“I thought the sport class (Canine Sports Medicine) was one of the best I've been to for years and am so looking forward to the future classes. Thanks again and thanks, Chris (Zink), for your patience with all my questions."
–David Hirsch, DVM,
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

“This class (Canine Sports Medicine) really made learning fun. Dr. Zink is a great instructor. The videos were excellent! I feel like I have a better understanding of canine sports. Seeing dogs in action in each of the sports was very helpful. Great class!"
–Mandy Brody, RVT, CCRA,
Atlanta, Georgia
Canine Sports Medicine
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Upcoming Dates

» September 16-18, 2021
Canine Sports Medicine, Littleton, Colorado, $1,750.

» Future Class
Canine Sports Medicine, Florida or Colorado location, $1,750.


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

2-Course Package: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse plus Canine Sports Medicine, $4,250


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Kinesiotaping for Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.


Prerequisites: This 3-day course with an additional 6 hours of online lectures is open to all licensed veterinarians. Veterinary technicians/nurses and physical therapists that have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and veterinary technicians/nurses and physical therapists certified as Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) are also welcome. Physical therapists who have hands-on competition experience in canine sports may attend this course before completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter indicating that they are under the supervision of a veterinarian or physical therapist who is either: certified in canine rehabilitation (CCRT or CCRP only) or is pursuing CCRT certification and has completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or has a seat confirmed in that course.
Note: Class lectures and discussions will proceed under the assumption that students have viewed all of the pre-course online videos beforethe first day of class!

Online coursework: This course has 6 hours of online pre-coursework that must be completed before the first day of class.
Registered students: Please set aside the time you need to do the online pre-coursework before the first day of class. We will email instructions for accessing the pre-course work when we confirm your registration.

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: $1,750 (for courses located in the U.S.)

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

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 3, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.