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Physical medicine and rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary field of veterinary medicine that in recent years has become an integral component of the therapy of animals with orthopaedic and neurological diseases.

The training of qualified professionals in the field of physical medicine helps to improve the healing process of dogs after surgery or trauma and makes a significant contribution to rehabilitation and trauma prevention among working dogs and in dog sports. As our graduates learn to develop standardised programmes for dog rehabilitation, they play an important role in guaranteeing quality in the field of physical medicine while making an important contribution to animal welfare through optimal pain management in the context of physical medicine and animal-optimised training.

The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) programme is a collaborative project between the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the University of Tennessee. The course curriculum follows the training programme of the Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program at the University of Tennessee. The course is therefore regarded as an international training programme that concludes with official University of Tennessee certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Participants who have successfully completed the entire curriculum are also awarded a certificate and title as “akademische Expertin/akademischer Experte für veterinärmedizinische Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation für Hunde” (Academic Expert in Veterinary Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Dogs) in accordance with Section 58(2) Universities Act 2002.

The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) programme is aimed at the following target groups:

  • persons with a degree in veterinary medicine
  • students of veterinary medicine studying in at least the 10th semester

The Austrian Chamber of Veterinarians points out that, in accordance with Section 12 of the Veterinary Practitioner Act, the diagnosis and therapy of sick animals in the Republic of Austria is reserved exclusively for veterinarians. Any physiotherapy performed by laypersons can therefore only be provided in a supportive capacity as part of the diagnosis and therapy carried out by the veterinarian under his or her supervision. On 7 March 2014 (BMG 74120/0005-II/B/10a/2014), the Federal Ministry of Health expressly pointed out that independent medical treatment can only be provided by veterinarians; other persons, including those who may have undergone sound training, can only be called upon to assist in the treatment (Section 24(2) leg. cit.). A mere referral for treatment is not possible.

Application

Applications should be sent to the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Attn: Regine Major, Student Services, Veterinärplatz 1, A-1210 Vienna. The following documents must be submitted along with the application:

  • Notarised copy of the degree certificate in veterinary medicine (in the case of foreign degrees, the authenticity of the certificate must be confirmed by the respective university) or a copy of the degree certificate in veterinary medicine from Vetmeduni Vienna, or
  • Proof of successfully passed examinations of Semester 9 according to Curriculum 02U/14U
  • Notarised copy of a valid photo ID
  • Signed form acknowledging the legal situation in Austria: Form acknowledging the legal situation in Austria 
  • Application period: 1 October 2020 – 31 January 2021
  • Course starts: 1 March 2021 (e-learning modules)
  • Classroom teaching: 9 August – 14 August 2021
  • Final exam: tentatively in August 2022
  • Course fee:
    for participants from EU member states who have an internationally recognised VAT number and for participants from third countries: €5,997 (includes exam fee), and
    for participants from EU member states who do not have an internationally recognised tax number: €5,997 Euro (incl. exam) plus VAT of the respective country) + (currently) €20.20
      students’ union membership fee per semester