Calendar, Tuition and Application

You can complete the Small Animal Massage Certification Program on-site in 12 months, plus you now have the option of distance learning. The course concentration is on feline and canine massage. A variety of species are discussed in class.

The faculty includes a variety of professional disciplines including: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Licensed Massage Therapists and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners.


Course length: 200 hours—161 in-class hours at Doggone U, 39 hours in an off-campus internship

Distance course: 200 hours  – 49 Hours of online classes,  112 Hours on-site at BSMT, 39 Hours Off-Campus Internship

Courses include: Small Animal Anatomy, Animal Behavior, Handling and Management, Animal Massage Techniques I and II, Passive Exercises, Animal First Aid and CPR, Business Practices/Ethics, Marketing, Internship, and more. Complete List of Courses.

Admission requirements: High School Graduate or equivalent. 


*2020 Classes*

 8-Month Distance Certificate Program:


Start Date: April 15, 2020; Ending Date: November 20, 2020

Students complete 16 classes of instruction at home, taking tests and Vixen helps Kim learn petrissagepassing in assignments via an online learning system. The remaining 32 classes would be held on-site at DGU at Destination Dog (Franklin, MA) on the following dates:  August 4-9, 2020, August 31-September 4, 2020, November 16-20, 2020. 39 internship hours need to be completed (in your area) between the end of the first in-house week and the beginning of the last in-house week.

Distance Course material includes Online courses, BSMT handbooks, Anatomy workbook, and Anatomy Textbooks.

Requirements: Computer with speakers, high speed internet (ex. cable) and email access. Students must be able to access classes on-line.

12-Month Certification Program

Classes are in person and will be held one weekend per month for 12 months from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Classes held at Destination Dog located at 7 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA  02038

Start Date: October 5, 2019; Ending Date: September 12, 2020 (Next class starts October 5, 2020.)

October 5-6, November 2-3, December 7-8, January 4-5, February 1-2, February 29-March 1, April 4-5, May 2-3, June 6-7, July 11-12, August 1-2, September 12.

A 39 hour internship is done in your area between July and December.            

The educational investment for the 200-hour program is $4,750.00. Payment plans available.

Other Expenses*

*Approximate Costs  

Required Books: $180.00
Uniform shirt: $32.95

 Click here to  download and print an application. You will need Microsoft Word to open this file.