This comprehensive Level 3 Diploma in Canine Massage qualification covers everything you need to know to work in the canine massage industry or to set up your own canine massage therapy business. This qualification has been designed to provide learners with a route into professional canine massage, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide therapeutic massage for a range of canine conditions.
Over the course of 13 in depth units you will study canine anatomy and behaviour, massage techniques and the conditions massage can help with, along with business management and customer care.
The qualification includes a vital practical element consisting of 11 days split into manageable blocks, where you can put your learning into practice as you conduct assessments for canine patients and perform appropriate massage techniques. The practical placements are available in the Isle of Wight and Warwickshire.
On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Canine Massage, learners may progress directly into employment within the canine massage industry or set up their own canine massage business. Some learners may choose to progress on to further study in this or related areas.
Unit # 1
Introduction to Canine Massage
Learners will explore basic massage techniques and when to use them. Learners will study the intended outcomes for massage treatments and learn about the term ‘fascia’ in relation to massage treatment.
Unit # 2
Canine Anatomy and Physiology
Learners will study the function of the muscular system, the skeletal system, the central and peripheral nervous system and the circulatory system in canines along with the types and locations of connective tissue fibres.
Unit # 3
Learners will understand how training methods influence canine handling skills and will understand canine handling techniques.
Unit # 4
Canine Behaviour in Therapeutic Settings
Learners will understand canine communication and how pain and stress can affect canine behaviour.
Unit # 5
Learners will explore the importance of assessment prior to massage treatment. This unit looks at normal and abnormal posture and gait patterns in a range of canine breeds. Learners will also study muscle testing and how to assess muscle mass.
Unit # 6
This unit covers the tissue healing process and the timing of massage treatment in relation to tissue healing. Learners will also study pain management in relation to massage treatment.
Unit # 7
Common Orthopaedic and Neurological Conditions Presented for Massage Treatment
This unit looks at the orthopaedic, neurological and common medical conditions referred for massage treatment and how to manage these conditions.
Unit # 8
Learners will study the properties of water as they relate to aquatic massage and the equipment used in aquatic massage. Learners will look at how to apply aquatic massage techniques to patients and post session treatment for aquatic massage.
Unit # 9
Advanced Massage and Soft Tissue Techniques
Learners will understand a range of advanced massage techniques suitable for use with canine patients and will understand how massage techniques can be used for canine athletes.
Unit # 10
Professional Practice and Multidisciplinary Approach for Massage
This unit looks at the role of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) in relation to massage treatment. Learners will look at the importance of professional development and professional behaviour in the workplace. The unit also looks at legislation and health and safety requirements in relation to massage treatment.
Unit # 11
This unit looks at the principles of customer service. Learners will understand how to add value to customer relationships and exceed customer expectations. The unit also covers how to handle a customer complaint.
Unit # 12
Business Management for Canine Massage Therapy
This unit covers how to create and run a company. Learners will explore the concept of branding, how to manage business accounts and the importance of marketing.
Unit # 13
Practical Application of Massage Treatments
This unit covers learning on assessing patients prior to massage treatment and handling canines in a massage setting. Learners will study how to administer massage treatments and canine sports massage. Learners will also learn how to complete massage treatment documentation.
Benefits of Massage
Massage has been shown to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system, which can help dogs with serious illnesses such as kidney or heart disease. Physical touch increases the bond between dog and caregiver and can help to identify any injuries. Massage can help a dog to heal faster if they are suffering from an injury and helps to promote positive chemicals in the brain.
Massage is also a great way to help the body get rid of toxins, as the massage process improves circulatory and lymphatic flow. This is why massage is useful when dogs are recovering from surgery as it helps to process the anaesthetic and medications in their system. Overall, good massage for dogs can improve their health and wellbeing.
Jobs within the animal care sector are predicted to continue to grow over the next decade and beyond. Canine massage is increasing in popularity as owners seek to provide the best, holistic care for their pets.
Along with seeking employment at an established animal therapy centre, there are opportunities for employment within some veterinary clinics, grooming salons, large pet shops, animal charities or other canine businesses such as kennels. There will be opportunities for promotion to more senior or leadership positions according to your skillset and level of experience.
Many learners who qualify in canine massage will choose to become self-employed, either travelling to owners’ homes or working from their own premises. Once you have established a successful business, you may consider employing other canine massage therapists to support your business. Once qualified, learners may choose to expand their skills with further training in other therapies such as canine physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
It’s an exciting time to qualify in Canine Massage as demand for this service grows.
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