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PO Box 1491 Carbondale, CO 81623 P: 303-660-9390 TF: 1-866-903-6462 V. 14 Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board And Approved by: The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, (NCBTMB), Provider # 451073-09 Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Approved Provider #50-11390 Registry of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Medical Education (RAIVE) Provider # 2013-4


Table of Contents Welcome Letter.......................................................................................................

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Introduction and Faculty..........................................................................................

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Programs and Courses Offered................................................................................

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Occupational Objective...........................................................................................

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Table of Program Courses and Costs......................................................................

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Class Schedules.......................................................................................................

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Entrance Requirements............................................................................................

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Postponement of Start Date.....................................................................................

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Enrollment Procedures............................................................................................

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Placement Assistance..............................................................................................

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Attendance Requirements........................................................................................

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Progress Policy........................................................................................................

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Grading System/Progress Reports...........................................................................

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Conduct Policy........................................................................................................

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Dismissal.................................................................................................................

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Student Complaints.................................................................................................

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Facilities..................................................................................................................

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Previous Credits.......................................................................................................

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Tuition Refund Policy.............................................................................................

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Accommodations/Transportation............................................................................

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PO Box 1491, Carbondale, CO 81623 ● 303-660-9390 www.rmsaam.com ● information@rmsaam.com

Thank you for your inquiry! The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) is pleased to offer Small and Large Animal Acupressure and Massage Certification Programs as well as continuing education classes in both an On-Site and Correspondence format. Our programs are designed for each individual’s unique needs. Enrolling in our correspondence programs will allow you to study at your own home and pace. Enrolling in one of our On-Site Programs will prepare you, quickly, for a career in Equine or Canine Massage or Acupressure. Depending on which program you register for, you will spend zero to seven days at one of the several RMSAAM locations. During these on-site days, you will participate in canine and/or equine labs, experience case studies and participate in supervised practice sessions that will prepare you for a written final exam and live practical on the final day. Please visit www.rmsaam.com for a full class schedule. All students have 18 months, from date of registration, to complete each program. Upon enrolling, you will receive a student welcome packet. Correspondence students will download their lessons and following the instructions therein. Upon completion of each correspondence lesson, you will mail the quiz to us, we will grade it (you must have 9 out of 10 correct) and will let you know whether you have passed or if you need to re-take the test. You are encouraged to complete at least one lesson per month to complete the massage or acupressure program in a timely manner. Phone and email consultation are available for all students during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mountain Time. We may be reached at 303-660-9390, toll free: 1-866-903-6462 or by email at homestudy@rmsaam.com. We generally adhere to a (10) student maximum and a (3) student minimum for most classes registered at least two weeks (four weeks for non Colorado campuses) prior to teaching dates. Course descriptions, class catalog, payment schedule and enrollment agreement information is included with this packet. We look forward to hearing from you and introducing you to this complementary approach to animal care and conditioning! Lisa B. Speaker, Executive Director Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage PO Box 1491 Carbondale, CO 81623 303-660-9390 1-866-903-6462

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Introduction Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure Massage (RMSAAM) (hereinafter referred to as “the school”) offers the finest educational programs for large and small animal acupressure and massage and is staffed with highly educated, experienced and Colorado State Credentialed instructors. The school is owned by Dogma Incorporated of Colorado. The officer of the school is Lisa B. Speaker, President and Executive Director. Faculty Members Lisa B. Speaker, Executive Director Ginger Currie, Enrollment Director and Home Study Coordinator Brenda Thompson, Events Coordinator Hayley Pierce, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant Beth Pelosa, Instructor Jenny Rukavina, Instructor, Instructor Trainer, Curriculum Development and Canine Coordinator Kristi Dale, Instructor Kelly Legarreta, Instructor Shelley Sheets, Curriculum Development and Instructor Theresa Gagnon, Instructor Tracy Vroom, Instructor Occasional Guest Speakers • • • • • • • • • • • •

Anna Twinney, Reach Out to Horses®. Internationally respected horsewoman, clinician, coach, certified animal communicator & healer Sydney Burt, Equine Dentistry Wendy Economou, DVM Debbie Eubanks, LMT and Flower essence expert Damien Ficca, Therapeutic Ferrier and Professor at Front Range Community College Ellen Fitzgerald, Saddlehands. Saddle fitting expert. Turi Norman, DVM, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Herbalist and Nutritionist. Francis Cleveland, Frogworks Inc. Herbalist and aromatherapist Rebecca Blackbyrd, Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher, Animal Communicator Tracy Vroom, Cranio Sacral Massage Therapist Rebecca Wilson, Traditional Chinese Medicine Christine Spears, DVM

