“I thought the sport class (Canine Sports Medicine) was one of the best I've been to for years and am so looking forward to the future classes. Thanks again and thanks, Chris (Zink), for your patience with all my questions."
–David Hirsch, DVM,
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

“This class (Canine Sports Medicine) really made learning fun. Dr. Zink is a great instructor. The videos were excellent! I feel like I have a better understanding of canine sports. Seeing dogs in action in each of the sports was very helpful. Great class!"
–Mandy Brody, RVT, CCRA,
Atlanta, Georgia
Canine Sports Medicine
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Upcoming Dates

» March 24-26, 2018
Canine Sports Medicine, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $1,600. Note special schedule below. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» June 15-17, 2018
Canine Sports Medicine, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $1,600. Note special schedule below.

» Future 2018 Class
Canine Sports Medicine, Florida or Colorado location, $1,600.


» Save with a 2-Course Package!
Save when you register for Canine Rehabilitation Therapist or Canine Rehabilitation Assistant together with Canine Sports Medicine. You will have the opportunity to select your preferred dates when you register.

2-Course Package After 1/1/18: Canine Rehabilitation Therapist plus Canine Sports Medicine, $4,350

2-Course Package After 1/1/18: Canine Rehabilitation Assistant plus Canine Sports Medicine, $4,100


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Current Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation


Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.


Prerequisites: This 3-day course is open to all veterinarians. Veterinary technicians/nurses and physical therapists that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and physical therapists certified as Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) are also welcome. Physical therapists who have hands-on competition experience in canine sports may attend this course before completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

Course Description: Canine Sports Medicine provides students with a fundamental understanding of structure and locomotion as they relate to performance, and an introduction to canine sporting events. Sports injuries in canine athletes are covered in depth including their causes, prevention and rehabilitation. The role that psychology can play in the rehabilitation of the canine athlete is also discussed. Participants get hands-on experience with dogs on site.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB.

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.

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Course Fee: $1,600

Topics Covered Include:

  • Canine sporting events: the organizations that oversee them and the breeds that participate
  • Anatomical structures and locomotion as they relate to canine performance
  • Gait assessment and retraining
  • Lameness evaluation
  • Canine sports injuries: causes, prevention and targeted rehabilitation
  • Conditioning for the canine athlete
  • Erogenic drugs (ethical and unethical)
  • Nutrition and supplements for the canine athlete
  • Canine sports psychology and how it can effect rehabilitation

Class Times: Please note the class times for the March and June 2018 Canine Sports Medicine classes.

March 2018 class in Coral Springs, Florida
Saturday, March 24: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 26: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 2018 class in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Friday, June 15: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 17: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

There is a 1-hour break for lunch. Registered students: Please watch for specific emails about each class as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.

There is a 1-hour break for lunch. At the end of DAY 3, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.