Dog reflexologist education

Education content

The purpose of the dog reflexology education and cat reflexology is to provide the student with a professional approach to practicing reflexology and acupressure on dogs and cats as well as applying other complementary treatment such as homeopathic medicine and Bach’s flower remedies.

You will learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is the theoretical background for reflexology and acupuncture.

You will get a fundamental knowledge of the dog’s anatomy and physiology through lessons on E-learning made by a veterinarian.

This combination of knowledge from the West and the East has proved to be able to help dogs with physical as well as behavioral problems.

The book “Dog reflexology and acupressure” is the first book in the world regarding reflexology on dogs, where the dog’s organs and other areas of the body are illustrated anatomically and technically correct. The book is authored by Vivian Birlie and contains clear and precise illustrations compiled by Vivian Birlie with consultancy services in anatomy/physiology from veterinarian Zita Birlie. This book is also the syllabus and the basis for the education.

The education in Denmark:

The education is divided into 9 E-learning subjects and lessons in Denmark. All together you will be in Denmark 3 times. The first part will be 2 days in Denmark, the second part is 3 days and the last time is for the oral examination. Read more about the education plan here.

The education in Manchester, England:

We are now proud to offer you the possibility to study in England. The education is very similiar to the one in Denmark. We combine 9 E-learning subjects and 3 weekends of teaching in Manchester. Read more about the education in Manchester here.

You will learn Traditional Chinese Medicine, taught by Vivian Birlie. The reflexology systems on dogs are gone through and the students will practice on dogs. It’s highly educated professionals e.g veterinarians who lectures through E-learning.

As a student, you will get an insight into the structure and functions of each organ and organ system, both in detail and in a greater perspective.

It is very important that you practice between the lessons, as reflexology is a craft. Our experience shows that you should practice at least on one dog per week throughout the education to obtain sufficient knowledge and pass the exams.

The Institute offers:

  • Lectures by the author of the book
  • Highly qualified external educator in anatomy, physiology and pathology: Veterinarian Katrine Boel
  • Assignments on the entire syllabus
  • During the education, free supervision via mail is provided
  • The institute’s certificate
  • Registration on the institute’s website (list of practitioners for dog owners)
  • Small groups, which ensure optimal learning

The education ends with:

  • A written exam consisting of multiple choice and explanatory questions
  • A written assignment/case with a dog and its owner
  • An oral exam where you will defend the written assignment and be examined in the syllabus

The price of the education: 2700 Euro
Lectures in Denmark takes place at;
Rugvænget 31. 2750 Ballerup, Denmark

Lectures in Manchester, England takes places at;
Entheos Holistic Therapies, 14, Clover Croft, Brooklands Sale, Greater Manchester, M33 3PU

We offer our help finding accommodation for you.

Please contact us if you are interested in taking the education in English.

Vivian Birlie:
+45 23 29 29 59

Entry form for education

Vivian Birlie

Vivian Birlie is both reflexologist and acupuncturist. Since 1997 she has treated both humans and dogs. She has been teaching reflexology and acupuncture since 2000.

During her long-time as an educator, Vivian Birlie has authored a great deal of teaching material. This background, along with 16 years of experience in journalism and technical computer knowledge at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, has made Vivian’s newest book, “Dog reflexology and acupressure” possible. The Danish edition was released in August 2016 in Denmark and the English version was published in January 2017.
In January 2018  she published "Tryg og tilfreds" which descibes how you as a dogowner can help your dog (and as a matter of fact cats as well) with pain, discomfort and problems – including behavioral problems.

Vivian teaches at her Sano Canis Institute, which is the only institute in the country which offers a one-year veterinarian certified dog reflexologist education.

On her facebook page you can get good advice how to relieve the most common disorders in dogs and cats. Vivian also gives good advice on the Danish Kennel Club's website and Facebook page.

Vivian also gives lectures - contact her to hear more.