certification.  Courses can be enrolled in separately.  Distance Learning course must be completed before attending practical...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

SAMT_DL_100 Small Animal Foundation Massage Online Course

In order to meet the busy schedules of many of our students, NWSAM offers hybrid learning programs that combine the convenience of online learning with the critical hands-on training component as part of our Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT) certification.In this portion of the Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT) certification course, you will study the following: animal massage techniques, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, canine behavior and handling, and first aid. This course is geared toward students wishing to enter the animal massage profession or animal enthusiasts wishing to greatly expand their knowledge base for personal use. This course focuses on massage for dogs, while other pets are discussed.Course materials include access to the online materials ( with a downloadable copy of the course workbook), Anatomy text and Supplemental Guide, 90 minute DVD and session charting notes. Students also may use the online student center.YOUR INSTRUCTOREach distance learning student is assigned an instructor. You can contact the instructor via email or phone as needed, and your instructor will respond quickly, usually in the same day.PROGRAM COSTThe online portion is US$1900**. The 5-day practical is $500.  Financing is available.  Courses can be enrolled separately.               ** A Shipping and Handling fee will be added to your total when processing your application.To enroll for this course, add this course and the practical session of your choice to your shopping cart when registering...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

LAMT_DL_100 Large Animal Foundation Massage Online Course

In order to meet the busy schedules of many of our students, NWSAM offers hybrid learning programs that combine the convenience of online learning with the critical hands-on training component as part of our Large Animal Massage Therapist (LAMT) certification. In this portion of the Large Animal Massage Therapist (LAMT) certification course, you will study the following: animal massage techniques, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, equine behavior and handling, and first aid. This course is geared toward students wishing to enter the animal massage profession or animal enthusiasts wishing to greatly expand their knowledge base for personal use. This course focuses on massage for horses, while other livestock is discussed.Course materials include access to the online materials ( with a downloadable copy of the course workbook), Anatomy text and Supplemental Guide, 90 minute DVD and session charting notes. Students also may use the online student center. YOUR INSTRUCTOREach distance learning student is assigned an instructor. You can contact the instructor via email or phone as needed, and your instructor will respond quickly, usually on the same day.PROGRAM COSTThe online portion is US$1900**. The 5-day practical is $500.  Financing is available.  Courses can be enrolled separately.               ** A Shipping and Handling fee will be added to your total when processing your application.To enroll for this course, add this course and the practical session of your choice to your shopping cart when registering...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Online
Student Limit: Unlimited

Animal Aromatics Certification Distance Learning Animal Aromatics Foundation DL

Our Animal Aromatic Science Certification Course is a 150 hour blended-learning course combining online education with practical hands-on training. This distance learning portion includes 100 hours of the theory and science surrounding the use of aromas, herbs, clays, carrier oils and more. Upon completion of the distance-learning portions, students will attend a 3-day practical to learn blending and application...

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Instructor: Mrs. Joni Sorita
Location: Online
Student Limit: 20

APR2020 Canine Manual Ligament Therapy-POSTPONED Canine MLT Certification

Transform your practice by completing your practitioner certification in Manual Ligament Therapy for Canines.  During this 3-day course, you will learn the Foundation and Science of Manual Ligament Therapy.  Each day will focus on a specific region of the body to dramatically reduce hypertonicity in the muscles, restore balance and stability of the joints and improve patterns of movement...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 04/10/20 - 04/12/20

APR2020 Animal Aromatics Foundation Practical-POSTPONED Animal Aromatics Foundation Practical

This course is the hands-on training portion for the Animal Aromatics Certification program. In this three day course, students will learn the blending and application of oils, clays, herbs and more. In addition, methods of selection will be explored with an emphasis on practical sessions with the animals...

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Instructor: Mrs. Joni Sorita
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 04/17/20 - 04/19/20

APR2020 Large Animal Acupressure Foundation-POSTPONED Equine Acupressure Foundation Practical

In the Equine Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions The practical portion will provide you the hands-on tool to provide this therapy. Completion of the Equine Acupressure Foundation Course Distance-Learning portion is a prerequisite to attending a practical. Plan to allow at least 2 months for the distance-learning preparation before attending the practical portion. You may enroll for both portions of the certification program simultaneously but you must complete the distance-learning portion first,..

