We are starting a new series here at Animal Wellness Guide – Featured Schools. I have invited several schools to participate, and first out is my own alma mater, Bancroft School of Massage in Worcester, MA.
I was in one of the first classes to graduate from their small animal massage certification program, and while these days animal massage is becoming a more well known and accepted form of health care, when I was attending Bancroft, it was considered so unusual that the Today Show came and filmed us and did a piece on the school!
It was with great sadness that I parted with both Bancroft and my class mates. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and as someone who didn’t have any prior health care training (apart from a year in pre-med when I was much younger), felt that I got a thorough education and understanding for how the canine body works.
The 200-hour program, which I attended, included extensive massage training, anatomy, behavior, biomechanics and gait analysis, energy healing, First Aid/CPR, passive exercises, business and marketing, and more. We also each did an internship while still attending Bancroft, which I thought was enormously helpful, since you got to experience firsthand what your post-graduation life would be like while you still had your teachers to ask about any issues that came up.
I would absolutely recommend Bancroft to anyone considering a career in animal massage – you get a solid education taught by experienced teachers passionate about massage, classmates that become friends for life, and all the support you could wish for.
Theresa Gagnon, Director of the Animal Program at Bancroft (and also one of the teachers), sent me this historical overview of the school: