Ojai School of Canine Massage: P.O. Box 1263, Ojai, California 93024 /Telephone: (805) 640 9798.
Catalog of Classes
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Mission and Objectives:
The Ojai School of Canine Massage was established in 1999. Our goal is to provide professional training, of the highest quality, in small animal massage therapy while enhancing the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being of each student. We are devoted to a holistic approach to healing. Our courses are designed to provide each student with a thorough and well rounded education, while providing the most current information available in the dog massage field. We prepare our graduates to successfully enter the workforce as professional canine massage therapists.
We are a private institution approved by the NBCAAM, IAAMB and the BPPE (as an exempt institution) to provide certificates of completion for the following programs: 200-hour Small Animal/Canine Massage program (100 onsite hours and 100 distance education), 200-hour Canine Massage Distance Education program. In our 200-hour Small Animal/Canine massage onsite program (100 onsite hours and 100 home study hours) we teach you how to massage dogs and cats. Our onsite program includes education in dog gait and conformation assessment, professional documentation for a dog massage therapy practice, dog nutrition, business, anatomy, physiology, remedial exercise & stretching for dogs and First Aid. Students also learn a variety of dog massage techniques including canine acupressure, myofascial release, swedish massage, trigger point therapy, TTouch for dogs, sports massage, and energy work for dogs.
Students may bring their own dog to the two week onsite/hands-on class or OSOCM can provide a dog for you. For the safety of all pets, we require all dogs to be current with all shots, be free of fleas, and to be spayed or neutered.
Our ongoing distance/online learning program is designed to help our students save time and money while maintaining high standards of education. Our 200-hour Canine Massage Distance Education program is a comprehensive distance learning program which includes both audio and video instruction. This certification course is designed for students who prefer the flexibility of learning a new skill from their home at their own pace. Students learn all of the massage techniques which are taught in our onsite course with the exception of the First Aid class. This subject is not included in the online course and is not required in order to receive your online certificate of completion. Students may opt to attend our First Aid class onsite or choose to take a course in their area.
** Ojai School of Canine Massage is approved by the NBCAAM, IAAMB (International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork) as a Preferred Provider, BPPE (as an exempt institution), and the ACWT (Association of Canine Water Therapy) as an Approved Preferred Educational Provider.
Office hours: 9am to 7pm (PST) Monday through Sunday.
Small Animal/Canine Massage Onsite Program:
(200 Hours-100 Hours Onsite/100 Hours Distance Education)
Course Instructor: Nick Scott, CMT/LMT
200-hour Onsite Canine Massage-
Total tuition- $2,200
(Full tuition amount is due by the first day of the onsite class.)
Schedule and Curriculum: The onsite Canine Massage program is offered once per year. Our 13-1/2 day intensive program is held at a separate venue outside of our administrative office location. Please visit our website calendar or call us for more information.
The required hours include the following subjects:
Massage-76 hours-: Covers Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, TTouch, Passive Stretching. Proper charting techniques and how to work with DVM’s will also be covered in this class.
Thermotherapy-4 hours: Covers indications and contraindications for hydrotherapy and thermotherapy, application of hot and cold packs, cryotherapy and commercially available therapy packs.
Gait Analysis-4 hours: Covers canine locomotion, structural analysis, videotaping of gait and charting.
First Aid-2 hours: Covers common first aid procedures for animals.
Safety, Hygiene and Handling-4 hours: Covers the basics of safe handling, simple training techniques, identification of animal behavior patterns and communication signals. Zoonoses and communicable diseases will also be covered.
Palpation-10 hours: Students will learn to palpate the major boney landmarks and trace the major muscles of the body. Students will also learn acupressure meridian and basic treatment point locations.
Anatomy-40 hours: Covers skeletal anatomy. Students will be required to learn the names of all of the bones in the animal’s body, major boney landmarks and the major muscles of the body with their origins, insertions and actions.