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 04/20/20 - 04/24/20

APR2020 Small Animal Acupressure Foundation-POSTPONED Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Practical

In the Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions. The practical portion will provide you the hands-on tool to provide this therapy. Completion of the Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Course Distance-Learning portion is a prerequisite to attending a practical. Plan to allow at least 2 months for the distance-learning preparation before attending the practical portion. You may enroll for both portions of the certification program simultaneously but you must complete the distance-learning portion first,..

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 04/20/20 - 04/24/20

APR2020 Small Animal Foundation Massage - POSTPONED Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of SAMP Foundation Distance Learning Course. Your online studies come to life in this exciting 5-day session which integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT) Foundation course. This course focuses on maintenance massage and is the gateway to further studies in performance and rehabilitation massage. During class, you will work with a variety of animals under the supervision of your instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are often part of the class experience.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.  ..

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Oregon Humane Society - Portland, OR
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 04/27/20 - 05/01/20

MAY2020 Large Animal Performance Massage Large Animal Performance Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of LAMP 200 Distance Learning course. Space is limited.This 5-day session integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the at-home portion of the LAMP 200 distance learning course. This course focuses on performance massage and becomes a prerequisite for the LEVEL 300 Rehabilitation massage program.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Glacier Ranch - Hood River, OR
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 05/11/20 - 05/15/20

MAY2020 Large Animal Foundation Massage Large Animal Foundation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of LAMP Foundation Distance Learning Course. Space is limited.Your online studies come to life in this exciting 5-day session which integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Large Animal Massage Practitioner (LAMP) Foundation course. This course focuses on maintenance massage and is the gateway to further studies in performance and rehabilitation massage. During class you will work with a variety of animals under the supervision of your instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are often part of the class experience.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.  ..

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Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 05/25/20 - 05/29/20

JUN2020 Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of SAMP Foundation Distance Learning Course. Your online studies come to life in this exciting 5-day session which integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT) Foundation course. This course focuses on maintenance massage and is the gateway to further studies in performance and rehabilitation massage. During class, you will work with a variety of animals under the supervision of your instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are often part of the class experience.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.  ..

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Oregon Humane Society - Portland, OR
Student Limit: 20
Date(s) of Class: 06/01/20 - 06/05/20

JUN2020 FUNdamentals of Animal Massage FUNdamentals of Animal Massage

Learn the basics of animal massage in this exciting workshop. This course is ideal for the animal lover and horse rider alike who wish to learn skills to support their animal's health and longevity.If you are considering animal massage as a career and would like an introduction to the subject, this class is also for you.Learn the benefits of massage therapy, basic massage techniques and safe stretching for your animals.Time: 10:00am - 4:00pmCost: $95.00 (includes registration, tuition and all materials)Minimum 6 students to hold class...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 06/07/20 - 06/07/20

JUN2020 Small Animal Performance Massage Practical Small Animal Performance Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of SAMP 200 Distance Learning course.  Space is limited. This 5-day course integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Level 200 distance learning course . This course focuses on performance massage and becomes a prerequisite for the Level 300 Rehabilitation massage course. Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee.  Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical.  Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment.  The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 06/08/20 - 06/12/20

JUN2020 Large Animal Rehabilitation Massage Practical Large Animal Rehabilitation Massage Practical

Prerequisite:  Completion of LEVEL 300 LAMP distance learning course.  This 5-day session integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the at-home portion of the LAMP 300 distance learning course. This course focuses on rehabilitation massage.  Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee.  Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical.  Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment.  The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 06/22/20 - 06/26/20

JULY2020 Animal Aromatics Foundation Practical Animal Aromatics Foundation Practical

This course is the hands-on training portion for the Animal Aromatics Certification program. In this three day course, students will learn the blending and application of oils, clays, herbs and more. In addition, methods of selection will be explored with an emphasis on practical sessions with the animals...

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Instructor: Mrs. Joni Sorita
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 07/24/20 - 07/26/20

JUL2020 Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of SAMP Foundation Distance Learning Course. Your online studies come to life in this exciting 5-day session which integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT) Foundation course. This course focuses on maintenance massage and is the gateway to further studies in performance and rehabilitation massage. During class, you will work with a variety of animals under the supervision of your instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are often part of the class experience.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.  ..

