“This course (Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine) exceeded all of my expectations and was well worth the investment. THANK YOU for such an amazing experience!"
–Shelby Johnson, DVM, CCRT, CVA,
Sandpoint, Idaho

“What a fantastic experience! A graduate-level course on exercise physiology and working with sled dogs! It just doesn't get any better."
–Amber Ihrke, DVM, DACVSMR,
Homer Glen, Illinois

Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine
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Upcoming Dates

Choose one of the two options below to register:

» January 27-30, 2024
Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine (4-Day Course), Big Lake, Alaska, $1,690.

» January 27-30, 2024 plus January 31 or February 1, 2024
Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine (4-Day Course) plus Full Day of Dog Mushing on Day 5 or 6, Big Lake, Alaska, $2,139.


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Canine Therapeutic Exercise

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» 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



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.

Exercise Physiology course in Alaska

Course Dates: January 27-February 1, 2024

Location: Happy Trails Kennels, Big Lake, Alaska

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


  • A limited number of rooms are available on site at the Happy Trails Kennels. Please contact Kathy at: [email protected] for more details.
  • Big Lake and Wasilla, Alaska are the nearest towns and have many hotels to choose from.
  • Airbnb and VRBO also have many options in the surrounding area.

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

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists. Veterinary students may take this course any time after their first year of veterinary school.

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 4-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 4-day course with 18 CE hours.

Day 1: January 27: Class 10 am-5 pm
Day 2: January 28: Class 8 am-12 pm, Classic Sled Groups A & B
Day 3: January 29: Class 8 am-12, Half day sled Group A
Day 4: January 30: Class 8 am-12, Half day sled Group B
Day 5: January 31: Full day sled for group A (additional fee of $449)
Day 6: February 1: Full day sled for group B (additional fee of $449)

Course Fee: Choose either:

  • $1,690 for the 4-day course (see details below), OR
  • $2,139 for the 4-day course plus $449 for the full day of dog mushing on Day 5 or 6 (limited to 12 people each day)

The $1,690 course fee includes:

  • 18 hours of CE
  • Lunch and snacks 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 or 6) is limited to 12 students each day and has an additional cost of $449. Please select the $2,139 course fee to register for the full day of dog mushing.

We will assign you to a group and let you know once assignments have been made.

Additional Excursions: You may choose to schedule additional activities during your time in Alaska. Here are a few ideas of things you could do!

Iditarod Museum: Learn more: https://iditarod.com/plan-your-visit/

K2 Aviation: Learn more: https://www.flyk2.com/tours/denali-flyer/

Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska: Learn more: https://snowhookadventures.com/alaska-snowmobile-tours/

Jeff Schultz Alaska Photo Tours: Learn more: https://www.schultzphoto.com/

Matanuska Glacier Winter Tour: Learn more: https://www.greatlandadventures.com/matanuska-glacier-winter-tour/