What is a CERP?

Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner

A veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, or students of these professions that completed a postgraduate certificate course offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CERP) is a RACE approved credentialed program in equine rehabilitation which includes online courses, live labs, case studies, and a cumulative examination.

CERP Team Approach to Equine Rehabilitation:

• To design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly occurring musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic conditions of the equine.
• 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 DVM.