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 07/27/20 - 07/31/20

AUG2020 Large Animal Acupressure Foundation Practica Equine Acupressure Foundation Practical

In the Equine Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions The practical portion will provide you the hands-on tool to provide this therapy. Completion of the Equine Acupressure Foundation Course Distance-Learning portion is a prerequisite to attending a practical. Plan to allow at least 2 months for the distance-learning preparation before attending the practical portion. You may enroll for both portions of the certification program simultaneously but you must complete the distance-learning portion first,..

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 08/03/20 - 08/07/20

AUG2020 Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Practica Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Practical

In the Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner certification course, you will study the following: ~Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and concepts~Zang-fu organ theory~Location of Acupressure points and the flow of the meridians~Anatomy in relation to acupressure point locations~Assessment (Four Exams)~Classifications of acupressure points~Acupressure point techniques~Acupressure points for common conditions. The practical portion will provide you the hands-on tool to provide this therapy. Completion of the Small Animal Acupressure Foundation Course Distance-Learning portion is a prerequisite to attending a practical. Plan to allow at least 2 months for the distance-learning preparation before attending the practical portion. You may enroll for both portions of the certification program simultaneously but you must complete the distance-learning portion first,..

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Bauer
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 08/03/20 - 08/07/20

AUG2020 Large Animal Foundation Massage Practical Large Animal Foundation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE: Completion of LAMP Foundation Distance Learning Course. Space is limited.Your online studies come to life in this exciting 5-day session which integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Large Animal Massage Practitioner (LAMP) Foundation course. This course focuses on maintenance massage and is the gateway to further studies in performance and rehabilitation massage. During class you will work with a variety of animals under the supervision of your instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are often part of the class experience.Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee. Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical. Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment. The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.  ..

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Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 08/10/20 - 08/14/20

SEP2020 DogSafe Canine First Aid DogSafe Canine Pet First Aid

Dogsafe canine first aid & CPR is an 8 hour course designed to teach dog professionals and owners the knowledge and skillset to respond to your sick or injured dog until veterinary care is available. Learn how to establish a baseline for what is your dog's normal/healthy state. Learn the principles of canine first aid, including AR/CPR using canine manikins as well as the knowledge and skillset to work with numerous common injuries and illnesses both through in-depth discussion and hands-on practice.  This course includes a 118 page illustrated manual...

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Location: Vashon Island, WA
Student Limit: 12
Date(s) of Class: 09/05/20 - 09/05/20

SEP2020 FUNdamentals of Animal Massage FUNdamentals of Animal Massage

Learn the basics of animal massage in this exciting workshop. This course is ideal for the animal lover and horse rider alike who wish to learn skills to support their animal's health and longevity.If you are considering animal massage as a career and would like an introduction to the subject, this class is also for you.Learn the benefits of massage therapy, basic massage techniques and safe stretching for your animals.Time: 10:00am - 4:00pmCost: $95.00 (includes registration, tuition and all materials)Minimum 6 students to hold class...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Vancouver, BC
Student Limit: 20
Date(s) of Class: 09/06/20 - 09/06/20

NOV2020 Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Practical

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of SAMP 300 Distance learning course.  Space is limited. This 5-day course integrates hands-on training with the theory studied in the Level 300 distance learning course. This course focuses on rehabilitation massage. Cost of this course is $500, which includes materials and a $50 registration fee.  Please choose the $50 + Financing option when enrolling in the practical.  Though we do not finance the practical, we do only charge the $50 registration fee at the time of enrollment.  The remaining $450 balance will be due on the first day of your class.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time...

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Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Location: Oregon Humane Society - Portland, OR
Student Limit: 16
Date(s) of Class: 11/09/20 - 11/13/20

NWSAM Courses

NWSAM offers a wide range of courses for career-seekers and animal lovers alike.

Visit our Course Catalog for a full list of our course offerings.

NWSAM can also often tailor a class for your group or organization and is always eager to provide low-cost or no-fee training for animal rescue or shelter organizations and therapeutic riding programs when possible.



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