“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

» July 30-August 3, 2018
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Albion Park Raceway, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. $6000 +GST. Early-Bird Special: Book before 18th June and receive a free textbook of Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. To register or learn more about the course, visit the VetPrac website or contact VetPrac at info@vetprac.com.

We are returning to Australia in July 2018 for our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course! Our December 2017 Canine Sports Medicine class was sold out, so we encourage you to register soon.

Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (Australia)

Course Dates: July 30-August 3, 2018

Venue: Albion Park Raceway, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Hosted by
VetPrac logo

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT, Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 5-day course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary nurses. Veterinary nurses 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.

We are pleased to announce that we have further streamlined this course to include more online content. This course has 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.

Course Fee: $6000 + GST. Early-Bird Special: Book before 18th June and receive a free textbook of Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

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 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

Registration: To register or learn more about the course, visit the VetPrac website or contact VetPrac at info@vetprac.com.

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. 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.