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NBCAAM Updates

Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


Canine & Equine Massage Review

Next course starts on October 1, 2017.

Canine & Equine Massage Review


Acupressure Review Course

Next course starts on September 14, 2017.

Acupressure Review Course


FAQs

1. Q. How do I know if animal massage or animal acupressure is a recognized profession in my state?

A. We recommend that you check with any possible governing boards in your state to get the actual legal interpretation for practice in your state. This usually involves either your State Board of Veterinary Governors/Medicine or your State Board of Massage, but could also fall under other professional boards (such as the Chiropractic and Massage Board in Maryland or the Department of Health in Washington for example). Because each state has its own position on the practice of non-veterinary animal therapies, and because these positions are often changing, it is not possible for us to advise you on your own state's current position. We also advise you to check with an animal massage or animal acupressure program in your state, which may have the most recent information for your area. Be aware that most states are still non-regulated in regards to animal therapies. For your own protection, if you practice you should include some statement on your documentation (brochures, websites, session charts) indicating that you do not practice veterinary medicine and that you cannot diagnose, prescribe treatment or provide prognosis as part of your scope of practice.

Here are links from the American Veterinary Medical Association website showing veterinary laws and regulations by state:
http://www.avma.org/advocacy/state/issues/sr_cavm_exemptions.asp
http://www.avma.org/advocacy/state/resources/default.asp
http://www.avma.org/advocacy/state/vmas.asp

2. Q. What is the actual accrediting body behind the NBCAAM test and what is the benefit of taking the examination?

A. Hocking College has partnered with NBCAAM. Hocking College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and as such, will administer the examination for NBCAAM. Several members of its faculty are founding members of NBCAAM. As the examinations evolve, NBCAAM will work to provide additional benefits to the membership. A successful record of examination administration and the building of resources over the next year or two will allow NBCAAM to pursue other accreditations. Initially, the examination is a voluntary effort to raise awareness among animal health care professionals and to recognize those practitioners who have demonstrated a high standard of practice in our profession. Until now, there has not been a precedent for any national accreditation for animal massage or acupressure. It is up to us, as professionals in these disciplines, to develop and maintain nationally recognized standards so that we attain legitimacy within the public and veterinary communities. This is the mission of NBCAAM. By participating in NBCAAM, we are all taking an important stand for our professions.

3. Q. Is hands-on testing a component of the test?

A. NBCAAM cannot realistically administer a hands-on examination and was designed to primarily recognize the academic standard appropriate for practice. However, we do recognize and appreciate the concern that academic knowledge does not by itself guarantee good practice. Initially, the board had decided to follow the precedent established by human massage, acupressure, and other bodywork modalities allowing the training programs to be responsible for ensuring the adequate demonstration of hands-on technique. To ensure that hands-on practice is being adequately covered, the Board will consider updating the 200 hour requirement to include specific guidelines for hands-on demonstration that will need to be observed and documented as part of the application for testing process. Because NBCAAM has chosen not to approve or select specific programs of study at this time, it also cannot approve or select specific hands-on testing administrators. Instead, we are developing a form that lists those things that need to be demonstrated and will need to be completed by an instructor or mentor who can be contacted regarding the quality of the work and submitted with the application. Eventually, NBCAAM may decide to develop an approval process for programs and individuals for both the academic and hands-on testing requirements, but at this time it would hinder the advancement of our mission.

4. Q. Can I become a member without taking the exam and what the benefits would be available as an individual, school or business?

A. There are opportunities for membership without sitting for the examinations. Individuals can participate on committees, attend open meetings and utilize the online member resources as they are developed. Those applying for the examination will receive membership as part of their application and will be recognized as certified members when they successfully complete the examination. They will have all the benefits of individual members and may have access to special opportunities for certified members. Business and academic programs may apply for associate membership. They will have the same benefits of individual members and may have the opportunity to advertise or promote their products and services for reduced fees. There will also be opportunities for advertisers or sponsors to be involved. If you have a product or service that you would like to promote through the NBCAAM, you may purchase advertising on the website or if you would like to offer discounted services or products to our membership, we will be implementing a process for that as well.

