Equine & Canine Certifications
Our Equinology® certification programs range from 320+hours to 2500+hours and are presented in a modular format, with the total hours exceeding a two-year program. Each of the four progressive levels builds on the others, beginning with the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level I (EEBW) certification and culminating in the Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker (MEEBW) certification.
In addition to these bodywork certifications, we also offer the Equinology® Equine Myofascial Release (EEMFR) qualification. For those interested in canine bodywork, we offer the Caninology® Canine Body Worker Level I (CCBW) and Level II (CCBWII) certification programs.
Courses do not need to be taken in any order. If you see a course of interest in the Master level, you are welcome to attend as long as you meet the prerequisites. We welcome participants from other programs seeking continuing education, as well as those just beginning their studies or looking enhance their current knowledge and skills. Prior to beginning any of the certification programs, students are encouraged to check with their state veterinary boards for existing laws of practice.
Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level I (EEBW)
320+ hours with EQ50 distance study and EQ100 externship
- EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study
Students must register for this course prior to joining the EQ100 course (optional for veterinarians). Students should allow a minimum of 100 hours to review this course.
- EQ100: Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Course
Following the course, 6 months are allowed for the compulsory externship to be completed.
Please note: While it is not required that the EQ50 be completed before attending the EQ100, students must be very familiar with the vocabulary and skeletal system. The EQ50 final exam will need to be completed before the EEBW is issued.
Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level II (EEBWII)
600+ hours, including the EEBW certification
- EQ25: Introduction to Clinical Research Methodology & Analysis
Optional for those who hold a PhD or MSc, or students who can show an academic/educational background with a module of research/statistics.
- EQ103: Advanced Equine Soft Tissue Techniques, Intro to Spinal Mobilization
& Clinical Reasoning
- EQ900: Equine Anatomy Discovery Workshop
While this certification level is available only to EEBW graduates, the individual courses are open to all participants for continuing education. The EEBWII certification will be issued following successful completion of externships for all of the above courses.
Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level III (EEBWIII)
1000+ hours including the EEBW and EEBWII certifications
- EQ300-600: Equine Biomechanics, Gait Abnormalities & Lameness
- EQ700: Horse, Saddle and Rider Interaction: The Principles of Saddle Fitting
- EQ900 Anatomy Discovery Workshop*
- EQ1300: Neurology. Muscle Physiology and Common Pathologies (ONLINE)
- EQ1500: Equine First Aid (ONLINE)
While this certification level is available only to EEBW graduates, the individual courses are open to all participants for continuing education. The EEBWIII certification will be issued following successful completion of externships for all of the above courses.
*To meet this requirement, you may take the EQ900 again or substitute one of the following anatomy courses:
EQ200: Equiken Survey with Jon Zahourek
AASS950: Equine Anatomy Dissection Online
5-Day Dissection with Dr. Deb Bennett
Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker (MEEBW)
2500+ hours with test preparation and completion of EEBW, EEBWII & EEBWIII
- EQ200SE Equiken CoreData Course OR EQ950 Spine & Pelvic Dissection
- EQ108LP: Equine Spinal Dysfunction: Motor Control and Functional Mobilization/Core Strengthening Techniques for Licensed Professionals
- EQ500: Equine Dentistry in Today’s World (ONLINE) or comparable program
- EQ1000: Biomechanics of the Equine Foot & Current Hoof Care Trends (ONLINE) or comparable program
- EQ1400: Fundamentals of Equine Nutrition (ONLINE)
- EQ1850: Equine Exercise Physiology (ONLINE)
- Student Research Project with Dr. Rombach OR EBER Evidence-Based Equine Rehabilitation Online Narrated Series
- Testing for the Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker (MEEBW) Certification
Students are eligible for testing for the MEEBW level once they have successfully received the EEBWIII certification, completed all of the above courses and associated externships and completed the approved research project.
Equinology® Equine Myofascial Release (EEMFR)
A good solid foundation in bodywork is essential, along with guided instruction from a teacher who understands the science behind the modality as well as appropriate application of the techniques. EEMFR certification is issued upon successful completion of the MFR Level 1 and Level 2 course externships, as well as the EEBW qualification. Applicants from an outside equine bodywork program with hours (320+) and content (covering the major muscles and points) comparable to the EQ100 are considered for this qualification; however, students coming in from other programs must first challenge the EEBW Certification Course. There is an administrative fee of $150 for this challenge and a video presentation is required. If you are from an outside bodywork program and wish to work toward your EEMFR qualification, it is highly recommended that you challenge the EEBW prior to taking either of the MFR courses.
- EQ1100: Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I
- EQ1110: Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Level II
Applicant must have also completed the following (or successfully challenge if from an outside program):
Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW)
320+ hours with CN3005 and CN3000 externship
- CN3005: Canine Anatomy & Behavior Distance Study
Students must register for this course prior to the CN3000 (optional for veterinarians). Students should allow a minimum of 100 hours to review this course.
- CN3000 Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course
Following the course, 6 months are allowed for completion of the required externship and testing.
Please Note: While it is not required that students complete the CN3005 before attending the CN3000, students must be very familiar with the anatomical vocabulary and skeletal system. The CN3005 final exam must be completed before the CCBW certification is issued.
Caninology® Canine Body Worker Level II (CCBWII)
600+ hours including the CCBW certification
- CN3010: The Dynamic Dog: Biomechanics & Gait Abnormalities
- CN3015: Advanced Canine Bodywork & Massage Techniques
- CN3025: Dog Behavior & Handling
- CN3040: Canine Myofascial Release
While this certification level is available only to CCBW graduates, the individual courses are open to all participants for continuing education. The CCBWII certification will be issued following successful completion of any associated externships for all of the above courses.