Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) (University Course; in German and English)

For many years, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine have been established in the veterinary field and are increasingly important in orthopaedic and neurologic cases but also in the training of sports- and working dogs. Additionally dogs with specific problems, like obesity, endocrine and even more heart disease need to be treated adequately. This requests a thoroughly understanding of the underlying condition, a highly educated specialist to evaluate the patient, to set up the treatment plan and finally to treat the patient successfully.
The University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation was introduced in 1999 in the United States, and since has spread around the world, and it is now offered in cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
The certificate program in canine rehabilitation is a sequence of
postgraduate courses for veterinarians, students of veterinary medicine, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians, followed by a supervised clinical experience and a cumulative examination.
After successful completion of all courses and the examination the participants receive the title “Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner” and following § 58 (2) of the University law the designation „Akademische/r ExpertIn für veterinärmedizinische Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation für Hunde“ (for veterinarians).

The Austrian Veterinarian Organisation makes the applicants aware of the following paragraphs of the Veterinarians Act, which apply to physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiotherapy) of animals:
§ 12 (1) Regardless of the authorization granted to other persons by § 1 (3), the following activities may only be undertaken by veterinarians (reserved duties):

  1. Examination and treatment of animals
  2. Preventive measures of a medical nature against illness of animals
  3. Operative interventions in animals
  4. Vaccination, injection, transfusion, infusion, instillation and taking of blood samples from animals
  5. Prescription of medication for animals
  6. Examination of slaughtered animals and meat
  7. Issuing of veterinary certificates and expert reports
  8. Artificial insemination of pets.

In addition I have been informed that in accordance with § 24 (2) all physiotherapeutic activities I undertake will be performed following precise instructions from a veterinarian and under his/her constant supervision and direction.

Applications must be submitted to the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vizerektorat für Lehre, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria. The following documents must be submitted:

  • Certificate of the highest school and/or university degree
  • Certificate of the successful completed  professional education
  • Signed attached document regarding the Austrian Veterinarian Act (Link)

The following documents must be included with the application:

  1. A certified copy of the degree certificate (for degrees awarded outside Austria the authenticity of the certificate must be confirmed by the university that awarded the degree).
  2. A certified copy of a valid photographic identification
  • Closing date for application: 01.10.2016-31.01.2017
  • Start of the course: 1. März 2017 (e-learning modules)
  • Presence days: 31.07.-05.08.2017
  • Exam: August 2018
  • Course Fee: € 5,895,- + (currently) € 19,20 for the Student's Union per term




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