Developed specifically for certified canine rehabilitation practitioners, the Certified Canine Manual Therapist (CCMT) program emphasizes a specialized treatment approach that consists of hands-on techniques including joint mobilization, massage, and other interventions designed to mobilize joints, activate muscles, connective tissues, and stimulate nerves to facilitate healing and restore optimal function.  The CCMT Program is designed to teach advanced principles of manual therapy including massage/soft tissue mobilization, and joint mobilization, with an emphasis on the extremities. 

Canine manual therapy brings concepts long regarded as necessities in human medicine to the field of animal health.
  The CCMT Program is designed to provide clinicians with practical techniques that will change the way they practice and help patients achieve maximal outcomes.  Mobility is life to an animal and our goal is to allow each dog to live the best quality of life for the longest time possible!

Participants will learn through a hybrid format of online lecture material and a 3-day hands-on lab with dogs as they learn these techniques.
  Manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection are covered in depth.  Developing goal-focused treatment plans and assessing outcomes in canine rehabilitation patients will also be covered.  

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Consists of 4 modules to be completed in order:

CCMT I:  (ONLINE)  – Introduction to Manual Therapy – Massage, Joint Mobilizations of the Limbs in Small Animals, and Joint Mobilizations of the Spine – $599.00

Joint Mobilization and Massage.  Joint Mobilizations of the Spine – Mulligan Concept and Incorporating a Multimodal Approach.  – $1,750.00

CCMT III – Case Study Submission – $300.00

CCMT IV – ONLINE Final Exam – $300.00

CCMT II Hands-on Lab Dates:


To improve your results as a practitioner, enhance your clinical reasoning and improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate palpation on selected boney segments and landmarks, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in a variety of dogs.
  • Develop a program using three manual therapy techniques including massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization.
  • Discuss the precautions and contraindications to various manual therapy techniques (massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization).
  • Describe understand the basic principles of massage/soft tissue mobilization.
  • Understand the basic principles of joint mobilizations with an emphasis on the extremities along with normal and abnormal end feels.
  • Demonstrate on a patient selected massage/soft tissue mobilizations.
  • Demonstrate on a patient selected joint mobilizations of the extremities.
  • Develop a program that incorporates massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization into a treatment regimen for military/police canine.


All must have completed (or have completed the majority) of their certification in canine rehabilitation.

  • DVMs
  • LVTs
  • PTs
  • DCs (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association)
  • Canine Rehabilitation Professionals (CCAT / CCRP / CCRT / CCRA)

”I’m enrolled in the CCMT program and was supposed to attend the in-person session in April but got very ill and had to reschedule until November. However, I’ve been practicing the techniques and am in love with manual therapy.

The same week I was supposed to come to Connecticut my hospital abruptly closed the rehab unit. Another clinic offered me space but at this point we don’t have a treadmill which was always a big draw. I’ve been able to concentrate a lot on the material you taught and I’m seeing real improvement with patients.

Just wanted to say, thank you.”