Physiology-30 hours: Students will learn the functions of the eleven systems of the body and the basics of animal nutrition.
Pathology-10 hours: Students will learn about the top ten canine and feline pathologies and how identify the signs and symptoms of these pathologies.
Business Development-10 hours: Students will develop a business plan, create gift certificate, create business cards and learn how to market their services.
Case Studies-10 hours: Students will complete 10 hours of fully charted independent case studies before graduation from the class.
Application of Tui-Na In Veterinary Medicine
Getting In TTouch With Your Dog
Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians
Dog Anatomy A Coloring Atlas
Total Cost of Books and Materials is approximately $200
During the course, there are open book online quizzes for Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. All online quizzes require a minimum score of 75% to pass the class.
Online tests are not timed and can be taken more than once. Students taking the 200-hour distance study program must demonstrate their knowledge of the hands-on massage techniques learned in the course. There is a one-hour onsite, or Skype, visit required once the online course is completed. This hands-on assessment is intended to help you perfect the hands-on techniques learned and assure the safety of the animal being massaged.
*THERE IS NO CALIFORNIA STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SMALL ANIMAL MASSAGE PROGRAM.
Students completing all program requirements will receive a certificate of completion from the Ojai School of Canine Massage.
Small Animal/Canine Massage Distance Education Program:
Our online Canine Massage certification course allows you to learn a new profession from your home and at your own pace. Below is an outline of our 200-hour Canine Massage certification course which includes audio, video and live Skype (as requested) instruction.
Instructor: Nick Scott, CMT/LMT
This course includes the following subjects: Massage, Anatomy, Physiology, Orthopedic conditions, Chinese medicine, Pathology, Hygiene, Contraindications, Business, Nutrition, Hydro & Thermal Therapy, and more.
Tuition: 200 hour Online Canine Massage program – $1,700 when paid in full or $1,850 when a finance option is chosen.
Description– You will learn hands-on massage techniques which, when performed regularly, can greatly benefit your dog and help heal the animal as a whole. Students learn all of the massage techniques which are taught in our onsite course with the exception of the First Aid class. This half day First Aid class is not included in the online course and is not required in order to receive your online certificate of completion. Students may attend this class onsite or choose to take a course in their area.
Getting In TTouch With Your Dog
Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians
Dog Anatomy A Coloring Atlas
Total Cost of Books and Materials is approximately $150
This course has no prerequisites. The student must have previous experience in handling canines and be physically able to do massage. This course includes thirteen lessons (lesson 13 is optional) that may be completed at your own pace. Upon completion of this course, students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the hands-on techniques learned. A Skype option may be chosen for those students who are unable to come to the school for the onsite/hands-on demonstration. Please call us for more information.
Each lesson includes written instruction (with diagrams) explaining each hands-on massage technique, including its benefits and any contraindications for the massage stroke. Following the written lecture are hands-on video demonstrations of each massage technique and how to do it on the dog. Following each video demonstration are audio meditations designed to help you focus and relax in preparation for your next lesson. A homework assignment is included at the end of each lesson and is designed to help you learn each technique by practicing it outside of class. It is suggested that you take time to practice the information presented in each lesson, therefore one lesson per week is recommended.
1. Provide students with deeply relaxing breath and meditation techniques to help promote you and your animal’s relaxation and prepare you for the hands-on healing journey.
2. Introduce specific massage techniques designed to ward off stress and illness, improve flexibility, and promote you and your animal companions overall health.
3. Gain a new skill or complement your current work with canines.
4. Experience the transformative effects of healing massage for both you and your canine friends and enhance the powerful bond between you.
5. Provide hands-on healing techniques to help your canine companion to live a balanced and healthful life; and ensure their liveliness and longevity.
Course Syllabus: A 200-hour Online Canine Massage certification course
Lesson 1– Preparation for Touch/Starting the Journey
• Medical Charting, Contraindications, Animal Handling & Safety,
Canine Gait Assessment, Hygiene.
