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Canine Massage and Rehabilitation (Career Course)  -   £2500
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Overview of the Training Programme

If you are passionate about a career in Canine Therapy & Rehabilitation from a training provider  where you will receive the highest standards of training, materials and support then this is the training programme for you.    UK Rural Skills accredited, align to level 5.

The unique integrated programme produces canine professionals with excellent therapeutic practical skills and rehabilitation strategies to implement based on in-depth assessment of the dog and academic knowledge.

There is a growing demand for ‘high quality and caring’  professionals in the canine  complimentary healthcare sector.  We meet this at AIAT and every dog is treated as an individual – we don’t just teach you to massage a dog – each one is different in terms of its needs, personality etc. and requires a tailored approach.

What you Study

Our training principles are based on objective, evidence based research and a thorough understanding of the dog.  This approach includes canine behaviour , its physical structure including anatomy and physiology with a specific interest in injury prevention and therapy. We also cover a number of relevant supporting subjects providing an ‘all encompassing’ programme of study, even a unit dedicated to building a successful business and the legalities involved with this including working with other professionals and within the Veterinary Act.


From the practical aspect we teach a host of massage and myofascial release techniques to produce a Canine Massage & Rehabilitation Therapist second to none with the skills and ability to work with a variety of dogs whether a family pet or a working or show dog.  Our Therapists are able to use massage therapy to help with the following conditions we encounter in industry to support and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of the dog:

  • Rehabilitation following injury or surgery


  • Improve muscle performance which includes the health of muscles and soft tissues, gait and exercise


  • Mobility issues from those associated with simply climbing the stairs to performing agility exercise which may be due to a variety of reasons including orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia etc.


  • General discomfort – the dog may have lost its sparkle and in need of support

  • Dogs that are displaying signs of stress, anxiety and depression and other behaviour issues that often manifest in muscular discomfort.


Programme Delivery and Timescale

The programme is very flexible to suit all students whether you are in full time employment, a student, balancing a career with a family or one who can dedicate themselves full time to the programme.

​The programme is delivered by a team of highly qualified, competent and experienced Instructors who are very approachable and create a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment during your ‘Attended Learning’ with AIAT and then with on-going support during the ‘Distance Learning’ part of the training programme.

​We provide a multimedia style of learning to suit all students learning styles and preferences. We provide all the training material you will need.  We offer some on-line training initially held over 2 evenings on Zoom where we will cover some theory related specifics that you will encounter in industry working as a Therapist.  This is followed by your ‘attended learning’ whereby you will receive all your in-depth practical training with dogs held over a full weekend.

​You will have assignments and case studies to complete as part of your distance learning and depending on your capacity for study,  the pace at which you complete the training is your own.  Some students qualify in 6 months and some much later.

The attended learning takes place at our venues either in Lincolnshire or the Yorkshire/Lancashire border where we are happy to receive students from any location. 



Please click HERE to read about an individual Case Study undertaken by an AIAT Student.


By training with AIAT you can excel in your own therapy practice, you will become a full insured therapist.  Or you may wish to follow another canine related career but the knowledge and skills you will have learned from our training are an instant advantage when applying for jobs; employers are keen to have people who can multi-task within their team of canine professionals.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the course are very competitive given the high standard of training offered by AIAT with the UKRS accreditation.  We aren’t the cheapest but we are one of the best.  People often contact us having completed shorter and cheaper courses but their skills and work is limited.   We are proud to be recommended by Veterinarians  and other canine professionals as a training provider who produces first class canine therapists for the complimentary healthcare industry.

​Attendance in the UK training fees:

​Total Fees = £2500

​Final Assessment & Certification = £150

​*Monthly Payment Plans are available *

​We offer 12 or 18 month payment plans so you can spread your fees.



Entry Criteria

We welcome applications from at least ONE of the following categories: We do not discriminate against any applicants – each application is taken on its own merit.  If in doubt whether you will qualify for a place on our training programme please get in touch and we will be happy to help you.

  • Experienced dog owners who have a good general standard of education and a passion for working with dogs.

  • Experience of working in the canine industry such as a Dog Trainer, Dog Walker, Canine Hydrotherapist, Dog Groomer, Kennel staff etc

  • Those who might already possess a higher level canine related qualification.

  • Those already qualified as an Equine Therapist wanting to expand their practice into canine.

Date options:

2022 - 25,26, 27 November

2023 - 31 March, 1,2 April




Please complete and return the application form below to: Angela Hall at or email us first, should you require any further information about the training.

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