“I registered for the business course thinking I might incorporate some rehab into my practice. I left with a business plan for starting a canine rehabiliation center that I fully intend to use."
– Linda Hamilton, DVM,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The Business of Canine Rehabilitation
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Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


Faculty: Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT, Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to all veterinary and physical therapy professionals and practice managers. Veterinary technicians/nurses, including CCRPs, CCRVNs and CCRAs, 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: The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will feature four instructors — two veterinarians and two physical therapists — who have owned and run successful rehabilitation practices. Students will learn how to write a business plan that fits their finances, space, staff, and client needs. Interactive panel discussions will present strategies for achieving profitability in a canine rehabilitation practice including design, equipment selection, services/fees, operations, staffing and marketing.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 16 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: $480

Topics Covered Include:

  • Business plans
  • Permits and licenses
  • Designing and equipping a rehabilitation practice
  • Veterinary practice software
  • Pricing and inventory management
  • Staffing and human resource management
  • Marketing: social media and traditional
  • Sales techniques for growing business

Class Details: Classes are held each day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. There is a 1-hour break for lunch.