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Winter 2014 Newsletter
 

Congratulations to the Most Recent Nationally-Certified Practitioners!  

Each of the following individuals understands the significance of maintaining the Standards of Practice and Ethical Code set forth by NBCAAM to assure the health and well-being of animals and support the professionalism of their respective disciplines. Congratulations to them all for their dedication! 

Nedra Abramson
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner

Acupressure for All Creatures
Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute


Millie Czerwinski 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sky’s The Limit – From Hands to Paws

Hadley, MA 
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy


Gretchen Dietz
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Wags n' Words
Seattle, WA

Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Debra Ferguson
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Kildeer, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Carrie Goddard
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Breanna Griffin
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Kirkland, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Rebecca Johnson
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Redmond, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

Erin Kowalski

Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
AURA Natural Pet, LLC

Lucida Puppy Fund
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage


Gale Lothrop
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Annie's Animal Acupressure

Crete, NE
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute


JoAnn McQueeney

Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Peabody, MA
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Leil Morgenroth
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Bothell, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kristina Nevarez
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Bellingham, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Valerie Nelson
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Beach Park, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Courtney Oliver
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Lakewood, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Julie Schepper
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Maple Valley, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Emma Widmark-Shaw

Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage
 
Nationally Certified Practitioners
 
USA

ARIZONA

Kristen Guerra
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Impulse Equine Therapy

Queen Creek, AZ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jamie McNeil
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Williams, AZ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

CALIFORNIA

Nedra Abramson
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Acupressure for all Creatures
Reiki for All Creatures

Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Susan Holmes
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Heaven’s Gate Equine Acupressure
Quincy, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

Pavla Nygaard
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Del Mar, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Karen Shaw
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
West on the Wheel Acupressure
Marshall, CA
Graduate of and Assistant Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Wellspring Touch

Carmel, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

CONNECTICUT
 
Susan Kasmin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Oxford, CT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

COLORADO

Sharon Akiyama
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Denver, CO
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Marianne McClain
Nationally Certified Equine & Canine Massage Practitioner
Durango, CO
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Amy Silkebaken
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Highlands Ranch, CO

GEORGIA

Laura Tsivoglou
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Flowery Branch, GA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

ILLINOIS

Debra Ferguson
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Kildeer, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Pam Kasper
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Glencoe, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Erin Kowalski
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
AURA Natural Pet, LLC

Lucida Puppy Fund
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Jackie Limosani
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pawsitively Peaceful Canine Massage

Park Ridge, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Sara May
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Prairie Paws Canine Massage

Round Lake, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Valerie Nelson
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Beach Park, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage
 
Sandra Osborn
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Aurora, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Michelle Roddy
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

Aimee Schneider
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Beloved Canine Massage & Bodywork
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage and The New School for Massage, Bodywork and Healing

Kathi Soukup
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Denise Theobald
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Chicago School of Canine Massage
Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy
 
Robin Vetterick
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Kankakee, IL

Emma Widmark-Shaw
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Chicago, IL 
Graduate of Chicago School of Canine Massage

KANSAS

Sheryl Mankel
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Connected-Healing
Wichita, KS
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
MAINE
 
Cindy York  
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Richmond, ME 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

MARYLAND

Heather Amos
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Ellicott City, MD
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Baltimore School of Massage

MASSACHUSETTS

Millie Czerwinski 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sky’s The Limit – From Hands to Paws

Hadley, MA 
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Doris Goodwin
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Amherst, MA
Graduate of Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. and Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
JoAnn McQueeney
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Peabody, MA

Anne Renzi
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sweet Paws Animal Massage

North Grafton, MA
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
 
MINNESOTA

Michelle Bame
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Minnetrista, MN
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jaime Skinner
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Cloud 9 Pet Massage

Aurora, MN
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

MISSISSIPPI
 
Kaci Wicker-Thornhill
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Summit, MS 
Graduate of Equissage

MISSOURI

Cynthia Bechtel
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
St. Louis, MO
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

MONTANA

Leann "Lu" Garnas
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner,
Garnas Equine Therapeutic Services
Belgrade, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

