EQMT 300 Syllabus

EQMT 301 On Campus,EQMT 302 On-Line,EQMT 303 Long Distance-Home Study.

Sequence of course: Approved animal massage programs must include a minimum of three hundred hours of instruction related to large animals as follows:

Total Hours:              

Theory & Practice ( 75 Hours)
Kinesiology (60 Hours)
Anatomy & Physiology (75 Hours)
First Aid (5 Hours)
Behavior & Handling (75 Hours)
Business Practices (10 Hours)

(A)  T & P: A minimum of seventy-five hours of instruction in general animal massage techniques. At least thirty-five of those hours must be practical or hands-on instruction. The instruction must include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:
(i)  Technique:
(a) Stroking including effleurage, and gliding;
(b) Percussions, including tapotement;
(c) Compressions;
(d) Friction, including rubbing, and gliding with pressure;
(e) Swedish gymnastics or movements;
(f) Kneading;
(g) Range of motion or stretching;
(h) Fascial or connective tissue stretching;

(ii) Contraindications in zoonotic diseases;  (iii) Documentation and record-keeping; (iv) Physiological benefits;  (v) Palpation; and (vi) Body mechanics of the practitioner.

(B) KINESIOLOGY:  A minimum of sixty hours of instruction in kinesiology. At least twenty-one of those hours must be practical or hands-on instruction. The instruction must include the following subjects:
(i) Biomechanics, including range of motion, gait analysis, and muscle actions;
(ii) Conformation analysis; and (iii) Observation.

(C) A & P: a minimum of seventy-five hours of instruction in anatomy and physiology. At least twenty-one of those hours must be practical or hands-on instruction.
(i) The instruction in anatomy and physiology must include the function and structure of the following systems:  (a) Skeletal system; (b) Muscular system; (c) Nervous system; (d) Digestive system; and (e) Circulatory system.

(ii) The instruction in anatomy and physiology must include the relationship and effect of massage on the following systems:  (a) Endocrine system; (b) Integumentary; and (c) Fascial anatomy.

(D)  Equine Behavior:  A minimum of seventy-five hours of instruction in animal behavior and handling. At least twenty-one of those hours must be practical or hands-on instruction. The instruction must include the following subjects:
(i) Breed characteristics;  (ii) Body language; (iii) Social dynamics; (iv) Signs of stress; (v) Communication; (vi) Methods of restraints;  (vii) Situations with specially trained animals;

(E) Business Practices: 10 hours Documentation and record-keeping

(F) Equine First Aid:  5 hours