“What an amazing class! 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

“This is by far the best CE I have ever attended. Everything is so easy, from registering to lodging, the courses are awesome, and I always come home pumped!"
–Nathalie Fortier, DVM, CCRT, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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We are looking forward to returning to Europe in 2023! After our successful Canine Sports Medicine module in May 2022, we are holding our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module on June 3-6, 2023, at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium.

Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
June 3-6, 2023
Velm, Belgium
$4,500 USD
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Note: Do not make non-refundable travel plans until a confirmation email is received.

Please email us to join the interest list for this module.

More details about this course are provided below. For registration and course information, please contact CRI at [email protected]. For information about the facility and hotel options, please contact Ellen Martens of Het Waterhof directly at [email protected].

Course Location: Het Waterhof, Halingenstraat 57, 3806 Velm, Belgium.

Hosted by: Het Waterhof
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Website: www.hetwaterhof.com

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Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

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Course Dates: June 3-6, 2023

Faculty: Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA, Patrice Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRT, Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians, physiotherapists and veterinary technicians/nurses. Veterinary and physiotherapy students may take this course any time after their first year of veterinary or physiotherapy school. Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an 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.

Pre-Course Work: All students will have 11.3 hours of pre-course online work to complete before the in-person session. We will send you instructions for accessing the pre-course work approximately 60 days before the start of class. Please note, all videos must be viewed to receive full CE credit for this portion of the course.

Course Description: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation provides students with a fundamental understanding of canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Students build relevant structures on canine skeletons using clay and get hands-on experience palpating live canines. Common orthopedic and neurological disorders of the canine patient are covered including both conservative and surgical treatment options. Canine rehabilitation therapies that apply traditional physiotherapy techniques including manual therapies, therapeutic exercise, and physical modalities are taught along with ways they can be incorporated into veterinary practice.

This course is RACE approved for 49 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: $4,500 USD (Currency Converter)

Course Notes: Our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module consists of independent study and a 4-day in-person session.

Please Note: Many of our core certification courses (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse, Canine Therapeutic Exercise) sell out months in advance. We recommend that students register for all their core certification courses as soon as they know their schedules. Some courses must be taken in a specified order, but you do not need to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before registering for other courses. Please see our CCRT and CCRVN pages for more information. CRI plans on returning to Belgium in 2024 to offer the additional courses required for certification.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Comparative (human and canine) anatomy and biomechanics
  • Canine neuro/musculoskeletal structures including bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage; also, the origin, insertion, innervation, and action of each muscle
  • The fundamental physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics of joint, muscle and muscle action as they relate to common canine injuries and tissue healing
  • Traditional physiotherapy terminology and techniques including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and aquatic therapy; also, physical modalities applying LASER, ultrasound, thermal agents, and electrotherapy
  • Pain recognition and assessment in canine patients
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation
  • Infectious diseases and zoonoses requiring caution in canine rehabilitation practice
  • Orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation
  • The business of canine rehabilitation

Class will be held from 8 am to 5 pm Central European Standard Time each day. There is a 1-hour break for lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea.

Registered students: Please watch for specific emails about each class as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.

At the end of the course, students are given a take-home, open-book final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.

Sponsors for the Course:
Respond Systems
Companion Animal Health
Assisi Animal Health
Help ’Em Up

Het Waterhof Belgium Travel Arrangements guide Travel Information: Please check out this travel guide for more information about the Het Waterhof, transportation, and accommodation options. Please note: You may wish to consult other online resources to research area hotels and B&B's. There are a lot of B&B's in the region. If you are attending a course during April-May-June, please be aware that this is the high season for tourism and be sure to book your accommodations early.

Questions? If you are interested in courses in Belgium, please contact us at [email protected].