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Enrollments will be handled over the phone in the interim. Please call our office at 877.836.3703 or 206.463.1425 to enroll directly with our Student Services Representative.

We look forward to helping you pursue your interest in animal therapies with the Northwest School of Animal Massage.

Large Animal Foundation Massage Online Large Animal Foundation Massage Online Course

Course Description

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.

Each 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.

The 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.

Course Syllabus
LAMP100 Sect. 1 -- Behavior and Handling

Students will learn large animal behavior, handling and breed characteristics. This section also includes a study of large animal disciplines and how each relates to animal massage.

LAMP100 Sect. 2 -- Anatomy and Physiology

Students will learn large animal anatomical structure and function. Areas of study include anatomical terms, skeleton, musculature and more.

LAMP100 Sect. 3 -- Kinesiology

Students will study a variety of joint movements, physical structures, gait and conformational analysis, sources of lameness and a look at the horse-rider relationship.

LAMP100 Sect. 4 -- Massage Technique and Practice

Students will learn a variety of massage strokes beneficial to the large animal. Additional modalities, including shiatsu, lymphatic work, stretching and energy work are investigated.

LAMP100 Sect. 5 -- First Aid

Students will study large animal health, common ailments and emergency care.

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

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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