 

Continuing Education related Questions and Answers

5. Q. Is the 2-year membership from the time of original certification, or based on calendar year for everyone?

A. Your membership renewal date is from the time of original certification.  Your initial 2 years of membership (for new members as of September 1, 2013 exams and after) is included in the cost of sitting for the exam. Existing members have been emailed a new membership date to ensure two full years for completion of CE units.

6. Q. Can CEUs in the area of animal health and wellness taken for LVT CEU licensing maintenance be submitted to fulfill NBCAAM requirements as well?

A. You can submit the same CEU courses required to maintain other certifications to also fulfill NBCAAM requirements as long as the content of the CEUs falls within the NBCAAM guidelines.

7. Q. Do I need to get preapproval of a course that I intend to use as CEU credit?

A. Any continuing education course that has to do with animal health and wellness qualifies. A sample list of course topics that could meet these requirements is provided on the membership page.  If you are unsure or unclear of the applicability of a course, and would like to inquire in advance about a particular course, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your specific question regarding an opportunity you are considering.  We will review and respond to your inquiry, plus log the discussion in your membership record that a contact in advance occurred.  

8. Q. What should I do if during the two year time frame I cannot locate hands-on animal health and wellness related courses in my region, or definitely cannot travel due to budget concerns to take courses available elsewhere?

A. If these limitations apply to your situation, you are encouraged to alternatively seek hands-on course training in human-based modalities that can transfer in theory and application to your practitioner work with animals.  Please contact the Continuing Education Review Committee coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in advance of registering for the in-person course option you are considering to have this exception request logged and approved in advance.

9. Q. What happens if I have extenuating circumstances and cannot complete the required CEU or client session requirements by my membership renewal date?

A. Exception requests for extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Continuing Education Review Committee coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least 30 days in advance of your renewal date.  You will be requested to share the specific plans that you have to complete the renewal requirements, and submit the completions within 60 days of your renewal date to maintain active/listed membership.  If there is more than a 60 day delay from your renewal date, your contact info listing on the NBCAAM site will be reduced and your membership benefits suspended until your CEUs required for renewal are submitted and confirmed.

10. Q. For CEU requirements, is it acceptable for me to do local, hands-on or non hands on, independent study with animal care professionals like holistic vets, experienced dog trainers, animal communicators, etc. . . as long as it is done in a way that measures the hours of my study and includes certificate documentation that shows I completed the number of hours in a supervised educational setting?  That would be a very reasonable & advantageous way for me to learn and also further establish myself with local professionals.

A. Our preference is for organized learning through coursework or workshops.  However, on an exception basis, clearly defined independent study options with local animal care professionals in a supervised educational setting can be accepted as CEUs.  We recognize that this may be especially applicable in situations where one cannot locate health and wellness related courses in their region, or definitely cannot travel due to budget concerns to take courses available elsewhere.  Please contact the Continuing Education Review Committee coordinator at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in advance of proceeding with the independent study option you are considering to have this exception request logged and approved in advance.  Upon completion of any independent study CEUs, in addition to a certificate documentation and number of hours, please submit a list of the new skills learned during this independent study, signed by the mentor.

11. Q. I have dual certification in both small animal and equine acupressure (or massage).  Is one set of 20 CEUs, and 25 logged client hours applicable, or do I need two sets?

A. In cases of multiple certifications, simply one set of 20 CEUs and 25 logged client hours is needed.

12. Q. If more than 20 CEUs are completed during a 2 year membership renewal period, can the balance of extra CEU credits be carried forward to help fulfill requirements for the next 2 year renewal period?

A. Up to 10 extra CEUs earned in a 2 year membership renewal period can be carried forward to help fulfill requirements for the next subsequent renewal period.  Extra CEUs can only be applied forward ONE (not multiple) renewal period.

13. Q. I would like to utilize supplemental courses I took prior to October 1, 2013, to fulfill my upcoming membership renewal CEU requirement.  What historical course timing is accepted for CEUs in my first renewal period after October 1, 2013?

A. CEUs class options completed January 1, 2013, and after are being accepted to fulfill your first renewal period following October 1, 2013.

