The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinarian Program (CCRV) is a 125-hour RACE Approved program that trains and certifies licensed veterinarians and vet school students in veterinary rehabilitation for canines. Students will engage with program material through both lectures and labs. The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinarian (CCRV) program is divided into four sessions, two online and two hybrid. The online sessions are available for on-demand streaming for about a three-month period respectively. The on-site portions are held at Chi's Main Campus in Reddick FL. The program spans a seven-month period.
The course is intended for veterinarians or veterinary students who have no or limited background in rehabilitation. During the program, you will learn how to:
- Perform rehabilitation, neurological and orthopedic examinations
- Accurately analyze and quantify gait and posture abnormalities
- Select and apply rehabilitative agents and modalities to treat patients, including laser, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasounds, Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), Electrotherapy (TENS and NMES)
- Utilize manual therapy techniques, land exercise and treadmill, and hydrotherapy for patients
- Integrate fundamentals of rehabilitation and sports medicine into an integrated care plan
- Manage and prevent injuries and pain associated with rehabilitation, performance, and sports medicine
- Develop an appropriate rehabilitation program for a variety of disorders, including orthopedic, neurologic, medical, hospice, and palliative cases
- Develop an appropriate conditioning program in rehabilitation and sports medicine
- Formulate comprehensive clinical intervention plans that incorporate rehabilitation to help patients recover from illness and/or injury, and to help patients to live life to the fullest with minimal pain and discomfort
Designed for and offered exclusively to veterinarians and vet school students.
Our world-renown instructors are experts in canine rehab as well as acupuncture, chiropractic/spinal manipulation, herbal medicine, and additional integrative veterinary medicine modalities.
Intensive on-site, hands-on learning with state-of-art distance education for the best learning quality.
Excellent support with free online case consultation for all graduates.
Canine Rehabilitation Certification Track
Taught in English
For veterinarians and veterinary students only
125 RACE-approved CE hours
Introduction to Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
History of Canine Rehabilitation and Legal Issues
Introduction to Physical Therapy Terminology and Outcome Measurements
Applied Exercise Physiology in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Canine Gait and Posture
Applied Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Applied Behavior in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
How to Perform a Neurological Exam
Common Neurological Conditions
How to Perform an Orthopedic Exam
Common Orthopedic Disorders from Head to Toe
Imaging in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine: Elbow
Imaging in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine: Hip Dysplasia
Imaging in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine: Skeletal Diseases in Young Dogs
Pain Physiology and Assessment
Wound Healing Strategies
Review of Head, Cervical and Thoracic Limb Musculature
Review of Abdominal, Dorsal and Pelvic Limb Musculature
The Business of Canine Rehabilitation
Canine Anatomy: Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System
Evidence of Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise
Lab: Neck & FL Muscles
Lab: HL & TL Spine Muscles
Lab: Landmarks & Flexibility Assessment
Putting it Together: Development of Rehab Plans
Lab: Manual Therapy & Case Workup
Lab: UWTM, THEREX, LASER, TUS, Electrotherapy, Peizowave
Lab: Rehab Case Workup & Discussion
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
Rehabilitation for Acute Post-operative Management
Rehabilitation for Common Orthopedic Disorders
Rehabilitation for Common Neurological Disorders
Rehabilitation for Geriatric Patients
Rehabilitation and Nursing Care for Recumbent Animals
Choosing Devices for Ambulation Assistance in Rehab Patients
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
Nutraceuticals, Supplements, and Herbals
Lab Values Canine Rehab and Their Role in Clinical Decision Making Rehab
Zoonotic and Infectious Disease Awareness, Prevention, and Control Strategies in Canine Rehab
Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Devices
Reg Flag and Cautions for Rehabilitations Patients
Rehabilitation for Pocket Pets, Wildlife, and Exotics
Rehabilitation Practice Business Strategies
Hot Topics in Rehab
Acupuncture and Tui-na for Canine Rehab
Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Causes, Testing, and Treatment
Veterinary Orthotics, Making a Good Impression
Students are eligible for the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinarian (CCRV) certification, endorsed by Chi. The certification requirements are as follows:
- Complete all 4 sessions of the program.
- Pass 3 online quizzes with scores above 75%.
- Pass Final Written Exam* with a score above 75%.
- Pass Final Practical Exam* with a score above 75%.
- Submit two case studies (one orthopedic case and one neurological case) to be approved.
- Approval of 30 internship hours
*All exams are conducted in English only
DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVPP, CCRT, CAVCA, CVFT, CVTP, MSTCVM, DACVSMR
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.
DVM, MS, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRP, CVMMP, CVCH, CVFT
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.
Schedule & Tuition
May 1 - Jul 1, 2023
Jul 1 - Aug 16, 2023
On-site Portion in Reddick, FL
Aug 17 - Aug 20, 2023
Aug 21 - Oct 15, 2023
Oct 16 - Dec 6, 2023
On-site Portion in Reddick, FL
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2023
A $250.00 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.
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