Courtney Collins, CSAMP
Courtney is a graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage, where she received her certification as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Courtney has always had an intense love for animals, but she experienced her first introduction to canine therapy after moving to Montana in 2005 from Jackson, Wyoming. After successfully completing the skills and aptitude screening for the Delta Society’s Pet partners program, she and her faithful companion, a Foxy Red Labrador named Red October, made regular therapy visits to a local nursing home and the Cancer Treatment Center through the Bozeman Chapter of the Intermountain Therapy Animals Organization.
Red October has taught her much of what she has come to embrace about endless courage and the human animal bond. After years of degenerative joint problems and two knee surgeries, Red October stopped walking. An emergency trip to Denver for an MRI, resulted in back surgery and a long, painful recovery for both dog and owner. This experience greatly intensified Courtney’s focus to help ease the pain of pre- and post-operative rehabilitation for animals.
Since graduation, Courtney has dedicated much of her time to observing small animal surgeries, and through a Bozeman veterinary hospital she is conducting a structured study examining the most effective uses for pre-and post-surgical massage and rehabilitation in this setting. She has completed numerous courses to further her education, including certifications in Maintenance Massage, Rehabilitation Massage, and Performance Massage, as well as a course in aromatherapy for animals. She also worked at a canine hydrotherapy rehabilitation center for several months during her studies.
Next, Courtney hopes to pass the National Board of Certification Exam for Animal Acupressure and Massage, an achievement that sets the highest professional standards of practice for animal massage practitioners.
Member of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage www.nbcaam.org
Member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Body Work www.iaamb.org
Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals www.abmp.com
The Gallatin Veterinary Hospital www.GallatinVetHospital.com
360 Pet Medical www.360petmedical.com
The Northwest School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com