Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme

Read our ground breaking clinical trials research on canine massage therapy in the Vet Record published by British Veterinary Association here

The Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme provides you with not only the most up to date and comprehensive training in canine massage therapy but also considers your journey after you have completed the course:

  • Exclusive access to the Canine Massage Guild*, with a community of like-minded therapists working together at shows and other events to promote this life changing therapy for dogs that we are so passionate about. You receive assistance with the provision of marketing materials, including the exclusive Integrated Veterinary Care Initiative (for the IVCI project please see the guild website here ), how to deliver talks and presentations on canine massage therapy as well as a private support forum.  Canine Massage Guild membership is only available to students who have successfully passed the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme with us.
  • Access to exclusive Continuing Professional Development courses with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre – continue your journey and learning as you progress as a therapist by building and developing your skills with our advanced courses in advanced myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular facilitation, and much much more…
  • Canine Massage Therapy Centre and the Canine Massage Guild are proud to be working with Winchester University in the ground breaking, world first, large scale study into canine massage therapy. The gold standard of double blind trials are also planned for the future, become a part of the legacy (
  • Master a total of over 60 canine massage techniques that span the disciplines of Swedish, Sports, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue AND the Lenton Method
  • We also offer ‘The WIP’, or the Workshop Instructor Programme (WIP) for Canine Massage Guild Members who want to pass on their knowledge, experience and passion to owners and their dogs by delivering our 2 flagship workshops; Beginners Guide to Canine Massage and Pre & Post Event K9 Massage. The WIP License provides a clear route for career progression and skills development**

The core of CMTC is our team of Tutors and Main Office. We are a small company with a big heart who are dedicated to seeing our students succeed because when they do, more dogs are helped with this therapy.  You can read more about our Tutors here, unlike other providers, all of our Tutors have not only completed the course themselves, they also run their own successful practices and are therefore well qualified to guide you through the process!

What’s New on the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme for 2023?

New for 2023!

NEW! Online companion school! – whilst you are studying your modules our online companion school has been developed to help bring it all to life for you during the course home study element and includes:

  • An online video library of some preparation techniques to assist you to establish a strong foundation ready for the in person practicals where we continue building on this to develop your skills with advanced massage, the Lenton Method and myofascial release
  • Exercises
  • Quiz’s
  • Resources
  • Gross Anatomy videos with Natalie
  • Specially recorded videos to keep you motivated and share some of the magic at home before moving into the classroom!

NEW! Regular support sessions in Year 1 – every 4-6 weeks we have Zoom sessions with our students to check in with your progress, answer your questions and work with the tutor team to improve your success and understanding of the module content

NEW! Online physiology lectures with Natalie & the tutor team

NEW! Regular online contact via zoom throughout the 2nd year practicals in-between the all important in-person practical sessions in the classroom

NEW! Separate community area away from Facebook to build group coherence away from the usual social media platforms!

All of this plus all the in-person practical days, real clinic days with visiting clients, hands on coaching to make you the best therapist possible and achieve results in 1-3 sessions. We are the only school to teach the scientifically proven Lenton Method® of canine massage therapy as published in the Vet Record by the British Veterinary Journal.

If you’re ready to change your life and the lives of a lot of dogs for the better, if you are prepared to be dedicated and committed to completing the written and practical work, then we are ready to train you.

Your journey can start here, today.

Next step… the FULL PROSPECTUS

Next step…. Check out the Canine Massage Guild, we are proud to have trained this incredible group of people

Next step….Read the testimonials on the Canine Massage Guild website and you’ll see that there are hundreds of case studies and owner quotes. What we teach here at CMTC works and you can see for yourself through the number of practising therapists who get results, its repeatable. If you like what you read and are impressed with the consistent results…

gait_analysis_for_dogsExperience canine massage therapy either with a 1 day workshop through our team of Workshop Instructors, stream our DVD or why not see how this therapy helps your own dog by taking them for a treatment from a canine massage guild member. See the official register here

Next step…fill in your SELF ASSESSMENT and press send! Congratulations you’re one step closer to recognising your dream of working with dogs or adding this skill to your pre-existing animal care work.

*based on a successful pass.
** requires 4 consecutive years of guild membership and  proof of clinical practice

The Canine Massage Therapy Centre & the Canine Massage Guild comply with the Veterinary Act 1966, Exemptions Order 2015 and National Occupational Standards LANAnC61 and LANAnC62. The Course is Accredited through LANTRA

Click here to go to our Facebook page and see lots of photos of our students and their progress throughout the year

What Is Clinical Canine Massage Therapy?

