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This course will provide the participant with laboratory experiences for selected physical agent modalities used in canine physical rehabilitation. Superficial heating and cooling agents, therapeutic ultrasound, extracorporeal shockwave treatment, laser therapy, and electrical stimulation will be covered. A palpation lab on live dogs is included to review important anatomical structures for rehabilitation.  This course also provides the participant with the basic skills necessary to prescribe and provide therapeutic exercise programs for dogs. Benefits and risks associated with therapeutic exercise programs for dogs will be covered. Topics covered include exercise physiology, range of motion and stretching, gait training, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises, aquatic exercises, and exercises for wellness/prevention. Outcome measures (goniometry, circumferential measurements, etc.) will also be practiced in this course.  Orthopedic and neurological evaluation/assessment of the rehabilitation patient will also be reviewed and performed with supervision.

Event Details

January 29-31, 2022 - (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) - LAB ONLY

Registration: 7:30am, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - (26 Hours of Lab time)

Online lectures for Canine I and Canine II PT must be completed prior to attending this lab. - Click to Purchase online lectures.

Course Location:
Animal Health Institute – Companion Animal Clinic
5715 W. Utopia Road
Glendale, AZ  85308


  • Phoenix Sky Harbor is 25 miles (30 minute ride from facility)
  • Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Happy Valley, 2335 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ  85027 - #623-879-8800
    (Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport is conveniently located off I-10 by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. A free, 24-hour airport shuttle is available. This hotel is centrally located between downtown Phoenix and Tempe, near Arizona State University. Enjoy free hot breakfast and hot food and cold beverages every evening at our 5:30 Kickback®.)

Start date: January 29, 2022

End date: January 31, 2022

Start time: 08:00 a.m. MST

End time: 05:00 p.m. MST

Venue: Midwestern University, Animal Health Institute - Companion Animal Clinic

Address: 5715 W. Utopia Road, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623-806-7387

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Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  1.  Palpate on live dogs the major muscles, boney landmarks, joints, ligaments, and other anatomica structures important for rehabilitation.
  2.  Recognize differences in acute and chronic inflammation and the proper signs of each in clinical patients.
  3.  Understand the basic regulatory issues involved with canine rehabilitation.
  4.  Demonstrate proper understanding of the general guidelines when using physical agents as modalities.
  5.  Apply superficial heat safely and competently as part of a laboratory experience.
  6.  Apply cryotherapy safely and competently as part of a laboratory experience.
  7.  Describe the typical parameters used in therapeutic ultrasound in small animal practice and demonstrate safe technique in preparing and applying ultrasound on dogs.
  8.  Understand the basic principles of electrical stimulation including parameters, electrodes, motor stimulation, sensory stimulation, and edema reduction and demonstrate proper technique on dogs.
  9.  Understand the basic principles of laser therapy in veterinary practice and demonstrate proper technique during treatment.
  10.  Perform techniques of massage in small animal practice including its benefits, effects and general considerations.
  11.  Demonstrate various exercise techniques on dogs in safe and proficient manner.
  12.  Prescribe and provide therapeutic exercise programs for dogs to improve range of motion, strength, balance, endurance, and improved function.
  13.  Understand the principles of proprioception and demonstrate useful proprioceptive exercises during canine rehabilitation.
  14.  Proficiently demonstrate the use of various outcome measures used for the assessment of rehabilitation programs in dogs.
  15.  Develop basic skills in understanding joint function and demonstrate proper technique with goniometry on dogs.
  16.  Describe the use of aquatic therapy in rehabilitation and demonstrate proficiency in basic aquatic therapy with dogs.
  17.  Demonstrate an understanding of how to safely progress a dog in a rehabilitation program.
  18.  Develop a basic understanding of joint mobilizations along with normal and abnormal end feels in dogs.
  19.  Understand the normal and abnormal characteristics of canine gait and be able to describe each joint relative to different parts of a gait cycle.
  20.  Competently perform selected orthopedic/neurological evaluation/assessment techniques on live dogs with and without pathology.


Completion of Canine I online and participant must be a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist or an actively enrolled student in one of these fields. REMINDER: Online lectures for Canine I and VET II must be completed before you attend LABS.  Click links if you need to purchase any of your lectures. This course is required for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians and actively enrolled students in these fields. This course is not required of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Occupational Therapists or actively enrolled students in one of these fields but it can be used to fulfill the Canine V requirement.


7:30-8:00am - Breakfast and registration
8:00-8:30am - Welcome/Overview
8:30-12:00pm - Morning laboratory sessions - Round Robin (50 minutes X 4) - Therapeutic laser / familiarization with devices and processes - Therapeutic ultrasound / familiarization with devices and processes - Electrical Stimulation / familiarization with devices and processes - PEMF & Shockwave therapy / familiarization with devices and processes
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00-2:00pm - Case in clinic
2:00 –5:00pm - Dissection Lab
Day 2
7:45-8:00am - Breakfast
8:00-8:30pm - Q & A and discussion
8:30-12:00pm - Morning laboratory session - Round Robin (50 minutes X 4) - Therapeutic ultrasound / clinical applications - Electrical stimulation / clinical applications - Orthopedic examination - Neurologic examination
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00-2:00pm - Case in the clinic
2:00-5:00pm - Afternoon laboratory session - Round Robin (40 minutes X 4) - Goniometry of the pelvic limb and thigh circumference - Goniometry of the forelimb / PROM - Therapeutic massage - Gait / force plate lab /Stance analyzer
Day 3
7:45-8:00am - Breakfast
8:00-9:00am - Q & A and discussion
9:00-12:00pm - Morning laboratory session - Round Robin (40 minutes X 4) - Splints and braces - Gait Analysis - Therapeutic laser, PEMF and  and shockwave therapy / clinical applications - Heat and cold - Stem Cell/PRP Therapy lecture - Millis - Round Robin (40 minutes X 4) - Exercise to promote limb use, strength - Exercises to promotebalance, and proprioception - Ambulation assistance / sling / exercise bands / hoists / carts - Aquatic Therapy
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00-2:00pm - Case in Clinic
2:00-3:00pm - Canine Exercise Programs
3:00-4:00pm - Lecture orthoses/prostheses
4:00-5:00pm - CCRP case study presentation and discussion


  • Veterinarians: 21.25
  • Veterinary Technicians: 21.25

Additional Info

  • VET III Labs include coffee breaks, lunches and handouts.
  • Course related products (if any) will be available at the course, however, in a limited quantity.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be given to all participants and may be used for those who need C.E.U. verification and credits.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability prior to the commencement of this seminar.
  • Northeast Seminars is recognized by the RACE to offer continuing education.
  • Location, Instructor, Dates and Cost of seminar are subject to change.
  • For group rate accommodations, please call hotel directly and be sure to mention Northeast Seminars. A limited number of rooms are reserved for participants, when available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Within 30 days of the course, rooms and/or rates may no longer be available. If course is to be held at a facility, Northeast only provides suggested hotels


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