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Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Veterinary Professionals

Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Veterinary Professionals



The Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Veterinary Professionals is a Level 3 externally accredited course through the Laser Learning Awards. 


Galen Myotherapists offer canine massage and functional biomechanical exercises and formulate management and rehabilitative programmes for dogs suffering from chronic conditions.


This course has been successfully running sine 2006, and was the first externally accredited course specialising in Canine Myotherapy / Canine massage and rehabilitation.


The self-paced training modules will teach you the intricacies of how the canine body works, how to assess posture, behaviour and functional movement patterns and importantly it will give you the diverse skills needed to apply effective massage techniques and rehabilitative treatment programs to support a dog’s muscular-skeletal health. You will also learn how to apply our revolutionary Positive P.A.C.T.® treatment protocol. 


For all our diploma courses, there is the option to study the practical element in person or online for those individuals who find it difficult or prohibitively expensive to travel, or prefer to complete their learning at home.


Throughout your learning journey you will receive the backing and support of the most established clinical canine massage, biomechanics and rehabilitation training school in the UK. All our tutors have formal teaching qualifications and are committed to supporting you during your studies with us.


We understand the challenges of remote learning that's why we have developed a fun and interactive learning environment, you will also be supported with regular tutor contact as well as being connected with other students on the course.


On graduating as a Galen Myotherapist you will have the opportunity to join our global team of Galen Myotherapists who are supporting dogs all over the world. Our Galen Myotherapy Post Graduate Scheme is designed to help you build your business with ready to go marketing content and promotional tools. You will also have access to a wealth of professional development opportunities, CPD courses and the continued support from the Galen Myotherapy team.


We also work with international partners to deliver our diploma course at different locations around the world and in Spanish. Please talk to us for more information.


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    Level 3 Laser Learning Awards accredited


    Learn about accreditation here>

    Award Type Diploma
    Study method

    Theory Units are studied via our online learning platform. Throughout the theory units you will have access to online Supported Learning Tutorials, both live and recorded to underpin your learning.

    Practical Modules can be studied in-person at one of our training centers or online.

    Start Date Any time
    Enrolment criteria  

    Age 18+ 


    Degree-level qualified veterinary nurse, or a vet in training. This course is also suitable for human or canine physiotherapists.


    Evidence of your qualification must be provided within 3 workings day from your initial payment. 

    • 3 theory units
    • Pre-practical modules delivered online
    • Practical delivered in-person or online
    • 3 case studies 

    £2800 Excluding VAT

    £3360 Including VAT


    Payment options are available so please talk to us about the different options or to discuss a bespoke payment plan which is right for you.


    Example payment plan

    Pay £100 per month for the first 3 months* then £146.88 per month for 20 months (17.5% APR). Prices shown are exclusive of VAT.


    *Split payment option for the first 3 months is available at checkout when paying by Klarna or PayPal.



    Important Information

    External Accreditation

    This course is externally accredited by LASER Learning Awards which is an Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisation. This is a non Ofqual regulated qualification but meets the same standards.


    Please note there is an additional cost of £450 for your work to be externally accredited by LASER Learning Awards. Please select the 'Accredited by Laser Learning' option at checkout if you would like to receive a certificate of accreditation from Laser Learning Awards on completion of the course.  


    Please note that if you choose to study the practical element online, you can choose to receive the LASER Premier Award Certificate but you will not be eligible for external accreditation. There is an additional cost of £170 for a LASER Premier Award Certificate. Please select the 'Premier Award certificate' option at checkout if you would like to receive a Laser Premier Award certificate on completion of the course.


    Learn more about accreditation here>


    Course Payment 

    Full course payment must be received before attending the practical element of the course.


    International Students

    International learners who are business owners or who’s employer is funding their learning are exempt from paying VAT. For our tax purposes we require evidence of the business



    Theory Unit One - The Principles of Human Massage
    History of Massage, benefits, contraindications, the techniques used and how they influence the different systems, palpation, homeostasis, an introduction into the physiological and psychological effects of massage, gain an overview of other relevant therapies, the veterinary act.


    Theory Unit Two - Canine Locomotion and the skeletal system
    Identify and name the main skeletal structures, identify the superficial bony structures, compare the canine and human form, understand and identify the anatomical regions and directional terms of the canine.


    Theory Unit Three - Canine Musculature

    The muscular system, location of superficial and deep muscles, fibre type and arrangement, cellular composition and anatomy, understanding the following terms- muscle insertions and origins, tone, fatigue. 


    Understand different types of muscular contraction; fascia, deep and superficial and its role, tendons. The role of ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid.


    Pre-Practical Modules

    There are five Pre-Practical modules which allow you to work at your own pace and to continually develop and expand your skills. Each module is consolidated with online tutor meetings to broaden and embed your knowledge. The modules contain unique resources such as videos on muscle placement which you can revisit time and time again. The modules can be studied alongside the theory units so you gain a deep understanding of muscle dysfunction in the canine early on in your learning journey.


    During the modules, you’ll learn:
    • Human and canine postural assessment
    • Functional anatomy and biomechanics
    • Assessing superficial anatomy of the canine
    • Assessing canine biomechanics in relation to loading and posture
    • Functional movement patterns and identification of compensatory issues
    • Impacts of the environment on the musculoskeletal system
    • In-depth learning of the relationship between pain and behaviour
    • Theory and application of the Galen Comfort Scale©
    • Positive PACT® treatment protocol (scientifically supported)


    Practical Modules

    The practical modules are focused on developing your hands-on massage techniques and understanding of rehabilitative functional movement enabling you to confidently apply Galen Myotherapy techniques.


    There is the option to attend the practical in person or online for those individuals who find it difficult or prohibitively expensive to travel, or prefer to complete their learning at home.


    During the practical, you’ll learn:
    • Massage technique application and palpation skills
    • Practical anatomy from a functional and applied perspective
    • Translating canine’s muscles, fascia and skeleton directly onto a dog
    • Assessment of canine physical integrity, observations and comparisons of movement


    If you are attending the practical at one of our training centres, we will provide canine tutors for you to practice your palpation skills on. The attended practical days run from Monday-Friday starting at 9am and finishing at 4:30pm.

    If you opt for the online practical, you will need access to multiple dogs, these can be your own or dogs known to you (subject to veterinary approval). You will also be required to have equipment to video yourself and share the footage via your computer. The online practicals are divided into 11 modules, delivered over a number of weeks and range from 30 minute 1:1's, to 3 hour group sessions. Timings have been planned to cater for a range of time zones.


    Case studies

    On completion of the practical you will complete 3 individual case studies.


    These include: 

    * Visual postural and loading assessment - using photos and videos only 
    * Galen Comfort Scale© completion

    * 3 treatments for each case study 

    * Home environment and activity guidance

    * Appropriate exercise programme in order to enhance rehabilitation or to help sustain correct kinetic movement patterning achieved through manual therapy



    Your case studies will be discussed with a Galen Veterinary Surgeon or Galen registered tutor within the Vet Viva at the end of the course.


    The Customer shall pay the course fee or deposit to the Provider to secure their place on the Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Verterinary Professionals Course.


    No refunds will be given after the 14 day cooling off period and customers must continue to pay the monthly instalments until all course fees are paid. 


    Students have 3 years to complete the Full Diploma Course. In exceptional circumstances learners may request a “one off” extension of up to one year.

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