• Silent Meditation Instruction and Hand Energizing video.
• Legal Issues.
Lesson 2– Anatomy and Physiology- 50 hours
• Textbook: Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary
• Complete open book tests for Clinical Anatomy and Physiology.
• Anatomy of Canine Locomotion.
* Following each of the lessons 3-9 are hands-on video demonstrations
of each massage technique and how to do it on the dog. Each video
demonstration includes audio meditation’s designed to help you focus
and relax in preparation for your next lesson.
Lesson 3– Canine Swedish Massage
• Swedish stroke definitions and actions.
• Video demonstrations of Swedish massage strokes.
• Meditation preparation and audio.
Lesson 4– Canine Trigger Point Therapy
• Definition and Description of how to apply trigger point therapy.
• Video demonstrations on humans and dogs of trigger point therapy
• Sound Meditation description and audio.
Lesson 5– Canine Acupressure
• Description and diagrams of canine acupressure meridian and
• Video demonstration of Tui Na and canine acupressure techniques.
• Taoist Meditation descriptions and audio.
Lesson 6– Canine Myofascial Release
• Definition and description of application of canine myofascial release.
• Video demonstrations of canine myofascial release techiques.
• Mirror Meditation.
Lesson 7– TTouch for Dogs One
• Description of Tellington Touch methods.
• First 11 TTouch technique descriptions, definitions and video
• Breath cleansing instructional video.
Lesson 8– TTouch for Dogs Two
• Description and uses for 8 additional TTouch techniques.
• Additional 8 TTouch technique descriptions, definitions and video
• Pranayama meditations and audio.
Lesson 9– Stretching
• Passive Stretching, Post Isometric Relaxation and Active Isolated
• Video demonstrations of Canine Stretching Routines.
• Candle and Dream Meditation.
Lesson 10– Orthopedic Pathologies
• Common canine Orthopedic Pathologies.
• Links to common Orthopedic surgical procedures.
• Videos of canine Orthopedic surgeries.
Lesson 11– Business as it relates to the field of Canine Massage.
• Establish a vision and create a business plan.
• Create a marketing plan.
• How to establish a successful Canine Massage business.
Lesson 12– Nutrition
• Learn proper nutritional guidelines for dogs and cats.
• Learn the relationship between pet food, health and disease.
• Learn about dog food ingredients.
Lesson 13 (Optional Lesson)- Hydro and Thermal therapy
** Please feel free to contact us if you require help or if you have questions or feedback regarding the course. Please send email correspondence to Nick Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Onsite class space is limited. To assure a place in our onsite class, full tuition must be received 30 days prior to the first day of the onsite class. We will accept students up until the first day of the onsite class, space permitting. Please click here to enroll in any of our classes. If paying by check, please call us at +1-805-640-9798 or email the school.
We encourage all of our prospective students to view our catalog (please see “Catalog” option on menu) prior to enrolling. Please review the refund policies for the specific program in which you are interested in enrolling.
Please call the school at (805) 640-9798 for more information or with any questions you may have.
To be eligible for our certificate courses, a student must:
- Be at least 18 years of age (prospective students under age 18 may be admitted with the approval of the students parent/guardian and with the submittal of a parental release form).
- Be socially and psychologically capable of performing massage.
- Be physically able to perform massage.
- Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Understand the English language (the Ojai School of Canine Massage does not offer ESL instruction). All instruction will occur in the English language. Incoming students must be proficient in English. Proficient means 75% or greater proficiency in the English language.
Documentation of English Language Proficiency:
English language proficiency is documented by either the admissions interview or receipt of prior education documentation.
