Our mission is to help as many animals as possible live their best lives! We believe that all animals can benefit from holistic bodywork and should have the option to live pain free lives without the use of medications and invasive treatments. We are able to accomplish this goal by offering high quality, easy to follow and affordable holistic animal bodywork online courses to people all over the world. Join our family of animal healers and together we can make this world a better place for animals.!
About Angel's Animals Holistic Courses
The Angel's Animals Holistic Seminars were developed by Dr. Angelique Barbara in 2009 and have been offered online since 2015. Our courses were the first online courses of its kind and paved the way for other online educational programs. We have thousands of students and practitioners in over 30 countries. The majority of our certified practitioners decide to enroll in additional courses with us for their continuing education because they are very satisfied with the course layout and support they receive along the way. Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered through The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association, the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork/Association of Canine Water Therapy and other animal massage organizations. These courses provide state of the art learning techniques with quality, up to date information, making them one of the highest quality online animal bodywork courses available.
About the Doctor
Dr. Angelique Barbara (affectionately called Dr. Angel by many of her clients) is a Doctor of Chiropractic who holds additional degrees in Veterinary Science (B.S.), Equine Science (Minor) and Veterinary Pathobiology (M.S.). Dr. Barbara has been passionate about animals her entire life and has spent the majority of her life studying animals (both in the classroom and in the field). She developed her first animal bodywork seminar in 2009. Since that time, her seminars have grown both in number and popularity and she has fine tuned her courses and techniques to optimize the learning experience. Dr. Barbara was one of the first practitioners to start utilizing kinesiology tape on animals and she was so impressed with the results that she decided to develop an entire seminar dedicated to the taping applications she developed. Her background in both the clinical and research animal health care world as well her experience as a human chiropractor give her a unique perspective on animal bodywork, which is evident in her courses.
Dr. Barbara has publications in the Journal of Veterinary Science and Microbiology and has presented her research at the Conference of Researchers in Animal Disease (CRAWD) and the International Equine Conference of Laminitis and Diseases of the Hoof. She is a member of Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and French Bulldog Rescue Network. Dr. Barbara is also the founder of Angel's Animal Sanctuary, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit home for rescued animals.
Being accessible to my both my current and past students is very important to me. Helping them help animals is my number one goal.
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Advisory Board Members
Mary Detloff is our Program Administrator and Advisory Board Member. She holds a bachelors degree in Theatre and Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder Campus. As a Boulder native, Mary grew up surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Colorado and the open mindset of holistic healing. Mary has always had a deep appreciation and love for animals. She is passionate about advocating for them and giving them a voice that they so desperately need. In addition to her work with animals through Animal Reiki and volunteering at local shelters, she also loves being a part of the Angel's Animals administrative team, where she can help the students that, in turn, go out into the world and help the animals. Each and every day she is reminded of the amazing mission of Angel's Animals, which is helping animals live their best lives. She lives in Colorado with her family, 2 dogs and cat.
Liz Cornell is one of our Equine Teaching Assistants. Liz graduated from our program in 2019 and prior to pursuing a career in equine bodywork she was the editor of Warmbloods Today magazine for 10 years. She is also an avid dressage rider and has competed at the Fourth Level. She has been involved with horses for over 40 years. She resides in Central Florida and practices Equine Bodywork all over the state.
Liza Dietzen Weaver is our Canine, Feline, ANMR, Cold Laser, Reiki and Equine Teaching Assistant and Advisory Board Member. She has always had a love and passion for animals. Growing up she had hamsters, guinea pigs, and cats before finally getting her first dog (an Alaskan Village Dog) in 2011. Over 10 years of experience with competitive sled dogs has given her a new appreciation for working canines and the importance of massage. Liza’s passion for happy healthy dogs and canine nutrition have lead to the formulation of her own dog food and being a leader and entrepreneur of improved care for sled dogs. Liza currently lives in the upper peninsula of Michigan with her, husband, sled dogs, beagle, police k9, and 5 cats.
Jennifer Thackery is a co-instructor and course developer on some of our courses, including our Holistic Equine Nutrition, Holistic Carnivore Nutrition and Anatomical Study of the Equine Hoof and Mouth courses, as well as an Advisory Board Member. Jen has been active in the veterinary and equine nutrition arena for over 27 years. Working as a veterinary technician, teaching at the local business college in their veterinary assistant program and developing their accredited equine program and also teaching those classes along with small animal courses. She studied Naturopathy and Holistic Nutrition in graduate school long after her Bachelors Degree in Biology with an emphasis on pre-veterinary science. Jen resides in northern Minnesota on a beautiful 40 acre farm along with their 4 horses, Caz (a little Lustiano rescue), Serene (an Andalusian rescue mare), Siroco (an Andalusian gelding) and Gio (Georgian Grande). They also love and care for 2 rescued Greyhounds, Smoke and Tris, a formerly feral kitty named Snickers and 2 guinea pigs. Jen has been riding dressage for 20 years; however, the past 6-7 years her focus has been on connection, liberty work and bridleless riding.