It is a Physical Therapy which integrates Canine Anatomy with a set of complex Massage Techniques to resolve muscular conditions often seen as lameness and to support Orthopaedic Issues like Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia. A therapist would also work with Sporting Dogs to help rehabilitate injury and enhance performance. The desired outcome is a dog that has improved mobility, resolution or reduction of lameness, stiffness and fatigue. A dog that is freer, supple and mobile, more able to retain their independence, have reduced pain levels and gain improved Range of Movement.

It also produces phenomenal results in dogs with Orthopaedic Conditions such as Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia to address what is often debilitating Protective Muscle Splinting. Clinical Canine Massage Therapy is ideal for dogs with NSAID intolerance, Agility Athletes, Senior Dogs , those slowing down or having intermittent lameness issues and post surgical care and rehabilitation.

What Makes This Course So Unique?

The Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme is a unique and innovative course which trains the student in Integrated Massage for dogs, and is taught by Natalie Lenton, Director of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and Externally Accredited by LANTRA. The scientific nature of the course integrates Advanced Live Canine Anatomy, 11 Core Home Study Modules on Anatomy & Physiology, Specific Palpation Routines and over 50 Techniques spanning the following 4 Disciplines of Massage Therapy:

Myofascial Release – The Direct and Indirect Approach to address areas of Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points, Use of the Thixotrophic Response and Direct Engagement

Remedial Sports Massage – Injury Identification, Muscle Isolation, the Use of Origins/Insertions/Actions, Injury Rehabilitation, Scar Tissue Remodelling from the Strain, Advanced Soft Tissue Palpation Skills

Deep Tissue Massage – Specific access points to work on the deeper layers of musculature and their associated restrictions, especially useful for chronic pain with a slower, deeper pressure over concentrated areas of muscular and Myofascial issue

Swedish Massage – The classic Series of 5 Groups of Techniques designed to soften tissue, relax the body and enhance the circulation of blood via venous return

The 7 Protocols – Importantly what really sets this course apart are the 7 Protocols; a unique set of techniques developed by Natalie Lenton over the last 10 years spent working with dogs. The 7 Protocols address deep, embedded patterns of Myofascial Restrictions which are often the cause of reduced or impaired mobility and pain. The student is taught the 7 Protocols throughout the Practical Days and is coached to develop an understanding of the theory of the Protocols and their skilled use.

Body Mapping – Developed by Natalie Lenton the student will leave with a comprehensive Body Map which determines clear anatomical locations of muscular injury and issue such as Strains, Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain. The BodyMap took Natalie years to develop and Students benefit by being able to enter the field at an incredibly high level.

Advanced Palpation Routine – Learn how to guide your hands over the body to detect Muscular Injury And Myofascial Dysfunction as you learn a structured way of reading the body with the Art of Informed Touch. Reading Skeletal Landmarks, Veins, Arteries, Fascia both Deep and Superficial and Muscle with the fingertips is an Advanced Skill that requires months and months or practice to become competent. The Practitioner Programme focuses heavily on developing this skill with Palpation Practice and Palpation Drills regularly in place as well as Tutor Assessment and one on one help and guidance.

The Lenton Method® is the combination of the 7 Protocols, Bodymapping and a set Full Body Palpation Routine. When used adjunct to one another the Lenton Method® makes positive and consistent improvements to the dogs mobility, comfort, ability and longevity and reliably identifies areas of muscular and fascial issues in the dog which may cause or contribute to mobility issues.

Guided Study Days – So you can experience what its like to work in industry as a Canine Massage Therapist we guide you through information and technique packed days to enhance your handling skills, improve your massage skills, and meet other canine professionals.

Ethical & Professional – Our core belief and passion is the wellbeing and good health of our canine patients. Students learn the importance of Best Practice, working ethically, with veterinary consent and respecting the Veterinary Act 1966 & Exemptions Order 2015. Students are encouraged to work empathetically with dogs in pain and study the management of soft tissue injury and orthopaedic conditions. Students are eligible to join a professional body for Canine Massage Therapists upon successful completion of the course

Fascinating Home Study Modules – 11 Home Study Modules give the student in depth knowledge of the dogs Anatomy and Physiology as well as Orthopaedic, Muscular and Neurological Pathologies. Gait Analysis, Massage Theory and a Business Awareness Module to help begin mentoring the student into setting up their own successful Canine Massage Practice.

