Galen Myotherapy
The world-leader in Canine Myotherapy education, treatment, and research

World-class Education and Courses

Following Julia's groundbreaking work in Canine Myotherapy she set up the Galen Myotherapy Education Programme to share her knowledge to enrich the lives of dogs across the world.

We’re the longest running and most experienced, specialist in canine massage training in the UK. Our program is leading the way in prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders in dogs. It encompasses a wide educational framework including workshops, online courses, CPD opportunities and qualifications in Canine Myotherapy.

The cornerstone of our Education Program is the internationally acclaimed Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma. This course has been successfully running since 2006, and was the first fully externally accredited course specialising in canine massage/myotherapy.
Dogs with behaviour problems often have muscle pain, and the real problem is not discovered. Julia is a great teacher, and she will teach you how to understand muscles and build them up the right way, how to assess a dog’s muscle problems, and how to help the dog. This is a unique chance of learning about an extremely important part of the dog’s body

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We've got something for everyone

We've a selection of programmes that will support you, all based around different needs and circumstances. It might be that you're looking for a two year course that will allow you to embark on a rewarding new career, or perhaps you'd just like to attend a one day workshop to learn some basic techniques to help your own dog.

We also offer a range of CPD opportunities for veterinary and canine professionals to enhance knowledge and understanding of canine functional biomechanics, the benefits of massage and canine exercise management.

Take a look at our full Education Programme below.


Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma

The Level 3 diploma level is comprehensive program that gives you all the skills you need to work and treat dogs to achieve long-lasting health and wellness.

The self-paced training modules will teach you the intricacies of how the canine body works, how to assess posture, behaviour and functional movement patterns and importantly it will give you the diverse skills needed to apply effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques using our revolutionary Positive P.A.C.T.® treatment protocols.

The diploma course is externally accredited by the Laser Learning Awards and is designed to give you all the skills to launch a new, exciting career as a Galen Canine Myotherapist.

We have four versions of the diploma course ranging from the full course for those with no prior experience in canine physiology to our CPD for Vets.

Our diploma is suitable for:
  • Students seeking our most in-depth course
  • If you're looking for longer study over a period of two years
  • People looking to embark on a new career as a Canine Myotherapist
  • Vets, or Vet Professionals looking for CPD
You can find more information about the Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma by following the link below.


Galen Myotherapy Foundation Course

Our Foundation course is a great starting point for dog owners and handlers who are looking to gain an understanding of their dog’s movement and functional anatomy, and to learn some skills which will help to improve their dog’s health using the principles of Galen Myotherapy. This unique online course is packed with information in a fun learning environment. It’s ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of their dog’s habits and behaviours, and how this relates to their dog’s comfort.

Through Galen’s many years of research and treatment of thousands of dogs, we have found many indicators which can be directly associated with muscle discomfort and also pain. The link between a dog's habits and comfort level is absolutely fascinating and is something that Galen has been talking about for over a decade.

This course will teach you about muscle pain from a dog’s perspective and how simple environmental and activity changes can make a positive impact on your own dog’s health.

During the course you will also be given the tools to apply two practical massage techniques which you can apply to your dog to enhance their wellbeing.

I was completely bowled over by the amount of incredible information that the course gave me. I really thought I knew about dogs but this informed me so many useful and totally fascinating facts about anatomy and how the environment can have impacts on their body. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who has a dog!

David, West Sussex
I was completely bowled over by the amount of incredible information that the course gave me. I really thought I knew about dogs but this informed me so many useful and totally fascinating facts about anatomy and how the environment can have impacts on their body. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who has a dog!

David, West Sussex

The Course Learning Journey

Below we've answered some of the common questions we get asked about our Galen Myotherapy Foundation Course.

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at owners, enthusiasts, and people who work with dogs who have no prior knowledge. It is 100% online so you can complete it wherever you feel most comfortable — and whenever it best fits into your schedule.

Our course and C.P.D. is suitable for:
  • People looking for hands-on techniques to support their own dog
  • Owners, enthusiasts, and people who work with dogs
  • People wanting to get an introduction to Galen Myotherapy
  • Students looking for an online completion course (4 CPD hours)
This is purely a theory course which can be completed online via our dedicated Student Portal.

The course is made up of 6 units and each unit has a handful of easy quizzes to complete to aid learning.

Unit 1 : Introduction to Galen Myotherapy
Unit 2 : Canine skeletal system and movement patterns
Unit 3 : Environmental factors and how they impact on a dog
Unit 4: Muscle discomfort indicators
Unit 5 : How to assess your dog's comfort
Unit 6 : Benefits of massage

How is the course accredited and assessed?
This is a completion only course. At the end of the course you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

When can I start the course?
You can start the course at any time as it can be completed online via our dedicated Student Portal.

How much does the course cost?
The cost of the course is £149.

How to enrol on the course?
If you wish to enrol on the course please click here to see the terms and conditions, and process payment
Feel free to send us a quick email to if you've any questions about the course.

What happens after I enrol?
After enrolment, our team will send you login information so that they can join our Student Portal and start your learning journey with us.


CPD Course for Veterinary Professionals

We are in the process of developing a new course which will support Vets and Veterinary professionals.

The course will give you an in-depth understanding of the link between pain and behaviour based on 20 years of experience and research. You’ll learn about Galen Myotherapy’s revolutionary treatment protocols and how massage therapy and rehabilitative exercise management can form a comprehensive and effective treatment plan for conditions such as osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injuries, ongoing and undiagnosed lameness and mobility issues associated with obesity. Discover the importance of postural and functional movement assessment when evaluating how a dog presents including compensatory and loading issues. Learn techniques to repattern and re-enliven effective kinetic chains to enhance mobility and give clear guidance to dog owners on the impact of their dog’s environment on their musculoskeletal health.

This course is currently under development, and should be ready to be launched in late Summer 2020. To register interest, please fill in the box below, and we'll contact you when have more details available.



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Why you should study with us

Galen Myotherapy were the first organisation to develop many of the techniques that are now accepted across the industry. Everyone who studies with us benefits from our extensive knowledge, approach, and ground-breaking protocols including Positive P.A.C.T.® and our revolutionary Galen Comfort Scale©.

We truly believe in the power of sharing knowledge and we'd love to work with you to enrich the lives of dogs all over the world.

The course structure and content is comprehensive and captures my interest. I like the option to complete the practical training intensively, over a 2-week period. I work full time, so distance learning is a must for me. The course has been developed with the input of veterinary professionals and accredited through Laser Learning Awards which enhances the credibility of the diploma. The Galen Therapy team clearly have a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from the 10 years delivering this course, along with being leaders in Canine Myotherapy.

The 'icing on the cake' for me is the post graduate offer and being part of a team following completion of the course. Whilst I would like to practice Myotherapy on completion of the diploma, I would also like to continue developing and learning in this field. I see the post graduate offer as conduit for this, along with giving me the opportunity to meet likeminded people.

Amanda Cracknell, United Kingdom