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Programs and Courses Offered Certificate Programs 1. Equine Massage Level 1 Certification, 5 days onsite, 12 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Therapeutic and Maintenance Massage Focus) 2. Equine Massage Level 2 Certification, 5 days onsite, 13 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Sports Massage Focus) 3. Equine Massage Level 3 Certification, 5 days onsite, TBD lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 4 independent case studies. (Advanced Massage Techniques Focus) 4. Canine Massage Level 1 Certification, 4 days onsite, 12 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Therapeutic and Maintenance Massage Focus) 5. Canine Massage Level 2 Certification, 4 days onsite, 13 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Sports Massage Focus) 6. Canine Massage Level 3 Certification, 4 days onsite, 10 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 4 independent case studies. (Specific Massage Techniques that Facilitate Healing / Geriatric and Quality of Life Focus). 7. Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1 Certification, 7 days onsite, 14 lessons in four parts, written final exam, live and 6 independent case studies, 7 modules. 8. Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 2 Certification, 7 days onsite, 10 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 4 independent case studies. 9. Small Animal Acupressure Level 1 Certification, 5 days onsite, 14 lessons, written final exam, live and 3 independent case studies. 10. Small Animal Acupressure Level 2 Certification, 5 days onsite, 10 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 4 independent case studies. 11. Beginner Large and Small Animal Acupressure Theory Correspondence Certification, 7 lessons, 3 Case Studies, 2 video submissions (one optional) and written exams for each lesson. . (NCBTMB CE students MAY need to complete their practical on-site for an additional fee. Please call RMSAAM for updates on this regulation.) 12. Canine Massage Level 1 Correspondence Certification, 12 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Therapeutic and Maintenance Massage Focus) 13. Canine Massage Level 2 Correspondence Certification, 13 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 3 independent case studies. (Sports Massage Focus) 14. Canine Massage Level 3 Correspondence Certification, 10 lessons, written final exam, live practicum and 4 independent case studies. (Specific Massage Techniques that Facilitate Healing / Geriatric and Quality of Life Focus).

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Occupational Objective: The graduate should be able to start an animal acupressure or massage practice. Large and/or Small Animal Acupressure Correspondence Certification includes the following: 1. Basic Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 2. Basic Muscle Anatomy of the Canine and Equine 3. Basic Energy Meridian Pathways 4. Important and Powerful Points and Manipulation Techniques 5. Being An Effective Practitioner Techniques and Tools 6. Building and Marketing Your Equine or Canine Massage Practice 7. Written exams and DVD practical. 8. 3 Case Studies Canine Massage Level 1 On-Site and Correspondence Certificate Program Includes: 1. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 2. Pre-Massage Considerations 3. Strokes and Techniques of Maintenance and Therapeutic Massage 4. Post Massage Considerations for Companion Animals and their Guardians 5. Specific Conditions relating to Companion Animals 6. Building and Marketing Your Practice. Includes Confidentiality, Ethics, Developing and Maintaining Records, Preparing Case Histories, Developing Case Studies, Marketing Strategies and Insurance. 7. Pathologies - Gait Observation and its Relation to Muscle Imbalances and Abnormalities. Common Canine Diseases. Discuss Medications, Nutrition, and Treatments both Holistic and Modern. 8. Animal Handling - Behavior, Communication and Intention. 9. Introduction to Acupressure, Essential Oils, and Nutrition. 10. *Field Trip to Kaeru Studio with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Lecture with Frances Cleveland. *Dependent on Guest Speaker Availability (On site CO students only) 11. Written exam and practical. (Practical via DVD for Home Study Students.) 12. 3 Case Studies Canine Massage Level 2 On-Site and Correspondence Certificate Program Includes: 1. In Depth Canine Anatomy and Organ Systems. Introduction to Kinesiology. 2. Pre-Massage Considerations with Athletes 3. Strokes and Techniques of Sports Massage 4. Cranial Massage 5. Pressure Point Massage 6. Post Massage Considerations Specific to Athletes 7. Specific Conditions relating to Athletes 8. Building Your Practice in the Sports Industry 9. Pathologies Relating to Athletes 10. *Special Guest Lecture on Flower Essences. You will learn to make your own essences and take one home. (*Dependent on Guest Speaker Availability and Location) 11. Field Trip to Canine Rehabilitation Center (*Dependent on Availability and Location) Written exam and practical. (Practical via DVD for Home Study Students.) 12. Written exam and practical. (Practical via DVD for Home Study Students.) 13. 3 Case Studies

