"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 canĂ­t wait to do the next courses!"
—Lisbeth Weinheimer, MSPT,
Northport, Alabama

“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
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
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Upcoming Dates

» November 2-6, 2019
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,900. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» January 25-29, 2020
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,900. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» March 21-25, 2020
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,900.

» Future Class
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Florida or Colorado location, $2,900.

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, Judy Coates, MSPT, MEd, CCRT, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT, Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA

Prerequisites: This 5-day course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses. Physical therapists must have one year of clinical experience post-graduation with human patients before enrolling in this course to help them better apply their knowledge to a new species. Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment 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.

We 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.

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.

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: $2,900

Please Note: Many of our core certification courses (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Clinical Skills (formerly Canine Rehabilitation Therapist), Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing, 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 CCRVN 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

Classes are held each day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Colorado and Florida. 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.

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.