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Session One (Online)

24 Hour Lectures

  • Introduction to Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • History of Canine Rehabilitation and Legal Issues
  • Canine Anatomy: Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy Terminology and Outcome Measurements
  • Applied Exercise Physiology in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Gait and Posture in Canine
  • Applied Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Applied Behavior in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • How to Perform Neurological Exam
  • Common Neurological Conditions
  • How to Perform Orthopedic Exam
  • Common Orthopedic Disorders from Head to Toe
  • Imaging in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Pain Physiology and Assessment
  • Tissue Healing Physiology
  • Review of Head, Cervical and Thoracic Limb Musculature
  • Review of Abdominal, Dorsal and Pelvic Limb Musculature
  • Getting Started in Rehabilitation Facility and Business

Session Two (On-site*) – 4.5 days

20 Hour Lectures

  • Rehabilitation Assessment
  • Orthopedic Exam: a Rehabilitation Standpoint
  • Neurological Exam: a Rehabilitation Standpoint
  • LASER Therapy
  • Therapeutic Modalities: Thermotherapy, Cryotherapy, US, Shockwave, Electrotherapy (TENS and NMES), Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Land Exercises
  • Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill
  • Overview Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Overview Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • General Practical Rehabilitation Advice for Owners
  • Putting It All Together: Development of Therapeutic Plan and Outcomes Measures

  • 16 Hour Wet Labs

  • Canine Anatomy/Musculoskeletal Structures
  • Posture and Gait Analysis
  • Rehabilitation, Orthopedic and Neurologic Exam
  • Hands-on Therapeutic Modalities, Exercises and Manual Therapy
  • Hands-on Strengthening and Conditioning Exercises
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Session Three (Online)

    23 Hour Lectures

    • Introduction to Canine Sports
    • Canine Kinematics and How It Relates to Performance
    • Canine Locomotion and Gait Re-training Strategies
    • Core Training and Conditioning for Canine Athlete
    • Common Canine Sports Injuries: Causes, Rehabilitation, Recovery and Prevention
    • Pharmacological Management of Pain
    • Non-pharmacological Management of Pain
    • Wound Healing Strategies
    • Evidence of Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise
    • Rehabilitation for Acute Post-operative Management
    • Rehabilitation for Common Orthopedic Disorders (Selected Topics)
    • Rehabilitation for Common Neurological Disorders (Selected Topics)
    • Rehabilitation for Geriatric Patients
    • Rehabilitation and Nursing Care for Recumbent Animals
    • Rehabilitation for Hospice, Palliative, and Cancer Care
    • Rehabilitation for Other Internal Medical Conditions
    • Thinking Out of the Box: Unusual Cases that Benefit from Rehabilitation and Some That Do Not
    • Feline Rehabilitation
    • Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Herbals

    Session Four (On-site*) – 4 days

    12 hour Lectures

    • Putting it All Together: How to Formulate a Rehabilitation Plan
    • Rehabilitation Case-based Discussion
    • Obesity
    • Braces, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Assistive Devices and Bandaging
    • Rehabilitation Practice Business Strategies
    • Infectious Diseases and Red Flags for Rehabilitation Patients
    • Acupuncture for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
    • Manipulation Therapy for Rehabilitation Cases
    • Joint Injection for Local Analgesia
    • New Frontiers in Rehabilitation Medicine: Hyperbaric Oxygen, Regenerative Therapies
    • Rehabilitation for Pocket Pets, Wildlife and Exotics
    • Contraindications for Rehabilitation Therapies
    • Rehabilitation for IVDD
    • Tips for Creating a Successful Rehabilitation Practice

    12 Hour Wet Labs

    • Hands-on Rehabilitation Cases
    • Orthotics, Prosthetics, Assistive Devices and Bandaging
    • Joint Injection Techniques
    • Hands-on Therapeutic Modalities, Exercises and Manual Therapy
    • Hands-on Strengthening and Conditioning Exercises
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Canine Acupuncture 
    8 Hours
    Last day of the class: Written exams* and Clinical exam*
    *All exams are conducted in English only

    *On-site schedule subject to change