Veterinary physical rehabilitation is a rapidly growing field, and educational opportunities for practitioners engaging in rehabilitation are likewise expanding. Practitioners and therapists trained and certified in animal rehabilitation come from a variety of disciplines. Depending on a specific program's requirements, varied licensed health care professionals may participate and certify in aspects of veterinary rehabilitation. The AARV does not endorse any program and calls on the prospective student to make an informed decision. The following list, though not exhaustive, provides some questions that the students should ask to compare among programs:
- Does the program provide AAVSB-RACE approved continuing education that the student can use when renewing their license?
- Does the faculty include Diplomates from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation?
- What is the student to faculty ratio during supervised hands-on practicums?
- What specific training programs in veterinary rehabilitation does the program offer?
- Does the institution present other credentials that may benefit the student?
Please note that the list of programs provided below by the AARV is not all-inclusive. The below programs provide AAVSB-RACE approved content, but may or may not meet other criteria that fit a particular student's needs. The AARV board emphasizes that each prospective student must make an informed decision on which program to attend, and that clients should have the opportunity to be educated about the training that their practitioners have received.
Academy of Animal Sport Science (AASS)
The Academy of Animal Sport Science (AASS) is a California state-approved school, dedicated to continued evidence-based education for licensed professionals in the field of animal sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Our flagship program, the Animal (equine) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (ASTR) certification, is a RACE-approved 302-hour course. Modules 1 and 2 are fully online, presented by international specialists and researchers. Module 3 is a 9-day residential program (the longest in the industry, offered in different global locations). Module 4 includes online case studies, an industry internship, and a final examination.
Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Canine Rehabilitation Institute provides veterinary professionals with the premier education in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture available worldwide. We have top-notch instructors and small classes, with dogs on site providing real-life lessons.
CRI offers two certifications in rehabilitation and one certification in acupuncture:
- Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) for veterinarians and physical therapists
- Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) for veterinary technicians/nurses
- Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) for licensed veterinarians
We are proud to have certified more than 1,300 veterinary professionals since 2003.
CRI also offers online and in-person continuing education courses on topics such as canine sports medicine, pain management, canine nutrition, geriatrics, and orthotics and prosthetics.
Courses are offered in Florida, Colorado, and other locations.
MOVE Integrative Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine™ (IRPM) embraces the concept of rehabilitating the whole animal using a mixture of osteopathic principles, physical therapy, structural integration, as well as science-based integrative medicine. This program is developed for veterinarians who would like to add this dynamic modality to their current practices, or for those who are looking to immerse themselves in this evolving field. RACE approved for a total of 177 hours, our techniques and protocols are geared toward seamless incorporation into a general or integrative medical practice without the need for expensive equipment. As are all CuraCore® VET's courses, IRPM is comprehensive and patient centered.
CuraCore® VET also offers our Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians™ (MAV or eMAV), Medical Massage, Photomedicine, Botanical Medicine as well as Cannabis courses. CuraCore® VET has been certifying veterinarians since 1998 and is the world leader in science-based integrative medicine education. For more information on IRPM or our other courses please visit curacore.org.
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Healing Oasis Wellness CenterThe Healing Oasis Wellness Center is an accredited institution (under the US Dept. of Education) providing postgraduate state-approved (through the Wisc. Ed. Approval Programs) certification in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy (VMRT), and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT). The rehabilitation program consists of 142 hours of supervised postgraduate training for licensed health care professionals. The rehab program is divided into four (4) modules that meet every 4-6 weeks. The school is also approved by other national and medical organizations like the Veterans Affairs Office, CoAC, AHVMA, among others. The entire curricula for all of the programs is included in the school catalog on our website (www.healingoasis.edu). Veterinary Rehabilitation or Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (also known as "Animal Chiropractic") Therapies are health care modalities that require advanced knowledge in functional neuroanatomy, biomechanics, and an understanding of the what, when, where, and how of the specific medical modality. Extensive hands-on supervised clinical training is provided on all of the programs, and no external or added externships are required.
Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute
The Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute (IVMI) was founded in 2014 in the Ocala, FL area, also known as the Horse Capital of the World. Our mission is to offer top-notch integrative veterinary medicine certification exclusively to licensed veterinarians.
IVMI courses include Small Animal Veterinary Medical Manipulation (SAVMM) and Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation (EVMM), which was absorbed by IVMI in 2014 after 3 years of successful operation by the Pasteur Equine Learning Institute since 2011. IVMI also offers Small Animal (SAVMM) and Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation (EVMM), Certified Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine Veterinarian (CERPV) and Advanced Small Animal and Equine VMM. All IVMI courses are AAVSB RACE approved or pending approval.
Our faculty consists of world-renowned integrative veterinary practitioners and instructors. We are proud to offer unique continuing education training courses to veterinarians who are seeking more options and better care for their patients.
University of Tennessee / Northeast Seminars
This award-winning program is designed and taught by board certified professionals widely published in the field of Canine Rehabilitation and each holding doctorates in their respective fields. UT’s animal rehabilitation hospital is the largest facility of its kind due to the recent expansion of the equine rehab unit. Follow the link below to learn how you can get started in the fast growing field of small and large animal rehabilitation.