The Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) is to bring the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist programme’s Canine Sports Medicine module to the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine in September.

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Sports injuries in canine athletes will be covered in depth, including their causes, prevention and rehabilitation.

CRI founder Janet Van Dyke and canine athletics expert Chris Zink will be teaching the module alongside Constanza Gomez Alvarez, the University of Surrey’s head of the Veterinary Biomechanics Laboratory.

The three-day course is open to qualified vets and physiotherapists, and is part of the three-module programme that, on successful completion, leads to Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Certification.

Fundamental understanding

CPD provides students with a fundamental understanding of structure and locomotion as they relate to performance, and an introduction to canine sporting events.

Sports injuries in canine athletes are covered in depth, including their causes, prevention and rehabilitation, while the role psychology can play in the rehabilitation of the canine athlete is discussed, too.

Participants also get hands-on experience with dogs on site.

Topics covered

The course will cover:

  • canine sporting events: the organisations that oversee them and the breeds that participate
  • anatomical structures and locomotion as they relate to canine performance
  • gait assessment and retraining
  • lameness evaluation
  • canine sports injuries: causes, prevention and targeted rehabilitation
  • conditioning for the canine athlete
  • erogenic drugs (ethical and unethical)
  • nutrition and supplements for the canine athlete
  • canine sports psychology and how it can effect rehabilitation

For more information, visit the University of Surrey website.

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