Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Vets

The Diploma in Canine Myotherapy is a Level 3 externally accredited course through the Laser Learning Awards. It allows Vets to learn our protocols and to build Galen Canine Myotherapy into their treatments.

This course is a CPD course aimed at Vets. It is not externally accredited. It will be Internally Quality Assessed. If you are looking for External Accreditation please click on Galen Myotherapy Diploma for the Veterinary Professional. If your current experience is different to this, such as working in the field of veterinary medicine, then please take a look at the different variations of the course by clicking here.

In our experience of running this course over the last ten years we have found that to get the most out of the practical sessions, it is vital that Vets attending have a strong functional knowledge of the muscular system, and application and effect of massage on the body. To support you in this, it’s a requirement that your knowledge is in-line with your peers and other students on the course, and strongly advise further reading, and the completion of our knowledge assurance questionnaire.

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

As above, there are no theory sections to the course, due to the expected foundation knowledge that Vets will already have. However, to get the most out of the practical sessions (which will include non-veterinary professionals) please ensure your knowledge is appropriate and current.

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 for Vets is £2,280 (including accreditation fees and VAT). We have two payment options to choose from:

Option One: The total sum of £2,280 paid upon enrolment.

Option Two (Repayment process): £1,000 upon enrolment for the course, and then a number of monthly instalments. This course repayment plan means that we finance the cost of your course upfront, and this is paid back to us across the number of months using GoCardless. Please note that due to the ‘investment repayment’ nature of this option, and the fact that the Vet CPD version of the diploma is practical only it’s a requirement that full payment is accepted before the practical sessions are attended.

This fee is for all practical sessions, and 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.

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