Canine Myotherapy Diploma (Full Course)

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

This is suitable for students who have no previous knowledge of working in animal welfare. It provides all learners with foundation knowledge all the way through to the full diploma. This new version of the course gives students all the understanding required to become a Canine Myotherapist even if they have limited experience in the field. If you’re a vet, or already have a qualification in canine, human or equine, anatomy and physiology, then one of our other courses may be more appropriate. Please take a look at the different variations of the course by clicking here.

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 a number of 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 the first few theory units 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.

– Canine Anatomy and Physiology – Foundation knowledge.

Mammalian cellular structure, connective tissue structure and function, anatomical structure and function on synovial joints, structure and function of muscular tissue, structure and function of the canine heart, structure and function of the canine heart, respiratory system, endocrine and digestive system.

– The Principles of Human Massage.

History of Massage, benefits, contraindications, the techniques used and how they influence the different systems, palpation, homeostasis, an introduction into the physiological and psychological effects of massage, gain an overview of other relevant therapies, the veterinary act.

– Canine Locomotion – The Skeletal System.

Identify and name the main skeletal structures, identify the superficial bony structures, compare the
canine and human form, understand and identify the anatomical regions and directional terms of the canine.

– Canine Locomotion – The Canine Musculature.

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.

– The Principles of the Canine Skin, Lymphatic and Venous System.

The skin, structure, functions and anatomy, in relation to it being the medium for massage.
The lymphatic system, its function, location of major lymph vessels and nodes, the construction of both, veins of the thoracic and pelvic limb, anatomy of a vein, why these are important to comprehend in relation to massage therapy.

– The Principles of the Nervous System, Common Pathologies and Soft Tissue Injury.

Introduction to neurological system, emphasis on the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems
massage can influence. Interdependencies of the body system, how massage influences the body
holistically. Common pathologies – osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, spondylosis, OCD, muscle spasm, cramp, fatigue, dehydration. 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 .

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 £4,000 (including accreditation fees and VAT). We have two payment options to choose from:

Option One: The total sum of £4,000 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 next 26 months, 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.

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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