This course provides an introduction to equine rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities. This is the first of three modules in the CERP program.



The certificate program in equine rehabilitation is a sequence of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians or students of these professions, case studies and a cumulative examination.  The courses are designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine rehabilitation.

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Learning Objectives

  • The participant will acquire basic knowledge of the conditions of equine tendons and ligaments, equine bones and joints, and the equine nervous system, muscles, skin and hooves that are amenable to physical therapy. Response to injury and healing will be reviewed as well as selection of appropriate therapeutic modality.
  • This course will provide the participant will the skills necessary to design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly seen musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic conditions in the horse. A case study approach will be utilized teaming students from different professions together during this course to design and implement the rehabilitation programs.


Participants must have a degree as a:

  • Veterinarian – Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • Physical Therapy – Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • Veterinary Technician* – Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
    • * If your state does not require a license to be a veterinary technician, please provide proof of completion of an accredited Vet Tech program.
  • Student in one of the above professions
    • You must have completed at least one year of your program before taking your first course
    • Successful completion of your degree is required prior to taking the certificate exam
    • Proof of enrollment must be made available.
  • Individuals must have demonstrated equine handling abilities and are required to sign a statement to that effect.



(Participants must complete all online lectures prior to attending live labs sessions.)

Fee’s and Payment Options

  • Module I Online Lectures:  $2,000.00
  • Module II Lab Sessions:  $2,900.00
  • Module III Online Exam:  $350.00

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This course provides an introduction to equine rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities. Participant will review the regulatory issues involved in this field of practice from the perspective of physical therapists and veterinarians.

Basic equine anatomy, gait analysis, conformation, lameness evaluation and neurologic examination will be reviewed. Collaboration between the veterinary and physical therapy professions will be emphasized to enhance the learning experience.

The participant will be introduced to the use of selected physical agent modalities used in equine physical rehabilitation. The following physical agents will be covered: superficial heating and cooling agents, manual therapies, electrical therapies (for example: electrical stimulation), mechanical therapies (for example: therapeutic ultrasound, shock wave therapy), therapeutic exercise, pain relief and external coaptation.

This online program will be complimented by live animal, hands on laboratories in Module I & II live lab sessions.


RACE Approved, Program Approval Number 120-17084

Number of Hours of CE:

  • Veterinarians: 52 hours
  • Veterinary Technicians: 52 hours

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