"(Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation) was a fantastic experience, on many / all levels. I don't think I've experienced quite as impressive a group in my course travels, perhaps it was notched up by the incredible dedication and knowledge of the teaching staff. Thank you so entirely. I am hungry for more!"
—Jill Bailey, VMD
El Segundo, California


“I am very excited about learning more, and I use what I learned in the Intro session almost every day."
–Lorrie M. Fraser, DVM
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Upcoming Dates

» July 29-August 2, 2014
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group, Broomfield, Colorado, $2,525. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required. Please note revised dates.

» November 5-9, 2014
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,525. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» January 27-February 1, 2015
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,750.

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Janet Van Dyke, DVM, CCRT, CEO, Laurie McCauley, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT, Judy Coates, MSPT, MEd, CCRT, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, Terri Schiller, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, Elizabeth Rawson, DVM, DACVS, MS, CCRT, Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CVPP, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 6-day course* is open to Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, Veterinary Technicians, and Physical Therapist Assistants. Veterinary Technicians and Physical Therapist Assistants must submit an Employer Agreement Letter indicating that there is a Veterinarian or Physical Therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

*In 2014, this course will consist of 5 classroom days and 8 additional hours of online coursework that must be completed before the first day of class.

Starting January 1, 2015, this course will have 6 classroom days and 8 additional hours of online coursework that must be completed before the first day of class.

Course Description: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation provides students with a fundamental understanding of canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Students build relevant structures on canine skeletons using clay, and get hands-on experience palpating live canines. Common orthopedic and neurological disorders of the canine patient are covered including both conservative and surgical treatment options. Canine rehabilitation modalities including traditional physical therapy and integrative therapies are introduced, as well as ways they can be incorporated into a veterinary practice.

After January 1, 2015, thie course will also cover canine neurology and an introduction to neuro rehabilitation.

This course is now RACE approved by the AAVSB. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians will earn 48 continuing education hours for successful completion of this 6-day course.

As of January 1, 2013, students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day and may have to return to make up the missing hours.

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Course Fee: $2,525   (Note: The fee for this course will be $2,750 for classes beginning after January 1, 2015.)

Please Note: Many of our core certification courses (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Neurological Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine) sell out months in advance. We recommend that students register for all their core certification courses as soon as they know their schedules. Some courses must be taken in a specified order, but you do not need to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation to register for other courses. Please see our CCRT and CCRA pages for more information.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Comparative (human and canine) anatomy and biomechanics
  • Canine neuro/musculoskeletal structures including bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and cartilage; also, the origin, insertion, innervation, and action of each
  • The fundamental physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics of joint, muscle and muscle action as they relate to common canine injuries
  • Traditional physical therapy terminology and techniques including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and aquatic therapy; also, physical modalities utilizing LASER, ultrasound, thermal agents and electrotherapy
  • Integrative therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic, magnetic therapy and homeopathy
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation
  • Infectious diseases and zoonoses in canine rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • The business of canine rehabilitation

At the end of DAY 6, students are given a take-home, open-book final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.