Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

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July 27th – 31st 2020

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Emmanuel College, St Lucia

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CDP Value: NSW: 54 CPD points
Other states: 48 CPD points
VetEd: 54 points

Gain a fundamental understanding of canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Build relevant structures on canine skeletons using clay, and get hands-on experience palpating live dogs. Common orthopaedic 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.

*Prerequisites: This workshop is open to veterinarians, physiotherapists, vet nurses and technicians. There is 8. hours of self-paced preparation with online material. Vet nurses/ technicians must submit an Employer 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.

  • 5 DAYS






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Canine musculoskeletal anatomy in depth
  • 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
You will develop skills in :
  • Diagnosing muscoloskeletal conditions
  • The fundamental physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics of joint, muscle and muscle action as they relate to common canine injuries
  • The use of different modalities of diagnoses
  • Traditional physical therapy terminology and techniques including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and aquatic therapy; also, physical modalities utilising LASER, ultrasound, thermal agents and electrotherapy
  • The use of different physical therapeutic modalities of treatment
  • Integrative therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule



With the skills you gain at a VetPrac course, you can dramatically increase your income.


Every patient recovering from injury or surgery benefits from rehabilitation. By billing just ten for a full rehabilitation program you pay for this course and start seeing the benefits of these new skills.


Plus, you may be able to claim some or all of the cost as professional development or a tax deduction.

Your Educators

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Dr Janet Van Dyke

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Qualifications: DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT, CEO

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Specialisation: Canine Rehabilitation

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Dr. Janet Van Dyke is a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1984. Practicing orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Van Dyke saw many canine patients that could benefit from rehabilitation therapy. In 2002, she founded Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. to train and certify veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians in canine rehabilitation.

Dr Kirsten Kirkby Shaw

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Qualifications: DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT

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Specialisation: Surgery and Rehabilitation Specialist

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Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw is a small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist whose career has focused on bridging the gap between these two disciplines. Kristin received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003, followed by a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, and small animal surgery residency at the University of Florida. Kristin completed both her MS and PhD at the University of Florida.

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Amber Kenney

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Qualifications: MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT

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Specialisation: Canine Rehabilitation

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Amber has been a teaching assistant teaching around the world, including Australia and Germany, at CRI since 2014, teaching Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Sports Medicine, Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She founded Paws-itive Effects K9 Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2015, a mobile canine rehabilitation service. She lives with her husband and two rescues, Dozer, the pit bull, and Harley, the Shar-Pei/Chihuahua mix.

Dr Kara Amstutz

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Qualifications: DVM, CVPP, CVA, CCRT

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Specialisation: Canine Rehabilitation and Pain Management

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Dr. Kara Amstutz is the Owner and Medical Director of Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. She was certified in Canine Rehabilitation through Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in 2013. That same year, she earned her Certification in Veterinary Pain Management through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. In 2019, she achieved her credential as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Amstutz is currently a resident in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

What our participants say…

“Any Vet that ever sees a lame dog needs to attend this workshop” 

Dr Kiri Westphalen

“It helps vets understand the importance of physiotherapy in dogs.  To incorporate rehab and exercise program for our patients” 

Dr Emily Yan

“Gave me information on how to help geriatric patients and identify soft tissue problems and how to diagnose them.” 

Dr Katie Gadsby

Dr Kim Lim

Your Questions Answered

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t come?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

If a workshop is postponed, cannot run or you are unable to attend due to borders closing, or travel restrictions, you can do one of the following:

1. Attend the workshop's new date
2. Transfer your registration to another workshop or course
3. Leave your registration as a credit for a future VetPrac workshop
4. Receive a refund

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165


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