Professional Development - Canine

Upcoming Courses - see below for details

  • Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation - September 21-23, 2018 in Niagara Falls, ON
  • Advanced Canine Rehabilitation - September 21-24, 2018 in Calgary, AB
  • Canine Myofascial Release - October 26-29, 2018 in Ottawa, ON
  • Introduction to the Canine Patient (Independent Study)

Introduction to the Canine Patient – Independent Study Course

This course is open to physiotherapists with an interest in animals. This course is required prior to engaging in the Canine Rehab series of courses. Course content includes an introduction to dogs, anatomy, orthopaedic and neurologic conditions of the dog, gait patterns in the dog, occupation health considerations, common canine medications and nutraceuticals, as well as legal, political and practice issues. Available anytime. Course Flyer

Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

This three-day course provides the participant with a fundamental understanding of functional anatomy and palpation; canine behaviour as it relates in a therapeutic setting; and the ability to perform a rudimentary musculoskeletal and neurological assessment of a dog. Participants will be guided to use their existing problem-solving knowledge and understanding of basic physiotherapy principles and treatment techniques when confronted with canine-specific conditions and pathologies. Course Flyer

Advanced Canine Rehabilitation

This four-day practical course builds upon the information presented in the Introductory Canine Rehabilitation Course and includes joint-by-joint and spinal physical assessment, neurological evaluations and treatment, therapeutic exercise, sporting dog injuries and surgical descriptions. Course Flyer

Canine Myofascial Release

In this 4 day course, Ruth Mitchell-Golladay leads participants through the theory, concepts and application of MFR.

Myofascial Release (MFR) has long been an effective treatment modality for humans, and more recently it has become a frequent choice when caring for horses. Fortunately, the canine population is now also beginning to benefit from this potent therapy.

This four-day course introduces the participant to the science of MFR, myofascial evaluation of the dog, and techniques to reduce dysfunctions. Lecture is combined with a great deal of hands on lab with the dogs enabling the participants to apply the techniques with confidence. Those already using other canine modalities will find this dynamic modality fits in well with their work adding a new dimension. Participants will experience wonderful results with the techniques when integrating them into existing therapy.

Ruth is constantly allowing her courses to evolve with her ever increasing knowledge. She continues her education and enhances her practices by attending conferences, events, courses and workshops.

Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes whether the problem is an acute or long standing dysfunction with this full body approach. Course Flyer

Advanced Canine SPINE

Through lecture and lab, this two and half-day course will lead participants through a detailed evaluation of the canine spine from a mechanical perspective. Focus will include manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection. An integrated model for dealing with spinal mechanics will be covered, including force closure, form closure, and motor control and timing for the neck, back, pelvis and ribs. Course Flyer

Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation

The Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation is a specialized, focused program of study available to physical therapists only. Diploma Requirements


  • Course work - Introduction to the Canine Patient, Introduction to Canine Rehab, Advanced Canine Rehabilitation for Physical Therapists
  • Examination - Upon completion of the course work above, candidates will be eligible to take the examination pertaining to those courses.
  • Case study - All candidates must submit a case study (an example will be provided) that follows a case from referral to discharge.
  • Veterinary clinic observation - All candidates will be required to complete 40 hours (five days) of veterinary clinical experience
  • Animal husbandry and handling skills

Contact us for more information.


Policies Related to ARD Courses

Policy on Eligibility for registering for ARD courses

Only Registered Physiotherapists who are licenced in Canada are eligible to complete the ARD Canine and Equine series of courses. (International Physiotherapists interested in taking the courses that are visiting and are licenced in their country of residence can apply for special permission to take the courses).


Students in their final year of a recognized Physiotherapy Program may complete the ARD Independent Home Study course (Introduction to the Canine Patient) only. The students have to graduate and register as a physiotherapist in Canada before participating in the Introduction to and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation courses.

Physiotherapists who are in the process of completing  the ‘Introduction to the Canine Patient’ course are eligible to register for  the ‘Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation’ course, provided the self-test from the Home Study course is submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course (to allow enough time to be marked and processed).

Policy on ARD course discounts

There are no circumstances under which ARD course fees will be discounted (to students, new graduates or other), beyond the course discount already offered to ARD members vs non-ARD members. The CPA and Division Membership fee is waived for Entry-Level Physiotherapy Students. New Graduates pay 50% of the CPA Membership and 100% of the Division Membership fee.