MSTR for Horses and Dogs

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



So I am delighted to have as part of our international teaching team two very experienced instructors who can take you through the application of MSTR® work for both horses and dogs.

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.

Equine MSTR® instructor Vicky Franklin explains:

I am always being asked – “If I have done the human MSTR course, why do I need to do the animal one too?”. That is a good question and it has a great
answer. Animal bodies are very different from human bodies and both the
visual and hands on assessment differ from humans as you need to understand
what you are seeing and feeling and the responses you are receiving.

The application of the scar work is the difference between pure maths and
applied maths. You learn what to do with the human work. What the basic
moves, pressure and durations are.

In both canine and equine MSTR we then teach you HOW to make the moves in a way that suits the animals. You learn what you can and can’t do with animals – how to apply it so that the animal benefits and you are safe. It is really not as easy as transferring the basic skills. If you pass your case studies and your exam, you are then qualified and will get professional insurance to cover your work.

That is why if you work on animals other than your own, you really need to complete
the course and obtain the qualification.

All this means that if you want to treat animals you cannot simply transfer human MSTR® onto an animal.

Our instructors have years of experience with dogs and horses and work very closely with veterinarians. They will help you do the same!

For ‘animal only” practitioners we have a preparatory module consisting of human MSTR® information as a pre-requisite to taking the canine or equine MSTR® course. 

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

Why do I have to learn human MSTR® first?

The answer is very much like this example:

If you wanted to qualify and specialise as an orthopaedic surgeon, a gynaecologist or an oncologist you would have to train in general medicine first. After that you can specialise in specific work.

So in order to take specialist training in MSTR® for dogs or horses you have to learn and understand the theory, skills and concepts within the human course. Not all that information is in the animal course as there are numerous other topics to discuss and demonstrate within the horse and dog course.

We want you to be skilled in this specialised area of treatment which has been demonstrated to be so effective for horses and dogs that we are confident you’ll want to learn as much as you can about this fascinating and effective method.

Our specialised instructors are:

For horses: Vicky Franklin (UK)

Click here for Vicky’s page


For dogs: Donna Woodstock (Canada)

Click here for Donna’s page