Numerous Online Tutorials to help bring the subject alive and help guide you through the Study process.

Canine Massage Guild – Upon a successful pass the new therapist is eligible to join the Canine Massage Guild; a UK and European Wide Network of Professional, Insured Canine Massage Therapists who have all completed the 2 Year Practitioner Programme or Diploma Equivalent. The Guild offers a referral network, Continuing Professional Development, further training and progression, partnering to do shows, client referrals, advice and updates on changes in industry legislation.



How Is the Course Structured, Accredited and Assessed?

Part Time over 2 Years. 11 Core Home Study Modules on Canine Anatomy & Physiology, 10 Case Study Externship, 10 Intensive Practical Days including off site industry experience, Numerous online, Live and pre-recorded Tutorials, Business Start Up Mentoring, Practical Assessment, Written Exam. Externally Accredited by LANTRA, Delivered by Canine Massage Therapy Centre, totalling 800 Hours of Practical & Theoretical Study

This 2 year Part Time, LANTRA Awards Accredited Course delivered by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre is exhilarating and life changing for its Students. For many this will be the career change they have dreamed of; one working with dogs to help rehabilitate them from injury, provide pain management for orthopaedic conditions and senior dogs with a career that is so very rewarding in this fascinating, ever growing field.

The outcome of the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme is for the successful student to establish their own Private Practice which provides a service to Veterinarians, Dogs and Owners with this unique Physical Therapy which aims to:

Restore Function
Rehabilitate Muscular Injury
Resolve or Manage Common Lameness Issues
Provide Chronic Pain Management for Arthritis

Senior Dogs Mobility

Orthopaedic Condition pain management
Sports Performance and Conditioning for Agility & Sporting Dogs
Post Surgical Recovery
Address Painful Protective Muscle Splinting associated with Injury, Age and Orthopaedic Issues

The Study

11 Core Anatomy & Physiology Home Study Modules – These core modules prepare the student for the anatomical grounding they will need before they set foot in the classroom. The fascinating nature of the Canines Anatomy & Physiology is a complex and detailed one. Many of these modules will come in at around 5,000 words each. The Student must complete up to and including Module 9 to be able to attend Practical’s. You are given a Reading List for each module and are supplied with a Work Pack to introduce you to each subject which helps focus your studies.

10 Physical/Face to Face Practical Days – Highly Intensive and very physically demanding the Practical sessions teach you the Art of Palpation, the 4 Disciplines of Massage, 50 Techniques, PROM, Body Mapping, the Lenton Method, lectures on Neurology, Orthopaedics, the Pathology of Soft Tissue Injury alongside visiting clients bringing in their dogs for massages performed by the students, guided study days and plenty of hands on Live Canine Anatomy and How to Market Your Business. You will have up to 4 Tutors per group making the ratio of 2.5 students to 1 Tutor an incredibly high ratio so you get the hands on help and support you need.

Numerous online tutorials, Live and Pre-recorded, delivered throughout the 2 years to help guide you and bring the material alive.

The Externship – 10 Case Studies = After Session 6 the Student may begin Case Studies. This provides the transition from Student through to Practitioner. The Student must find their own appropriate case studies and is also given help, mentoring and support via group and one to one discussions with a tutor on their progress and reflective practice.

Assessment Methods include:

Continuing Assessment
1 Practical Exam
1 Written Exam
1 Anatomy and Physiology Portfolio
1 Externship Portfolio

Emphasis is on Client Self Care – The student is taught common living and environmental stresses and to go on to grow their knowledge and identify their own during the Client Consult which may be impacting on or causing issues in the dogs health and mobility. The student will be taught how to give At Home Care Plans or Maintenance Sheets to help place the responsibility of care on and empower the owner.

A Supportive, Fun Learning Environment – This is no roll on roll off course. You are allocated a group and you will work within the group for the duration of your practicals. We create a positive, social atmosphere within our community of Students, Tutors, Therapist and Visiting Owners, and Students are encouraged to bring in their own valuable experiences too. Your tutors are all experienced Canine Massage Therapists and also Human Bodyworkers. The Tutors are Natalie Lenton, Cath Nicoll from DogsBody Canine Massage in Gloucester,  Hannah Walker from Phoenix Canine massage Therapy in the West Midlands and Samantha Courtnell from Thinking and Feeling Canine Massage in Warwickshire.

