University based specialization in physical therapy.
Blended learning concept: E-learning, presence (lab) days and final exam, see description section.
Course language: English
Proof of profession required; course participation subject to approval by the organizer!
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The CCRP formation is developed using the same strict guidelines typically associated with university accredited programs. Therefore, it is taught by a faculty that includes active university instructors, expert clinicians, researchers, and recognized industry experts. The curriculum draws from ongoing research, evidence based case studies, clinical experience, and leading companies in the fields of veterinary medicine.
The structure and schedules of the CCRP-Program guide the professional from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of canine rehabilitation (it is basically also applicable to cat’s rehabilitation). Therefore, it consists of a sequence of postgraduate online lectures, followed by hands on lab sessions, an externship by an already certified professional, and the submission of thoroughly documented case studies, prior to attend to the final cumulative examination.
The University of Tennessee´s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) - Program is the only RACE approved, university-based credential program for canine rehabilitation education.
The high standards for admission and rigorous, yet exciting, curriculum assure graduates that the CCRP credential is recognized as the premiere program in canine rehabilitation.
Depending upon individual country restrictions, the CCRP program may be available to a variety of professionals, mainly veterinarians, veterinary technicians, (human) physical therapists, (human) physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and actively enrolled students in one these fields.
Please note in Germany, Austria and South America attendees need to be veterinarians to attend the CCRP-Program in Munich or Vienna, as these locations are ATF accredited. For veterinary nurses/technicians we offer the VMPT – Course (Veterinärmedizinische/r Physiotherapeut/in – www.tier-physiotherapeuten.de).
The Canine I – Course covers a variety of main topics. It reviews among others regulatory issues involved in this field of practice from the perspective of (human) physical therapists and veterinarians in the U.S.A..
It further comprises the adaptive response of the musculoskeletal tissues to disuse and remobilization, the influence of certain medications on this process and its clinical application to the science of veterinary physical rehabilitation.
An overview of anatomy of the canine musculoskeletal system is covered explaining also main differences between the species (human vs. dog).
Further subjects of Canine I – Course are the performance of an orthopedic and neurologic examination in dogs followed by commonly seen orthopedic and neurological conditions in dogs presented in a veterinary clinic and its used therapeutic interventions. A topic is also the importance of collaboration between the team members involved in a veterinary physical therapy to achieve best clinical results.
The Canine I – Course concludes with some advices of “how to get started” in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation in the U.S.A..
Seminar Contact Hours: 12.0
Course meets the requirements for hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the numbers of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.
Prerequsites: This course is mandatory for veterinarians, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, veterinary technicians, occupational therapists and actively enrolled students in these fields.*
Canine II VET – Course will provide the participant an overview of the pathophysiological process of inflammation (acute and chronic) in a musculoskeletal tissue and its clinical recognition.
Main subject in Canine II VET – Course is the description of selected physical agent modalities implemented in veterinary physical medicine. It covers their scientific fundamentals and biological effects in clinical applications, this verified by presented evidence based studies. Superficial heating and cooling agents, therapeutic ultrasound, extra corporeal shock wave treatment, therapeutic laser (class 3b and IV) and electrical therapy (TENS/NEMS).
As an adaptation to continuously new evidence outcomes in the field, two subjects were recently included in the Canine II VET - program, namely the therapy stem cells and regenerative medicine as well as the implementation of targeted pulsed electromagnetic field.
Seminar Contact Hours: 12.0 (exactly: 11:47 hours)
Prerequisites: Completion of part I e-learning 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*.
The Canine III VET - Course 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 will be covered along with outcome assessment of exercise programs.
Subjects include joint biomechanics, exercise physiology, range of motion and stretching, gait training, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises, aquatic exercises and exercises for wellness/prevention, all supported by presented evidence based studies.
As an adaptation to continuously new evidence outcomes in the field, a new subject is dealing exclusively with the use of prostheses and braces in dogs.
Outcome measures (goniometry, circumferential measurements, etc.) will also be covered in the Canine III-VET-Course.
Seminar Contact Hours: 11.0 (exactly: 10:40 hours)
Course meets the requirements for hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the numbers of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education
PLEASE NOTE: Online lectures for Canine I, Canine II VET and Canine III VET must be completed successfully prior to attend Canine IV (Presence Days / workshop days)
Classroom like parts are due to Covid held as online virtual classroom meetings!
Obligatory hands on training during the presence days.
Course language: English. Depending on chosen wordwide location additional languages may spoken.
Contact hours: 40.0
Leading tutors present on Presence Days may vary depending on chosen location worldwide.
Introducing therapeutic modalities prior to Canine IV (Presence days) allows the participant to record his questions for faculty to address before turning on therapeutic machines or treating a dog with the underwater treadmill. The obligatory completion of the online lectures (Canine I, Canine II VET and Canine III VET) prior to Canine IV ensures also each participant has the review necessary to keep the flow of the class steady.
The Presence Days provide hands-on coursework in small groups, tutored by leading specialists in the field and supervised by university members being diplomates in the field.
A palpation lab on live dogs is included to review important anatomical structures for physical rehabilitation. Orthopedic and neurological evaluation/assessment of the rehabilitation patient will also be reviewed and performed with supervision.
The participant will further receive hands-on training of selected physical agent modalities used in canine physical rehabilitation. The following physical agents will be covered: superficial heating and cooling agents, electrical therapies (TENS/NEMS), therapeutic laser, mechanical therapies (for example: massage techniques, therapeutic ultrasound, shock wave therapy) and therapeutic exercise (including underwater treadmill rehabilitation).
Training in design and implementation of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly seen orthopedic and neurologic conditions in the dog. A real case study approach will be utilized teaming participants, concluding with the presentation of the clinical case and their chosen rehabilitation program to the rest of the attendees. Supervised treatment of real cases with rehabilitation programs designed by the attendees.
Contact hours: 40.0
The purpose of the University of Tennessee Canine Osteoarthritis Case Manager Certificate Course is to improve the care and quality of life of dogs with osteoarthritis by having a designated case manager to help guide treatment and communicate with the owner.
Osteoarthritis is a common and significant condition; approximately 20% of all adult dogs are afflicted. This course is designed to help identify dogs with this debilitating disease earlier to allow treatment designed to improve clinical function and extend quality of life. This program embraces the multimodal treatment of arthritis and provides an evidence-based approach to treatment options.
Further, this course embraces the team approach to osteoarthritis, recognizing the valuable roles of the veterinarian, veterinary technician, and owner in managing each case.
In particular, veterinary technicians play a major role in managing these chronic patients for their lifetime. They interact with veterinarians and owners to be certain that patients are receiving optimal treatment and owners are informed and educated about the treatment options for their pets and receive appropriate follow-up care. Treatment compliance and appropriate care of patients are most effective when clients receive appropriate education and regular communication from their pet‘s case manager. Veterinary technicians will be uniquely equipped to perform these functions upon successful completion of this course.
The OA program consists of 7 modules:
Seminar Contact Hours: 20h