**Please Note: The Ojai School of Canine Massage does not provide visa services to prospective students from other countries or English language services. The Ojai School of Canine Massage does not offer Closed Captioning instruction.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage main office is located in the town of Ojai nestled at the southern border of the Los Padres National Forest, 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles, 35 miles southeast of Santa Barbara and 14 miles from Ventura. The area surrounding the Ojai Valley has a multitude of campgrounds, hiking and bicycling trails and free running streams. The Lake Casitas recreational area alone offers 2,700 wooded acres for boating, fishing, camping and picnicking.
Ojai (pronounced “Oh-hi”) is a Chumash Indian name now thought to mean “Valley of the Moon,” although many residents who favor a previous translation fondly call our mountain-ringed valley “The Nest.” The Ojai Valley is known around the world as an artist colony and spiritual mecca, and as the locale of several famous spas and healing centers. It is also recognized for its annual tennis tournament and music festivals, as well as its excellent private schools. At dusk, Ojai’s distinctive Topa Topa mountains are bathed in the rosy glow of the setting sun. This is a magical time of day known locally as “The Pink Moment”. Come enjoy the beauty, the serenity and the special quality of life that are to be found in the Ojai Valley.
Student Services/Job Placement:
All school services and programs are responsive to students needs. The services offered by the Ojai School of Canine Massage are services that support student success and enhance the overall educational experience of students. The following services are available, ongoing, for all students of the Ojai School of Canine Massage:
-Advising services designed to help students to clarify their career goals and other student concerns.
-Student Support designed to assist students in their educational and accommodation needs prior to, during and following their enrollment in a course.
-Career Support is available to all students. Available students are notified when job opportunities arise.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage facilities and equipment fully comply with any and all federal, state and local ordinances & regulations, including those requirements that pertain to health, fire safety and building safety. The equipment and materials used in our Small Animal massage course include palates balls, balance board, balance pad, Fitpaws donut, hurdle set, fake/stuffed dog and cat, dog skeleton and anatomical dog charts.
Library and Other Learning Resources:
The Ojai School of Canine Massage maintains a online library for its students. Resources are accessible online.
Our office is open seven days a week between 9am and 7pm. The Office Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our Office Coordinator also registers students for classes and talks to students about their educational goals.
Classes will not be held during the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Forth of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits Earned at The Ojai School of Canine Massage:
The Ojai School of Canine Massage has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other school. No previous credits are accepted or may be transferred from another institution. In addition, the Ojai School of Canine Massage does not offer or award credit for prior experiential learning.
In addition, the transferability of credits you earn at the Ojai School of Canine Massage is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the certificate you earn in our 200-hour Small Animal massage program or our 200-hour Small Animal distance study massage program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the certificate that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some, or all, of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer, after attending the Ojai School of Canine Massage, to determine if your credits or certificate will transfer.
Policies on the Retention of Student Records:
All academic and financial records will be maintained in the same file at the Ojai School of Canine Massage. All student records are kept on file for a period of ten years and are available upon request.
**The Ojai School of Canine Massage does not participate in federal and state financial aid programs.
- All fees for classes and workshops shall be due and payable by the first class session.
- All prices for workshops and certificate courses are subject to change without notice.
- All students are responsible for providing their own notebooks and pens.
In case of emergency, the Ojai School of Canine Massage reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses or to change instructors.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage does not discriminate in regard to race, gender, age, ethnicity, handicap, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage does not have dormitory facilities under its control. The Ojai School of Canine Massage does offer student housing assistance with local housing available through private parties. Please ask for our current “List of Student Accommodations”.
1. In a certificate program, the attending of all classes is required.
2. Make-up work in a certificate program is the responsibility of each individual student. Missed classes may be made up in a future course at no additional cost.
3. Any student missing four successive days or five total days of classes without adequate and legitimate reason, or without an approved leave of absence, will be excused from the course.
4. Credit for prior training may not be substituted for hours in a certificate program.
Tardiness, Withdrawal, and Leave-of-Absence Policies:
1. Students may arrive up to 10 minutes late to class without penalty.
2. Please see Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy below.
3. Students may take a one week leave of absence from a course with prior instructor approval. The student must make up the time in order to receive a certificate of completion for the course.