Mentoring – Our Team of Tutors help guide you through not only the written study, massage techniques and canine handling but also coach you in delivering a thorough Client Consultation along with other methods such as Gait & Postural Analysis. We want you to the best therapist out there and this means not only developing competence and mastery with your practical skills but also mentoring you during the initial set up of your own business.

Who Is The Course For?
  • Adults wanting a career change working with dogs
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Animal and Human Physiotherapists
  • McTimoney Animal Manipulators
  • Groomers
  • Human Massage Therapists thinking of combining their practice
  • Anyone wanting to work with dogs

Please do be aware that Canine Massage is a very physical job which can mean spending prolonged periods on the floor, standing at a table or handling dogs.
If you would like to discuss the occupational hazards or elements of physical stress that are associated with being a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist before you start the course please do not hesitate to contact us.

We strongly advise all prospective applicants to attend a 1 day workshops to help assess for yourself whether this is the right course for you.  There are courses all around the UK and there is an option to take the workshop on line.  Details about where you can book can be found here

We teach anatomy from the ground up however, it is very beneficial to have some grounding in the subject before you commence the course. Although this is not mandatory we find that a lot of students want to do something in between applying to enrolment to prepare for the course.

It’s not mandatory but some people ask if there is a course that may help them prepare and we recommend this short online dog anatomy course with the Open College to those applicants who have no experience of anatomy and physiology, to help prepare them for the course. If you state that you are applying to study with Canine Massage Therapy Centre then you will be eligible for a discount.


To see all of our testimonials please check out the testimonials sections
How To Apply for The Course

We advise before applying that you either book a 1 day workshop  or plan to in the first year of study. We also recommend having a go at home with the DVD – Canine Massage in 3 Easy Steps)

1. Download / Read the FULL PROSPECTUS

2. Complete the  SELF ASSESSMENT and email back to

3. This document will be acknowledged and filed ready for Phone Interviews in Autumn

4. You will be contacted by Email and sent a Pre Interview Qualifier; a small amount of written work that asks you to further research about massage and its benefits. You submit this and an telephone interview is arranged.

5. Your friendly phone interview will take place as arranged by email.

6. Acceptance on the course will be followed by full enrolment forms being sent by email.

7. Send us your enrolment forms back by post.

8. Our next intake will begin the Home Study Modules in Jan 2025 and your practical session dates will commence April 2026.

9. The level of written work is 1st/2nd year Degree Level. You should like to study, be interested in Anatomy and like to do assignments.

10. This is not a `roll on roll off` course. It is 2 years on intense studying and training in Anatomy & Physiology as well as many hours of practical training both in and out of the classroom. It is not a full time course but requires you to do research and written modules. Our students must have completed up to and including Module 9 before attending any practical sessions.

11. Please Note: The training is physically intense and you will spend hours on the floor and stood at a table with the dogs on practical weekends. We ask you politely to be as honest with yourself as possible about whether you are able to do this as we feel it is our ethical responsibility to you to make you aware of this.

12. It is advisable to attend a canine massage workshop with us before enrolling on the course.

Cost & Location

£5595 plus VAT (2024/5 intake, subject to change)

The Course is not eligible for Government/Student loans or grants due to its bespoke nature.  However a payment plan is available during the first year of study*

Payment Options:

1. Deposit followed by 12 Monthly Instalments (UK residents only)*

2.  One Off Payment on enrolment, eligible for 10% Discount on fees

For illustrative purposes (contact for costs at time of enrolment) on a Fee of £6714 inc VAT;

  • option 1. Deposit of £1000 followed by first payment of £478 and 11 payments of £476
  • option 2. 10% saving for a one off payment of £6042.60 inc VAT on enrolment

Student will also be required to buy their own books from the Reading List, a Massage Couch and a Student T Shirt.

Location of Practical sessions:
Worcestershire, UK
B61 9LA

Practical Days begin at 9am or 8.30am and finish approximately 5.30pm

Practical dates released 1 year prior to practicals.  There are no options to complete this part of the course on line.

Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme
*** Applications now accepted for 2025 start ***

2 Years (commencing January)

Home study & practical sessions in Worcestershire (UK)

£5595 plus VAT (2024) 10% discount for payment in full, instalment option available

A desire to study and ultimately work with dogs