FAQ: What is the Lang Institute for Canine Massage?
The Lang Institute for Canine Massage, home of the Lang System, is a teaching establishment founded in 1999 with one mission in mind: to provide our students with the most professional training available in canine massage. Meeting high standards for quality of instruction, the school is approved by the State of Colorado and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.
FAQ: What is the Lang System?
The Lang System is a massage technique specific to dog anatomy and physiology that was developed by Joanne Lang, a Master Certified Massage Therapist, who has over thirty years of experience massaging people, dogs, horses, and even an elephant! Joanne saw a genuine need to consider the entire dog, not just one specific area: “Many times, when we look at an animal, we miss much of the picture. I teach how to look at a dog’s overall balance and structure and understand how it is all tied together.”
FAQ: What does your program include?
Our 688-hour program, created by Joanne Lang, the founder of the Lang System, is the most comprehensive course available in professional canine massage. Developed with board-certified, practicing veterinarians and other expert canine professionals, along with PhDs, education specialists, and a Master Certified Massage Therapist, it consists of two parts: a 652-hour home study program, and a four-day hands-on practicum where you’ll learn from Joanne and her experienced faculty how to put into practice what you mastered at home.
FAQ: How long does it take to complete the home study program? How soon will I be ready for the practicum?
The home study program is designed for students to learn at their own pace. With 652 hours of instruction provided through our online classes, homework assignments, and a comprehensive manual custom-designed for our program, you can complete this important part of the course at the rate that best allows you to successfully master these materials and pass each module’s tests. We encourage our students to thoroughly learn the home study topics so they are fully prepared for the hands-on practicum.
FAQ: Does your program meet NBCAAM (National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage) certification requirements?
NBCAAM’s 200-hour study requirement is easily met by our 652-hour home study program. NBCAAM also requires 50 hours of hands-on practice, which can be met by our school in several ways. Our program’s hands-on practicum provides 40 hours of training, which our students have found to be more than sufficient to start their businesses, meet state requirements, and perform at a high level. We offer an additional 10 hours of hands-on training after practicums at a nominal fee for those desiring to boost their confidence with additional practice, and for those interested in meeting the NBCAAM hands-on requirement. In addition, private sessions are available, as well as free repeat attendance at practicums after graduation.
FAQ: Where is your school located?
The Lang Institute for Canine Massage is located in Loveland, Colorado, where our annual hands-on practicum is held. The remainder of the program can be completed at home using our comprehensive study materials.
FAQ: When is the next practicum?
Our annual practicums are typically held in June in Loveland, Colorado. Please contact the school for our practicum schedule.
FAQ: What does it cost to enroll? What is included in that fee?
We provide you with a comprehensive core curriculum—including our home study course manual, online videos, and attendance at our four-day hands-on practicum—for one low tuition of $3,900. You’ll learn a wide variety of massage styles, and practice on an assortment of dog breeds and temperaments, allowing you to establish a solid, professional foundation as a canine massage provider.
In addition, all graduates of the Lang Institute for Canine Massage receive: free repeat attendance at our hands-on practicums for continuing education; a certificate of completion from our Colorado state-approved training institute for 688 combined course hours and practicum; and membership in the Lang Institute’s private Facebook group of graduates, where you can learn from current canine massage providers and ask questions from the experts.