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CN3005: Canine Anatomy & Behavior Precourse Distance Study

Date: Ongoing (Distance Learning)
Cost: $95
Duration: Approx 100 hours


This online course is open to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of veterinary terminology, behavior and the musculoskeletal system of the dog.

If you are planning on attending our  CN3000 Canine Body Worker Certification course, this is required pre-course study to prepare you for the certification course.

Learning activities and exercises are included throughout the manual. We also have a private Canine Anatomy Facebook group site which is limited to registered students. You can ask questions, see shared resources and communicate with your classmates. Once you are registered you will be sent an invitation to the group. Debranne Pattillo and Caninology Instructors will be monitoring the group should you have any questions directly in regards to the course material.

This course has recently been rewritten and the new muscle illustrations in the manual are fresh and original, showing more muscle layers than most published anatomy books.

This is a self-paced course. There is no need to be in front of a computer at a scheduled time and you have one year from the date of registration to request the exam. Once you have requested the exam you have one month to complete it. This course takes approximately 100 hours to complete.


  • Canine communication and behavior
  • Dog handling
  • Veterinary and anatomy terminology
  • Directional terms
  • Bony landmarks and surface markings
  • Skeletal system
  • Joints
  • Movement and the canine muscular system.


Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for this course, and must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency reading skills. Those who are not high school graduates need to take and document the passing of an“Ability to Benefit” test from either Wonderlic or Accuplacer with a minimum score demonstrating that they have the ability to benefit from EquiLearn’s instruction.   Proof of this must be supplied.

*This course is required for the CCBW certification. While the exam does not need to be completed prior to attending the CN3000, you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system.

Required Materials

Required Text:
The complete 145 page course manual is sent via a hyperlink from High Tail to download directly to your computer to save or print (a hard copy is available for an additional cost if you prefer).

Computer Requirements:
A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via High Tail as well as view suggested links and videos. While a Facebook account is not required, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established specifically for this course.


This is a self-guided online course – no instructor is assigned.


Course registration for the CN3005 is done through the main Equinology Institute website and can be accessed here.