Question From A Reader: How To Choose A Massage School?

I got an email from a reader who is trying to decide on which animal massage school to attend. It is a very difficult choice to make, and we decided to post her question and my answer, hoping it would help others who are undecided as well.
Also, if you have attended a massage school and have feedback you would like to share with us, please comment on this post, or if you prefer not to share your name, send your testimonial directly to me, and I will post it anonymously.
Lisa wrote:
Hi, I have been considering going to school for pet [...]

NBCAAM - The First National Certification For Animal Massage And Acupressure Practitioners


The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM) was established in 2008 and is the first organization of its kind in the US. The initiative to create a national accreditation for animal massage and acupuncture was taken by Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis (founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute) in 2007. After partnering with Hocking College and putting together a team of other experts in their respective fields (instructors, practitioners, and veterinarians), they went to work to develop core competencies and a scope of practice for each field. The NBCAAM examination was launched in the spring of [...]

Animal Massage Guide Guest Post Series: Tallgrass Animal Acupressure

Amy Snow

Today’s guest post comes to us from Amy Snow, founder (along with Nancy Zidonis) of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and co-author of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, Acu-Dog – A Guide To Canine Acupressure and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. They have also written several manuals and produced DVDs (see my review of Introduction to Small Animal Acupressure).
Amy is also the lead instructor for Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Practitioner Certification Training Program, and one of the Co-Chairs of NBCAAM (I’ll be writing more about both The Well-Connected Dog and NBCAAM later [...]

Animal Massage Schools - USA

Animal massage (and other alternative animal health) schools, classes and workshops in the US are listed by state, with visiting courses at the end of the list. Many of the practitioners on the list also travel to other countries to teach, and there are links to those countries’ lists from each practitioner. You will find visiting courses and workshops at the end of each list (on the Europe massage school list, all visiting courses, regardless of which country they are visiting, are at the bottom of the list).
For a quick overview of the more comprehensive canine massage programs offered, check [...]

Animal Massage Schools - Canada

The time has come for Canada to get its own list of alternative animal health schools, classes and workshops. They are listed by province, and alphabetically within each province.
As always, if you know of a school that should be on this list, please contact me.


Canadian Institute of Equine & Canine Body Works
225, 2770 3rd Ave NE
Calgary, AB
T2A 2L5
Phone: (587) 955-9900
Equinology and Caninology Certification Program and courses


Animal Energy
Lynn McKenzie
Phone: (214) 615-6505 ext 8642
Online contact form
On site workshops (in Toronto ON, Calgary AB, and Victoria BC) and teleclasses in animal communication, medical intuition, animal energy, crystal healing, and dowsing for [...]

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