Upcoming Courses - see below for details
- Advanced Canine Rehabilitation- September 15-18, 2017 in Calgary, AB
- Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation- October 13-15, 2017 in Blackstock, ON
- Introduction to the Canine Patient (Independent Study)
- Introduction to the Equine Patient (Independent Study)
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
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 (UPDATED)
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
This workshop will guide participants in identifying specific functional mobility deficits, selecting appropriate coaptation device(s) to reduce or alleviate deficit(s), and where no device is available, provide skills and resources for modifying, customizing, or fabricating a device. Participants will have practical laboratory experience developing splints, soft supports, and assistive aids using a variety of materials including but not limited to low-temperature thermoplastics, neoprene, nylon, and textiles. In addition, biomechanical and fitting principles as applied to the canine patient will be reviewed. Specific focus will be on limb conditions including but not limited to bracing applications for injury, laxity, and deviation of the paw, carpus, and tarsus. Participants will be supplied with a resource guide of currently available devices used for immobilization, support, protection, and mobility assistance, as well as resources for acquiring raw materials. Course Flyer
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
This course is open to physiotherapists with an interest in animals. It includes a multiple choice exam, designed to assist you with your learning of this material, and upon successful completion of the exam (with a grade of 85% or better) you will receive a certficate of completion. The course materials will serve as the prerequisite for physical therapists wanting to take the Introduction to Equine Rehabilitaton Course in the future. Course flyer
The purpose of this course is to provide the participant with a fundamental understanding of functional anatomy and palpation, equine behaviour as it relates in a therapeutic setting, and the ability to perform a rudimentary musculoskeletal and neurological assessment of the horse. Participants will be guided to use their existing problem solving knowledge and understanding of basic physiotherapy principles and treatment techniques when confronted with equine specific conditions and pathologies. Course flyer
- 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
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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.