Canine Myotherapy Diploma For The Veterinary Professional

The Diploma in Canine Myotherapy is a Level 3 externally accredited course through the Laser Learning Awards. It allows students to complete their learning journey all the way through to becoming a fully trained Canine Myotherapist.

This course is a direct access course aimed at Veterinary Professionals. Please see below for suitability criteria. If your background is different to this, then please take a look at the different variations of the course by clicking here.

This course is suitable for you if:

• You are a degree level veterinary nurse.
• A veterinary student.
• A canine / human physiotherapist.

Due to the varying level of training within the world of canine and human health please contact us if you are unsure if you are suitable for this course. Copies of qualifications will be required, and suitability will be confirmed when we speak to you. If you are a vet then we offer a course for you specifically; this is the Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Vets.

Our course pack provides full details of the course, including structure, content, and prices.
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Course Structure – Theory

The first part of the course consists of two theory units. These are completed in the style of a distance learning or home study course with support from tutors, and by using our learning resources. These include dedicated videos, templates, diagrams and manuals which demonstrate through examples, best practice and what is required. They also provide information around further reading and additional online resources.

When these are complete, then you can embark on the practical sessions of the course where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. The course is tutored by different industry experts including Galen Canine Myotherapists with over 15 years’ experience. These are Human Sports Therapists, along with Veterinary Surgeons, and give students a unique opportunity of learning from experts in their field.

Key areas of learning in the theory sessions.

– Theory Unit 1

Introduction to neurological system, emphasis on the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. How massage can influence Interdependencies of the body system, how massage influences the body holistically. The skin, structure, functions and anatomy, in relation to it being the medium for massage. Understand the relevance of massage in connection with the effects of injury tissue repair, and how it can help with the prevention of muscular adhesions and scarring .

– Theory Unit 2

The muscular system, location of superficial and deep muscles, fibre type and arrangement, cellular composition and anatomy, understanding the following terms- muscle insertions and origins, tone, fatigue. Understand different types of muscular contraction; fascia, deep and superficial and its role, tendons. The role of ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid.

Course structure – The Practical Sessions

The practical sessions are the opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned during the theory units and to build on this knowledge. Therefore it is vital that there is a good understanding and confidence around the theoretical part of the course. Much of the practical sessions concentrate on anatomy and how it impacts from a functional basis in the canine. The course is tutored by different industry experts including Galen Canine Myotherapists with over 15 years’ experience. These are Human Sports Therapists, along with Veterinary Surgeons, and provide students a unique opportunity of learning from experts in their

• We also look at movement and what is required by the dog’s musculature to perform different actions, together with compensation issues, repetitive strains and how to start identifying them.
• We look at palpation – the skill to assess and interpret using the hands – together with the underpinning knowledge of muscle anatomy and function.
• To combine all of this with excellent execution of techniques to help maintain maximum potential muscular health for all conditions.

Key areas of learning in the practical sessions.

• What is anatomically required for good canine movement.
• How canine movement is compromised.
• The effects of repetitive stress injury.
• Loading and stresses both human and canine and how they correlate.
• Assessing posture and loading.
• Begin to understand different types of dysfunctional muscle tone.
• Understanding adaptive change within the canine body.
• Functional anatomy – how theoretical learning is presented in the live moving dog.
• Interpreting palpation and how to treat what you feel.
• Extensive massage techniques; how, when and why they are appropriate to be used.
• 360 assessment / treatment cycle (assessing as you treat).
• ‘Giving dogs choice’. Learn the Galen Therapy Centre technique of developing the effective working relationship.
• Creation of a treatment protocol and plan.
• Observation of treatments.
• Pre- and post-treatment advice.
• Pre- and post event knowledge and treatment.
• Reporting skills.

Course Costs

The total investment to enrol on the Galen Canine Massage Diploma is £2,500 (including accreditation fees). We have two payment options to choose from:

Option One: The total sum of £3,000 paid upon enrolment.

Option Two (Repayment process): £1,000 upon enrolment for the course, and then a number of monthly payments. This course repayment plan means that we finance the cost of your course upfront, and this is paid back to us using GoCardless. Please note that due to the ‘investment repayment’ nature of this option, the full price of the course must be repaid, even if you were to decide to leave the course.

This includes all of the theory and practical sessions, access to the online student portal and resource centre. There is no specific requirement to purchase textbooks, however any purchases made by the student from our suggested reading list will be at their own cost.

Due to the different needs of our students travel, accommodation, and sustenance costs at the practical sessions are not covered in the cost of the course.

We focus on being able to read and understand the anatomical and physiological function of the dog, and to react and treat appropriately. We look at posture, loading and behaviour, and assess a dog in it’s entirety. This is what students are required to demonstrate in the practical sessions, along with appropriate handing of the dog allowing the dog choice. This expert knowledge around appropriate functionality is what separates Galen and has allowed us to become experts in our field.

If you wish to enrol on the course then please call us on 01444 881027 or send an email to for an enrolment form.

Download Course Pack by clicking here.

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