CERP ·Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner

The only university-based, RACE approved credential program in equine rehabilitation.

Do you want to specialize in equine rehab and physical therapy and get your training from the worlds’ leading specialists?

The University of Tennessee and the Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning are pleased to present the University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Equine Physical Rehabilitation (CERP). In cooperation with the Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center, in 2004 the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine developed the only university-based, RACE approved credential program in equine rehabilitation.

The VAHL mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse and to further the professional development of vets. VAHL will continue to provide innovation and improvements in its continuing education offers.

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Why CERP Program?

Following injuries, which are frequent events in athletic horses, owners and trainers seek alternative therapies and techniques to facilitate rehabilitation. CERP by VAHL rely on the science surrounding the techniques.

The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CERP) is a sequence of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapists or students of these professions, which include case studies and a cumulative examination. The CERP program is designed to guide the practitioner from the theoretical foundations to the clinical applications of equine rehabilitation.

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

  • Since its foundation, the curriculum of the program has been continuously updated to secure state of the art contents, in the theoretical content as well as in the practical approach.
  • As particularly modalities improve continuously, we focus on working with the best providers in the market.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and examination, participants receive the designation of Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
VAHL CERP Participants

Getting Started in Equine Physical Rehabilitation

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. But there are also innovative new developments.

The CERP program trains to review equine anatomy, gait analysis, confirmation, lameness evaluation, and neurologic examination. Graduates of this course have received training for identifying which therapeutic modality is most appropriate for certain circumstances and hands on training for the best method of application.

VAHL CERP Training


The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Students in one of the accepted professions*

Proof of degree(s) and or license(s) must be provided for every profession

*Proof of acceptance and documentation showing current enrollment in a qualified program must be provided with your initial registration.  You will be asked to provide continued proof of active enrollment.  You must complete one academic year of your professional program prior to enrolling in this program.  Successful completion of your degree is required prior to taking the certificate exam.

A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.
~ Pat Parelli

Equine Rehab Certificate · CERP · Our Goal

To educate professionals who share a common interest in helping animals recover from illness and/or injury, and to help horses to live life to the fullest with minimal pain and discomfort. Students will advance their understanding and skills with hands-on labs focused on conducting equine health assessments, understanding injury prevention and care, program design and implementation. An emphasis is included on movement identification and correction as well as the opportunity to explore specialty life stage requirements for working horses and equine athletes.

Coming Soon: Equine Rehab Reference Book

S. Adair, H. Clayton, K. Haussler, J. Maierl, J.P.Marques (ED.) – alphabetic order – and about 70 co-authors – specialists from all continents , ~ 900 pages, 4c, tutorial videos via QR codes, 195 Euro

Coming Soon Equine Rehab Book

Here you find all information needed to become a CERP!

The certificate program in equine rehabilitation offers a series of postgraduate courses for veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians. After successful completion of all the online, e-learning and practical courses and after successfully passing the examination, participations will receive the title “Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner”.

It's time to become a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner!

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