“This is the best continuing education I have ever taken
part in."

–Carl Rischen, DVM, DACVS,
Gig Harbor, Washington
Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation
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Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Current Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


Faculty: Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Phys Rehab)

Prerequisites: This 2-day course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses. All CCRTs, CCRAs and CCRPs who are licensed veterinary or physical therapy professionals are welcome. Veterinary technicians/nurses, including CCRPs and CCRAs, 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.

Course Description: In Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, students will learn how the resistance and buoyancy of water can be used for canine fitness, conditioning, injury recovery, and relief from joint pain. Topics will include how to create an aquatic therapy program, aquatic rehabilitation exercises, hydrotherapy equipment and products, swimming pool vs. underwater treadmill, safety concerns, and how to make aquatic therapy profitable for your practice.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15.5 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $575

Topics covered include:

  • The properties of water and their application to canine hydrotherapy
  • Using aquatics and hydrotherapy in canine rehabilitation, maintenance and conditioning
  • Hydrotherapy equipment and products
  • Specific aquatic rehabilitation exercises
  • Creating a hydrotherapy program
  • Safety issues associated with hydrotherapy
  • Hiring and training hydrotherapy staff