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Summer 2011 Newsletter

The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM), a not-for-profit organization, was created in 2008 for the purpose of establishing and upholding professional standards for animal acupressure and massage practitioners.


 

Congratulations to the Most Recent Nationally-Certified Practitioners!  

Each of the following individuals understand 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 Canine Acupressure Practitioner
Acupressure for all Creatures
Carlsbad, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
When asked what motivated her to take the NBCAAM exam,  Nedra said, “Since TCM is not completely mainstream in the US, I think it is important to have as many credentials as possible to show potential clients that you take your practice seriously and are truly committed to helping their pet find balance and wellness. I also want to make sure that I am as educated as possible in this field and providing my clients with the best practices for their pet. I believe this is a life long practice of experiencing and learning.” 


Susan Holmes
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Heaven’s Gate Equine Acupressure
Quincy, CA
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 
 
Antonio Palacio
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 5152
Argentina

Kelly Frere
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Bellingham, WA


Lori Stevens
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
www.seattlettouch.com
Seattle, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 
Lori said, WA state certification requirements motivated me to take the NBCAAM exam. However, it was very satisfying to review all of the materials again and to study anatomy and physiology in depth for the national board exam.” 

Nationally Certified Animal Massage Practitioners:
 
USA

COLORADO

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

ILLINOIS

Denise Theobald
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Deeply Kneaded Therapeutic Massage 
Chicago, IL
Graduate of Chicago School of Massage Therapy

NEW JERSEY

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

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

VIRGINIA

Kimberly Hellems
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
Blue Ridge Animal Massage
Crozet, VA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
WASHINGTON
 
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
 
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
 
Janice A. Hill
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
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
 
Kendara Ann VanNorman
Nationally Certified Canine Massage Practitioner
SwimSpaw
Poulsbo, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
 
CANADA
 
Lorraine Serhienko
Nationally Certified Equine Massage Practitioner
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB
Canada
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Nationally Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioners:

CALIFORNIA

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

COLORADO

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

ILLINOIS

Kathi Soukup
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
KS Equine Massage and Bodywork
Freeport, IL
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

KANSAS

Sheryl Mankel
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Connected-Healing
Wichita, KS
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
 
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
Lung Ta Wellness
Gardiner, NY
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

OHIO

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

Lynn Caldwell 
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
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
 
TEXAS

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

WASHINGTON

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

WISCONSIN

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

WYOMING

Wilma Sorsby
Nationally Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Wilson, WY

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  

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Student Members

W. Inez Donmoyer- Maryland
Student of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy


Bettina Lally- California
Student of Northwest School of Animal MassageTallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and TTouch

Winston Rodriguez- Texas
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

Valerie Urban- Minnesota
Student of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Jami Waldrop- California
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Margaret Walker- Colorado
Student of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute 

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WA State Certification Application Approved; NBCAAM Exam Accepted

At long last, Washington animal massage practitioners can apply for professional recognition from the State Department of Health. Washington State is the first to offer an actual credential for practitioners in recognition of the value of animal massage for the community. To access the application, click here. Applicants need 300 hours of training, scores from the NBCAAM Exams for massage, 4 hours of HIV/AIDs training for health professionals and a completed application with fee. Step right up, Washington, it is your turn to be recognized!!
-from Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM)


LEGISLATIVE NEWS

Colorado


The Colorado Veterinary Medical Board clarified its position on animal massage with a new state law that became effective on July 1st. The new law allows non-veterinarians to perform animal massage, as long as they don't dispense drugs, perform surgery or make a diagnoses and have earned a degree or certificate in animal massage from an approved program. 
See article at DVM Magazine.


Dr. Michael W. Fox: "Animal massage requires study"

NBCAAM Advisory Board Member and esteemed veterinarian and author, Dr. Michael W. Fox, recently pointed out in his column the necessity for study to perform animal massage and also kindly provided a link to NBCAAM




My Experience Working with Veterinarians
by Lon Black



I began work at Hope Veterinary Clinic in Brooklyn, New York in 2004, immediately after graduating from the inaugural class of the Small Animal Massage Program at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts. I knew before beginning my studies that I wanted to work with veterinarians and provide comfort to ailing animals. Hope had opened its doors in the summer of 2003 with a treatment philosophy that included holistic modalities. It all seemed perfectly coordinated in my favor and so I had my sights set on working at Hope after graduation.

I was invited to complete my massage internship at Hope. Based on some “miraculous” results with a few patients, the Medical Director asked if I would be interested in staying on with the Clinic as their Massage Therapist. I gladly accepted.

In 2006, I completed the Small Animal Acupressure program with Tallgrass. I quickly realized that the combination of massage and acupressure was very powerful. With my Reiki Master training, it was a perfect trifecta of hands-on healing.

The veterinary professionals support my services and I work primarily by veterinary referral. I have also had clients referred to me by vets at other clinics. Some clients, who would otherwise be skeptical about the value of bodywork for their pet, employed me only because of their veterinarian’s recommendation. After seeing the improvement in their pet’s health, their skepticism disappeared.

Fortunately, much of the population in my area accepts holistic healing for human and animal and many of these services are available here. And since many pet owners are new to animal bodywork, working under the guidance of medical professionals lends a sense of legitimacy and professionalism to my practice.

Being able to consult with the medical team about specific issues has provided a continual education for me. In turn, I have been able to teach others, staff and client, about the benefits of animal bodywork. 


Vaccine Fraud Investigation

Fox 9 in Minnesota went undercover to expose clinics taking advantage of their clients and endangering animals' lives with unnecessary and dangerous vaccines.
 
Watch the video below for more information (if video doesn't show up, it can be seen at the link below).

