Our instructors

Our instructors are the leaders in veterinary rehabilitation and have written the most important books and scientific literature regarding rehabilitation.

From the USA

Dr. Darryl L. Millis, DACVSMR

Darryl Millis Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Dr. Darryl Millis is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a founding charter member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Millis has authored over 50 publications, 30 textbook chapters, and 80 abstracts/proceedings. Dr. Millis is a primary faculty member of the University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Rehabilitation, is a co-editor of the Textbook of Small Animal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats, and has received the prestigious World Small Animal Veterinary Association Iams Paatsama Award. His primary research interests include osteoarthritis and physical rehabilitation.

Dr. David Levine, P.T., Ph.D., D.P.T., Diplomate American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (Orthopedics), C.C.R.P., Cert. D.N

Cline Chair of Excellence and UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, adjunct associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine, and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (2004, 2013) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).

Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, DACVSMR

Denis Marcellin-Little Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Docteur Denis Marcellin-Little est diplômé de la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de Toulouse depuis 1988. Sa formation inclut in internat à Hollywood Animal Hospital en Floride, une résidence en chirurgie des animaux de compagnie à l’Université d’Etat de Caroline du Nord à Raleigh, et un post-doc en recherche orthopédique, aussi passé à Raleigh. Il est membre du collège Américain des chirurgiens vétérinaries, du college Européen des chirurgiens vétérinaires, et du college Américain de médecine sportive et de réhabilitation vétérinaire. Docteur Denis Marcellin-Little est actuellement professeur titulaire en chirurgie orthopédique à la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’Université d’Etat de Caroline du Nord à Raleigh. Il est actif en recherche sur le traitement des déformités des membres, des prothèses articulaires, et en bioingénierie (biomodeling et biofabrication).

Dr. Deborah M. Gross

D.M: Gross Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation


 Debbie Gross graduated from Boston University with her physical therapy degree in 1990 and continued with her postgraduate orthopedic physical therapy degree at Quinnipiac College where she graduated with distinction in 1999. In addition, she is a board certified specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Saunders received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2008 from the University of Tennessee. She has been practicing in the field of small animal rehabilitation for over seventeen years and has published in both the veterinarian field and the canine athletic field. She is owner of a successful physical rehabilitation practice in Connecticut, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC. She has currently produced numerous DVDs aimed at the performance dogs and has authored many publications in the canine sports medicine field. She enjoys speaking nationally and internationally.

Dr. Matt Brunke

Dr. Matt Brunke was born and raised in Queens, NY. He attained his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts he did his clinical rotations at Purdue University and began practicing in upstate NY in 2004. He was the first veterinarian in the Capital District to be certified in canine rehab (CCRP through the University of Tennessee) and oversaw a rehab practice from 2007-2012. He is also certified in pain management and acupuncture. Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He has a special interest in palliative care and canine athletes.  He is also working on his credentials for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. When not at work he can be found outside training for triathlons and marathons. He finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2015 and is back in training again. Penny his 2 year old pit bull is his running buddy and training partner.


From Austria

Dr. Barbara Bockstahler, DACVSMR

Barbara Bockstahler Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Barbara Bockstahler studied veterinary medicine in Vienna, Austria, where she later headed a joint veterinary practice. In addition to her private practice (1996 – 2002), since 1999 she is head of the section for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. In the course of her clinical and scientific career Dr. Bockstahler has held numerous national and international lectures. Dr. Bockstahler was certified as a Specialist for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in 2004 (Austria) and as Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2007. She conducted intensive research on gait analysis in dogs since 2003 and finished her habilitation 2009. She became Diplomate of the American College for Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016.


Dr. Marion Mucha

Marion Müller Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Marion Mucha studied veterinary medicine in Vienna, Austria and finished her doctoral thesis in 2005. She is working since 2002 at the Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic of the Veterinary University of Vienna (VUV), which was originally founded as a part of the First Medical University Hospital and later annexed to the Surgery and Ophthalmology Clinic of the VUV in 2000. She is also a member of the Movement Science Group Vienna. In the course of her clinical and scientific career Dr. Mucha has held numerous lectures in Austria and abroad. She also made research on gait analysis in dogs. Dr. Mucha has been certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist since 2004 (CVA, IVAS International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner since 2007 (CCRP, University of Tennessee in Cooperation with Schlossseminare). In 2010 her book “Checkliste Akupunktur für Kleintiere“ (Sonntag Verlag) was published. Since 2015 she is president of the Austrian Veterinary Acupuncture Society (AVAS – an affiliate organisation of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society – IVAS).

