Certified Equine Rehabilitation Assistant (CERA) $4375.00 for Registered Veterinary Technicians, PTA’s, Bs Equine Science Graduates

Certified Equine Rehabilitation Assistant (CERA)

  1. Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation (Online Lecture Series & Optional Live Lab)
  2. Equine Athletics (Online Lecture Series)
  3.  Case Study Submission

You must pass all course exams & submit a case study for review

Part 1.  Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation begins with a series of online lectures in equine anatomy and physiology, musculoskeletal palpation, biomechanics, conformation and postural evaluation of the horse.  Core concepts of physiology, neurology, basic gait assessment; including normal vs abnormal gait patterns will be introduced.  Students will be introduced to the principals and theory behind equine physical rehabilitation. Treatment techniques will be introduced for soft tissue, joint range of motion, retraining the proprioceptive and neuromotor control along with introduction & progression of therapeutic exercise and the use of therapeutic modalities: (ice/heat, compression garments, electromagnetics, laser/LED, therapeutic ultrasound, electromodalities TENS, FES, NMES).  Documenting objective outcomes and measures during your treatment, team communication & business aspects of working in the equine rehabilitation field.  After completing the online course work students attend a 5 day live lab practical session (see course calendar for dates & locations)

Part 2. Equine Athletics is a series of 12 online lectures from the experts in their field.  Dr. Hilary Clayton offers a 3 part lecture on locomotor biomechanics.  Dr. Melissa King lectures on equine aquatic therapy, regenerative medicine, and muscluoskeletal lameness.  Dr. Anna Firshman presents 2- two part lectures the first one on equine neurological disease and the second one on equine muscle disease.  Dr. Brian Nielsen talks include a 2 part lecture on equine bone strength and one lecture on mineral nutrition of the equine athlete.   Short 5 question examinations are located at the end of each lecture 80% passing grade is required.

Case Study Submission – Students will upload a case study for review

Live Labs will be offered at ARI – Palm Beach County FL