Course Description

Day one will cover essential canine anatomy, and common medical conditions related to the practice of animal physical therapy.  Lecture content will emphasize musculoskeletal and neurologic pathologies in addition to highlighting contemporary veterinary interventions.  Animal restraint and handling will also be discussed for safe practice.  Laboratory instruction is augmented through use of “live-dog” demonstrations and hands-on practice to emphasize surface anatomy palpation and basic physical therapy evaluation of the canine client including quadrupedal gait assessment.   

Day two will focus on physical therapy treatment planning for the orthopedic and neurologic canine client.  Strategies to incorporate therapeutic exercise, physical agents, proprioception, and balance to restore functional movement will be covered through use of case studies from sporting and companion dogs.  Basic principles of business management, marketing, and the necessity of medical liability coverage for canine practice will also be highlighted.  Participant hands-on skills will be further developed during live-dog laboratory instruction.  

Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify and palpate common anatomic landmarks on the canine client for the purpose of physical therapy assessment and treatment planning.
    2. Identify the components of normal canine gait and determine when gait deviations may warrant PT intervention.
    3. Select appropriate therapeutic PT interventions for common orthopedic and neurologic conditions encountered in canine practice.
    4. Develop a detailed PT plan of care utilizing data obtained from simulated case scenarios.
    5. Describe common principles related to developing a comprehensive business and marketing plan to successfully operate a canine PT practice.


How to Register:

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How to Pay:

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Cancellation Policy:

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Campus Classroom:

“Mule Barn”, Instructional Facility – Building 21 – Ft. Omaha Campus


Continuing Education Units (Professional Competencies):

Certificates of Attendance for 14-18 CEU contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the two-day course.  Participants may submit their certificates to respective Professional State PT Licensure Boards to verify if the hours of education qualify for required Continuing Education Credits.  Certificates will be e-mailed to each participant upon completion of the course evaluation.

*This course has been approved by APTA NE for 16.25 CEUs for Licensed Physical Therapists.

Registration Fees

PT Student*

Physical Therapist**

Early Bird

Prior to 5/18/2024




Prior to 6/15/2024




Begins 6/16/2024



* A payment plan is available upon request for PT Students.

** There is a discounted program available for Creighton and University of Nebraska Medical Center Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and/or Clinical Instructors of  Physical Therapy students.

To make arrangements, or for more details on either above programs please Contact us .  



Lisa Bedenbaugh
Owner Rising Star K9 Rehabilitation and Consulting
Lawrenceville, GA

Kirk Peck
Owner, Tri-Physiotherapy LLC
Associate Professor, Creighton University
Omaha, NE

Stevan Allen
Owner/President of Sierra Peaks Animal Rehabilitation. Inc.
Denver, CO

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