Name: Emilie Viau
Location: Quebec, Canada
Certifications through Angel's Animals: I got cerified in equine myomanipulative therapy in January 2023 and I am currently doing the equine taping, craniosacral and animal neuro-myofascial release courses.
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I've always wanted to work with animals, especially horses, and equine massage is the profession where I felt closest to them and where I could have direct contact with them rather than when I was a riding coach or barn manager. Working with horses and animals in general is more like therapy than work really. They always find a way to brighten your day and they are always so grateful with what you give them.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? I've been around animals my whole life but horses were very special to me. I could just feel them see right through me and felt an immediate connection to them. I currently own one dog, two cats and three chickens and my husband has a dairy farm with 60 milking cows. Horses will be a part of our family soon enough! It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? How I stand out as a therapist is that I am eager to learn and I truly have a passion for animal well-being as well as ours since I am a certified human massage therapist as well. I have so many courses lined up I will be in and out of masterclasses my whole career. In my opinion, there is no end to the knowledge you can acquire. I am also a very patient and attentive person. I think horses have a lot to say even if they don't speak and if we want to help them the best we can, we just need to listen and let them guide us.
What message would you like to share with those thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? To anyone thinking about pursuing a career in animal health, all I have to say is "NEVER STOP LEARNING". Every person/teacher, every horse or patient and every situation will bring you some knowledge to gain. You juste have to reach out and grab it! Enjoy your journey.
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