For the Love of Animals

Learn Animal Massage, Acupressure and Aromatics from the leader in animal therapy education.

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The Future Is In Your Hands

Turn your passion for horses into a rewarding career. Learn tools to help your horse live their best life. At NWSAM, we offer courses for career-seekers and horse lovers alike.
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NWSAM: Where All Students Are Honored Students

Bringing students who need training and animals who need therapy together.
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Our Programs

Certification in Large & Small Animal Massage

We offer professional-level training for students wishing to work with large and small animals.

Continuing Education Courses

New to NWSAM in 2011 is training in Manual Ligament Therapy™ for both the canine and equine.

Acupressure Certification Courses

Courses for both Equine and Small Animal taught by some of the industry's foremost practitioners and educators.

FUNdamentals of Animal Massage

Our FUNdamentals of Animal Massage workshop is the perfect way for the animal lover to learn skills that will enhance their pet's life.

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Enjoy our FREE ONLINE COURSES.  At NWSAM, the Future is in Your Hands!

Introduction to Animal Massage

Discover the benefits of animal massage in this short introductory online course with Lola Michelin.

Introduction to Animal Acupressure

Discover the benefits of animal acupressure in this short introductory online course with Kim Bauer.

Intro to Horse Temperament Typing

Discover the benefits of Horse Temperament Typing in this short introductory online course with Kim Bauer.

Our Catalog

Good afternoon. I wanted to take a moment today to personally thank you for the opportunity The Gorilla Grant I was awarded provided me. I completed my SAMP100 practical this past Saturday with a 97! You have an excellent team in Sandy, Lori, Jaime and Rubi. Each one of them helped me get to where I am today. I'm so excited about my future and the great things that I can do for the small animals in my community! I hope to honor your Gorilla and my Peatie with every special soul I come in contact with.   Thanks again for everything!   Margaret Taormina, CSAMP

~ Margaret Taormina, Oregon Graduate 2013

I am very impressed with this program and will recommend it to anyone interested in this field.  I look forward to continuing my education through the Northwest School of Animal Massage.

~ Lyndsey Durning -- Small Animal graduate

I can honestly say that taking the course was one of the best experiences of my life!  I was nervous when the week long practical came around, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!  The work was challenging, but so fun!  The hardest part was not leaving the animal shelter with a new companion!!!

~ Elisa Pantelemon Wagner -- Small Animal graduate

Lola! I just wanted to...say with the most sincerest of love and gratitude "Thank you!" from the bottom of my heart. 9 years ago I chose massage school over nursing school. That first session at  NWSAM...set me on the  journey of my life! That first session of school opened up my world in more ways than I could ever explain. Today I was asked to speak at a clinic in Woodland. People want to hear what I have to say!!! Everyday I get to work on a horse it feeds my soul like no other. I am definitely doing what I am meant to do. For that..... I thank you! Your little school literally changed my life! I am forever indebted to you, Megan and NWSAM!!!!!!

~ Stephanie VanDitmos

I found the instructors to be excellent at demonstrating and explaining information.  By the time I went to the practical session, I felt very prepared.

~ Polly Klein -- Small Animal graduate

Everyone at the school made me feel so special and so important. They went out of their way to make sure students succeeded. I can't thank them enough for giving my life new found joy and a feeling of doing something so special and important in this crazy world. Thank you to Lola and all her staff at NWSAM.

~ Lorna Boydston -- Small Animal graduate

Nationally Recognized and Approved by:
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