Investigators: Vets, Vaccines and Vagaries: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com
 


AAEP Supports Care for and Adoption of Unwanted U.S. Horses


 
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concludes that from 2006 to 2010 the number of horses exported to Mexico for processing rose 660 percent. The number of horses exported to Canadian processing plants increased 148 percent during the same time frame, the report states. The study was ordered by the U.S. Senate Appropriations' Committee who wanted answers to how the horse processing plant closures in 2007 affected the American horse industry. The study looked at how processing plant closures influenced the number of horses sold, exported, adopted, or abandoned in the U.S. The Appropriations Committee also wanted statistics on how the closures affected farm income and trade, and how the USDA has overseen the transport of horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. 

As a result of the GAO report, The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says the equine industry must maintain its focus on reducing the rising unwanted horse population in the U.S.
 
“Responsible horse ownership is a critical piece of this challenge,” says William Moyer, DVM, president of AAEP. “Current and potential horse owners should consider buying rather than breeding and when possible, adopting rather than buying. While the GAO report confirmed several concerns the AAEP has expressed about the current state of horse welfare, we hope this information will spur increased attention to equine welfare, responsible ownership and reduction of the unwanted horse population.”
 
AAEP says federal government attention further emphasizes the seriousness of this issue to America’s horses. The number of horses involved in animal cruelty and abandonment investigations increased since processing plants closed in 2007, according to GAO.
 
See entire article at Veterinary Practice News.


In the News



Our own NBCAAM Marketing Committee Chair, Tania Costa of Canine Wellness Centre in Ontario, Canada was recently featured in The Toronto Star!

Check it out here.

NBCAAM Members: Please share your media coverage to include in the newsletter by emailing volunteer@nbcaam.org.


Illness Possibly Linked to Chicken Jerky Treat Consumption



Several veterinarians in Canada have reported dogs with Fanconi syndrome-like disease that may be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. This mirrors the incidents reported in the United States in 2007 that were investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
The AVMA has not received any recent reports from U.S. veterinarians about potential toxicities from chicken jerky treats, and it cannot be determined at this time whether this problem has recurred or is ongoing in the U.S., or if it is isolated to Canada. There have been no recalls of any chicken jerky treat products associated with the Canadian complaints, and the brand names of the products have not been disclosed. 
 
See article at AVMA@Work.


Merrick Pet Care Recalls Doggie Wishbone because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

 

On August 8, 2011, Merrick Pet Care recalled a single lot of its Doggie Wishbone pet treat because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

 

Click here for more information.

-My Perfect Pet





US FDA launches PETNet petfood incident tracking

Web-based information network provides real-time sharing of petfood incidents

The Partnership for Food Protection and the US Food and Drug Administration launched the Pet Event Tracking Network, PETNet, which is a secure, Web-based information exchange system for petfood-related incidents.

PETNet’s voluntary information exchange, surveillance and alert system provides real-time information sharing about emerging petfood-related illnesses and product defects among FDA, and other federal and state agencies. PETNet is currently made up of more than 200 representatives from four federal agencies, all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The system will be accessible to PETNet members that are federal, state and territorial government officials responsible for the regulation of petfood products and the investigation of disease outbreaks in companion animals. Members can enter “events” into the system after they have identified a trend or a suspicious incident or defect associated with petfood products. Once entered on the standardized form, the information will be immediately available to all other PETNet members, allowing other members to track the emergence of such data and to evaluate the need for action within individual jurisdictions.

-see article at PetFoodIndustry.com

 





Greetings from the NBCAAM Marketing Committee
by Lorraine Serhienko, NBCAAM Marketing Secretary and NBCAAM-Certified Equine Massage Practitioner


The Marketing Committee consists of many members who are eager to make the massage and acupressure professions well known. The committee is always looking for new opportunities and ideas on how to promote NBCAAM and its members. We like to showcase many articles and our members and the incredible things they do for animals and NBCAAM in our newsletter. Our current projects include obtaining media attention from different television networks, contacting veterinary associations to make them aware of our presence and supporting and showcasing NBCAAM members. The Marketing Committee has many wonderful surprises that will be shared in the upcoming months!

To all those who have successfully completed the NBCAAM Exam, CONGRATULATIONS! For those who are preparing for the NBCAAM Exam, we wish you great success and are excited to have you join NBCAAM!



2011 Women You Should Know In The Pet Industry Directory is now HERE!


View the directory at this link:
2011 WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW DIRECTORY




The NBCAAM Board

Co-Chairs

Amy Snow
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Larkspur, CO


Susan King
Companion Chi
Cary, NC


Co-Vice-Chairs

Tina Romine
Hocking College
Nelsonville, OH


Larry Coon
Dean of Hocking College
Nelsonville, OH


Secretary

Lisa Malone
Equishen
Dallas, TX


Treasurer

Sharon Romines
Sacred Breath Massage
Duvall, WA


Members at Large

Kim Bauer

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Animal Ease Therapies, LLC
Parkdale, OR


Lola Michelin
Northwest School of Animal Massage
Fall City, WA


Lisa Ruthig
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog
Thompson, CT


Nancy Zidonis
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Larkspur, CO


Advisory Board

Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (hon)
Tellington TTouch Training
Santa Fe, NM
 

Michael W. Fox, DVM
Website
Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Richard Pitcairn
Website
Eugene, OR





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NOTE: NBCAAM recognizes animal massage and acupressure are not intended to replace medical or veterinary healthcare. NBCAAM Certified Practitioners do not provide medical diagnosis, prescribe medications, perform surgical procedures, or provide chiropractic manipulations. We do expect that NBCAAM Certified Practitioners only provide the professional services set out in the Scope of Practice and strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics identified on this website. NBCAAM cannot be held responsible for anyone not acting within the Scope of Practice or not adhering to the Code of Ethics herein.




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