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Canine Massage Level 3 On-Site and Correspondence Certificate Program Includes: 1. Grief Counseling, End of Life Issues and Quality of Life Issues 2. Common Conditions and Injuries of Geriatric Dogs, their Pathology and the Accepted Protocols Currently Used in Veterinary Medicine for Treatment. 3. Specific Massage Techniques that Assist the Immune System Immune, Help Reduce Pain and Inflammation and Maintain Range of Motion a. Manual Lymphatic Drainage b. Energy Work c. Massage for Inflammatory Conditions d. Circulatory Massage e. Palliative Massage 4. Euthanasia Ceremonies – Introduction to Specific Oils, Herbs and use of Color 5. Sound Therapy 6. Pain Evaluation 7. Anatomy Focus on Lymph System, Joints and Nerve Supply 8. Field Trip and Special Guest Lecture based on Availability. Topics Will Vary. (On-site students only.) 9. Written exam and practical. (Practical via DVD for Home Study Students.) 10. 4 Case Studies Equine Massage Level 1 Certificate Program Includes: 1. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 2. Pre-Massage Considerations 3. Strokes and Techniques of Maintenance and Therapeutic Massage 4. Post Massage Considerations for Horses and Horse Owners 5. Specific Medical Conditions 6. Building and Marketing Your Practice. Includes Confidentiality, , Developing and Maintaining Records, Preparing Case Histories, Developing Case Studies, Marketing Strategies and Insurance. 7. Pathologies - Gait Observation and its Relation to Muscle Imbalances and Abnormalities. Common Equine Diseases. Discuss Medications, Nutrition, and Treatments both Holistic and Modern. 8. Horse Handling - Behavior, Communication, Intention and Barn Safety. 9. Introduction to Acupressure, Essential Oils, and Nutrition. 10. *Field Trip to Kaeru Studio with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Lecture with Frances Cleveland. *Dependent on Guest Speaker Availability (CO only) 11. On-site written exam and practical. 12. 3 Case Studies Equine Massage Level 2 Certificate Program Includes: 1. In Depth Equine Anatomy and Organ Systems. Introduction to Kinesiology. 2. Pre-Massage Considerations with Athletes 3. Strokes and Techniques of Sports Massage 4. Cranial Massage 5. Pressure Point Massage 6. Post Massage Considerations Specific to Athletes 7. Specific Conditions relating to Athletes 8. Building Your Practice in the Sports Industry 9. Pathologies Relating to Athletes 10. *Special Guest Lecture on Saddle Fitting or other Topics. *Dependent on Guest Speaker Availability. (CO only) Revised 12/31/2013

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11. Field trip to a Dressage Facility upon availability. (CO only) 12. On-site written exam and practical. 13. 3 Case Studies Equine Massage Level 3 Certificate Program Includes: 1. Focus is on the Senior Horse 2. Pre-Massage Considerations and Contraindications with Seniors 3. Strokes and Techniques of Senior Massage 4. Palliative Care 5. Lymphatic Massage 6. Massage for the Nervous System 7. Post Massage Considerations Specific to Senior Horses 8. Specific Conditions relating to Seniors 9. Introduction to Reiki, Color healing, Sound Healing, End of Life Decisions, Plants and Essential Oils, etc. 10. Pathologies Relating to Seniors 11. *Special Guest Lecture on conducting a Peaceful Passing Ceremony. *Dependent on Guest Speaker Availability. (CO only) 12. On-site written exam and practical. 13. 4 Case Studies Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1 Certification Module 1 & 2, Onsite and Pre Course Work Module 3, Three Canine and Three Equine Case Studies and Video Submission Module 4, Muscles and Landmark Anatomy Module 5, TCM Theory and Essay Module 6, Canine and Equine Pathology Module 7, Four Electives Encompasses the Following: 1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it’s origins and Essay 2. Muscle and Landmark Anatomy of the Canine and Equine 3. Energy Meridian Pathways, Theory and Application 4. Acupressure Points, Pressure and Manipulation Techniques 5. Yin and Yang Theory 6. Shiatsu 7. The Study of Chi 8. 8 Guiding Principles 9. 5 Phases of Transformation 10. Introduction to Five Element Theory 11. Important Acupoint Groups 12. Indicators and Assessment 13. Canine and Equine Pathology 14. On-site written exam and practical. 15. 6 Case Studies and video submission Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 2 Certification Includes the Following: 1. Study of Five Element Theory and Application to Large and Small Animals 2. Patterns of Disharmony 3. Specific Conditions, Equine and Canine Revised 12/31/2013

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4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Study of Groups of Powerful Acupoints and Application to Large and Small Animals Picking Points for Treatment Point Locations and Energetics Introduction to Tongue Analysis, Pulse Diagnosis, Oils and Flower Therapy On-site written exam and practical. 4 Case Studies

Small Animal Acupressure Level 1 Certification Includes the Following: 1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it’s origins 2. Landmark Anatomy of the Canine 3. Energy Meridian Pathways, Theory and Application 4. Acupressure Points, Pressure and Manipulation Techniques 5. Yin and Yang Theory 6. Shiatsu 7. The Study of Chi 8. 8 Guiding Principles 9. 5 Phases of Transformation 10. Introduction to Five Element Theory 11. Important Acupoint Groups 12. Indicators and Assessment 13. On-site written exam and practical. 14. 3 Case Studies Small Animal Acupressure Level 2 Certification Includes the Following: 1. Study of Five Element Theory and Application to Small Animals 2. Patterns of Disharmony 3. Specific Conditions, Canine 4. Study of Groups of Powerful Acupoints and Application to Small Animals 5. Picking Points for Treatment 6. Point Locations and Energetics 7. Introduction to Tongue Analysis, Pulse Diagnosis, Oils and Flower Therapy 8. On-site written exam and practical. 9. 4 Case Studies Stand Alone Classes: 1. Anatomy of the Canine and/or Equine (Correspondence Course) 2. Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (Correspondence Course) 3. Energy Meridian Pathways (Correspondence Course) 4. Acupressure Points and Manipulation Techniques (Correspondence Course) 5. Building and Marketing Your Equine or Canine Massage Practice (Correspondence Course) 6. Essential Oils for Animals (On-site or Correspondence Course) 7. Being An Effective Practitioner (Correspondence Course) 8. Animal Reiki Practitioner (On-site) 9. Animal Communication (On-site) 10. Anatomy In Motion – Equine and Canine (On-site) Revised 12/31/2013

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Program Courses And Costs Large and Small Animal Acupressure Correspondence

Equine Massage Levels 1, 2, and 3 Certification (Each level is a pre-requisite to the next level.)

