Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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
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.