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 loved the hands-on time with the horses.  The pace of the class was great, well-broken up between lecture and practical.  The lectures were very well-done.  Great explanations and very interesting.

~ Laura Huddlestone -- Large 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

Kalamazoo was an amazing experience. I would jump at the chance to do it again.  NWSAM instructors are passionate for the work they do offer a caring and supportive environment.  Thank you, Lola, for providing us with such a rewarding experience!

~ Sue Okoniewski -- Small Animal graduate

The whole body of the course was such an eye-opener to me.  Money can't buy what I've learned in this course.

~ Elizabeth Sinclair -- Small Animal graduate

I just had to email to tell you how IMPRESSED I was with how you set-up, arranged and taught Level 300.  It was interesting, fun, interactive and varied in teaching styles.  Kudos! I could see all of the hard work, organization and love you put into this class.  You highly exceeded my expectations.  Not only did I learn alot, but it was interesting AND I had FUN!  You should be very, very proud!

~ Joy Casamento-Walker -- Small Animal graduate

Nationally Recognized and Approved by:
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