Cancellation, Withdrawal, and Refund Policy:
Onsite class space is limited. Our onsite courses are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To assure a place in our onsite class, full tuition must be received 30 days prior to the first day of the onsite class. We will accept students up until the first day of class, space permitting. All fees for the onsite Canine Massage course shall be due and payable by the first onsite class session. Students may cancel their enrollment in the onsite Canine Massage program up to 30 days prior to the first day of class. If you have previously paid in full for the online and onsite course material, you will receive a refund of $500 (there will be no refund for online course material which is previously sent to you, by your request, after you have enrolled). With less than 30 days notice, students are responsible for 100% of the full onsite tuition fee. Students cancelling after the start date of the onsite program will be charged the full tuition fee.
All students taking the onsite course, in full, will receive the online course (lessons 1-13) at no additional tuition cost. The online course material is included in the onsite tuition cost, with payment due prior to receiving any online course material.
Student’s Right to Cancel:
You can cancel your enrollment by certified mail or email. The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with postage prepaid. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that you no longer wish to be bound by this Agreement. The Ojai School of Canine Massage can provide you with a cancellation form or you can use any written notice you wish. Please mail cancellations to:
Ojai School of Canine Massage
PO Box 1263
Ojai, CA 93024
For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:
– The student notifies the institution of the students withdrawal or as of the date of the students withdrawal; whichever is later.
– The institution terminates the students enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the School.
-The student has failed to attend class for four successive days or five total days of classes without adequate and legitimate reason, or without an approved leave of absence.
If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or (if appropriate) to the state or federal agency. Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be paid to the student.
If the School has given you any equipment, including books or other materials, you shall return it to the School within 30 days following the date of your notice of Cancellation. If you fail to return this equipment, including books or other materials in good condition within the 30-day period, the School may deduct its documented cost for the equipment from any refund that may be due you. Once you pay for the equipment, it is yours to keep without further obligation.
If the School cancels or discontinues a course or educational program, the School will make a full refund of all charges for coursework not received by the student. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation or withdrawal. If you obtain equipment (as specified in the agreement as a separate charge) and return it in good condition within 30 days following the date of your withdrawal, the school shall refund the charge for the equipment paid by you. If you fail to return the equipment in good condition, allowing for reasonable wear and tear (within this 30-day period), the school may offset against the refund the documented cost to the school of that equipment. You shall be liable for the amount. IF THE AMOUNT THAT YOU HAVE PAID IS MORE THAN THE AMOUNT THAT YOU OWE, FOR THE TIME YOU ATTENDED, THEN A REFUND WILL BE MADE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF WITHDRAWAL. IF THE AMOUNT THAT YOU OWE IS MORE THAN THE AMOUNT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID, THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PAY IT.
*Remember, you must cancel in writing. You do not have the right to cancel by just telephoning the school or by not coming to class.
A student may be dismissed for:
1. Unexplained or unauthorized absence from four successive or five total days of classes. Please see Leave-of-Absence Policies above.
2. Conduct deemed disruptive or disrespectful to staff, students, clients or faculty members.
3. Being under the influence of any drug or controlled or illegal substance while on campus or while on official school business.
(Please see section “Student Services and Student Rights” for more information on student Withdrawal)
Student Questions or Complaints:
The Ojai School of Canine Massage is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and thriving school environment that provides an effective means for students to voice informal concerns, complaints or grievances. Different procedures must be followed for specific types of complaints. Informal complaints related to the classroom should be directed to the teacher. Informal complaints related to the school must be directed to the school Director. The teacher or school Director will determine if the student complaint requires a verbal response, written response or further action in order to resolve the specific complaint. All informal complaints or grievances are documented in the Ojai School of Canine Massage Complaint Logbook and are kept on file, indefinitely, for future reference.
