New companion animal therapy program for rehabilitation education and training


The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Northeast Seminars partner to bring new continuing education and certification courses

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The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Northeast Seminars announced a partnership to offer a new program titled, “Certification in Companion Animal Therapy (CCAT).” This program will provide attendees continuing education and certification courses to enhance their knowledge in the animal physical rehabilitation and sports medicine field.

According to a news release,1 the CCAT curriculum was finalized in the spring and summer of 2022 and will include the most updated information in the constantly evolving field of animal rehabilitation. The faculty members a part of the program offer over 75 combined years of experience in animal rehabilitation instruction, collaboration and mentorship.1

The faculty members are as follows1:

  • Program Director: Denis Marcellin-Little, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR (Charter), CCRP (Professor, Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery – University of California, Davis)
  • Deb Gross-Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, CCMT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus (Owner and Founder, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, Mystic, CT)
  • David Levine, PhD, DPT, Diplomate American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties-Orthopedics, CCRP, Cert. DN (Professor and Cline Chair of Excellence – UT, Chattanooga; Veterinary Care and Specialty Group, Chattanooga, TN)
  • Matt Brunke, DVM, Diplomate ACVSMR, CCRP, CCMT, CVPP, CVA (Medical Director, Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation, Vienna, VA)

Brunke also announced this certification program at the dvm360® Directions in Veterinary Medicine Conference in Indianapolis, Indianna. In an interview with dvm360®, Brunke stated, “I’m really excited about [the CCAT program] because I’ll be one of the core faculty for that program.”

“We’re going to bring in all new, high level education with the most recent research in what’s available for rehab therapy for dogs and cats. We’re going to keep it very much focused on a practical approach,” Brunke added.

According to Brunke, new courses are coming soon and any inquiries about the program can be sent to the email.


News release. The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Northeast Seminars. June 30, 2022. Accessed July 1, 2022. 

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