Canine Massage Levels 1, 2, and 3 Certification (One-site and Correspondence) (Each level is a pre-requisite to the next level.)

Program length 325 hrs

Days/ Number of Lessons 7 lessons

Tuition $995.00

Non Refundable Materials Fee $100.00

(Home Study Cognitive)

L1: 107 hrs (72 home study cognitive/35 live)

L2: 158 hrs

Books Approx. 160.00

On-Site/ Correspondence

Total

Correspondence

$1255.00 (approx.)

(we give you a list and you buy them directly.)

5 days onsite, 12-13 lessons per program

$1095.00 $1254.00

$165.00

$45 for Sports Program

On-Site

$1260.00$1419.00

4 days onsite, 10-13 lessons per program

$985.00$1235.00

$165.00

Approx. $45.00 for Level 2 and $30.00 for Level 3.

On-Site / Home Study

$1195.00 $1430.00

7 days onsite, 14 lessons

$2104.00

$165.00

Approx. 235.00 (we give

On-Site /Home Study

$2269.00

On-Site

$1519.00

On-Site

$1,200.00

On-Site

$1,200.00

(123 home study cognitive/35 live) L3: (72 home study cognitive/35 live)

L1: 100 hrs (72 home study cognitive/28 live or 100 home study cognitive) L2: 150 hrs (122 home study cognitive/28 live or 150 home study cognitive) L3: hrs.

100 (72 home study cognitive/28 live or 100 home study cognitive)

Large and Small Animal Acupressure Certification Level 1, Modules 1-7

336 hrs (276 home

Large and Small Animal Acupressure Certification Level 2 (Level 1 is a prerequisite to Level 2) Small Animal Acupressure Certification Level 1 (Level 1 is a prerequisite to Level 2)

80 hrs (34 home

Small Animal Acupressure Certification Level 2

70 hrs (35 home

study cognitive/46 live)

you a list and you buy them directly.) study cognitive/46 live)

7 days onsite, 10 lessons

$1354.00

$165.00

Approx. $180.00 (we give you a list and you buy them directly.)

180 hrs (145 home study cognitive/35 live)

5 days onsite 14 lessons

$1035.00

$165.00

Approx. $195.00 (we give you a list and you buy them directly.)

study cognitive/35 live)

5 days onsite 10 lessons

$1035.00

$165.00

Approx. $165.00 (we give you a list and you buy them directly.)

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Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

25 hours

Equine Anatomy or Canine Anatomy

100 hours each

Energy Meridian Pathways

25 hours

8 lessons

$50.00

$40.00 (we give

Correspondence

$215.00

$50.00

Correspondence

$235.00 each or $260.00 for both

8 lessons

$125.00 for both or $100 each $150.00

you a list and you buy them directly.) $85 (we give you a list and you buy them directly.)

$50.00

$80.00

Correspondence

$280.00

8 lessons

$150.00

$50.00

$80.00(we give

Correspondence

$280.00

$125.00

(25 home study cognitive)

14 lessons each

(100 home study cognitive per)

(25 home study cognitive)

Acupressure Points and Manipulation Techniques

25 hours

Build a Successful Animal Massage or Acupressure Business

20 hours

Essential Oils

20 hrs home study cognitive or 7 hrs live (depending on

(25 home study cognitive)

you a list and you buy them directly.)

12 lessons

$100.00ea

$50.00

$0.00

Correspondence

$150.00

7 lessons

$75.00

$50.00

$0.00 on-site / $85.00

On-Site and Correspondence

$125.00 $210.00

(20 home study cognitive)

correspondence

whether you take it on site or not.)

Being An Effective Practitioner

30 hrs home study cognitive

8 lessons

$100.00

$50.00

$0.00

Correspondence

$150.00

Animal Reiki Practitioner

10 live seminar hours 7 live seminar hours 7 live seminar hours 7 live seminar hours 4 live seminar hours 7 live seminar hours

2 Days on Site

$249.00

$50.00

$0.00

On-site

$299.00

4 lessons

$165.00

$0.00

$0.00

On-site

$165.00

4 lessons

$165.00

$0.00

$0.00

On-site

$165.00

4 lessons

$150.00

$0.00

$0.00

On-site

$150.00

2 lessons

$40.00

$0.00

$0.00

$40.00

5 lessons

$155.00

$0.00

$50.00 (we give

On-site and Correspondence On-site

150 hours (50 home

3 lessons

On-Site

$600.00

Animal Communication, Levels 1 Animal Communication Level 2 Anatomy In Motion – Equine and Canine Colic Workshop Equine and Canine CPR and First Aid Certification Master Animal Massage Practitioner Certificate

$205.00

you a list and you buy them directly.)

