Equine Massage Therapy Certificate

Explore a career in equine massage therapy.

Whether you are interested in a career in equine massage or already in the field, this one weekend per month course will blend pedagogy with experiential learning to cover critical aspects of this discipline. Structured as a five-hour per session Saturday and Sunday course, you will begin with an examination of equine anatomy and musculature and proceed to basic hands-on techniques to understand common conditions and pathologies. Several field trips are part of the program, including visits to local horse barns. Case studies and presentations will be part of the final evaluation.

Spring 2024 course registration is open

Saturdays 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Week 1: Saturday 1/27, Sunday 1/28
Week 2: Saturday 2/17, Sunday 2/18
Week 3: Saturday 3/16, Sunday 3/17
Week 4: Saturday 4/13, Sunday 4/14
Week 5: Saturday 5/4, Sunday 5/5

Topics will include the following:

  • 210 total hours of instruction, homework, and research
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Hands-on massage techniques
  • Pathologies of the equine skeletal and muscle structures
  • Saddle fitting, stretching exercises, guest lecture (s)
  • Identification of performance problems and corrective therapies
  • Business plan and marketing for the massage professional
  • Ethics, boundaries and business practices
  • Final written and practical examination

Textbook is included with tuition. This program is not eligible for financial aid. 


Location: Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost: $1,599

Instructor: Dr. Michael M. Burak, D.C.

Please address course content questions to Dr. Michael M. Burak, D.C. at michael.burak@delval.edu. Visit Dr. Burak's website.

Register for the course.

Office of Continuing and Professional Studies