Susan Marland, Small and Large Animal Massage Practitioner
I’ve always loved animals, but it wasn’t until my American Saddlebred horse Finn developed special needs that I decided to pursue animal massage. Initially I just wanted to offer him some relief, but when I saw first-hand the amazing benefits massage can offer to any animal, I fell in love with it as a profession.
Over the years I’ve worked and volunteered with a number of animal organizations:
Equine Assisted Therapy, Gainesville FL
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab UT
Jackson Veterinary Hospital, St. Augustine FL
Two Left Paws Animal Sanctuary, Sheboygan WI
Pegasus Leadership Consultants, Black Creek WI
University of Florida Equine Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, Gainesville FL
My training, including advanced certification in rehabilitative massage, was completed through the Northwest School of Animal Massage in Vashon, Washington. With NWSAM I've also had the opportunity to travel to work with the wonderful animals at Best Friends in Utah, as well as Paxhia Farm and B Kate Stables in Washington.
I love working with all animals, but especially enjoy those with special needs. So far on my journey, I've had the privilege of working with geriatric animals, animals suffering from blindness, deafness, paralysis, auto-immune diseases, and those struggling with recovery from abuse and neglect situations. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the sheer strength of spirit of these animals.