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NWSAM is currently improving our online enrollment process.

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.

Small Animal Foundation Massage Online Small 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 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.

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.

Course Syllabus
SAMP100 Sect. 1 -- Behavior and Handling

This section covers small animal behavior and handling, as well as breeds and disciplines for dogs and cats.

SAMP100 Sect. 2 -- Anatomy and Physiology

This section explores the skeletal and muscular characteristics and functions of the small animal.

SAMP100 Sect. 3 -- Kinesiology

This section investigates the biomechanics of the canine and feline.

SAMP100 Sect. 4 -- Massage Technique

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.

SAMP100 Sect. 5 -- First Aid

This section teaches first aid techniques for the canine and feline.

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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