$550.00

$50.00

$0.0

study cognitive and 100 live seminar)

*NCBTMB CE candidates only

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Class Schedule On site programs require pre and post course work. You have 18 months from registration to finish all course work for both On-Site and Correspondence Programs in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy outlined in the Course Catalog. You may extend your completion date an additional 6 months if necessary by contacting the School in writing prior to your expiration date and paying a re-enrollment fee of $150.00. Should you not contact the school to re-enroll prior to your expiration date, you will be granted a 3 month grace period. You will need to contact the school within that 3 month grace period to extend your expiration date an additional 6 months and pay a re-enrollment fee of $250.00. If you do not complete any program within 27 months you will need to re-enroll as a new student. The Schedules for the On-Site Program and Classes can be found at www.rmsaam.com. When an unexpected closure occurs due to extraordinary conditions such as inclement weather, students will be notified as soon as possible by phone. Telephone and email support will be available Monday through Friday, 9:00am MST to 4:00pm MST. Telephone and email support will not be available on Saturdays, Sundays and on the following holidays: • • • • • • • • •

New Years Eve New Years Day Martin Luther King Day President’s Day Spring Break (2 weeks) changes annually Good Friday Memorial Day Independence Day Summer Break (2 weeks) changes annually

• • • • • • • •

Labor Day Columbus Day Veteran’s Day Fall Break (1 week) changes annually Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following. Christmas Eve Christmas Day Winter Break (2 weeks) changes annually, around Christmas time

Entrance Requirements The school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin or disability. Prospective students must have a genuine love for, and interest in, the health and welfare of all animals. Horse experience is beneficial but not necessary. Ability to read, write and speak English is necessary unless individual arrangements are made, and approved in writing by RMSAAM, on a case by case basis. Postponement of Start Date As required by Colorado law: “Postponement of a starting date, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by the student and the school at least 3 weeks prior to the start date. The agreement must set forth: (a) whether the postponement is for the convenience of the student or the school, and; (b) a deadline for a new start date, beyond which the start date will not be postponed. If the course is not commenced, or the student Revised 12/31/2013

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fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student will be entitled to an appropriate refund of prepaid tuition and fees within 30 days of the deadline of the new start date set forth in the agreement, determined in accordance with the school’s refund policy and all applicable rules concerning the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981.� Students who do not send a written agreement to the School regarding postponement at least 3 weeks before class begins and are not in class on the first day will be considered in default; considered a no show and are subject to a no show late cancellation fee of $150.00, as well as, a cancellation charge of $150.00 or 25% of the contract price, whichever is less, as noted in Tuition Refund Policy paragraph on page 13 of the in addition to any non-refundable materials fees as set forth in the Catalog. Notifying the teacher of postponement via phone or email is not acceptable; only notification made to RMSAAM (not the teacher) at the proper address listed below shall be accepted as official notification. Enrollment Procedures Prospective students may enroll at anytime for the correspondence program. Prospective On-site program students should enroll at least 14 days prior to the start date. Late enrollments will be accepted with the understanding that the school may not be able to furnish all books and materials by the first day of the program. Enrollment after the program has begun is prohibited; we ask that you wait until the next program. Placement Assistance Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers a Business Development Lesson as part of its Massage and Acupressure Certificate Programs as well as a Master Practitioner Mentoring Program. While assisting you to get your business or job search underway, Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure Massage makes no guarantee, express or implied, of future employment or job placement. Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enroll students. Attendance Requirements Students are expected to arrive on time for class with proper materials. Students are expected to attend 100% of the classes they are registered for. Progress Policy Verbal feedback is given during supervised practice sessions. A live Practical, written exam, and case studies are required at the end of each On-Site Certification Program (and prior to receiving your certificate). There will be written quizzes throughout each course. Correspondence program feedback is given with the submission of each lesson quiz. Lessons must be completed and sent in order or they will be returned. Please do not complete and/or submit your lessons out of order. Videotape submission (or on-site practical), written final exam and case studies are all required prior to receiving your correspondence program certificate. Receipt of these materials does not constitute completion of the program. You will be notified by email when all materials have been reviewed and either deemed sufficient for graduation or additional coursework may be required if it is determined that the student has submitted insufficient coursework. Insufficient coursework includes but is not limited to the following; incomplete or insufficient information in your case studies, case studies are not legible, DVD practical is not clear or student did not follow instruction, failing of exams, missing case study forms, etc.

