The time has come for Animal Acupressure and Massage to take their rightful place among the Nationally Certified professions.
As of late spring 2008, the Equine Massage and Acupressure National Certification Examinations will be available through Hocking College, which is hosting online examinations. Formation of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM) began late last summer, when Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow, founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, met with representatives at Hocking College, a leader in the field of Equine Health Care.
Tallgrass instructors are Adjunct Faculty at Hocking College, which has had an Equine Sciences program for more than 20 years. Additionally, Hocking is known for its two-year Equine Health Care & Complementary Therapies Associates Degree program. The next step was to gather a core team of massage and acupressure professionals to develop a Scope of Practice for each discipline.
Over the next months, Theresa Gagnon of the Bancroft School off Massage Therapy, as head of the massage examination, worked with Tina Romine and Bill Harnetty, DVM, of Hocking College, Lola Michelin of the Northwest School of Animal Massage, Elaine Calenda and Barbara Maciejewski of the Boulder College of Massage to develop the massage examination for national certification.
The acupressure examination was prepared by Nancy Zidonis, Amy Snow, and Kim Bauer, with review by Barbara Chasteen and Bill Harnetty, DVM.
These initial steps toward national certification are similar to the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,” a professional standard that the public and veterinary community can trust. By having NBCAAM credential in animal massage and/or acupressure, top professionals in these fields consider you equally capable of providing this scope of service.