Canine Massage Therapy - (30 credits)

This module draws together many of the skills taught in previous modules and enables the student to develop a deeper practical understanding of the scientific and technical issues surrounding therapeutic intervention for the dog. Through both lectures and practical sessions students will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical application skills to be both effective and competent when applying manual therapies with in scope of practice for the canine therapist. Students will gain better evaluation skills in relation to static and dynamic assessment of the dog and it will enable them to identify the limitations of the musculoskeletal system of an individual and understand compensatory mechanisms seen in the body with regards to posture and movement. Case history taking and record keeping will be developed to evidence a clear and succinct approach to the overall assessment of the canine patient. Students will be assessed using assignments, observed structured clinical exams (OSCE’s) and case study reports where they should demonstrate the skills required to apply therapeutic reasoning and to improve the outcome for the dog whether in a rehabilitation or wellness programme. Students will further develop their understanding of common pathologies and musculoskeletal dysfunctions seen in the dog and learn how to tailor individual massage treatments to address or improve these issues. Students should be able to draw from modules such as Functional Anatomy, Animal Therapeutic Techniques and Extrinsic Factors Affecting Canine Performance to integrate physiology, rehabilitation and subsequent return to work.