Canine Physical Rehabilitation with Practical Training

This course is designed to enhance the small animal, physical rehabilitation skills of veterinary and para-veterinary professionals. This course is best suited to appropriately qualified veterinary hospital staff, who work in clinics where surgeries are performed and where the use of these treatment modalities can be used, to improve the surgical outcomes for the hospital patients. This course is also designed to teach the participants on how they can assist their patients and clients in the conservative management of a number of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Some clients cannot afford surgery, and not all patients are “good” surgical patients. In a world where clients are connected to the internet, they are looking to their veterinarians for alternatives and assistance, which will have a positive impact on their pet’s quality of life. If this is you, or your practice then sign up for this course.  

About the course

Who is this course for:

Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses and Animal Health Technicians who are registered with the South African Veterinary Council


Participants must be suitably registered by the SAVC 


ZAR36 000 per participant Excluding VAT
ZAR41 400 Including VAT


Undergoing CPD accreditation with the SAVC.


Delegates will have twelve months to complete the theory element of the training and hand in their case studies, however the practical will take place on 7 pre-determined days over a 3 month period

Course Starts : JULY 2024

Applicants to send their enquiries and CV to

Places are limited to 8 participants at a time

There are three east payment options available

This course consists of 16 online theory modules, with 4 shorter, bonus lectures and 7 practical in-person (onsite) training days.

All the course material is made available upon registration and delegates are able to work through the material at their own pace. However, it is strongly advised that participants should work through the theory pertaining to the practical sessions, in advance of attending the practical sessions. To complete the course delegates are required to submit three case studies before the end of the course. 

All modules include:-

  • A professional lecture video compiled by Dr Tanya Grantham. Each module is broken down into the following sections
      1. Definition
      2. Anatomy and Biomechanics
      3. Aetiopathogensis
      4. Clinical Signs
      5. Diagnosis
      6. Surgical Options
      7. Management of the condition post operative and conservative  
      8. Detailed course notes
      9. Research articles
      10. Exercise videos with instructions

The course is currently undergoing CPD accreditation. The value of the CPD points will be communicated here as soon as they have been determined by the SAVC.

Online Theory Modules:

  • Module 1 : Introduction and Terminology
  • Module 2 : Canine Musculoskeletal and Mobility Examination
  • Module 3 : Tissue Repair
  • Module 4 : Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Module 5 : Elbow Dysplasia
  • Module 6 : Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs
  • Module 7 : Other Neurological Conditions 
  • Module 8 : Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
  • Module 9 : Medial Patella Luxation
  • Module 10 : Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Module 11 : Peripheral Nerve Injury and the amputee
  • Module 12: The neurological examination
  • Module 13: Basics of massage, acupressure and passive range of motion.
  • Module 14: Basics of therapeutic laser
  • Module 15: Basics of electrical therapy (TENS, NEMS etc.)
  • Module 16: Basics of Hydrotherapy, swimming and the underwater treadmill.

Bonus Short Modules

  • Module B1 : Multi-modal Pain Management
  • Module B2 : Osteoarthritis
  • Module B3 : Winning with Wobblers
  • Module B4 : Respiratory Physiotherapy

Practical Sessions

Practical sessions take place over Saturdays and Sundays at Animal Health & Hydro Benoni. Attendance is compulsory in order to complete the course. Learning is hands-on. Every participant will get at least one patient to work on, on each of the practical days and will also learn through watching other participants work with their patients, and through discussions led by Dr Tanya Grantham. 

  • Practical Day 1: Gait Analysis and Lameness
  • Practical Day 2: Manual Therapy
  • Practical Day 3: Basics of Electrotherapy (TENS, EMS, Photobiomodulation, Shockwave Therapy and Therapeutic Ultrasound.
  • Practical Day 4:Hydrotherapy (Pool and Underwater Treadmill)
  • Practical Day 5: The Neuro Exam and Neurological Patient
  • Practical Day 6: Hind Limb Conditions
  • Practical Day 7: Forelimb Conditions

Case Studies

  1. Orthopaedic

  2. Neurological

  3. Other (soft issue, fitness, weight-loss, another orthopaedic or neurological case)

To register for this course send an email to


If we consider human medicine, today it is standard practice that following an injury or surgery we are required to see a human Physiotherapist. As athletes we regularly consult with a team of professionals including trainers, coaches, Biokineticists and Physiotherapists to help with work and exercise related injuries, to improve form, reduce injury and to enhance performance.  Veterinary Physiotherapists or Animal Physical Rehabilitation practitioners are able to assist animal athletes, working dogs and horses in much the same way to ensure that they are able to perform at their peak, for longer, by reducing the risk of injury.

Thanks to the internet our clients are doing their own research and many are looking for more options in the treatment of common conditions such as IVDD, and Hip Dysplasia to name only two of the many conditions a rehabilitation practitioner is able to treat and make a difference. Whether that is improving the outcome of a surgery, reducing pain, improving mobility and generally helping the patient have a better quality of life. By including Physical Rehabilitation as part of your service offering, within your practice, doctor, client and patient will benefit.   

This is a highly practical and applicable course which can be used immediately in small animal practice, to help you improve the outcomes for your patients.

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