14. Q. I volunteer at my local shelter each month providing hands-on sessions with the animals.  Would I be able to use those sessions to submit the 25 required client hours?

A. Sessions with shelter and rescue animals can be included in your client session logs for membership renewal in conjunction with the CEU requirements.  Thank you for reaching out to your local organizations benefiting the animals.

 15. Q. I provide informational/promotional presentations to local shelters and rescues, and at this time do not have a regular clientele schedule.  I’d like to submit these presentations on an alternate/supplemental log to help count towards the 25 required client hours.  Can these be submitted for this purpose?

A. Yes, each 1 hour of actual presentation time may apply towards the equivalent of one client. So as an example, two separate 30 minute presentations, combined to total 60 minutes of presentation time, can be logged and counted to fulfill one required client session.  Please refer to the client session documentation section to see the required information to be submitted on your alternate or supplemental log.

 16. Q. I provide pro bono massage sessions at animal rescue locations and non-profit related events, and at this time do not have a regular clientele schedule.  I’d like to submit these pro bono sessions to help count towards the 25 required client hours.  Can these be submitted for this purpose?

A. Yes, each 1 hour of hands-on pro bono time may apply towards the equivalent of one client. These individual sessions must be at least 20 minutes each, and can be combined to total 60 minutes of time, then logged and counted to fulfill one required client session.  Sessions are to be thorough and reflective, and not simply a few brief minutes with limited interaction.  Please refer to the client session documentation section to see the required information to be submitted on your client session log. 

17. Q. At mass educational events, instructors do not always provide a completion certificate or equivalent.  (listed requirements indicate that we are to submit a certificate or equivalent showing the number of hours of training, certification of attendance and participation, date the course was completed, skill or course content covered, and course provider contact information)  How can I still earn CEU credit for these events without a certificate or equivalent from the instructor?

A. First, please specifically request a certificate of completion from the instructor with the requested information.

If they instructor is unable to accommodate your request, you can still submit these NBCAAM CEU credit under certain guidelines.  They can only be counted for the non-hands on category of CEUs.  The event needs to be a minimum of a 3 hour event (i.e. focused training, compared to a brief demonstration/introduction/overview form of event).  An ad/flyer of the event showing a form of content/syllabus, plus some purchase receipt to show proof of attendance, should be submitted.  Members are requested to use a provided NBCAAM CEU documentation template, and obtain the instructor’s signature, as confirmation.  This template is available here:  CEU Documentation Template

18. Q. Do the 25 logged client hours every two years need to be 25 separate clients, or can we log multiple sessions with the same animal client?

A. We would like to encourage members to broaden their client connections and experience with these sessions.  Up to five sessions with a particular animal client can be included.  Each session must be logged separately.

19. Q. What if I do not have a current/active animal care practice, and would not be taking CEUs or documenting client sessions, but still wish to continue as a supportive member of NBCAAM? (this could occur in cases of retirement, current region of residence and related practice limitations, or may not be actively practicing for other reasons)

A. We would like to fully encourage you to continue as a NBCAAM individual supporting member.

20. Q. What happens if I have extenuating circumstances and cannot complete the required CEU or client session requirements by my membership renewal date?
 
A. Exception requests for extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Continuing Education Review Committee coordinator at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least 30 days in advance of your renewal date.  You will be requested to share the specific plans that you have to complete the renewal requirements, and submit the completions within 60 days of your renewal date to maintain active/listed membership.  If there is more than a 60 day delay from your renewal date, your contact info listing on the NBCAAM site will be reduced and your membership benefits suspended until your CEUs required for renewal are submitted and confirmed.

21. Q. How are the number of CEU hours determined for a class when a course is submitted for CEU credit?

A. The number of hours of training scheduled, or educational hours listed by the course instructor, is the basis for determining CEU related credit. For example, if a class begins at 9am, and goes until 5pm, with an hour break for lunch, the course credit for this class is 7.0 CEUs.

 

Thank you for your interest and for your questions. We hope that these answers help you to better understand how NBCAAM can help you promote your practice and improve your opportunities. If you have additional questions, please contact us.