MEDICAL MASSAGE: Theory & Practice –
Canine Program

Medical massage incorporates several methods of hands-on, low-force techniques that target restrictions and pain mostly in the soft tissues of the body.  It improves quality of life, controls post-operative or post-procedural pain and stress, and supports mobility as well as functional recovery after injury, trauma, or surgery

Research from many medical disciplines, including osteopathic medicine, affirm the scientific effectiveness of integrative approaches like massage. It has been proven to treat pain, digestive problems, immune dysfunction, fatigue, and a variety of other conditions.


CuraCore’s medical massage course teaches you about the ways in which structure and function interrelate and express their connection in both health and disease. The didactic instruction taught in the online curriculum gives you greater appreciation for the roles of myriad tissues in the body that aid in self-healing and how massage therapy treatments can improve and maximize an individual’s capacities.

Our hands-on workshop helps you develop “thinking fingers” to perform informed palpation of your patients, especially of the myofascial system. This will allow you to bolster your patients’ intrinsic self-healing capacity, involving neurologic, cardiovascular, digestive, immunologic and homeostatic physiologic networks.



  1. The history of massage and how it translates from human to veterinary applications
  2. Indications and contraindications for massage
  3. How to perform a massage intake, myofascial evaluation, and treatment
  4. The negative impact of pain and stress
  5. Swedish massage treatment techniques
  6. Clinical applications of medical massage for specific regions
  7. Clinical conditions that may benefit from massage
  8. How to adapt treatment to specific patient populations
  9. Adjunctive approaches to massage-integrative and/or physical medicine
  10. How to apply massage to clincial patients through representative cases
  11. Self-care and biomechanics
  12. Ethics and controversies


In the onsite workshop, participants hone their skills in assessment and treatment by working with their classmates and dogs.

The Medical Massage: Theory & Practice – Canine Program is now closed.
Please watch for our new Myofascial Palpation & Massage program that will open fall 2017!

This program is RACE approved for 75.5 CE Credits for full course.



The Medical Massage: Theory & Practice – Canine program is RACE approved for 75.5 CE hours.



The cost of this course is $2150. For more information, visit the course description or contact us for more information.


Course Description and Registration

CuraCore MM Cover for webRegistrants must be either licensed veterinarians or hold an equivalent credential such as serving as faculty in a veterinary college or fourth-year veterinary students with written permission from their college dean or dean’s office.

The online curriculum follows the order of the required text, Canine Medical Massage. You’ll explore in depth, the science, evidence, and practice of massage as well as the value of myofascial palpation and the insights it provides regarding diagnosis and treatment options. With the use of short videos, case vignettes, assigned reading, home practice and discussions online about how massage affects patients, you’ll gain a broader understanding of how it fits into the bigger picture of integrative medicine.

Each module has a self-assessment quiz where you’ll be able to gauge how well you grasped the material provided in the course. Dr. Narda Robinson will cover the following topics in the online program which include drilling down into each module:

  1. Module 1: Survey of the Field
  2. Module 2: Indications for Massage and Factors to Consider
  3. Module 3: Intake, Assessment, and Examination
  4. Module 4: Negative Impact of Pain and Stress
  5. Module 5: Treatment Techniques
  6. Module 6: Clinical Applications for Specific Anatomic Regions
  7. Module 7: Clinical Applications that May Benefit from Massage
  8. Module 8: Specific Patient Populations
  9. Module 9: Adjunctive Approaches to Massage – Integrative and/or Physical Medicine
  10. Module 10: Case Studies
  11. Module 11: Taking Care of YOU – Posture, Body Mechanics, Emotional Wellness
  12. Module 12: How Would You Approach This Situation?

The course will also have a 2.5 day hands on workshop that will be held in Fort Collins.



The medical massage curriculum Registration is open and closes May 12, 2017.  Course size is limited.

Online coursework must be completed before the hands-on workshop on June 8-10, 2017 at the Hilton in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Registrants will have access to the online modules until June 30, 2017.



2017 June – Webinar: The Physiologic Basis of Medical Acupuncture and Photomedicine for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
2017 July – 2-Day Technical Skills Workshop: Canine @ The Hilton Fort Collins
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
  • Would you like to take your acupuncture skills to a new level?
  • Would you like to refine your palpation and treatment techniques in small groups with experienced, highly knowledgable teachers?
  • Would you like to hone your electroacupuncture knowledge and bolster your confidence?

If you answered YES to any or all of the above, then our 2-Day Technical Skills Workshop for Small Animals is for you!

When: July 14-15, 2017
Where: The Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526
Who: This workshop is limited to just 30 participants and will be utilizing dogs as our teaching partners.
Cost: $695.00 – includes breakfast, lunch and breaks, all lectures and two full days of hands-on experience.

Remember, we’re limiting this to the first 30 to register, so don’t wait!

2017 October – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins
Oct 16 – Oct 21 all-day
2017 October - Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians - Dual Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins | Fort Collins | Colorado | United States

Join us for the Dual Track (Small Animal/Exotics and Equine/Farm Animal Tracks) Clinical Intensive October 16-21, 2017 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more details, please contact Sharon Sherwood

2017 October – Medical Acupuncture For Veterinarians – Single Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins
Oct 16 – Oct 19 all-day
2017 October - Medical Acupuncture For Veterinarians - Single Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins | Fort Collins | Colorado | United States

Join us for the Single Track (Small Animal/Exotics Track or Equine/Farm Animal Track) Clinical Intensive in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you’re a Dual Track MAV student, please visit that event page.

2018 April – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive
Apr 23 – Apr 28 all-day

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive
Small Animal & Exotics AND Equine & Farm Animals

2018 April – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Single Track Clinical Intensive
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians April 2018 – Single Track
Small Animal & Exotics OR Equine & Farm Animals

If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.