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Each school provides a path to qualification for one or more exams. We assess programs to verify they meet our hour requirements but don't review the content.

Please note that you may need to take courses beyond their own certification program, as noted. Schools may also have one or more additional programs that do not qualify you for an exam, so please check requirements.

You are not required to attend one of these schools in order to take the exam.

Bancroft Equine

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Programs qualifying for Canine Massage & Equine Massage Exams
Location: MA

At Bancroft School of Massage Therapy,
we take great pride in being one of the oldest and most active schools in the training of professional massage practitioners. We took what we already knew how to do, teach massage, and brought it to the animal world. We will continue the tradition of providing first class massage therapy training to individuals that have a calling to work with animals. In our animal facility, Doggone U, we offer 200-hour Certification Programs in both Small Animal and Equine Massage, as well as continuing education for massage practitioners.

Canis Bodyworks

Programs qualifying for Canine  Massage Exam
Location: Classes in VA / IL / MO / Ottawa, Canada / New Zealand

Founded on compassion for animals, and dedicated to teaching aspiring professionals how to communicate safely and respectfully with dogs through healthy touch.  Offering certification courses and continuing education.  To qualify for the canine massage certification exam, take the following courses: Trust and Relationship-Building with Dogs - Parts 1 and 2, Canine Massage Fundamentals – Parts 1 and 2, Physical Dog – Parts 1 and 2, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy & Orthopedic Friction, Lymphatic Massage, Business of Canine Massage Bodywork, Canine First Aid and Pathology, and the Case Study Practicum.

The Equine Institute (formerly Equi-librium Institute)


Program qualifying for Equine Massage Exam

Location HI, various

Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh and April Johnston founded the Equine Institute to offer approved online education and hands on workshops for equestrians, an online certificate program in equine fascial integration therapy, and online continuing education courses for equine veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and equine massage therapists. To qualify for the exam, take the core fascial integration program, as well as an add-on massage theory class, and hands-on massage workshop.

equine kneads

Equine Kneads Massage & Bodywork


Program qualifying for Equine Massage Exam

Location: CO

Equine Kneads Professional Massage Therapy and Bodywork Certification Program Certification Program offers the foremost Professional Equine Massage Therapy and Bodywork Certification Programs. In a market saturated with quick and easy certification programs, our intensive program stands apart. We understand your aspiration to make a meaningful impact on equine well-being, and that's why we offer a curriculum that goes far beyond the basics.  Our program isn't just about obtaining a certificate; it's about transforming your passion for equine massage into a genuine expertise that can change lives – both equine and human. Imagine mastering advanced techniques, understanding equine anatomy at a profound level, and developing the ethical insight needed to build a successful practice. Our program isn't just an education; it's a transformational journey that prepares you for a fulfilling and prosperous career in equine massage and bodywork.

The Equine Natural Movement School

Programs qualifying for Equine Massage Exam

Location: WA

he Equine Natural Movement School offers basic (440 hrs) and advanced (500 hrs) programs in Equine Structural Integration. This unique progressive series was developed through 20+ years of dedicated inquiry into understanding how to resolve issues that affect structure, balance and movement, and return horses to graceful flexibility and comfort. Our students learn to see and think about structure in a new paradigm, combining highly proficient technical skills with a heart-centered way of working. Kindness and respect are hallmarks of our method and help us establish a profound sense of partnership with each individual horse. Our business course is based on honesty and authenticity so students develop thriving practices in their home area.  Classes offered in both on-site and on-line formats, both with live training. Classes limited to six students, lots of personal attention. 


Northwest School of Animal Massage

Programs qualifying for Canine & Equine Massage, Canine & Equine Acupressure Exam
Location: WA

NWSAM offers certification courses in Foundation Massage, Performance Massage and Rehabilitation Massage in a flexible blended learning format combining online and resident training. NWSAM also offers certification in Equine and Small Animal Acupressure and is the exclusive provider of training in Manual Ligament Therapy.  We offer workshops for pet-owners and continuing education for professional practitioners. Based in Puget Sound, NWSAM also offers courses in many sites across North America. Take two levels to qualify for the exam.

Ojai School of Canine Massage

Programs qualifying for Canine Massage Exam
(Onsite program qualifies and Online program qualifies if you include 50 hands-on massage hours)
Location: CA

(Est. 1999) The Ojai School of Canine Massage is an NBCAAM and IAAMB-approved school offering a well-rounded education emphasizing a holistic instructional approach in both our online and onsite classes. Our 250-hour online/distance education Canine Massage Certification Program includes dog gait and conformation assessment education, professional documentation, canine nutrition, business, anatomy, physiology, Stretching for dogs, and safety precautions. Students also learn theory and introduction to Acupressure for canines, Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Energy Work, and more. Our 50-hour hands-on onsite class is OPTIONAL and includes Gait Analysis, Swedish Mass., Trigger Pt. Therapy, Myofascial Release, Stretching, theory, Introduction to Acupressure, and more. 

** Please visit us at or call us at (805) 640-9798. We look forward to speaking with you!

(Our 50-hour onsite class meets the NBCAAM hands-on requirements for those seeking NBCAAM certification.)

School of Applied Integrative Therapy

Program qualifying for Equine Massage Exam
Location: WY

The School of Applied Integrative Therapy - Equine has an option for you if you have a desire to provide horses with a therapeutic, non-invasive and wholehearted way to feel and perform their very best! Become a CERTIFIED EQUINE BODYWORK PRACTITIONER -or- add to your skills as an equine professional or horse enthusiast. The School of AIT offers a 500-hour Equine Massage Certification Program with an integrated approach to therapeutic bodywork, encouraging each learner to find their own individual skills and talents while committing to a vigorous standard of practice and ethics. This program consists of 440 online / distance hours which includes multiple practical assignments and private coaching calls, then completes with a 60-hour, hands-on Six-Day Live Intensive.

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

Programs qualifying for Small Animal and Equine Massage Exams (onsite programs qualify)
Location: CO

Rocky Mountain's two campuses are inspirational settings for learning the art of massage and acupressure for animals. RMSAAM faculty members are educated professionals with extensive training, fieldwork and teaching experience. Take two levels of their hands-on program to qualify for the exam.

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Resources

Programs qualifying for Canine & Equine Acupressure Exams
Location: US and Canada

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Resources provides small animal and equine acupressure training programs. The core curriculum includes a blended learning experience of online and hands-on training. Tallgrass also offers hands-on and online courses in Tui Na, The Original Meridian Massage. We provide elective courses in Small Animal Food Energetics, Equine Movement, and Equine Essential Oils. We offer workshops for animal-owners and continuing education for the professional practitioner. All Tallgrass courses focus on the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories and their application. Acupressure books, charts, videos, and other learning resources are available. Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Resources has served the two and four-legged community for over 30 years.

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