“What an amazing class (The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)! Thank you to all of the instructors, TAs, and supportive staff for making this experience so great! My brain is full, and I can't wait to transition from human physical therapy to canine."
–Sunny Rubin, MSPT, Seattle, Washington

“This is by far the best CE I have ever attended. Everything is so easy, from registering to lodging, the courses are awesome, and I always come home pumped!"
–Nathalie Fortier, DVM, CCRT, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

European Program Course Information
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We have not yet determined the dates for the next course in the European Program.

Would you like to be notified when these courses are scheduled? Please contact us and mention your interest in the European Program.

We held our most recent European course in Belgium!

Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (Europe)

Course Dates: 18-22 May, 2018

Location: Het Waterhof, Halingenstraat 57, 3806 Velm, Belgium.

Hosted by: Het Waterhof
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Website: www.hetwaterhof.com

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Lodging: We have arranged for preferred pricing for CRI students at the following hotels.

Walkable to practice:
Hotel L'O de Vie, Halingenstraaat 76, 3806 Velm, Belgium
Only a limited amount of double rooms still available!
This hotel has a bar and a restaurant and is situated in Velm, a small village that is part of the
bigger city of Sint-Truiden. Outside of the hotel, there are not many other activities.
€85/night double room, breakfast included (Sunday-Thursday)
€90/night single room, breakfast included (Friday)
€100/night single room, breakfast included (Saturday)
For reservations: contact Ellen at ellen.martens@hetwaterhof.com.

Hotel in town - 10 minutes by car from the practice - 10 minutes walk from the town center:

Hotel Stayen, Tiensesteenweg 168, 3800 Sint-Truiden, Belgium
This hotel has a bar, restaurant, fitness center, pool and wellness. It is the home of the national
soccer team of Sint-Truiden. The hotel surrounds the soccer arena, so you might be able
to watch a game in the weekend (if your room looks out at the playground and if they have
a home match). Or you might be working out in the fitness center next to a player of Sint-Truiden.
Outside the hotel are some stores and bars/restaurants. The town city is at 10’ walking
distance with a lot of bars, restaurants, stores. It is a historical city with one of the biggest
squares in Belgium.
Our CRI discount rates for 17-22 May 2018 are:
€78/night, single room, breakfast included
€90/night, double room, breakfast included
To reserve, contact the hotel directly and don't forget to mention our discount code STA-GF1492.
Note: Het Waterhof is able to provide transportation from Hotel Stayen and back every day.

Transportation: Please contact Ellen Martens of Het Waterhof at info@hetwaterhof.com if you need transportation from the airport to the hotel or from the hotel to Het Waterhof. Het Waterhof is able to provide transportation from Hotel Stayen hotel and back every day.

Questions? Contact Ellen Martens of Het Waterhof at info@hetwaterhof.com.

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

Faculty: Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, Judy Coates, MSPT, MEd, CCRT, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR

Prerequisites: This 5-day course is open to veterinarians, physiotherapists and veterinary technicians. Veterinary technicians must submit an Employer Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physiotherapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

We are pleased to announce that we have further streamlined this course to include more online content. Starting in June 2015, this course will have 5 classroom days and 16 additional hours of online coursework that must be completed before the first day of class.
Registered students: Your online coursework hours will be accessed through our Online Coursework page. During the month before your class, visit the Online Coursework page and log in to the online coursework area for this class. A password will be emailed to you approximately 30 days before the start of class.

Course Description: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation provides students with a fundamental understanding of canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Students build relevant structures on canine skeletons using clay, and get hands-on experience palpating live canines. Common orthopedic and neurological disorders of the canine patient are covered including both conservative and surgical treatment options. Canine rehabilitation modalities including traditional physical therapy and integrative therapies are introduced, as well as ways they can be incorporated into a veterinary practice.

After January 1, 2015, this course will also cover canine neurology and an introduction to neuro rehabilitation.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB.

Please note: Students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day and may have to return to make up the missing hours.

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Course Fee: €3250 before Jan 1. Afterward, €3550. Installment payments an option - four payments of €935 each due Jan 15, Feb 15, Mar 15 and Apr 15.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Comparative (human and canine) anatomy and biomechanics
  • Canine neuro/musculoskeletal structures including bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and cartilage; also, the origin, insertion, innervation, and action of each
  • The fundamental physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics of joint, muscle and muscle action as they relate to common canine injuries
  • Traditional physical therapy terminology and techniques including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and aquatic therapy; also, physical modalities utilizing LASER, ultrasound, thermal agents and electrotherapy
  • Integrative therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic, magnetic therapy and homeopathy
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation
  • Infectious diseases and zoonoses in canine rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • The business of canine rehabilitation

At the end of DAY 5, students are given a take-home, open-book final exam that they have 30 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.