University of Tennessee

Equine Rehab
Certificate CERP


In cooperation with the Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center, the University of Tennessee (in 2004) developed the world’s first university-based, RACE approved credential program in equine rehabilitation. The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CERP) is a program series of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapists, or students of these professions. Candidates complete the program by submitting case studies and completing a comprehensive examination. The CERP program is designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Advanced hands-on anatomy review during dissection and lab is optimized as the basics are reinforced thoroughly during online preparation sessions, ensuring each student has the review necessary to keep the flow of the class steady.

Why CERP Program

Injuries are common in athletic horses. Owners and trainers seek alternative therapies and techniques to facilitate rehabilitation. Animal Care professionals learn the standard of care in equine rehabilitation physical medicine by participating in the UT VAHL CERP program.

The CERP program is designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine rehabilitation in physical medicine.

The blended learning environment (live and online) increases the productivity of the hands-on clinical lab sessions, reduces time away from work or home

  • Since its foundation, the curriculum of the program has been continuously updated to deliver training and education in state of the art standard of care, in both the theoretical and practical approach.
  • Our continuous research enables us to identify and present the most effective therapies and modalities
  • Upon successful completion of the program and examination, participants receive the coveted of Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner credential.

Getting Started in Equine Physical Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation of horses with orthopedic injuries has evolved tremendously. There are now numerous therapeutic modalities that have been proven in human medicine and adapted for horses. The CERP academic program will keep candidates and graduates apprised of new developments. The CERP program includes modules in equine anatomy, gait analysis, confirmation, lameness evaluation, and neurologic examination. Graduates of this course have received training to identify and implement the most effective modalities and therapies for their patients.


  • Earn the CERP credential* after successfully finishing the following parts:
    • Equine I – Online Lecture Series (Included)
    • Equine II – Live hands-on lab (Select a Date)
    • Equine III – Final Examination and Case Presentations (Included)
  • Access to live webinars free of charge
  • Promotion of your service or practice on our website
  • Academic Coaching on demand (up to 3 sessions per year free of charge for 2 years)
    • Career Coaching
    • Marketing Coaching
    • Case Coaching
  • Access to the closed Facebook group for student or credentialed CERPs only, for internal case discussions and coaching on demand
  • Access to our global network
    • Industry
      • special VIP service and packages
      • special CERP discounts (on average 10% of the sales price up to $12,500 USD for one specific modality)
    • Faculty and global specialists
      • Access to additional training
      • Access to a referral service
      • Access to job-offers/free platform to offer jobs
  • As a credentialed CERP you will automatically be eligible to become a VAHL Ambassador (benefit from sharing your experience)
  • Lifelong member of the global CERP Family

Online courses including the elective can be taken at any time, choose the dates below that you would like to attend the hand-on lab.

*Proof of credentials and/or license are required.


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Complete Program


Hands-on Live Lab Dates (Equine II)


  • The team approach to equine rehabilitation Which conditions are appropriate for physical therapy
  • To design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly occurring musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic conditions
  • How to document the rehabilitation programs using standardized forms


  • The regulatory issues surrounding the practice of animal rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic modalities and mechanisms of action
  • Cause and medical or surgical therapy for tendons and ligaments
  • Response to injury and healing of tendons and ligaments
  • Correlate the rehabilitation program with the physiologic processes that the patient is undergoing during its rehabilitation.

Be Proficient In:

  • Recognizing equine lameness and basic gait analysis
  • Equine neurologic examination
  • Understanding reasonable time frames for treatment, when to begin and frequency
  • Methods of referral and communication between the referring


Our mission is to promote the art and science of equine rehabilitation, this will be achieved by:

  • Educating professions in the principles and practical application of equine rehabilitation
  • Promoting and support 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


Participants must have a degree as one of the following;

  • 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.
  • Veterinary Technician – Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided.
  • 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 certification exam
    • Proof of enrollment must be made available.

All individuals must have demonstrated equine handling abilities and are required to sign a statement to that effect.


In cooperation with Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center