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Certificate Program in Equine Rehabilitation

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is pleased to present the Certificate Program in Equine Rehabilitation. We have worked diligently to construct a program that meets the needs of the veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist and physical therapist. The curriculum is designed to meet the high standards of a University of Tennessee certificate program. The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine is overseeing the curriculum.


Participants must have a degree as a:

  • Veterinarian - Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • Physical Therapy - Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • Physical Therapy Assistant - Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • Veterinary Technician* - Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
    * If your state does not require a degree to be a veterinary technician, a letter from your employer, who must be a D.V.M. or V.M.D., is required. This letter must include:
    • A statement that reflects that you work in the capacity of a veterinary technician
    • A list of your duties as a veterinary technician
  • Student in one of the above professions
    • You must have completed at least one year of your program before taking your first course
    • Successful completion of your degree is required prior to taking the certificate exam
    • Proof of enrollment must be made available.
  • Individuals must have demonstrated equine handling abilities and are required to sign a statement to that effect.


The certificate program in equine rehabilitation is a sequence of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and veterinary technicians or students of these professions, case studies and a cumulative examination. The courses are designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine rehabilitation.


To promote the art and science of equine rehabilitation, this will be achieved by:

  • Educating professionals in the principles and practical application of equine rehabilitation
  • Promoting and supporting research that will advance the knowledge, skill and treatment of equine rehabilitation
  • Making the benefits of equine rehabilitation known to the veterinary, physical therapy and related professions


  • Steve Adair, M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate ACVS, Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Dept. of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, UT-K. For more detail, see Dr. Adair's Faculty page.
  • Jennifer Brooks, P.T., MEd, CERP, Owner of Equine Rehabilitation Services, LLC For more detail, see Ms. Brook's Faculty page.
  • Kevin Haussler, D.V.M., P.C., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Resrearch Center, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. For more detail, see Dr. Haussler's Faculty page.
  • Andy Kaneps, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS, Parrott Equine Associates, Hamilton, MA. For more detail, see Dr. Kaneps' Faculty page.
  • Wayne McIlwraith, B.VSc., Ph.D., D.Sc, Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Surgery, Director of Orthopaedic Research, Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair, Colorado State University. For more detail, see Dr. McIlwraith's Faculty page.

Course Curriculum and Fees

  1. Equine I: Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities
  2. Equine II: Conditions Amenable to Rehabilitation
  3. Equine III: Final Examination and Case Presentations