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W Bruce Bregenzer

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Compassion is the difference between

Human and Humane.  Education

Is the way to unite them. 

Massage therapy with animals can be enormously rewarding on an emotional level: seeing an animal regain use of a limb or recover the ability to connect with humans is gratifying beyond words. As the benefits of massage for animals become more widely known among the general public and accepted by the veterinary community the field is also becoming increasingly financially rewarding. So, is this rapidly growing profession right for you?


Or, of at least an equal importance to the animals, are you right for animal massage? The work requires patience and empathy as well as dexterity. With demand for this gentle healing art on the rise, insuring the high quality of the care provided is of great importance. The foundation for quality care is quality education.
Working with Augie


Our mission is to prepare and enable people to work safely, effectively, and professionally with dogs, cats, and other small companion animals. We provide a hands-on learning experience in each part of our practitioner training program and a low student-to-instructor ratio that allows for addressing of individual concerns and close observation of each participant’s work.

In order to encourage a wholistic approach and extend the healing horizon, we also sponsor seminars in other modalities including Color Therapy and Homeopathy,

The CATT practitioner training program attracts students from veterinary and animal-related professions as well as human bodywork; animal massage has a wide variety of applications. Principle instructor W. Bruce Bregenzer draws upon that diversity as well as his own knowledge and experience while developing an approach to getting animals to work co-operatively in the massage.


We offer three seminars that let participants choose the information they need to learn and proceed at their own pace. Instruction addresses all areas included in the animal massage portion of the National Certification Examination for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NCEAAM), including anatomy and physiology, massage theory and application, assessment, pathology, and professional ethics.


The NCEAAM was developed by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM), a group comprised of veterinarians and leading animal health care practitioners and instructors that was formed in the spring of 2008 to advance standards of professional competency in these fields.


Frieda, office manager

NBCAAM has established a minimum requirement of 200 hours of classroom instruction and/or practical experience to sit for an exam. Our program currently totals 72 hours, meaning that CATT graduates need to apply their skills with a number of animals and/or seek additional massage or other acceptable instruction prior to taking the test. We feel this to be a win-win situation for both the students and the animals, although additional CATT classroom presentations are under development.



We will gladly provide references should you desire them; you can find comments from some  former students on the Testimonials page


We also offer sports massage instruction as well as massage classes designed for owner/caretakers and others. 

Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. .

On behalf of the animals, thank you for your interest and attention,

W. Bruce Bregenzer


          Zeenie, teaching assistant


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