Animal Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is very effective for horses, dogs, cats, and many other animals.

Originally developed as a treatment for humans, ongoing research and development of the technique has allowed trained practitioners to offer effective Bowen treatment to both small and large companion animals such as horses, dogs and cats.

As with Bowen therapy for humans, the treatment for animals involves the same soft tissue remedial technique involving light touch moves of fingers or thumbs over muscle, ligament, tendon and/or fascia at specific points of the animal's body. The treatment is both gentle and subtle, with no hard or prolonged pressure. It offers the animal a non-invasive and effective hands-on technique that aims to promote healing, pain-relief and body/energy rebalancing.

Animal Bowen therapy aims to promote and support the animal's own powers of self-healing and can assist with problems in the following areas:

✅ Acute injury (eg. sprains and strains)
✅ Chronic conditions and degenerative disease to help improve quality of life
✅ Psychological stress - relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma
✅ Pre- and post-operative surgery to assist with faster recovery times
✅ Fear-based anxiety

Find an Animal Bowen therapist

To search for a qualified animal Bowen therapist in your area, please go to our Find a Bowen Therapist online directory and in the first search field (name or category search), search for either 'equine' or 'animal'. A list of animal Bowen therapists will then be displayed.

Studying Animal Bowen Therapy

If you live in Australia and are interested in studying Bowen therapy for animals, please contact the relevant training providers via their websites or phone numbers listed below. Please note that courses may not be available in all states, so please check with the course provider directly.

Bowtech for Animals
Courses are run through the Equus College of Learning & Research, the accredited animal Bowen training arm of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTA).
Courses run in various states. Contact Ali Goward (QLD) on tel. 0418 455 801.

ISBT Human, Equine and Canine Bowen Therapy
Courses offered in VIC, NSW & QLD, check website for more information.
Contact: Lisa Black on tel. 0430 994 343

Smart Bowen
Contact: Lea Smart (WA) on tel. 0417 174 237
Equine & Canine Bowen courses offered in NSW, canine Bowen courses offered in WA.
Check website for more information.

Heather Hartley
Human, Equine & Small Animal Bowen Therapist (SA)
Online animal Bowen therapy courses with a practical component included.
Contact Heather on 0401 691 329 for further information.

Other Training:
Equine Podiotherapy
The Australian College of Equine Podiatry runs a 22290VIC Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy course (please note: while this is not an equine Bowen therapy course, BTFA members can claim CPE points for this course).

Animal Bowen Therapy Case Studies

Read about some successful animal case studies using Bowen therapy:

Case Study 1 - A Murray Grey Bull
Case Study 2 - A Two Year Old Pony

Animal Bowen Therapy Webinars

Presented by Heather Hartley

Bowen Therapy for Cats & Dogs
Equine Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy for Small Animals

Bowen therapy for animals
short videos

Blue-tongued lizard


Baby crocodile


Bearded dragon

Animal hugs video