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Canine Sports Medicine
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Upcoming Dates

» November 12-14, 2015
Canine Sports Medicine, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $1,300. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» January 22-24, 2016
Canine Sports Medicine, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, Florida, $1,500.

» February 11-13, 2016
Canine Sports Medicine, Sydney, Australia. For more information, see the Australian Program page.


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

2-Course Package After 1/1/16: The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist plus Canine Sports Medicine, $4,100

2-Course Package After 1/1/16: The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant plus Canine Sports Medicine, $3,850


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Current Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation


Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR

Prerequisites: This 3-day course is open to all veterinarians. Veterinary technicians and physical therapists that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and physical therapists certified as Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) are also welcome.

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.

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: $1,300 (after January 1, 2016, the course fee will be $1,500)

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 effect rehabilitation

Classes are held each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Colorado, and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Florida. There is a 1-hour break for lunch. At the end of DAY 3, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.