Certified Canine Rehab Veterinary Technician

This course teaches technician closely assist the veterinarian in performing rehabilitation, neurological and orthopedic examinations including obtaining objective data such as joint and muscle measurements. Technicians will learn to analyze and quantify gait and posture abnormalities, apply rehabilitative therapies and modalities, utilize manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, regenerative medicine, assistive devices, and orthotics & prosthetics.

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Course Overview

Hybrid course with 3 online and 2 onsite sessions.110.5 hours including 32.5 hours of hands-on labs in canine anatomy, objective assessments, manual therapies, and rehabilitation modalities.30 hours of internship with a small animal rehabilitation therapist after completion of the sessions 1-4 and within 6 months of completion of the course is necessary to receive certification.

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Course Objectives

  • Closely assist the veterinarian in performing rehabilitation, neurological and orthopedic examinations including obtaining objective data such as joint and muscle measurements.
  • Accurately analyze and quantify gait and posture abnormalities.
  • Apply rehabilitative therapies and modalities to treat patients, including laser, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, electrotherapy, shockwave therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, etc.
  • Utilize manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, regenerative medicine, assistive devices, and orthotics & prosthetics.
  • Integrate principles of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and disease processes to help increase or repair the physical mobility of patients.
  • Manage and prevent injuries and pain associated with rehabilitation, performance, and sports medicine.
  • Execute comprehensive rehabilitation programs for a variety of disorders, including orthopedic, neurologic, medical, hospice, and palliative cases.
  • Execute appropriate conditioning programs in rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Admission requirements

Credentialed veterinary technician OR successful completion of a 2-year veterinary technician program OR veterinary assistant with at least 5 years’ experience in a small animal veterinary clinical setting.

Letter of recommendation from a licensed veterinarian certified in or currently attending courses for certification in canine rehabilitation therapy.

Certified Canine Rehab Veterinary Technician

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

110.5 hours

Curriculum

Introduction to Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

1h

History of Canine Rehabilitation and Legal Issues

1h

Canine Anatomy: Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System

3h

Review of Head, Cervical and Thoracic Limb Musculature

1h

Review of Abdominal, Dorsal and Pelvic Limb Musculature

1h

Introduction to Physical Therapy Terminology and Outcome Measurements

1h

Applied Exercise Physiology in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

1h

Canine Gait and Posture

1h

Evidence of Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Land Exercises

2h

Therapeutic Modalities: Hydrotherapy

2h

Therapeutic Modalities: Electrotherapy

2h

Therapeutic Modalities: Therapeutic Ultrasound

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Shockwave Therapy

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Thermotherapy

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Electromagnetic Therapy

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Manual Therapies for Technicians

1h

Therapeutic Modalities: Laser Therapy

3h

The Role of the Rehab Technician and Assistant

1h

Maintaining Realistic Client Goals – Clear Communication

1h

Recording in the Medical Record

1h

Self-care – the emotional impact of rehab therapy

1h

On-site Labs

22h

Introduction to Canine Sports

1h

Canine Kinematics and How It Relates to Performance

1h

Canine Locomotion and Gait Re-training Strategies

1h

Core Training and Conditioning for Canine Athlete

1h

Common Canine Sports Injuries: Causes, Rehabilitation, Recovery and Prevention

1h

Toes and Toenails

1h

Common Neurological Conditions

2h

Common Orthopedic Disorders from Head to Toe

2h

Pain Physiology and Assessment

2h

Pharmacological Management of Pain

1h

Non-pharmacological Management of Pain

1h

Rehabilitation for Acute Post-operative Management

1h

Rehabilitation for Common Orthopedic Disorders

4h

Rehabilitation for Common Neurological Disorders

2h

Rehabilitation for Geriatric Patients

1h

Rehabilitation and Nursing Care for Recumbent Animals

2h

Regenerative Medicine

2h

Applied Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

1h

Obesity

1h

Applied Behavior in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

1h

Zoonotic and Infectious Disease Awareness, Prevention, and Control Strategies in Canine Rehab

1h

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Devices

2h

Red Flags and Cautions for Rehabilitation Patients

2h

Rehabilitation for Pocket Pets, Wildlife and Exotics

1h

Hot Topics in Rehab & Thinking Out of the Box: Unusual Cases that Benefit From Rehabilitation & Some That do Not

1h

Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Causes, Testing and Treatment

1h

Rehabilitation for Hospice, Palliative, and Cancer Care

1h

Rehabilitation for Other Internal Medical Conditions

1h

Feline Rehabilitation

1h

Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Herbals

1h

Radiographs Positioning – Perfect Images for Rehab Techs

1h

Choosing Devices for Ambulation Assistance in Rehab Patients

1h

Veterinary Orthotics – Making a Good Impression

1h

Photography and Videography – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, a Video is Worth a Million

1h

Recognizing When a Patient Needs a Rehab Vet Recheck

1h

Announcements and Review

2h

Review, Q&A

2 hours

On-site Labs

10.5h

Certification

  • Complete all 5 sessions.
  • Pass quizzes with a 75% or above average.
  • Pass the written and practical exams with 75% or above each.
  • Complete 30 internship hours with a certified veterinary rehab veterinarian. Internship can be started after completion of session 2 (1st onsite), but must be completed within 6 months of finishing the course.

Instructors

Dr. Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and a Board-Certified Specialist (Diplomate) in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR). She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, in Animal Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, in Chinese Herbal Medicine through Chi University, and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. In 2007, Dr. Huntingford opened Ontario’s first saltwater canine therapy pool and canine rehabilitation centre. Dr. Huntingford lectures nationally and internationally on rehabilitation, acupuncture, geriatric medicine, herbals, and pain management to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She has authored or co-authored several textbook chapters on rehabilitation and published a number of peer reviewed manuscripts. She consults and sits on several advisory boards related to herbal medicine, laser therapy, pain management and holistic medicine. Dr. Huntingford is the director for Chi Canada which offers Veterinary Acupuncture and Canine Rehabilitation Certificate programs in Essex, Ontario.

Dr. Ronald Koh received his veterinary degree in Taiwan in 2006 and later completed a specialty internship followed by a master’s program in acupuncture at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, he spent 6.5 years on the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor (2015-2020) and a service chief of Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. He is certified in acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal therapy, and medical manipulation. He completed his residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019. His research and clinical focus have been on integrative and rehabilitative medicine therapies for pain management, orthopedic impairments, neurological deficits, geriatric conditions, and palliative/hospice care. His focus within TCVM is using traditional, scalp, and topographic acupuncture, along with herbal medicine for neurological conditions. He lectures on TCVM, integrative medicine, and rehabilitation for veterinary schools, conferences, and general public events. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.

Terri Rosado graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a rotating small animal internship at UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She earned her certification in acupuncture from Chi in 2008 and has been practicing integrative medicine since. She has been a lab instructor at Chi since 2010. Dr. Rosado received her certification in veterinary rehabilitation therapy from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2013. Dr. Rosado is currently enrolled in the TCVM Masters Program at Chi and is certified in Tui-na and Food Therapy. She owns an integrative clinic in Flagler Beach, FL and is the medical director at Chi Animal Hospital. She loves to teach, opening her doors to students of Chi and UF for externships, and welcoming volunteers to learn what small animal veterinary practice is about.

Enrollment Options

Semester

2023

Schedule & Tuition

Session 1
Session 2

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Payment Information

A $200.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the start date of each session or course.

Add-ons

CCRVT Certification

$350.00