“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

» July 10-11, 2023
Canine Therapeutic Exercise, Springfield, Missouri, $1,940.

» Future Class
Canine Therapeutic Exercise, Springfield, Missouri, $1,940.

» Save with a 2-Course Package!
Save when you register for Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse together with Canine Therapeutic Exercise.

2-Course Package Starting in 2023: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse plus Canine Therapeutic Exercise, $4,655.
Note: To register for this 2-course package of Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and Canine Therapeutic Exercise, you must have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation by June 30, 2023.


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine

» Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Myofascial Techniques for the Rehabilitation Therapist

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation

» Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses



For a sample of what you will learn in this course, visit the Webinars section of the CRI Member Library and view the Therapeutic Exercise webinar taught by Suzie Stoke and Chris Zink.

"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

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Faculty: Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 2-day course 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. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid 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: 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.

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: $1,940

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.