April Johnston
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Bozeman, MT
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

NEBRASKA

Gale Lothrop
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Annie's Animal Acupressure

Crete, NE
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
NEW JERSEY

Anne Angelo
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Intuitive Touch Animal Care
Morristown, NJ 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Faye Bader
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Central New Jersey
www.fayebader.com
Graduate of Hocking College
 
Alyson Halpin
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Secaucus, NJ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Lisa Madison
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Contented Canine Massage
Cherry Hill, NJ
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Liz Stewart
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Ordell Animal Hospital

River Edge, NJ
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Ildiko Tiger
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Denville, NJ 

NEW YORK
 
Dara Fee
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Tenney Gravatt
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Lung Ta Wellness
Gardiner, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OHIO

Lynn Caldwell 
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Gail Kucharik
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Tranquil Touch Equine Massage and Acupressure

Chagrin Falls, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Nichole Tabellion
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Massillon, OH
Graduate of Hocking College

Diane Wilson
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Miami Valley Equine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OKLAHOMA

Casie Bazay
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Oklahoma Equine Acupressure

Porter, OK
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
OREGON
 
Kim Bauer
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC
Parkdale, OR  
Graduate of and Instructor with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Anita Kirk
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Pet Bath & Beyond
Newport, OR
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

PENNSYLVANIA

Karen Refsnyder
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
North Wales, PA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Jennifer Wheeler
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate of Hocking College

TEXAS

Anita Read
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Fort Worth, TX
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Tiffanie Veltri
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Enhance Performance Animal Massage Therapy
Brock, TX
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

VERMONT

Lora Hoopes
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Waitsfield, VT
Graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Kourtney Ludwig
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Balanced Kneads Animal Wellness
Essex, VT 
Graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

VIRGINIA

Gail Court
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Pawsitive Points- Acupressure For Your Pets!

Edmonds, WA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 
 
Connie Dorn
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner

Kimberly Hellems
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Blue Ridge Animal Massage
Crozet, VA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 

WASHINGTON

Tina Bailey
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
EverythingFurryPlus, LLC

Seabeck, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Donna Baxter
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Vashon, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kim Blake
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.kbanimalmassage.com

NE Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Alice Boyce
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Poulsbo, WA

Lorna Boydston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Animal Wellness Connection

Deer Park, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Molly Brennan
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Endeavor Equine Massage

Lakebay, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Bonnie Carter
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Thomas Cole
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Lynwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Victoria Cole
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Lynwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Andrew Cottonwood
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Andrew Cottonwood Small Animal Massage
Ellensburg, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage  

Mara Denny
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Port Ludlow,  WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Gretchen Dietz
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Wags n' Words
Seattle, WA

Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduated from Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Courtney Foley
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Unleashed Dog Daycare and Wellness Center, LLC

Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lynnie Ford
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Wag Wellness
Bothell, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage, currently at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage
 
Kelly Frere
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
ProDog Massage
Bellingham, WA 
Graduated from 
Northwest School of Animal Massage

Pamela Fulbright
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Hoquiam, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Collene Gaolach                                      
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Northwest Animal Holistic Health 
Seattle, WA  
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Carrie Goddard
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Breanna Griffin
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Kirkland, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Lisa Harshman
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Tacoma, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Janice A. Hill
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Erin Hopkins 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Paradise Pet Lodge

Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kara Hover
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Chris James
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Giddy Up Horse Massage
 
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Rebecca Johnson
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Redmond, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Lee Johnston
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Dog Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Catherine Kirkness
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Polly Klein
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals

Issaquah, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Tara Kolesar
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Back in Stride Equine Massage Therapy

Redmond, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Teruyo Koshimiya
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Valarie Ladymon
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sound Animal Massage
Freeland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Heather Manuel
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Balance In Motion - Equine & Canine Massage Therapy, LLC
Snoqualmie, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Sigmund Masters
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Kirkland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Kira Matthews 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Alyssa Miller
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Stanwood, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Leil Morgenroth
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Bothell, WA 
 
