“Suzie was a fantastic instructor and I really enjoyed this course. It was well put together, very informative, and I'm so glad I took it."
–Anna Leavitt, DVM, CCRP, CVAT, Denver, Colorado

“It was great to be back with CRI again after so long. High quality course!"
–Bess Pierce, DVM, MZS, DABVP, DACVIM, DACVSMR, Tazewell, Tennessee

“Suzie was an excellent instructor! So informative and upbeat."
–Stephanie Garlichs, DVM, CCRP, Coupeville, Washington

Canine Therapeutic Exercise
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Upcoming Dates

» March 21-22, 2024
Canine Therapeutic Exercise, Springfield, Missouri, $1,989.

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Canine Therapeutic Exercise, Springfield, Missouri, $1,989.


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» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine

» Internal Medicine and Pain Management for the Advanced Rehabilitation Therapist

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Myofascial Techniques for the Rehabilitation Therapist

» Osteoarthritis Symposium

» Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses



"The way that Suzie Stoke organized to the plan and method that she taught was absolutely effective, complete, and easily learned and applied. I was able to apply immediately for the world class agility and conformation clients coming in immediately before the NE region championships the next week. Thanks so much!!"
– Margarethe Garrett, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVTP, COAM, CCRP, Evansville, Indiana

"One of the best classes that I have ever taken!! Learning why we pick specific exercise is very practical to the day-to-day work that we do."
–Yuko Eguchi-Coe, DVM, CVA, CVTP, CVH, CVFT, CVMMP, CCRT, Corvallis, Oregon

Faculty: Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course consists of 8 hours of online pre-course material and a 2-day in-person course. It is open to licensed veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses who have taken Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Veterinary professionals certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), or CuraCore (CRPM), and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation are also welcome. Non-credentialed veterinary assistants must submit a Letter of Recommendation from their supervising veterinarian.

Course Description: Canine Therapeutic Exercise provides students with an understanding of how exercise affects tissue physiology. Students will learn to evaluate and apply appropriate exercises for different stages of healing and how to progress exercises through the rehabilitation phase into the return-to-activity phase. Detailed exercise programs for orthopedic, neurological, post-operative, geriatric and canine athlete cases are presented, demonstrated, and practiced. Students will learn case-specific exercises tailored to in-clinic and at-home settings. The pre-course videos consist of Aquatics in Rehabilitation. 

This course is RACE approved for 16 credit hours 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: $1,989

Course Location: CRI Headquarters, 2137 S. Eastgate Avenue, Springfield, MO 65809

Topics Covered:

  • The effects of therapeutic exercises on mechanotransduction, tissue repair, and stages of healing
  • Creating a comprehensive conditioning program based on balance, strength, endurance. and flexibility exercises
  • Advancing canine exercises for each stage of healing based on weight bearing status, types of muscle contractions, strength, and overload principle
  • Age-appropriate exercise programs for geriatric cases
  • Recognizing soreness or setbacks
  • Conditioning programs for canine athletes and therapeutic exercises for common agility injuries

Class Details: Class will be held each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time at CRI's Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. There is a 1-hour break for lunch.