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I became a Canine Massage Practitioner because of my love for dogs. I wanted to pursue a career where I could make a difference, while promoting their health and well-being. I have owned pets my entire life, and after fifteen years of full-time teaching, could no longer ignore my passion.  In 2012, I began my journey to obtain my certification.

​​I am a proud member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB), an organization based out of the United States that "promotes international recognition and accreditation for animal massage therapists and body workers and educates the general public about the benefits of massage and bodywork for animals." In addition, I am a dedicated member of the Alberta Association of Animal Owner's Rights (AAAOR), which is an organization dedicated to promoting optimum animal welfare and supporting responsible choice in animal health care.  Part of their mission statement reads: 

... [p]romoting final decisions about animal health care to be entrusted and made by the animal's owner; a new level of animal welfare that includes physical, mental and spiritual wellness for all animals; a variety of wellness options available to animals in Alberta including certified veterinary care and certified non-veterinarian practitioners. 

I have years of experience working with my dogs in the sport of agility, including helping to organize the Agility Association of Canada's (AAC) inaugural National Championships at Spruce Meadows, through my former club, the Calgary Agility Association (CAA).  I am a member of the Cochrane and Area Humane Society (CAHS), where I volunteered for almost three years performing rehabilitative    and   therapeutic   massages on the shelter animals. I  am   also     a

long-standing member of the Calgary Humane Society (CHS).  

My yellow lab, Murphy (pictured at bottom left), was adopted from the CHS in 1998 and, despite her severe arthritis, was a happy, healthy member of the family until July 2013.  Murphy was my inspiration for pursuing a career in canine massage therapy and my passion for dogs is undeniable.

​        Meet Valerie