DVM: What are your present and future goals with regard to the Canine Rehabilitation Institute?
Van Dyke: We'd like to continue to teach students at CSU and elsewhere. This will involve training the faculty at other veterinary
colleges so that they can offer similar electives. We want to get students to have basic exposure in third year, so they can
be prepared in their 4th year to work with clients and patients in need of rehabilitation. With the advent of the American
College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) our goal is to assist veterinary schools in offering residencies
in sports medicine/rehabilitation. We will, of course, continue to offer our certification programs.
DVM: How many professionals have graduated from your program?
Van Dyke: We have a graduate database of 850 people; about three-quarters of which are veterinarians with the balance equally
represented by physical therapists and veterinary technicians. We have graduates from 11 countries from nearly every state
in the Union. The typical class is 26 to 32 attendees. Our certification program consists of 15 class days with a six-day
introduction, second six-day module of intense coursework and a three-day elective in neuro-rehabilitation or sports medicine.
The Institute also offers CE courses, covering rehabilitation topics such as pain management, splinting and bracing, business
management and nutrition.
Our coursework grew out of what graduates need to know to incorporate canine sports rehabilitation in practice. The introduction
course covers anatomy, biomechanics and surgical pathology with an early introduction to modalities and therapeutic exercise.
We help veterinarians to begin to approach their canine patients in the same way that a human physical therapist approaches
a human patient. We also introduce the business side of canine rehabilitation.
The second module for veterinarians and physical therapists is designed to teach how to evaluate the patient and to create
the treatment plan. We have a separate second module for veterinary technicians as they cannot do diagnostics and need to
spend more time learning how to do the hands-on, time-consuming work of canine rehabilitation We focus in the technicians'
second module on what they need to do to make the rehab practice as efficient as possible by focusing on client communication,
therapeutic exercise and physical modalities. This allows the veterinarian and physical therapist to focus on patient evaluation
and program design.