Anne Morrison 
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Therapeutic Paws
Woodinville, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Kristina Nevarez
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Bellingham, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Courtney Oliver
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Lakewood, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Jean-Marie Olsen
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Ami Peters
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Olympia, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Julie Schepper
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Maple Valley, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Terry Shuck
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Thunder Paws Animal Massage

Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Leanne Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
The Brown Dog
Suquamish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Lori Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.seattlettouch.com
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Jennifer Streit
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Hands to Paws Animal Massage

Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
Kendara Ann VanNorman
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Clara Wood
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Poulsbo, WA  Ken Woods
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sumner, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Debby Zuber
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Sophie's Touch Canine Massage
Duvall, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

WISCONSIN

Sarah Bertsch
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Hudson, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Amelia Morgan
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Hudson, WI

Brenda Utzerath
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Modern Dog
Beaver Dam, WI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

WYOMING
 
Laura G. Canapp
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
The Healthy Horse

Dee Dee Sorsby
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Equine Mobile Massage of Jackson Hole, Inc.
Wilson, WY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and Western Montana School of Equine Massage
 
CANADA

Lucille Martin
Nationally Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
 
Lorraine Serhienko
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

ARGENTINA

Antonio Palacio
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 5152
Argentina

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From the Chair:  


Kim Bauer
 
Happy New Year!

The NBCAAM Board hopes that your 2014 is off to a great start. We are looking forward to continued growth in the new year as more people take the NBCAAM exams. The framework is in place for Continuing Education requirements and many members are already making plans for how to obtain the necessary CEUs. The Board is looking into the option of offering On-Demand Review Courses so that people who are ready to sit for the exam don't have to wait until the next review course is scheduled. Stay tuned for more information as it is available.
 
Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you have at info@nbcaam.org.
 
Kim Bauer
NBCAAM Chair
2014 is the Year of the Green Wood Horse!

As the Year of the Snake culminates a year of shedding, there's a lot of rawness and bruises in the air. The task ending in 2013 is the job of releasing everything that no longer serves the new you that's been struggling to emerge from the skin of the past. January is the final month of the Snake when whatever you've needed to release that you haven't yet, will be exacerbated until you do.

On the final day of January, the Green Horse takes over from the Snake, and in oriental thought green is the element of wood, which means structure is an issue this year. Numerologically 2014 is a 7 year, a year of Testing, therefore the Green Horse is likely to test your life structures and draw your attention to any gap that exists between the vast fertile fields of your creative imagination and the life you're living.

The Horse is the most passionate animal, with two main drives:

The drive for freedom
The drive to claim the object of your passion.

The 2014 Green Horse Year will light up your passion (including its obstacles, which the Horse takes as hurdles on a track), and put you through your paces to test the structural limits of your dreams and realities. Where dream meets reality here and now, as well as further down the track, that's what a Green Horse sets its sights on. ...more
-Mark Borax, Cosmic Weather Report


 


NBCAAM News 

NBCAAM Exam Review Courses 
 
Acupressure 
 
The next Acupressure Review Course will start Thursday, February 6th and continue on Feb. 10, 13, 17 & 20 from 6-7pm Eastern time. If you have any questions please contact Diane Wilson diane-wilson@woh.rr.com. To enroll in the course, please visit the NBCAAM website: http://nbcaam.org/review-courses
 
Another Acupressure Review Course will start in March on March 3, 6, 10, 13, & 17, from 6-7pm Eastern time.
 
Please keep checking the NBCAAM Facebook Page for future updates on massage and acupressure review course dates

Be Prepared! 



A Message from the NBCAAM Legislative Committee


Fellow NBCAAM members:
 
The Legislative Committee is beginning to compile a realistic list of what is required by each state in order to practice animal bodywork (acupressure, massage, etc.). This includes proposed, updated, or revised laws or additions to existing laws as well as AVMA changes and the like.  We need your help!! Please consider notifying us of any law updates you might come across. We hope that in force we can start making a great database for prospective practitioners to use in the future. Please feel free to pass along any websites or existing databases, such as AVMA, that you have used to keep a pulse on the legal action of the animal bodywork field. Send any and all information to NBCAAMLC@Yahoo.com.
 
