A good veterinarian is able to diagnose the source of the lameness and get the horse back to competition quickly; a great veterinarian is able to see variations in gait and performance before they lead to lameness and correct them as well as rehabilitate the horse after injury.
In this 110 CE hour program (Approved by RACE), we will explore how the equine athlete functions. Beginning with the powerful way the muscles, bones, and tendons work together for high-level performance we will go on to develop skills to spot small performance deficits and learn ways to correct them, and then we will investigate the etiology of injury, the process of healing, the use of rehabilitation tools and case management.
The knowledge and skill gained in this program can be used in general equine practice, high-level sports medicine practice, and rehabilitation facilities. Our goal is to give you the tools to get your patients to their best possible performance.
This program is intended for veterinarians with little to no background in equine rehabilitation. The major topics in this course are:
- Muscle, tendon, and joint physiology
- Developing strong tissues to avoid injury
- Mechanism of action of rehabilitation therapies
- Cardiac and muscle issues for the performance horse
- Creating high-level performance programs
- The impact of environment on performance
- Hoof structures and balance
- Shoeing methods and corrections
Equine Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine Certification Track
Taught in English
For veterinarians and veterinary student only
110 RACE-approved CE hours
Students must have a background of anatomy, biomechanics, and neuromuscular control in performance horses. Prior to enrolling students must:
- Enroll in the Performance Horse Medicine course
PMBT (Photobiomodulation Therapy) I, II, & III
Equine Strength and Proprioception
Hyperbaric I & II
Prehabilitation and Physical Exam
Dynamic Mobilization Exercise and Unstable Surface
Cardiac Architecture and Function
Monitoring During Training
Conditioning the Athlete
Trigger Points and Fascia
Demo: Gait Evaluation
Lab: Exam & Therapy using Laser, DME and Unstable Surface; Painting Anatomy
Lab: Yoga, Cardiology, and Anatomy
Lab: VMM Demo and Trigger Points
Etiology of Injury
Heart and Respiratory Response to Exercise
The Middle Compartment
Raising the Athletic Foal
Young Horse in Training
Role of PTs and Integrating Rehab into Practice
Putting it Together
Equine Hoof Radiology
Using Mechanics to Address Imbalance and Distortion
Therapeutics and Keeping Yourself out of Trouble
Lab: Assessing Hoof Balance
Lab: Yoga, Corrections to Hoof Balance, Saddle Fit, Cases
Business of Rehab
Gaining Client Compliance
Lab: Visit Rehab Center
Principles of Athletic Adaptation and Respiratory
Bone, Joint, and Tendon
Cardiovascular and Thermoregulation
Muscle and Metabolism
Lab: Physical Therapy and Cases
Students of the Certified Veterinary Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine program are eligible for the Certified Equine Rehabilitation and Performance Veterinarian (CERPV) certification, endorsed by Chi.
The certification requirements are:
- Complete all sessions of the program.
- Pass Final Written Exam with a score above 75%.
DVM, MSTCVM, CVA, CVTP, CVMMP, CVSMT, CERP
Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, veterinary medical manipulation and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.
Schedule & Tuition
Performance Horse Medicine
May 1 - Sep 1, 2023
Aug 1 - Sep 20, 2023
On-site Portion in Reddick, FL
Sep 21 - Sep 24, 2023
Sep 25 - Nov 29, 2023
On-site Portion in Reddick, FL
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2023
A $150.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.
Payment is due 60 days before the start date of each session or course.
$50.00 / on-site
Students of CVMMP and CERPV prior to 2020
Lab Equipment Sponsors
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Medical thermal imaging system
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