Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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Introduction to Animal Rehabilitation

September 9-10, 2017
Location: Regis University, Denver, Colorado
Sponsored by: Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group,
Orthopaedic Section, APTA

Course Description

Day one will cover basic anatomy of the dog as it relates to normal function and rehabilitation. The lab portion will include live dogs to review orthopaedic and neurologic evaluation of the canine as well as hands-on techniques. Day two is more intermediate in content covering the topics of canine neurologic rehabilitation and manual therapy techniques with a focus on the sporting dog. In addition, physical therapy evaluation and assessment of equestrian and equine athletes related to biomechanical interplay and sport performance will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe similarities and differences between human and canine anatomy and movement patterns;
  • evaluate and assess a variety of movement patterns of the canine client and differentiate between normal and abnormal motion;
  • identify and describe major anatomical landmarks in the canine client; establish an appropriate "Plan of Care" to correct abnormal movement patterns, using a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and functional activities;
  • describe basic evaluation and assessment techniques for equine athletes, and identify common biomechanical faults between horse and rider.

Continuing Education Credits:

At the close of the course, the Orthopaedic Section will provide a certificate of attendance to all registrants showing 14.5 contact hours.  It will be up to the registrant to contact their applicable State Licensing Board to determine if contact hours will be awarded.  

Additional Information:


Contact the Orthopaedic Section office:  tfred@orthopt.org, or 800-444-3982 x2030


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