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EMMETT Technique

What is the EMMETT Technique?
The EMMETT Technique is an established form of non-invasive body therapy that involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points of the body (known as ‘EMMETT points’). These points will release muscle tension, effectively alleviate discomfort and improve restricted movement.

The points are not the same as trigger or acupressure points and are unique to the EMMETT Technique.

The degree of pressure required to stimulate the EMMETT points is very light and there is no use of firm or uncomfortable manipulation, therefore the treatment is completely gentle and painless and even the most nervous animal tolerates it.

Therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual animal being treated. No two animals are treated in exactly the same way as they are individuals who deserve a bespoke approach to their treatment.

The best analogy to use is comparing an EMMETT Technique Therapist with an electrician who has the knowledge to locate the critical points that ‘power’ the body and can re-set them with the correct stimulation.

The stimulation is registered by the animal’s nervous system and the brain reacts by sending new instructions back to alter the physical state of the localised area.

The way the therapy works is similar to the workings of a touch-screen computer (a light touch and the programme opens). By using this specific touch, the body responds by communicating with the muscle memory and this affects a change in muscle tension and action resulting in fast relief of muscular discomfort.

The result is often instantaneous. Owners/Caregivers often report a positive behavioural change in the animal that has been treated.

The EMMETT Technique is practised in over 40 countries and is used on animals with extremely successful results. It has been taught on horses in the UK since 2011 and on dogs since 2013.

Horse Syllabus
Overview and aim of the Workshop
About Ross Emmett
EMMETT Principles
Neck Release (Human correction)
Neck Release (Horse)
Withers (Horse)
Forearm (Human)
Latissimus Dorsi (Horse)
18th Rib/Loin (Horse)
Dog Syllabus
Overview and Aim of Workshop
About Ross Emmett
EMMETT Principles
SCM – relax the neck (Human Correction)
Neck Release
Wither Release
Forearm – relax the arm and hands (Human Correction)
Back Release

The cost is £100 for the six-hour course

The one day introductory courses that are suitable for CPD are the following

11th June West Hallam, Derbyshire
25th June Chetton, Shropshire
4th July Ringmer, Sussex
25th July Ross, Co Cavan, Ireland
7th August Vale of Glamorgan
10th August Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
21st September Ross, Co Cavan, Ireland
4th December Guildford, Surrey

17th June Willoughby Waterleys, Leicestershire
22nd June Ross, Co Cavan, Ireland
25th June Ross, Co Cavan, Ireland
4th July Lampeter, Ceredigion
25th July Lamberhurst, Kent
3rd August Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
4th August Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
9th August Aberlour, Banff
12th August Willoughby Waterleys, Leicestershire
22nd August Nr Andover, Hampshire


We are excited to announce a unique new equine event – a weekend of lectures plus practical demos & training workshops on horse behaviour, physiology and training.

An international panel of experts – equine behaviour consultants, academics, vets, physios and trainers – will lecture on a variety of fascinating subjects on Saturday, then put the scientific theory in to practice with the horses based at Writtle University College on Sunday.

Understand Horses Live is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in improving their knowledge and understanding of horse behaviour, training, riding and physiology.

Tickets are available for the whole weekend (Saturday & Sunday) or the Lecture Day (Saturday) only.

London College of Animal Osteaopathy

The International Diploma in Animal Osteopathy leads to the qualification of Animal Osteopath and includes both equine and canine training curriculum. You may choose to pursue either stream separately, earning International Diploma in Equine or Canine Osteopathy.

A self-paced, online learning format allows you to enroll in the program anytime and work on your studies from anywhere in the world. LCAO graduates have an option to join the MasterClass, hands-on clinical training, held in France, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, and Australia.


Equine Massage Training UK, is an organisation dedicated to educating students to the highest level in equine massage. We have many years’ experience as a trusted training provider. This course has a large amount of hands on practical experience to ensure you really understand the role of equine massage .Our trainer, Andrea Pole, is qualified in both human and animal modalities which together with 25 years’ experience, offers students a broad knowledge base to draw upon. We are known for providing our students with guidance and support throughout the course and when they have graduated. We are a level 3 Diploma and aim to make the course an industry leader.

Healthy animals do not require a veterinary referral for maintenance care, however, any animal, including healthy ones, must be registered with a veterinary surgeon, and referred to a vet at the first indication of any symptoms, or signs, that may suggest underlying health issues. Only Veterinary Surgeons are legally able to diagnose and investigate any clinical problems.

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues, muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments to enhance health and well being.

It involves manually working on the horse’s body with pressure, structured or unstructured, stationary, moving, tension, motion or vibration.

Massage therapists work to reduce pain, improve movement and restore normal control in animals as a result of musculoskeletal conditions or as part of a maintenance fitness/general health programme.

In competitive or working animals, massage may be used as an intrinsic part of the development of the animal athlete. Helping to minimise the risk of injury and optimise performance and potential.

By analysing and assessing posture, movement and skeletal function, Equine Massage Therapists can help develop holistic treatment plans alongside veterinary treatment. These can often be accompanied by exercise and rehabilitation programmes.

Equine Massage Therapists are required to work as part of the veterinary team. They are required to work closely with the veterinary surgeon and other industry para-professionals. Horse massage may only be delivered by a competent massage therapist with the prior consent of the treating veterinary surgeon.

If you are passionate about the physical well-being of horses and enjoy interacting with animal owners, trainers and the veterinary profession, this course qualifies you for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career. On completion of the course, successful graduates will receive a certificate of Equine Massage and this will entitle you to join IAAT and other relevant organisations.

Canine Whole Dissection 8 & 9/10/2022 Exclusive CPD for IAAT Members

A very rare opportunity to see a full canine dissection

Two days exploring the canine through dissection. Focusing on anatomy (although we will explore internal organs), fascia, muscle, tendon ligaments and bones. Lead by a Vet that has a passion for the holistic approach. The two days will run from 9.30am – 4pm. £300 pp Spaces are limited to book please click through to contact Becky direct

Level 4 Accredited Diploma in Merishia Massage (Horses and Dogs)

Level 4 Accredited Diploma in Merishia Massage

Rose Applied Therapies & Courses are now enrolling on the level 4 Diploma Equine and Canine Massage Courses for 2022

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SVPS Level 3 Certificate An Introduction into Small Animal Rehabilitation

Level: 3

Accreditation: Course accredited IRVAP (The Institute of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists) and quality assured by Lantra and One Awards

Guided Learning Hours: 70 hours

Total Qualification Time: 205 hours Qualification

To cement an understanding of the ethical and legal principles applicable to the application of small animal therapy To promote effective communication and liaison with owners, veterinary surgeons and other professionals when planning and implementing treatment and rehabilitation programs for small animal patients To equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to:

  • Identify the need for the rehabilitation of small animal clients
  • To deliver manual therapy safely and effectively within the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Plan and implement optimum rehabilitation and exercise programs for a variety of common small animal rehabilitation cases
  • To develop further treatment skills in land based therapy in order to support the delivery of this safely within veterinary practice. including the use of LLLT, NMES and Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • To develop the professional skills that will allow learners to identify further specialist training needs and areas for professional development through reflective practice

Progression Routes:
On successful completion of SVPS Level 3 Certificate An Introduction into Small Animal Rehabilitation learners may increase practices offered within current practice or they may progress to areas of higher learning in veterinary physiotherapy, osteopathy or other routes of animal complimentary therapy training.

Entry requirements:
Level 3 certificate in Veterinary Nursing and currently employed in small animal practice
Level 3 in canine Hydrotherapy
Level 3 in canine massage therapy

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