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Grading System Pass/Fail grading system. All correspondence quizzes and final exams are open book. Nine out of ten answers must be correct to pass. You may re-take these until you pass. All quizzes and written final exams for on-site students are closed book. You must get a minimum of 75% of the answers correct to pass. You may re-take these until you pass. On-site certification students and all NCBTMB CE candidates must perform a live practical at the end of the final day. If the student does not pass the live practical he/she may come back and try again or re-do it via our videotaping instructions (this may exclude NCBTMB CE candidates, please call RMSAAM for further information on this regulation) and mail it to us for review. This may be done as many times as necessary to pass for an additional $75.00 fee per occurrence. Correspondence students must submit a videotape via RMSAAM’s videotaping instructions as their live practicum. If it does not meet the requirements laid out in the RMSAAM videotaping instructions students may re-submit as many times as necessary for an additional $75.00 fee per submission. Conduct Policy All students are expected to respect all animals, peers, workers and faculty members. Working with animals can be dangerous. Students are expected to follow the teachers’ instructions and all stable rules in and around the stable areas and horses. Failure to abide by stable rules and school policies could result in permanent dismissal as you are putting yourself and others in danger. Failure to follow lesson instructions in any course (including case study review instructions from the School), on site or correspondence, for any reason, or to finish course work in in 18 months for any course, on site or correspondence, for any reason, is grounds for immediate dismissal. Dismissal At the discretion of the Director. Photo Usage All students, as participants in the School’s programs, are authorizing the use of photos and videos that may be taken during the course of class understand and agree that these may be used by RMSAAM in Marketing and Promotional Materials as also stated in the Enrollment Agreement. Student Complaints Students must always attempt to resolve any complaint of any nature including, but not limited to a claim of deceptive sales or trade practice, with the school directly by contacting the Executive Director, Lisa Speaker at 303-660-9390 or lisa@rmsaam.com. RMSAAM school policy accords RMSAAM 5 full business days to reply and attempt to resolve a formal student complaint. Only if satisfactory resolution cannot be reached between the student and the school, may the student file a written complaint online with the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools at highered.colorado.gov/dpos or by requesting a complaint form at 303-866-2723 or by mail at DPOS, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202. Facilities

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Headquarters: 30522 Longhorn Circle, Elizabeth, CO 80107 Our headquarters is a premier location only 55 minutes from Denver International Airport. Acadia Equine Rehabilitation is a working rehabilitation ranch with beautiful views and over 10 horses to work with. Acadia Equine Rehabilitation contains Canine and Equine indoor classrooms, massage area and kitchen. Students are allowed, upon written permission, to bring their non-aggressive, well-behaved dogs to the Canine classes but must be prepared to crate them. Unlimited free parking on site. Classroom #2: Pelosa Farm, 5151 WCR 18, Longmont, CO 80504 This is a small, private boarding facility with five+ horses and a very comfortable indoor classroom with full kitchen. Students are allowed, upon written permission, to bring their non-aggressive, well-behaved dogs to class but must be prepared to crate them when the instructor requests. The classroom and barn can easily accommodate ten students. Unlimited free parking on site. Classroom #3: Healing Pawsabilities K9 Massage & Fitness Center, 3100 Del Prado BLVD. S., Building 3, Unit 6, Cape Coral Florida 33904 This is Cape Coral’s largest air-conditioned indoor training facilities at 1200 sq ft. The Students are allowed, upon written permission, to bring their non-aggressive, well-behaved dogs to class but must be prepared to crate them when the instructor requests. Previous Credits These are reviewed on a case by case basis. School does not guarantee transferability of credits. There will be no reduction in the cost of a program if a student chooses to use previous training credits, only a reduction in workload. Upon review transcripts and certificates the School may allow the option of “Testing Out” of a level to move onto the next level. If “Testing Out” is determined to be suitable, it will consist of taking the written exam and also performing a live practical exam. The cost to “Test Out” of a level of study will be $180.00 + materials ($50.00 manual and $25.00 DVD will be required for each level) Tuition Refund Policy Students not accepted to the school are entitled to all moneys paid. Students who cancel this contract by notifying the school within (3) business days are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid minus any credit card, materials fees and shipping fees, if applicable. Students who withdraw after 3 business days, but before commencement of program, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid except a no show cancellation fee of $150 and a cancellation charge of $150.00 or 25% of the contract price, whichever is less, plus credit card, materials fees and shipping fees, if applicable. In the case of students withdrawing after commencement of classes, the school will retain credit card convenience fees, materials fees, shipping fees, and a cancellation charge plus a percentage of tuition and fees, which is based on the percentage of contact hours, as described in the table below. The refund is based on the date of enrollment.

REFUND TABLE Length of Time Spent by Student Per Course Revised 12/31/2013

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After Commencement of course and within first 10% of program. (1 class or less completed or 1 month has passed) (1 correspondence class completed or 10% of on-site time. For example; 10 % of 3.5 days on site = 3 hours) After 10% and within first 25% of program (Approx. 2 classes completed) OR 3 months have passed since enrollment date. If on-site program then 25% of on-site time. For example; 25 % of 3.5 days on site = 1 day. After 25% and within 50% of program (Approx. 3 classes completed.) OR 6 months have passed since enrollment date. If on-site program then 50% of on-site time. For example; 50 % of 3.5 days on site with last day being exams = 1 1/2 days. After 50% and within 75% of program (Approx. 4 classes completed.) OR 10 months have passed since enrollment date. . If on-site program then 75% of on-site time. For example; 50 % of 3.5 days on site with last day being exams = 2 days. After 75% (If paid in full, cancellation charge is not applicable) Or after 12 months have passed since enrollment date. (Approx. 5 classes+) Three quarters of the program correspondence programs is expected to be complete within 12 months.

