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Catalog 2021-2022 
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Animal Reiki Practitioner

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Program Description

Animal Reiki Practitioners are animal service providers – veterinarians, animal trainers/behaviorists, animal acupuncturists, pet groomers, dog kennel staff, and animal daycare staff - who use Reiki to help in the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual healing of animals. Reiki is a non-invasive Japanese holistic energy healing system used to support energy balance, harmony and ‘hands-on’ healing. This may include using client intake, consent, session and consent forms, and working with different breeds of animals.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​assist animal rescuers, shelter workers, veterinarians, and other animal caregivers working with animals in distress;
  2. apply animal reiki techniques to comfort animals that are injured, sick, or dying to ease their discomfort;
  3. meet the eligibility requirements to be certified as an animal reiki practitioner through the Animal Reiki Alliance;
  4. continue employment as an animal reiki practitioner and pursue options to maintain the Animal Reiki Alliance Certification; and
  5. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning/continuing education. 

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Successful students will receive certification from the Animal Reiki Alliance for each level of completion.

Certifying Organization: Animal Reiki Alliance www.animalreikialliance.com

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Length of Training

6 - 12 months

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Students must successfully complete Animal Reiki I, II and III before moving to the next course module in the series.  A stringent attendance policy will be enforced for Animal Reiki Certification Training Levels II and II, completing the internship, and passing the written exam.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



FIT 760

Animal Reiki I


Reiki Source Shoden and Animal Reiki Training:  The Basics - Textbook will be provided and is included in the course cost.



FIT 761

Animal Reiki II


Textbook will be provided and is included in the course cost.



FIT 773

Animal Reiki III


Textbook will be provided and is included in the course cost.



FIT 769

Animal Reiki Certification Training Level II


Textbook will be provided and is included in the course cost.



FIT 770

Animal Reiki Certification Training Level III


Textbook will be provided and is included in the course cost.



Course Series Totals:





Additional Information

Skills for Success:

Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation with others; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; ability to work with a variety of animals.

Career Opportunities:

This program prepares students for entry-level Animal Reiki Practitioner animal care positions in shelters, kennels and animal day care facilities.

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Contact Information

Coordinator:  LaVerne Robertson | lrobertson@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1253 | Essex | BESS |124

Director: Michelle McCallum | mmccallum@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1925 | Essex | BESS | 117

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