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The Premiere Equine Rehab Program

In cooperation with the Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center, the University of Tennessee (in 2004) developed the only university-based, RACE approved credential program in equine rehabilitation. The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CERP) is a sequence of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapists or students of these professions, which include case studies and a cumulative examination. The CERP program is designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine rehabilitation.

  • Equine I: Online Lecture Series (53 Hours)

  • Equine II: 7-day Live Hands-On Lab Series

  • Equine III: Case Presentations & Online Exam

The blended learning environment (live and online) increases the productivity of the hands on lab sessions, reduces time away from work or home and allows the student freedom to review presentations as needed. Introducing modalities prior to lab sessions allows students to record their questions for faculty to address before turning on machines or lowering a horse into the underwater treadmill. Advanced hands-on anatomy review during dissection and lab is optimized as the basics are reinforced thoroughly during on-line preparation sessions, ensuring each student has the review necessary to keep the flow of the class steady.

• The team approach to equine rehabilitation Which conditions are appropriate for physical therapy
• To design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly occurring musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic conditions
• How to document the rehabilitation programs using standardized forms

• The regulatory issues surrounding the practice of animal rehabilitation
• Therapeutic modalities and mechanisms of action
• Cause and medical or surgical therapy for tendons and ligaments
• Response to injury and healing of tendons and ligaments
• Correlate the rehabilitation program with the physiologic processes that the patient is undergoing during its rehabilitation.

Be Proficient In:
• Recognizing equine lameness and basic gait analysis
• Equine neurologic examination
• Understanding reasonable time frames for treatment, when to begin and frequency
• Methods of referral and communication between the referring

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