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Canine MSTR®

Before considering this class please be aware that you need to comply with the legislation governing the treatment of animals in your country or state.
You should have insurance to practice and be familiar with animal handling, behaviour and warning signals.
This class is intended for professional animal healthcare practitioners only.

  1. Pain and Discomfort: Scarring can cause discomfort, especially if it's extensive or near sensitive areas like joints or muscles.

  2. Limited Mobility: Severe scarring around joints or tendons can restrict a dog's range of motion, impacting its ability to move freely.

  3. Cosmetic Concerns: While dogs might not be concerned about appearance, visible scars can affect their market value in some contexts, such as competitions or sales.

  4. Behavioral Changes: Dogs might exhibit behavioral changes, becoming more cautious or reactive due to discomfort or memories of the traumatic event.

  5. Risk of Re-injury: Scar tissue is often less elastic and more prone to injury, increasing the risk of re-injury in the affected area.

  6. Skin Sensitivity and Irritation: Scarred areas may be more sensitive or prone to irritation, requiring careful management to prevent issues like rubbing or chafing.

  7. Potential Psychological Impact: Dogs might also experience psychological effects, such as anxiety or fear related to the trauma that caused the scarring.

Why learn?

Treatment of animals is completely different to the treatment of people. They have unique ways of communicating their discomfort and pain. They have different ways of reacting to treatment. They have different healing responses. Their time for wounds to heal is different to humans.


"Animal bodies are very different from human bodies and both the visual and hands-on assessment differs from humans."

As a practitioner you need to understand what you are seeing and feeling and it is imperative to correctly interpret the responses you are receiving in the best interest of the animals' well-being.

It is really not as easy as transferring the human course skills. If you pass your animal case studies and your exam you will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Canine MSTR®.

Please note: Certification in Canine MSTR® does NOT grant you license to set up as a canine therapist.* To do that you will need (or should already have) qualifications in canine study - e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathology, animal behaviour, safe practice and so forth.

Your instructor has years of experience with dogs, working very closely with veterinarians.

* Animal only practitioners are required to have relevant qualifications in canine work, have malpractice insurance and comply with their state or country laws of practice.

One of the amazing things to emerge from teaching MSTR® work is the development and application for use on animals. They need help with their scars too - for the same reasons people do!

We have, as part of our international teaching team, our highly experienced canine instructor

who will guide you through the application of MSTR® treatment for dogs.

Effects of scarring on dogs...
  • Functions of the skin, formation of scar tissue, types of scars

  • Effects of scar tissue: fascia, lymph and blood flow, movement patterns, psychological and emotional effects

  • Indications and contraindications, working with non-organic implants etc.,

  • Client assessment

  • Features of MSTR® work:

    • Sequence,

    • Pressure,

    • Timing,

    • Working with underlying scar tissue

  • Client care, typical MSTR® treatment session, monitoring and post-treatment care, MSTR® additional applications

  • SMALL GROUP CLASS includes:

    • Six video presentations

    • Instruction manual

    • Live 2-HOUR video call with your instructor including demonstrations of the practical work

    • Q&A

    • Ongoing student support


We want you to be as skilled as possible in this specialised area of treatment, which has been demonstrated to be very effective for dogs. We are confident you'll want to learn as much as you can about this effective and efficient method of scar treatment

*Coursework for certification includes a 20 question written test (80% pass mark) and presentation of 5 case studies demonstrating competency.

MSTR® for Dogs

MSTR® for Dogs

Your instructor:

Frances Carter

Frances Carter with Courage

As a teacher, I thrive on seeing my students achieve their full potential, and pride myself on being a dynamic, motivational and engaging educationalist.



  • Certificate of Education

  • International Diploma In Sports Therapy

  • Bowen and Canine Bowen Practitioner

  • Companion Animal First Aid teacher

  • L4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment

  • First Aid @ Work and NPLQ trainer/assessor

  • MSTR® Qualified Practitioner


Next class
September 15th


09:00 London UK, Dublin Ireland
10:00 Central European Time

11:00 Athens, Greece

16:00 Perth, WA

18:00 Sydney, NSW

20:00 Wellington, New Zealand


Next class
September 15th


19:00 London UK, Dublin Ireland

20:00 Central European Time

14:00 New York, Toronto

11:00 Phoenix Arizona

11:00 Los Angeles, Seattle

08:00 Honolulu, Hawaii

When registering, please tell us which Time Zone you're booking for...
Don't forget to double check the time of the meeting against your local time!
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  • After completing the registration form, you will be sent an invoice (by email) by your instructor, for the amount advertised. Payment is often requested via PayPal, but bank transfer may be arranged.

  • The course fee becomes due immediately upon receipt of the invoice. Please pay the invoice promptly to ensure your place on the course.

  • Before purchasing your course please read our Cancellation Policy and Ethical Agreement

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