Caninology®: Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course Level 1 : CN3000SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: HEA Farm
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Skill Level: intermediate
  • Start Course: 09-09-2022

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Learn canine massage and bodywork in an accurate, valued and comprehensive format. On site instruction ensures both quality education, and hands on skills.
In this course, you will not only learn the massage techniques, follow-up exercise, range of motion exercises, handling during the session and gentle stretching, you will also learn how to assess the conformation and analyze the gaits. These skills are essential if you plan to work as a team member with other professional offering their care to your clients (and vice versa!). Protocol working within the industry is strongly emphasised throughout the course.
The course is taught in such a comprehensive logical layered format just like our foundation equine massage for horses. Those with little or no complementary canine care and science background will soon find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.
It is specifically designed for those wishing to pursue or develop their career in the canine wellness field, but is also very suitable and formatted for veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, canine massage therapists, trainers, kennel managers, and chiropractors who would like to add to their skills.

Venue: HeA farm, Western Cape
Price: TBA
Dates: Sept 2022

Our flagship Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification course is presented by Dr Mila Speciani DMV.

We are privileged this will be presented by Dr. Mila Speciani, Veterinarian. Dr Mila is a lively and passionate teacher who engages her class totally. She makes it fun too!
Dr. Mila has a unique combination of professional experience and qualifications and lives in and works across Northern Italy. Dr Mila is responsible for revamped Caninology® Canine Work Course and materials, being rolled out Internationally in 2019. She also teaches the Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Courses.
In addition, Dr. Speciani is an instructor and lecturer for world renowned institutions, for who regularly teaches courses and seminars, and has published peer reviewed articles concerning her scientific areas of expertise.
The majority of her daily practice includes dogs and horses and she integrates natural medicine, sports medicine, natural management and sympathetic training methods, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation in order to provide health and wellness to animal athletes and companions.
After completing the workshop and required externship, the student will be able to assess posture and movement and apply a complete session confidently. Fieldwork/externship is required in all the Caninology® courses to ensure the students have learned the enormous amount of material presented in class. The staff are able to answer questions for the participants should they arise during this externship period. The Caninology® reputation stands tall due to the fact we test our students before issuing certificates.

Course Overview


Anatomy vocabulary
Directional terms
Veterinary terms
Skeletal structure:

Form and function
Thoracic appendicular system
Pelvic appendicular system
Axial skeletal system
Typical canine orthopaedic conditions
Surface anatomy landmark identification
Palpation skills
Muscle structure:

Function and Form
Palpation and rudimentary evaluation skills (theory and lab)
Locating and isolating muscles
Deep muscles
Superficial muscles
Cause of muscle damage
Causes of various problems

Safety rules
Basic strokes
Theory and application of the massage strokes
Body mechanics for the body worker
Follow-up exercises

History evaluation
Creating documents for the owners
Gait Abnormalities
Subjective conformation
Typical neurological canine conditions
Canine Behaviour
Handling Skills
Gait Analysis
Range of motion analysis and exercises

Work ethics
Veterinary ethics
Creating forms

Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. This is an intense course. The fifth day of class would normally be set aside for independent study, but students have the month between Parts A & B for this work.

The externship (case studies and additional learning activities):

For this particular course, there’s an additional 100 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class. Participants complete 20 massage sessions on at least 5 different dogs using all of the massage techniques and stretching exercises as well as the documenting techniques as taught in the class. There is also a home study portion included in the fieldwork on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait assessment required to enhance the material that is taught and presented in the class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Caninology® to review, evaluate and expand the student’s work.

You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour Distance Study found at: CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour Pre-Course Online Course.
The CN3005 course is currently being updated and will be relaunched in February 2019, giving you plenty of time to become comfortable with the material.
This pre-course study guide costs $95. You will be able to register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material especially those professionals already in the health care industry such as veterinarians or similar; please contact the office to clear this prerequisite. This CN3005 prerequisite will then be waived.
We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the CN3005 pre-course work before attending the course. It is not compulsory to complete the entire CN3005 course by the time you attend this course, but you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the CN3005, you must complete the CN3005 final exam before your Caninology® Canine Body Worker certificate is released.

Students should obtain a copy of: The Dog Anatomy Workbook – A Guide to the Canine Body. Maggie Raynor & Andrew Gardiner. It is available at most online bookstores.
The Caninology Canine Body Worker Certification Course Manual is provided with the course tuition

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