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Arizona Institute of Healing Arts for Animals


Arizona Institute of Healing Arts for Animals
419 W. Upper Round Valley Rd.
Payson, Arizona


Located in Rims Country in Payson, Arizona, Arizona Institute of Healing Arts for Animals offers intensive educational and training programs in animal health care. The main programs are based on the principles of Equine & Canine Massage Therapy & Oriental Therapies for Animals. Students are trained in skills that will prepare them to gain employment in the animal industry. The school's goal is to provide state-of-the-art training and education in the art, science, and business of Massage Therapy & energy healing techniques. They also offers continuing education courses as well. The Institute is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and approved by by the Arizona State Massage Therapy Board for Continued Education requirements for LMT's license renewals,.

The programs offered include a solid foundation of anatomy & muscle physiology. Students are taught how to reduce muscle dysfunction through therapeutic techniques such as stretching, essential oils, magnets, trigger & stress points, and conditioning & strengthening exercises. There is a special emphasis on muscular kinetics and oriental therapies for animals. Students are also trained to recognize the psychological and biomechanical factors that effect the health and performance of horses and dogs. The Institute offers opportunities to learn and advance in the animal industry. Students can go on to work on their own animals or advance in their career and work on top equine animals in the industry.

In 2008, programs were shortened from six weeks to four and a half weeks. Classes are held Monday though Saturday with two and a half week of classroom instruction followed by a two-week internship. Coursework includes fields trips to animal facilities, agility demonstrations, and trips to animal shows. Diplomas are earned after course completion and certificate of achievements are given for individual courses taken.

Many courses offered at the Institute count for 12 hours of continuing education credits for Licensed Massage Therapists through the American Massage Therapy Association and 16 hours of continuing education credits from the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals

Quick Facts

  • Arizona Institute of Healing Arts for Animals was formerly known as the Arizona Institute of Equine Massage Therapy & Kinesiology.

  • Starting in October of 2008, all programs are available to be taken by correspondence.

  • The Oriental Therapy Program includes classes on the chakras, auras, crystal healing, iridology, tongue reading, equine & canine acupressure, and reiki & vibrational healing.

  • Class size is limited to 12 students.


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