Thank you from your NBCAAM Legislative Committee
-working to keep your right to practice-


Help Your Friends Get in Shape for a Healthy New Year! 



Epidemic: overweight dogs

by Tania Costa
 
Current estimates suggest that 40-50% of canines in North America are overweight. Hills and Purina have done extensive studies on canine nutrition and have found that overweight dogs are more at risk for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, as well as suffering from many of the same illnesses that overweight people do- heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and shortness of breath- and these studies suggest that their already short lives are shortened up to a further 2- 2½ years by being overweight. 
 
For those of us that work everyday with dogs, this is no surprise, but how do we assist our client base in delivering information, maintaining client expectations, and serving our patients? 


I have found that in my practice, being frank with owners, (while providing a sense of humor about it, showing them what a lean dog looks like and giving them the benefits of a dog in good body condition), makes our job as advocates, easier. Tantamount to success is providing clients with regular feedback, ways to address the issue, and regular support and encouragement. With these in place, clients will sing your praises, and hopefully get their pet closer to optimal health.

Click here for PDF of full article by Tania Costa of Canine Wellness Centre with great tips and information.


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Helping Your Dog Reach an Ideal Weight
at dogtipper


Metabolic Tune-Up with Canine Acupressure

By  Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

While you are working on slimming down your canine it would be a good idea to make sure to bring up his metabolism. Offering your dog an acupressure session every third day that focuses on his dog’s ability to break down food into bio-available nutrients will support his body more effectively while he loses weight. 
The acupressure points, also called “acupoints,” given in the Healthy Metabolism chart below, were specifically selected to enhance the digestive process and circulate the bio-available nutrients thus nourishing his body properly.


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Remember: Your domesticated dog’s digestive system and nutrient requirements are no different than his ancestor the wolf. Your carnivore needs high quality proteins!
 

It is Truly The "Year of the Horse as Horse Slaughter Ends on U.S. Soil!



The U.S. Congress just released the brand new funding bill for FY2014 – a massive bill involving more than a trillion tax dollars – and we are thrilled to announce that horse slaughter will not be coming back to United States soil.

Advocates fought hard when the Agriculture Appropriations bill was being considered at committee level, winning votes in both the House and Senate that amended the bills to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections.  And tonight, we finally know that this horse slaughter funding limitation is intact! Congress is not expected to make any changes to the bill text at this stage of the game, so the writing is on the wall for any efforts to open horse slaughter plants in the U.S.  Both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law, later this week.

Now is the time for Congress to take the final step in protecting America’s horses from this nightmarish industry, by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094 / S. 541) to prevent both the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in this country, and their export for that purpose abroad.

Be a voice for horses and urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act today!


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Pet Health Crisis Or An Awakening?
from Dogs Naturally Magazine



There was an interesting article in USA Today  this week. You may have seen it. The headline was, 
"Pet health crisis: Americans skimp on preventive care"
Wow, that sound pretty scary! It must be something of astronomical proportions to be a crisis! Naturally, I delved a little further into the article, my interest obviously piqued. Here’s what I read …

"Dog vet visits have slipped 21% since 2001 and cat visits have dropped 30%, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Meanwhile, emergency visits have increased, indicating people are waiting until their pets are really sick to do anything about it."

“It’s really very simple – if we can get people to see veterinarians once or twice a year, pets would be healthier, and living longer, and overall pet owners could actually save money,” says Michael Cavanaugh, CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association.

The article goes on to say this crisis in pet health has spurred a new $5.5 million public awareness campaign urging annual checkups. The campaign is sponsored by a consortium called Partners for Healthy Pets, made up of the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association and more than 90 other veterinary organizations.