90% less cancellation charge 75% less cancellation charge 50% less cancellation charge 25% less cancellation charge No Refund

Additional Refund Policy Information: The student may cancel this contract at anytime prior to midnight of the 3 rd business day after signing this contract. 1. All refunds must be made within 30 business days from the date of termination. The official date of termination or withdrawal of a student will be determined in the following manner: a. The date on which the school receives formal, written notice of the students intention to discontinue the training program; or b. The date on which the student violates published school policy, which provides for termination. c. Should a student fail to return from an excused leave of absence, the effective date of termination for a student on an extended leave of absence or a leave of absence is the earlier of the date the school determines the student is not returning or the day following the expected return date. 2. The student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid if the school discontinues a course/program within 18 months from the student’s enrollment date, except that this provision shall not apply if the school ceases to operate. 3. Students must always attempt to resolve any complaint of any nature including, but not limited to a claim of deceptive sales or trade practice, with the school directly by contacting the Executive Director, Lisa Speaker at 303-660-9390 or lisa@rmsaam.com. RMSAAM school policy accords RMSAAM 5 full business days to reply and attempt to resolve a formal student complaint. Only if satisfactory resolution cannot be reached between the student and the school, may the student file a written complaint online with the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools at highered.colorado.gov/dpos or by requesting a complaint form at 303-866-2723 or by mail at DPOS, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202. 4. The policy for granting credit for previous training shall not impact the refund policy.

Transferability of Credits to any other institution is not guaranteed unless there is a written agreement with the other institution. Apprenticeship Councils do not accept training from trade schools for advanced placement if program is in the apprenticeship area, if applicable.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Elizabeth, CO Campus

Acadia Equine Rehabilitation 30522 Longhorn Circle Elizabeth, CO 80107 Campus at Elizabeth From Denver: 1.

Start at I-25 S. Go for 32.2 mi/.

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Take exit #184/CO-86 E/US-85 N/Founders Pkwy/Meadows Pkwy. Go for 0.5 mi/.

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Take left ramp. Go for 183 ft/.

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Turn left onto Founders Pky (CO-86 E). Go for 4.4 mi/.

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Turn left onto E Highway 86 (CO-86). Go for 5.0 mi/.

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Turn right onto CO-83. Go for 1.0 mi/.

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Turn left onto N Russellville Rd. Go for 6.7 mi/.

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Turn left onto Anderson Ave (CR-52). Go for 1.5 mi/.

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Continue on County Road 122. Go for 0.6 mi/.

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Turn left onto Chisholm Trl. Go for 0.6 mi/.

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Turn right onto Stage Run Trl. Go for 0.5 mi/.

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Turn left onto Longhorn Cir. Go for 124 ft/.

Your destination on Longhorn Cir is on the right. The trip takes 53.1 mi/ and 1:04 h.

Upon entering driveway, drive slowly past the main house on the left and the past the 1st red barn on the right. Drive down around and park on the ground level in front of the 2nd red barn. Once parked, walk through the yard's wooden gate (be sure to keep gate closed at all times) to the ground level sliding glass door which is RMSAAM’s separate lower level entrance on the main house.

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When using any driving directions or map, it’s a good idea to double check and make sure the road still exists, watch out for construction, and follow all traffic safety precautions. This is only to be used as an aid in planning

Near Elizabeth Campus Please note that the rates are only offered as a guideline courtesy of RMSAAM and may have changed You must call each hotel directly and confirm current rates. Rates may vary depending on season and availability Please note that Parker is approximately 23 miles from Elizabeth. Hampton Inn & Suites Parker, CO 19010 East Cottonwood Drive, Parker, CO 80138 1-866-538-0187 $101 and up Holiday Inn Denver Parker, CO 19308 Cottonwood Drive Parker, CO 80138 1-877-859-5095 $120 and up

Super 8 Parker, CO 6230 East Pine Lane Parker, CO 80138 720-851-2645 $71 and up

Ramada Plaza and Suites, Parker, CO E-470 & Parker Road Parker, CO 80138 470-263-7275 $71 and up

Castle Rock (Please note that the rates are only offered as a guideline courtesy of RMSAAM and may have changed You must call each hotel directly and confirm current rates. Rates may vary depending on season and availability Please note that Castle Rock is approximately 20 miles from Elizabeth.) Hampton Inn – Castle Rock Pet Friendly 4830 Castleton Way Free Breakfast Castle Rock, CO 80104 (303) 660-9800 Rates may vary depending on season and availability

La Quinta Inn & Suites Pet Friendly – no fee Denver Tech Center 7077 South Clinton St. Greenwood Village, CO 80112 Phone: 1-303-649-9969 Further away, but will negotiate if a long term stay needed

