“As I have come to expect from CRI, (Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses) was fantastic. I came in with questions and goals, and all of them were met/answered. The course was well organized, engaging and gave me some really valuable tools to go forward with. You guys are the best!"
–Carmella Britt, DVM, CCRT,
New York, New York

“Martin and his team are wonderful! The visual learning tools were great as was the hands-on portion."
–Megan Hastie, VT, Norwalk, Iowa

“(Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses) was my first CRI course, and I was very impressed with the quality of instruction provided. I look forward to additional courses."
–Theresa Pancotto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (N), CCRP, MRCVS,
Blacksburg, Virginia
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"Mr. Kaufmann and Dr. Duerr do a phenomenal job educating on this topic. They were able to present the material in a very understandable way and were very approachable. I have a much better understanding of prosthetics and orthotics and feel I can go back to the clinic on Monday and use what I learned. Hands-on labs were great. TAs had a lot of knowledge to offer as usual." –Tracie East, PT, DPT, WCC, CCRT, Wasilla, Alaska

Note: The name of this course has changed from Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation to Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses.

Faculty: Felix M. Duerr, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR, CCRT, Martin W. Kaufmann, ABC, BSBA, c-PED, Prosthetic/Orthotic Technologist

Prerequisites: This 2 1/2-day course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses who have successfully completed 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 to attend. All veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter.

Course Description: Students learn how orthoses and prostheses can be used effectively in canine rehabilitation. Principles of biomechanics, kinematics and dynamics are reviewed, in particular how they guide the design and fitting of specific orthoses and prostheses. Wet labs provide students with hands-on experience in thoracic-limb and pelvic-limb fiberglass impression techniques. Patient evaluation and treatment options for specific conditions and injuries are discussed. Students have the unique opportunity to tour a veterinary orthotic and prosthetic (V-OP) device manufacturing facility nearby.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

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Please note: Students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day.

Course Fee: $795

Course Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday

Course Location: OrthoPets headquarters, 1130 West 124th Ave. Suite 900, Westminster, CO 80234

Topics Covered Include:

  • The history of orthoses and prostheses in rehabilitation
  • Bandaging and splinting
  • The mechanical advantage of orthoses and prostheses
  • Thoracic limb orthoses and prostheses
  • Pelvic limb orthoses and prostheses
  • Fiberglass impression techniques
  • Evaluation of the canine patient, goal setting, and rehabilitation from the V-OP perspective

Hotel Accommodations: The following hotels are located near the OrthoPets facility in Westminster, Colorado:

Courtyard by Marriott Denver North/Westminster
14355 Orchard Pkwy.
Westminster, CO 80023
Phone: 720-639-7701
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Candlewood Suites Denver North - Thornton
14362 Lincoln Way
Thornton, CO 80023
Phone: 303-227-3505

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