“Thank you for the course, thank you for equipping us with skills we hope to grow and take to new heights in Australia. We have all enjoyed your teachings more than you can know."
–Dr. Susan Hill, Dr. Yoko Clinch, and Dr. Jodie Low Choy, Australia
Australian Program Course Information
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Upcoming Dates

» August 30-September 1, 2019
Canine Sports Medicine, Emmanuel College St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. To learn more about the course, read VetPrac's brochure or contact VetPrac at info@vetprac.com.

Register online through VetPrac.

We are returning to Australia in 2019 to offer Canine Sports Medicine! CRI traveled to Australia in recent years to offer Canine Sports Medicine in 2017 and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation in 2018.

Canine Sports Medicine (Australia)

Course Dates: August 30-September 1, 2019

Venue: Emmanuel College St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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  VetPrac Canine Sports Medicine brochure
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Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 3-day course is open to veterinarians and the nurses who work with them, as well as physiotherapists.

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.

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 affect rehabilitation

Registration: Register online through VetPrac. To learn more about the course, read VetPrac's brochure or contact VetPrac at info@vetprac.com.

Accommodations and Transportation: For information regarding accommodation and transportation suggestions, please see this helpful document created by VetPrac. VetPrac also has a map on its website to help attendees with directions in getting to the venue.

Questions? If you are interested in courses in Australia, please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.



The Canine Rehabilitation Institute is pleased to have had such a positive response to its continuing education program in Australia. In 2016, we held Canine Sports Medicine and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and in 2017, we held Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Module) and another Canine Sports Medicine class, which was sold out. In 2018, we held Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation again. Our program includes these three hands-on courses and an internship at a practice with a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.

Students and faculty from the January 2017 Therapist class in Australia
Students and faculty from the January 2017 Therapist class in Australia gather for a group photo.

At the end of our course in January 2017, our Australian host, Dr. Ilana Mendels of VetPrac, asked that we read her note to the students. We would like to share her heartfelt words with the wider CRI community.

Dear Friends,

It was so lovely to see you all last night at dinner. My apologies for not being able to speak to each of you individually. Over the years, of our meetings - I feel grateful to consider so many of you more than colleagues now. It was great to see everyone relaxed and laughing together last night.

I just wanted to say a quick word or two about what this course and you have meant to me and the veterinary community of Australia and to thank you for the investment you have made for a better future of it.

It's not easy being a trailblazer. There are always challenges. But I truly believe that the greater the challenge the greater the reward. I think we can all agree that this 3 module course is easily the hardest, most intensive workshop VetPrac has every offered. Not everyone who started out in February last year is here now. It's a tough slog. But you have almost done it. You have taken the fire of a new idea we had and lit for yourselves and this region new opportunities. Thank you.

You are almost qualified as leaders of a new field opening up in our country.
You are the people who will show others what is possible for animals recovering from injury or operation or degeneration.
Less than 5 other people in this country will have your certification.

Please use your new skills.

Please tell people about it. Please promote it for the future ... We need to keep the blaze burning.

Please promote it for for the possibility it represents for animal health in general. I know you will. As I looked around the room last night, I saw it. You are as passionate about animal health as we are, and now - along with the drive to do better - you have the skills and knowledge to achieve it.

Thank you for letting us do what we love, because without your desire and interest to grow and learn skill we couldn't.

Thank you so much for bridging the gap between learning and doing.
I wish you the very best of luck for your next phase in this journey.