Staff and Faculty:
Nick Scott is a founder, Instructor, and Associate Director of the Ojai School of Canine Massage; offering professional massage training and certification for Small Animals (Canines and Felines). Nick is an authority in the holistic healing field and the creator of the, IAAMB and NBCAAM approved, Small Animal massage certification programs at the Ojai School of Canine Massage. He has trained hundreds of people in both Canine and Feline massage therapy over the past 18 years. Nick has been presenting workshops and teaching massage therapy classes since 1989, and has taught advanced massage classes at Educating Hands School of Massage. Nick graduated, in 1986, from Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, one of the premier massage schools in the nation. In 1988, he graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage with additional training in Hydrotherapy. He then studied Chinese Acupressure and Dit Dar treatments with Augustine Fong and went on to study Attentive Physical Transformation with Gregory Johnson.
Nick produced and is featured in his top selling DVD, Holistic Dog Massage. This educational DVD covers many of the techniques covered in his classes, as well as other highly effective therapies. In addition, Nicks Holistic Dog Massage DVD comes highly recommended by top-selling author and dog trainer, Tamar Geller, personal dog trainer for Oprah Winfrey.
Nick Scott is a dedicated leader, teacher, and a gifted healer who believes in the power of touch as a powerful healing tool for both humans and animals. Nick loves sharing his knowledge with others and with the world as a whole. We hope that you and your animal companions will benefit greatly from the information relayed in his classes.
“I believe that, for all living beings, the power of love is the most effective force for healing. Through a peaceful mind, the clear light of joy can shine impartially on all who suffer. My hope is to help pass on the knowledge of compassionate action that my teachers so kindly shared with me. “
– Nick J. Scott
Jamie L. Roth is a founder and Director of the Ojai School of Canine Massage. She studied pre-physical therapy at Georgia State University and received her bachelor’s degree in 1985. Jamie went on to earn her massage therapy certification in 1991 and practiced massage therapy for eight years. While integrating her vision of holistic health into her massage practice, she is dedicated to furthering her knowledge of the healing arts for body, mind, and spirit. In 1999, Jamie opened the Ojai School of Canine Massage, along with Nick Scott. In taking on the administrative duties of this school, Jamie has focused her energies on enriching the curriculum and assisting students in discovering and actualizing their life work.
“I gratefully acknowledge all of you who have recognized the unique healing potential of massage. I am also grateful for our main instructor, Nick Scott, who superbly conveys the schools message through his depth of wisdom. We hope to share with you, and your canine companions, the fulfilling gifts of health, healing, and vitality. We look forward to the opportunity of providing for you a nurturing environment where you may acquire both in-depth knowledge and a balanced and peaceful spirit of healing.”
–Jamie L. Roth
Standards for Student Achievement:
We, at the Ojai School of Canine Massage, strive to set an example for excellence in student achievement by assuring that our incoming students are prepared to enter their chosen field of canine massage therapy as well trained professionals. This is accomplished in several ways. First, our classes are small which create a learning environment where students receive a more personalized education. Smaller classes create an environment where students have more one-on-one interaction with the instructor. While in a chosen program, students progress is also measured by asking students to demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned and their ability to apply it. In addition, students are offered a forum to provide feedback during, and following, a course of study. This valuable information is evaluated and used to modify and improve our programming where needed.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage is dedicated to our students and their future successes. Our programs are designed with this goal in mind. That is, to provide a thorough and well-rounded education to people who will leave this school as confident and well-trained leaders in the field of canine massage therapy. Our goal is have our graduates leave this school prepared to provide a valuable and much needed service; designed to help humans and animals and the world as a whole.
The Ojai School of Canine Massage is approved by the BPPE as an exempt institution. The degree programs offered by the Ojai School of Canine Massage are not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and, therefore, students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid programs.
Ojai School of Canine Massage
P.O. Box 1263
Ojai, CA 93024
Telephone: (805) 640-9798
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