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EQ110LP: Rehabilitation for Equine Health Care Professionals

Date: Coming Soon
Cost: $795
Duration: 2.5 days


*This course has been approved for 17.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. 

This course is designed for participants to expand on concepts and applications of rehabilitative therapies in equine clinical care. It includes basic concepts in equine rehabilitation; definition and etiology of injuries with specific rehabilitation techniques for different injuries; the roles of chiropractors, veterinarians, equine body workers, trainers and physiotherapists in rehabilitation; practical sessions to learn new, specific techniques including movement analysis, palpation techniques and range of motion assessment; different treatment options available for equine rehabilitation and discussion of individual case studies.

Day 1 of the course runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm and features a dinner lecture (dinner is provided).  On Days 2 and 3, class begins at 8:30am and runs until 5:00pm.  On Day 2, we will be taking an afternoon field trip to a nearby rehabilitation facility.


The objectives for this course include:

  • To elucidate the concept and role of rehabilitation in equine clinical care
  • To identify the etiology and common types of injuries that are presented for rehabilitation
  • To identify different rehabilitation options that can be used for cases with spinal dysfunction
  • To use new palpation, range of motion and gait analysis skills to evaluate how rehabilitative techniques can be best applied
  • To distinguish between professional roles of team players in equine rehabilitation, and contextualize where each professional’s skills fit into the overall rehabilitation protocol
  • To design rehabilitation protocols to address specific conditions and/or injuries, using the techniques learned
  • To integrate the knowledge of rehabilitation techniques into clinical assessments
  • To interpret the results of rehabilitation techniques to gain insight on whether the horse is improving in subsequent sessions.


Participants must hold a recognized qualification in the field of equine healthcare (approved professions listed below). They must understand functional anatomy with regard to the musculoskeletal system and be able to palpate and identify surface anatomy. Participants must have confident horse handling skills, understand equine behavior and be comfortable working around different equine personalities and dispositions. Participants must have worked professionally and with horses for at least 1 year unless otherwise approved.


Veterinarians: Proof of degree must be provided upon registration.  Participant must also fulfill the other prerequisites.

Physical Therapists: Proof of degree must be provided upon registration. Two letters of recommendation from veterinarians with regards to working with horses required. Participant must also satisfy the other prerequisites.

Doctors of Chiropractic: Proof of degree must be provided upon registration. Two letters of recommendation from veterinarians with regards to working with horses required. Participant must also satisfy the other prerequisites.

Doctor of Osteopathy: Proof of degree must be provided upon registration. Two letters of recommendation from veterinarians with regards to working with horses required. Participant must also satisfy the other prerequisites.

Equine Massage Therapists:  Proof of certification required from a 320+ hour recognized course (no online certification courses). Students coming in from outside programs (non-EEBW) must challenge the EEBW Certification Course prior to registering for the EQ110LP.  There is an administrative fee of $150 for this challenge and a video presentation is required. Participants must have at least 1 year of field experience after the qualifying certification program. In addition, two letters of recommendation from veterinarians in regards to working with horses required.  Participant must also satisfy the other prerequisites.

Veterinary Technicians & Pt Assistants: Must have at least 1 year of experience and practice after the certification in a professional setting with a veterinarian. Two letters of recommendation (one from employing veterinarian or licensed physical therapist) in regards to working with horses required. The letter must include a statement explaining your duties involved as a veterinary technician or PT assistant. Participant must also satisfy the other prerequisites.

Veterinary Students: Students in their final year only. Two letters of recommendation from veterinarians, advisors or instructors are required.

It is understood that some of the techniques presented do not allow non-veterinarians to utilize the methods demonstrated due to regulations.

Required Materials

Required Text:

Course Materials (included in tuition):
Course Handouts

Externship (included in tuition):
Externship Grading and Certificate


Dr. Carrie Schlachter, VMD, DACVSMR

Dr. Carrie Schlachter’s veterinary practice focuses on integrative sports medicine, rehabilitation and injury prevention. She founded and designed Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine’s rehabilitation and fitness programs and Animals In Motion (AIM) is a continuation of that quest for knowledge. AIM is a practice focusing on wellness and developing monitoring protocols for injury prevention.

Dr. Schlachter grew up riding horses in the competitive ‘A’ circuit on the East coast and has almost 35 years of experience with horses as a rider, veterinarian and owner. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School and New Bolton Center, she received the Charles F. Reid Clinical Excellence Award for Sports Medicine and Imaging as well as numerous scholarships.  In 2016 she was awarded specialty board certification with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and now serves on the ACVSMR’s examination committee as well as the American Association of Equine Practitioners Scientific Review & Editorial committee.  Dr. Schlachter is also a Level 3 FEI Official delegate in jumpers and hopes to achieve the same in dressage during 2020.  She has officiated at 2 World Cups, the Central American Games and multiple 3* and above competitions worldwide.

In addition to her thriving veterinary practice, Dr. Schlachter teaches courses for veterinarians and equine professionals on various sports medicine subjects such as lameness, rehabilitation and ultrasound techniques worldwide.  She has, with her partners Dr. Nicole Rombach and Debranne Patillo, started the Academy of Animal Sport Science which offers an equine rehabilitation certificate program for licensed professionals and veterinarians.


A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the $300 deposit has been received.

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