“What an amazing class (The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)! Thank you to all of the instructors, TAs, and supportive staff for making this experience so great! My brain is full, and I can't wait to transition from human physical therapy to canine."
–Sunny Rubin, MSPT,
Seattle, Washington
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Upcoming Dates

» September 30-October 4, 2017
The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $2,900. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» December 2-6, 2017
The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $2,900.

» Future 2017-18 Class
The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Florida or Colorado location, $2,900.

 

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

2-Course Package After 1/1/17: The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist plus Canine Sports Medicine, $4,350

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Judy Coates, M.Ed, MSPT, CCRT, Sasha A. Foster, MSPT, CCRT, Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 5-day course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and to veterinarians and physical therapists certified as Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP).

We are pleased to announce that we have further streamlined this course to include more online content. Starting in September 2016, this course has 5 classroom days and 11 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: The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist introduces students to clinical assessment, goal-setting, treatment planning and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation from a physical therapy perspective. This case-based course highlights orthopedic conditions and injuries involving the extremities and the spine. Practical applications of joint mobilization, modalities and therapeutic exercise are covered. Participants get hands-on experience with dogs on site. The business of canine rehabilitation is discussed as well as pertinent legal and ethical issues.

After January 1, 2015, this course will also cover canine neuro rehabilitation. Students get hands-on experience with dogs on site as they learn how to perform a neurologic exam and apply neurophysiological facilitation techniques. Developing goal-focused treatment plans and assessing outcomes in canine neuro-rehabilitation patients are also covered.

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

Topics Covered Include:

  • Evaluation of the canine patient
  • Spinal and extremity joint kinematics and biomechanics
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic modalities including LASER, ultrasound and electrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercises for strength, weight-bearing, range of motion, stretching and proprioception
  • Setting goals, developing treatment plans, and measuring outcomes
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • 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 an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.