Our Curriculum Philosophy
CSAM provides massage training to our students in a multi-modal format to ensure that the curriculum is accessible to our diverse student population.
1. Self-paced, Online Learning
Learn lecture-based topics on your own schedule. Anatomy and physiology are core concepts for animal massage therapist training. These online lectures cover the basics of animal anatomy and physiology that allow students to progress through the rest of our training course. 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. In-person classes are taught at our school location in Colorado, U.S.A.
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.