NWSAM is currently improving our online enrollment process.
We look forward to helping you pursue your interest in animal therapies with the Northwest School of Animal Massage.
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.
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 in 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.
This section covers small animal behavior and handling, as well as breeds and disciplines for dogs and cats.
This section explores the skeletal and muscular characteristics and functions of the small animal.
This section investigates the biomechanics of the canine and feline.
This section provides the study of massage strokes as well as alternative modalities. Creation of massage plans is emphasized, as well as how to use your learning in a client-therapist setting.
This section teaches first aid techniques for the canine and feline.
Instructor: Ms. Lola Michelin
Student Limit: Unlimited
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.