Our Curriculum Philosophy
Massage is a hands-on practice. It is essential that any training program include practical, supervised, hands-on training. CSAM provides training in massage skills and techniques in two ways.
1. Self-paced, Online Learning
Learn lecture-based topics on your own schedule. The anatomy and physiology concepts that form the foundation of a therapeutic massage therapist's practice. Our online format allows you to digest the information as your own pace and as suits your schedule.
2. In-class, supervised massage practice
Work closely with your instructors during the in-person phase of the course to develop and hone your practical massage skills. Practice on mannequins and demo dogs under the careful supervision of your mentors.
3. Independent case studies
Develop the skills and experience of working with pet parents and animals by
completing case studies after the classroom portion of our curriculum. You will complete massage case studies and submit your work for review from instructors to help you identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
The Colorado School of Animal Massage (CSAM) curriculum is founded on data-supported veterinary science and hands-on training in massage technique. Our training programs emphasize the importance of a close association between massage therapists and the veterinary team - professionals all working together to achieve health and healing for our animal patients.
More Than a "Spa-Day"
At CSAM, we believe that massage is more than "fluff & buff" and is a true therapeutic modality in the hands of a trained practitioner. Our curriculum emphasizes a basis in anatomy and physiology as well as training in common veterinary diseases, surgical conditions and animal first aid.