The Real Reason They’re Spending $5.5 Million

Wow, $5.5 million! That’s a lot of dough! Where does that money come from? Well, sponsors, of course. And who is sponsoring this multi-million dollar campaign to get your pet into the vet’s office more often?
  • Banfield Pet Hospital (you know, the people who still vaccinate millions of pets annually, a schedule that’s been proven as dangerous and ineffective for over 30 years?)
  • Hill’s – ah yes, as you sit in waiting area for your annual checkup, you’ll be in good company among the bags of genetically modified, synthetic, corn-based foods that your vet will likely recommend if your pet is diagnosed with joint pain, allergies, liver or kidney disease or obesity.
  • Elanco – the fine people who make neurotoxins and other products like Trifexis to kill parasites (yet miraculously, are somehow safe for dogs).
  • Merck, Merial and Zoetis – the vaccine and drug manufacturers. Need I say more?
Now ask yourself this question – are these companies spending $5.5 million to get your pet back into the vet clinic because they care about them?
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AVMA chickens-out on policy over feeding jerky pet treats
from PoisonedPets.com

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates wimped-out last week from approving a proposal that would have discouraged the feeding of jerky treats to pets and instead recommended that veterinarians continue to work with federal investigators to determine whether jerky is to blame for the deaths of hundreds of animals since 2007.

The House of Delegates, which enacts policies for the veterinary profession, rather than stick their neck out, decided to send the petition packing back to the Executive Board suggesting a more effective means of safeguarding the health of pets would be for veterinarians to work with the FDA on “efforts to safeguard a healthy pet population through quality control of pet food and treats”:

Resolution 2-2014, which was submitted by member petition, requested that the AVMA adopt a position statement discouraging the feeding of jerky pet food products commonly known as jerky treats. The resolution was referred back to the AVMA Executive Board with the following recommendation: rather than developing a policy, the AVMA encourage its members to provide input to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on incidents and conditions, which could be associated with pet food and treats; and continue to work with FDA to enhance efforts in safeguarding a healthy pet population through quality control of pet food and treats.

The
petition, submitted by more than 100 veterinarians, reflect their deep concern that the FDA has received more than 3,000 complaints of pet illness and some 580 deaths tied to the ingestion of jerky treats. The petition asks the AVMA to adopt a position statement discouraging the feeding of jerky pet treats and to prominently utilize a display and notification summary similar to the requirements reflected in Section 211 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

“Jerky pet treats are not necessary for adequate nutrition,” the proposed AVMA position statement reads. “Adulterants have been found in jerky pet treats, and to mitigate the risk that the pet may become sick and potentially die from ingesting them, the AVMA discourages the feeding of jerky pet treats until further information on their safety is available.”

The Executive Board, which is responsible for setting policy for AVMA members, is scheduled to take up the issue again in April. Until then, the board will collect information about the recommendation from AVMA entities such as the Food Safety Advisory Committee.

See full article here.

Animal food manufacturing overhaul aired
By Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
For The VIN News Service 


A federal proposal to introduce sweeping controls across the animal feed and pet food industry would not necessarily force dramatic changes in practices but would simply enforce practices most food producers already have in place, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said Friday.

Still, the implications of the proposed regulation on the production, storage and distribution of animal food in the United States are groundbreaking. Until now, regulation of pet and livestock food quality largely has consisted of reactions to specific problems such as the 2007 melamine disaster and periodic instances of contamination with fungi or bacteria such as Salmonella.

Under the rule, animal food processors would be required to identify potential hazards in their operations and implement preventive controls. For example, processing plants would need to identify and establish cooking temperatures that would reduce or eliminate the risk of bacterial or fungal contamination of feed. 

Importers of pet or livestock feeds or feed ingredients would be held responsible for identifying foreign manufacturer quality control processes and verifying that these processes meet U.S. standards, “creating a level playing field between imported and domestic food,” said Roberta Wagner, deputy director of regulatory affairs in the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. 

The FDA is accepting comments on the proposed regulation until February 26. However, the American Feed Industry Association and several other groups have requested an extension of this deadline to March 31 in order to have more time to review the proposed changes, which are laid out in a document of more than 100 pages.
See full article here.


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Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC

Parkdale, OR

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Northwest School of Animal Massage
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Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog

Thompson, CT

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Sacred Breath Massage
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Chicago School of Canine Massage

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Integrated Touch Therapy

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Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network

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Tellington TTouch Training
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Holistic Horsekeeping
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Integrative Veterinarian
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