Acupressure is a form of Chinese medicine that entails applying force to pressure points on the body with fingers to naturally help balance and heal the mind and body. It can be used on both people and animals. While animal acupressure training is normally done in a classroom or clinical setting, there are some online sources for professionals in need of continuing education credits. Students may also want to consider combining online with on-campus training.
|Majors with Animal Acupressure Courses||Acupressure Training on Animals|
|Degree Levels Available||Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Certified Animal Pain Practitioner, Standalone Animal Acupressure Training|
|Online Availability||Combined on-campus and online training|
|In-Person Requirements||Degree or License in Veterinary Medicine, Physical Therapy, specified number of credit hours in pain management|
Certified Veterinary/Animal Pain Practitioner
Credentialing is available from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management for veterinary professionals who meet a required number of training hours in pain management training. However, this organization does not require any training in acupressure. Applicable training is in topics like acupuncture and physical rehabilitation, as well as allopathic and herbal medicine.
Depending on a professional's background - as a physical therapy professional, licensed technician or veterinarian - the applicable credential earned will either be Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner or Certified Animal Pain Practitioner.
Standalone Animal Acupressure Training
While some private coaches and businesses offer online training outside of any certification or degree programs, certain courses might be approved as continuing education courses by individual organizations, like the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Occasionally, accredited institutions of higher learning offer training in topics like veterinary integrative pain medicine and natural healing, though the online offerings from these schools generally take the form of question-and-answer sessions geared toward concerned pet parents.
Courses that emphasize general holistic healing and less hands-on naturopathic techniques may be easier to find in distance-learning formats. Students who are open to a combination of online and on-campus learning can take acupressure courses on-campus while completing other naturopathic healing courses online. Common course topics of online classes related to holistic health include:
- Life coaching
- Relaxation therapy