Michelle Molotte is a co-instructor for our Animal Communication Level 1 course. Michelle grew up in the animal world; dog & cat grooming, dog training, field trials, veterinary assistant, and horse training & showing. Working with the animals helped open her intuitive abilities to communicate with them, at an energetic level, bridging the communication gap between the animals and their people. She is passionate about animals, helping people, and laughter! Michelle, currently, resides in Arizona with her 3 cats, 2 horses, and her dog.
Christa Veinotte - Equine Rehabilitation Specialist
Christa graduated in 1999 with an honors diploma in massage therapy and has a background in pre-veterinary medicine and equine technology. She specializes in advanced craniosacral and lymphatic drainage therapy. Completing over 60 000 career treatments, she has treated Olympic and World Cup horses in most FEI disciplines. In 2013, Christa was the 1st person in Canada to train to use kinesiology tapes on horses. In addition to writing for equestrian magazines and speaking as a guest clinician at world class events, she has also been an instructor and course developer at several Canadian colleges and universities. In 2018, Christa manufactured her own line of equine kinesiology tapes. Late in 2020, she formed Hestaband which now sells k-tape around the world. She lives in Nova Scotia on her 76 acre property.
Enzzo Arbocco is our course translator. He holds a Celta certification from Cambridge to teach English as a second language and has worked in various fields from different industries that have shaped and made him into the professional he is today. His family and loved ones mean the world to him, they fuel his aspirations and recharge both his happy-go-lucky and salt of the earth type of attitude. Growing up he had a taste of the cowboy life and because of that, he can not see horses or any other animal without feeling a special connection with them. He lives in Spain with his family and is excited to be helping open the door for people that are not fluent in English to be able to take our courses!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Our courses are online and can be completed from any location. Dr. Barbara is personally located in Florida, USA, but we have students in over 30 countries and employees in several locations.
Are these courses approved in my country?
Yes, our courses are approved through the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB), which makes them approved in other countries, including, but not limited to Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Every region has different animal massage laws, so it is important to look up your area's laws before practicing.
Do the courses ever expire?
No, our courses never expire so you will always have access to the material and can complete it at your own pace. However, if you are enrolled in a payment plan and fail to continue the payments, access to the course is automatically halted until the payment is made.
Is it possible to learn these techniques online?
Yes! The way our courses are structured greatly facilitates the learning process. Students can watch demonstration videos as many times as they need to and can access the course and videos from their phone or tablet so they can view the videos while practicing on animals. Even though the courses are online, students are required to complete practice hours and case studies which ensure that they have adequately learned the techniques before obtaining their certification. We are the original program offering online courses in animal bodywork since 2015 and in person seminars since 2009 and we have thousands of students who have successfully completed our online courses.
How are the student's techniques assessed?
Student's are assessed through video submissions, online exams and case studies. They receive feedback from Dr. Barbara or one of her highly qualified teaching assistants personally.
Do you offer in person training?
Yes, while most students do not require extra in person guidance, we do offer it for those who need it. We offer hands on workshops in various locations (click here to view locations) and can find mentors for those who can not travel to a workshop location.
Do you help us find a job when we complete the course?
Most animal bodyworkers are self employed, so we do not help you find a job, but we do cover starting and running a business in our equine and canine massage certification courses. We also offer an additional course called Business 101 that will help you with the legal aspects of starting a business as well as give you tips on how to grow your practice.
Is your school accredited?
Yes, our courses have been evaluated and approved through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB), and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) assuring that we are providing with the highest quality materials and best learning experience possible.
Does completing your massage certification qualify us to become a member of an animal massage organization?
Yes, completing one of our animal massage certification courses will allow you to become a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). They provide their members with liability insurance options as well as other resources.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we offer payment options on most of our courses and bundles. You can view all of our payment plans by clicking here. When enrolling in a payment plan, the first payment is taken at the time of enrollment and following payments are charged to your card every 30 days until the course is paid in full. For example, if you enroll on Dec. 5th, the next payment will be charged on Jan. 5th and so forth. Portions of the course are released to you as each payment is made. Click here to view our payment plans
Who is available to answer our questions while we are studying?
Dr. Barbara has several highly qualified teaching assistants who are available to answer any questions students have. They normally respond very quickly to questions to ensure that you can continue studying without interruption. In the event that they are not immediately available, you will also have access to other students and practitioners through our private FB group. You will find this group to be a great resource while you are learning and also after completing the course.
Have a question that wasn't answered?
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