From Romania

Marion Müller Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Born in 24th of May 1982 in Bucuresti, Romania. In 2006 graduates from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucuresti, and after two years gets his Master’s degree from the same institution. He opens his first private practice in 2006, VetCenter Otopeni, in the outskirts of Bucuresti, a practice that currently has 6 employees, from which 5 are DVMs. In 2013, Dr. Ciuperca starts his certification in canine rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee and Schloss Seminar, program that granted him one year later the title of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

 Also in 2013, Dr. Ciuperca starts one year long certification of veterinary acupuncture, a program supervised by IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society).  At the end of 2013 he decides to dedicate all his time to canine rehabilitation by opening his second private practice, VetPhysioCenter Bucuresti, a courageous project, not only because it was the first practice in Romania ever offering full canine rehabilitation, but because the clinic was dedicated only to rehabilitation and physical therapy and worked as a referral clinic. Since then, Dr. Ciuperca had more than 20 nationally lectures about canine rehabilitation, a podium presentation in VEPRA 2015 and also won first prize at the first CCRP World Reunion in Uppsala 2016 short presentations contest.

He co-authored in 2015 with Prof. Darryl Millis the first chapter from “Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice – Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy” with the title: Evidence for Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. Dr. Ciuperca main interests are neurologically challenged patients and spinal walking in grade 5 modified Frankel score patients (paraplegia without deep pain sensation). His hobbies are reading and gardening.

From Argentina

Dr. Graciela Sterin

DVM, President of AIFISVET (Asociación Ibero Americana de Fisiatría Veterinaria), international speaker and privat clinic for rehabilitation and physical therapy, Buenos Aires, Argentinia

From France

Dr. Karine Le Bleis

Karine Le Bleis Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Certified in Accupuncture (l’Académie Vétérinaire d’Acupuncture et Ostéopathie) and Physiotherapy, head of the Department of Physiotherapy and sports medicine (Ecole nationale vétérinaire d’Alfort, Paris, 2004 - 2009), head of the Department of Physiotherapy and sports medicine at Fregis/Paris-Arcueil (2010 to date).

Roberta Burdisso, DVM

She graduated in year 2000 in the University of Bologna (Italy) with the congratulations of the Jury for her thesis on leshmaniasis. She starts working as a pet veterinary in Italy first and after in France where she is living now. In the 2013 she obtained the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), by the University of Tennessee. Since 2013 Roberta has choose to dedicate 100% of his time to the physiotherapy. She has participated in several seminars, on animal rehabilitation, has published a number of articles related to animal rehabilitation. She is since 2013 head of Department of Physiotherapy at CHV Fregis and since 2015, President of the GEREP ( physiotherapy and rehabilitation study group) for the AFVAC, french association of pet veterinarians.


From Italy

Dr. Ludovica Dragone

Ludovica Dragone Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

She graduated in the academic year 2001 – 2002 in the University of Parma (Italy) with a degree thesis in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation with Dr Luisa De Risio. Since 2003 she started to spend periods of time in USA, in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine under the supervision of Prof Darryl Millis and in North Carolina under the supervision of Prof Denis Marcellin. In the 2005 she obtained the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), by the University of Tennessee. Ludovica has participated in a number of continuing education seminars, nationally as well as internationally, on animal rehabilitation, both as a participant and lecturer. She has published a number of articles related to animal rehabilitation and she wrote the textbook Fisioterapia Riabilitativa del cane e del gatto (Ed Elsevier 2010), she made a DVD Vet Unit Fisioterapia: Itinerario Clinico e Metodiche Med Tutor Veterinaria (Ed UTET 2012), she is a contributor, with a chapter, to the second edition of textbook Canine Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy (by Millis and Levine, Ed Elsevier, in press) and a contributor of a monography about Hip Dysplasia (Ed Merial, in press). Since 2003 she participates to the continuing education meetings of the SINVet, Italian Society of Veterinary Neurology. Since 2006 she is the director of the SCIVAC courses of canine physical therapy and rehabilitation. Since 2007 she is the President of the study group about canine physical therapy and rehabilitation and since 2010 she is the President of the SIFiRVet, Italian Society of Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Since 2011 she is Vice President of VEPRA, Veterinary European of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Association. She works in her own facility in Reggio Emilia (Italy), taking care of physical therapy and rehabilitation of neurologic and orthopedic patients.

