|"This course (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation) was amazing. Thank you for all of your knowledge and sharing. I loved the way you helped us apply the techniques we learned and the layering effects to review and help us remember. Really enjoyed having the hands-on time with all of the different dogs. This has truly been a life-changing experience for me. I canít wait to do the next courses!"
—Lisbeth Weinheimer, MSPT,
“Excellent anatomy review. Much better taught than in vet school! The clay models, repetition, and testing were very effective. Well balanced between lectures and hands-on."
–Seth Bleakley, MVB, MRCVS, CCRT,
Fort Collins, Colorado
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» June 18-22, 2017
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $2,900.
» Future 2017 Class
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Florida or Colorado location, $2,900.
Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.
Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, Laurie
McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT, Judy
Coates, MSPT, MEd, CCRT, Kristin
Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR
5-day course is open to veterinarians, physical
therapists and veterinary technicians. Veterinary
technicians 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.
are pleased to announce that we have further
streamlined this course to include more online
content. Starting in June 2015, this course
will have 5 classroom days and 16 additional
hours of online coursework that must be completed
before the first day of class.
Registered students: Your online coursework hours will be accessed through our Online Coursework page. During the month before your class, visit the Online Coursework page and log in to the online coursework area for this class. A password will be emailed to you approximately 30 days before the start of class.
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, this course will
also cover canine neurology and an introduction
to neuro rehabilitation.
This course is
RACE approved by
Please note: 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.
Course Fee: $2,900
Please Note: Many of our core certification courses (Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation, The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, 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
- 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
- Neurological rehabilitation
- The business of canine rehabilitation
Classes are held each day from 8:00 am to
5:00 pm in Colorado, and from 9:00 am to 6:00
pm in Florida. There is a 1-hour break
for lunch. At the end of DAY 5, students
are given a take-home, open-book final exam
that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration
with fellow classmates is encouraged.