Holiday Inn Express Castle Rock 884 Park Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 (877) 863-4780 www.hiexpress.com

Pet Friendly

Best Western Inn and Suites 595 Genoa Way Castle Rock, CO 80109 (303) 814-8800

Pet Friendly

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Element – A Westin Hotel Pet Friendly 9985 Park Meadows Drive Organic Daily Breakfast Lone Tree, CO 80124 Non-smoking hotel (303) 790-2100 http://www.starwoodhotels.com/element Rates may vary depending on season and availability

Super 8 Castle Rock 1020 Park St. Castle Rock, CO 80104 (303) 688-0880 www.super8.com

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(Broken down by Campus to show you lodging closest to your Campus.) Longmont, CO Campus All options are 5 minutes from the school and 1 minute from each other. Best Western Firestone Inn and Suites 11228 Business Park Circle ( Exit 240) Firestone, Colorado 80504 720-494-1925, 1-800-528-1234 Nightly and weekly rates vary depending on season. Exercise Room, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Coffee Maker, Refrig. and Microwave in every room. No Pets Nightly and weekly rates vary depending on season.

Longmont Comfort Inn 10811 West I25 Frontage Road, Longmont, Co 80504 ( Exit 240) 303-684-6779 Single or Double Queen Nightly and weekly rates vary depending on season. Rooms with Microwave, Refrig. Are available upon request;Indoor Pool and Hot Tub, No Pets

Super 8 Motel (This is an older hotel, but half the price.) 10805 Turner Blvd. ( Exit 240) Longmont, Colorado 80504 303-772-0888 Nightly and weekly rates vary depending on season. Rooms with Refrid., Microwave, available upon request. No Pool, No Exercise Room. Pets OK for an additional $10.00 per night.

Value Place (Next to Best Western) 11228 Business Park Circle ( Exit 240) Firestone, Colorado 80504 303-485-0040 Excellent nightly and weekly rates! New, clean and a very secure, safe building. Rooms are very nice studios with stove, refrig., sink, full bath, and TV.

RV and Camping: visit http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/102864.html for more info.

Lakewood, CO (Less expensive hotels 25 minutes north of Littleton; ~ 15 minute drive from downtown Denver) Super 8 Motel 7240 W.Jefferson Ave Lakewood, CO 80235 (303) 989-4600 (call for weekly rates)

Quality Suites 7260 W. Jefferson Ave Lakewood, CO 80235 (303) 988-8600 (a little nicer than the Super 8 next door)

Denver Hampton Inn 3605 South Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood CO 80235 (303) 989-6900 (swimming pool)

Other Denver, CO accommodations In a fun shopping and eating district. (30-55minute drive to Longmont &Elizabeth)

JW Marriott 150 Clayton Lane, Denver 303-316-2700 (further away but in a fun shopping and eating district.) Very nice, full service hotel. Pet friendly. Inn at Cherry Creek 233 Clayton St, Denver (303) 350-4440 (further away but in a fun shopping and eating district.) Very nice, full service boutique hotel. Pet friendly.

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Golden West Commuter 303-342-9300 Book via the website and save 3-10%. www.gwcommuter.com RT fare approximately $75.00 from DIA Super Shuttle www.supershuttle.com: <http://www.supershuttle.com/> 303 370 1300 RT fare approximately $75.00 from DIA Taxi: Yellow Cab 303-777-7777 Limousine Service: American Coach 303-765-4975 (Tell them Lisa Speaker referred you.) Cape Coral, FL Campus ____________________________________________________________________________ Healing Pawsabilities Canine Massage & Fitness Center 3100 Del Prado Blvd. South (Building 3 Unit 6 Cape Coral, FL 33904 From Ft. Myers: From I-75, exit #136, Colonial Blvd. Head west approximately 6 miles across the Veteran’s Bridge into Cape Coral (***Note the Veteran’s Bridge is a $2.00 toll road),Get in the right lane asap when you go through the toll as you will be making a LEFT under the overpass to head south on Del Prado Blvd. Go 1 mile south and there will be a Hooters on your right. Turn right immediately after the Hooters and into the parking lot behind. You will see a small strip mall ahead on your left. Cape Dog Bakery is the first end Unit, then a florist, a sports center, Then Healing Pawsabilities.

Accommodations close to Cape Coral’s Campus Holiday Inn Express 1538 Cape Coral Parkway East Cape Coral, FL 1-888 –Holiday (1-888-465-4329) Direct line Cape Coral Location 239-542-2121 PET FRIENDLY Approximately $84

Hideaway Waterfront Resort 4601 SE 5th Avenue Cape Coral, FL 239- 542-5812 PET FRIENDLY Approximately $69 Rates vary depending on season and availability

Rates vary depending on season and availability

Casa Loma Motel 3608 Del Prado Blvd. South Cape Coral, Fl 33904 239-549-6000 NOT Pet Friendly Revised 12/31/2013

Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Coral 619 SE 47th Terrace Cape Coral, Fl 33904 239-540-1050 NOT Pet friendly

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