“As always, the course was great. The instructors were always so helpful and I've met so many great people! I am sad this was the last one, but looking forward to taking more CE courses with CRI in the future!"
–Dana Applegate, DVM,
Ames, Iowa

“Big thank you again to our instructors. You have just a phenomenal group of brilliant, dedicated, passionate PTs/DVMs/CCRVNs. I am excited to take advanced courses/additional CE and start my rehab career."
–Alicia Wisnewski, DVM,
Fargo, North Dakota

Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine
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Join us in Alaska for a comprehensive course on canine exercise physiology and hands-on experience with elite canine athletes — Alaskan Husky sled dogs! Attendees will learn how to drive a sled dog team and will have the opportunity to drive their own team in the vast wilderness of this area with stunning views of Denali.

Course Dates: January 21-25, 2023

Location: Happy Trails Kennels, Big Lake, Alaska

Travel: Fly into Anchorage International Airport. Happy Trails is located 1.5 hours north of the airport.


Faculty: Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses. Veterinary students may take this course any time after their first year of veterinary school. Physical therapy students may register for this course, but can't start the course until after they graduate and are licensed. 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.

Course Description: CRI has partnered with 4-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser's Happy Trails Kennels and the Alaska Dog Mushing School to offer the ultimate continuing education adventure. This 5-day program, taught by Dr. Michael Davis, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, ACVSMR, encompasses 18 hours of RACE-approved CE covering exercise physiology and sports medicine in working dogs and the complete experience of working with the ultimate canine athlete: the Alaskan Husky sled dog.

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This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 18 credit hours.

Course Schedule: Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine is a 5-day course with 18 CE hours.

Day 1 (1/21/23):

  • 2 hours of lecture in late afternoon

Day 2 (1/22/23):

  • 4 hours of lecture in the morning
  • Lunch
  • 2-3 hours after lunch learning how to drive a dogsled (24 students)
  • 2 hours of lecture in late afternoon

Day 3 (1/23/23):

  • 4 hours of lecture in the morning
  • Up to 12 people spend the afternoon taking a half-day sled dog trip

Day 4 (1/24/23):

  • 4 hours of lecture in the morning
  • Up to 12 people spend the afternoon taking a half-day sled dog trip

Day 5 (1/25/23): 

  • 2 hours of lecture in the morning
  • Up to 12 people take an à la carte all-day sled dog trip (additional cost of $449 due at registration).

Course Fee: Choose either:

  • $1,590 for the 5-day course (see details below), OR
  • $2,039 for the 5-day course plus $449 for the full day of dog mushing on Day 5 (limited to 12 people)

The $1,590 course fee includes:

  • 18 hours of CE
  • Snacks and meals during class times
  • Introduction to dog mushing on Day 2
  • ½ day of dog mushing on Day 3 (for half of the class)
  • ½ day of dog mushing on Day 4 (for the other half of the class)

The full day of dog mushing (on Day 5) is limited to 12 students and has an additional cost of $449. Please select the $2,039 course fee to register for the full day of dog mushing on Day 5.

Additional Excursions: Additional excursions are à la carte and will be paid directly to the excursion company.

Additional excursions can be arranged by the student with the following companies for the afternoon of Day 3 or 4 (whichever afternoon they are NOT doing their half day dog sled), or for Day 5 if the student does not elect to participate in the all-day dog sled trip.

K2 Aviation:

  • Denali Flyer Tour
  • 1-hour drive to Talkenta
  • Begins at 12:30, 1 hour and 15 minute flight

Learn more: https://www.flyk2.com/tours/denali-flyer/

Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska:

  • 3-hour Snowmobiling Tour
  • 30-minute drive to Willow, Alaska
  • Start time 12 pm
  • $200 per person 
  • All-day tour: Dog sledding in morning, lunch, snowmobiling in afternoon - $350

Learn more: https://snowhookadventures.com/alaska-snowmobile-tours/

Jeff Schultz Alaska Photo Tours

Learn more: https://www.schultzphoto.com/

  • We have requested information on cost per person for 2 tour options: an evening Northern Lights tour and an all-day Glacier or Wildlife tour. We are awaiting his response.

Students may wish to arrive a day or two early or stay an extra couple of days to enjoy some of the longer trips such as:

Matanuska Glacier Winter Tour:

  • All-day event (8 hours)
  • Start time of 8 am out of Anchorage
  • $295 per person (includes lunch, warm clothing/boots, glacier hiking equipment)

Learn more: https://www.greatlandadventures.com/matanuska-glacier-winter-tour/