Dr. Elena Tognato

Elena Tognato graduated with laudem in 2006 at the University of Veterinary Medicine of Padua. She completed her experience at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Madrid and than at the Hospital for Small Animals – University of Edinburgh. In 2010 she obtained the certification of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) of the University of Tennessee – Schloss Seminar. From 2009 she has been working in Small animals practices with particular interest in Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2013 Elena co-founded “Thermal Physiopet” Small Animal Rehabilitation practice in Montegrotto Terme (Italy) where she provides physical therapy service.

Luciano Pisoni Med Vet, Phd

Laureato in Medicina Veterinaria presso l’Università degli studi di Bologna nel 1995. Nel 1999 consegue il titolo di Dottore di Ricerca in “Ortopedia degli Animali Domestici” presso l’Università degli Studi di Parma. Dal 2000 ricopre il ruolo di Ricercatore Confermato in Clinica Chirurgica Veterinaria presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie dell’Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna.


Dal 2007 al 2011 è stato responsabile del servizio di accettazione e ricovero dell’Ospedale Didattico Veterinario dell’Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna. Docente di Medicina Operatoria nell’ambito del Corso di Laurea in Medicina Veterinaria. Docente presso la Scuola di specializzazione in Patologia e Clinica degli Animali da Affezione. Svolge attività Clinico-Chirurgica presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie dell’Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, con particolare interesse per la neurochirurgia, chirurgia dell’apparato endocrino, chirurgia dell’ipofisi, apparato urinario e chirurgia ortopedica. Partecipa a diversi progetti scientifici nazionali ed europei. Autore di pubblicazioni su riviste nazionali ed internazionali e relatore a congressi nazionali.


From Portugal

Angela Martins; MsC

Ângela Martins, graduated in veterinary medicine since 1991, being the clinical director of the Arrábida veterinary hospital and of the first animal functional rehabilitation center (CRAA) in Portugal.

Formation in several international congresses,SEVCS, BSAVA, SCIVAC, NAVCS and others. Member of the AARV and IAVRPT.

Teacher in Lusofona University, on the disciplines of Rehabilitation and emergencies, and on the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre on the discipline of rehabilitation. Specific training was carried out by the University of Tenesse, the CCRP. Speaker of several events in Portugal on the theme of functional neurorehabilitation and emergencies, and also at Universities of Veterinary in the area of functional rehabilitation. Speaker of international congresses (OMICS International Conference in 2nd Indo-Global Summit and Expo on Veterinary India 2015 and Valencia 2016, on the theme of functional neuro-rehabilitation and on IAVRPT). Published several articles on the Journal International Archives of Medicine, Journal Veterinary Science and Technology, and Journal of Small Animal Practice. Formation in postgraduates on human physiotherapy and neurorehabilitation ((9th World Congress for neurorehabilitation and European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitaiton Medicine).


From Spain

Dr. Renata Diniz

Renata Diniz Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Renata Diniz, DVM, MSc, CCRP, Private practice specialized in small animal physical rehabilitation- Mallorca, Spain, Vice president of AIFISVET (ibero american society of veterinary physiotherapy)

Responsable to Eurotierklinik physiotherapy centre, S’Arenal, Palma de Mallorca



From United Kingdom

Lowri Davies, DACVSMR

Lowri Davies Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

SMART Clinic, Weighbridge Referral Centre, Kemys Way, Swansea Enterprise Park, Swansea, Wales SA6 8QF

Lowri Davies graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992. She is founder and director of the SMART Veterinary Clinics, specialist rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics based in South Wales but with a UK wide client base. She has a postgraduate qualification in Veterinary Acupuncture awarded by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and she gained her CCRP accreditation in 2005.

She is past president of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is currently president of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine association. Lowri is a member of the International Association for the Study of pain, the NOI (neuro-orthopaedic institute) and associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She has lectured internationally on rehabilitation and sports medicine including developing and teaching the rehabilitation elective programe at Murdoch University. Lowri has contributed to numerous publications on rehabilitation and pain management and written chapters on Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for various textbooks

Dr. Laurent Garosi

Laurent Garosi Instructor Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Laurent is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) and RCVS/European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology. He is currently company director and head of the neurology/neurosurgery service at Davies Veterinary Specialists, England. In 2012, Laurent opened a dedicated feline neurology service which is the first of its kind in Europe. His main clinical and research interests are cerebrovascular diseases, neuro-imaging and feline neurology. Laurent has published widely in the field of neurology and is a regular speaker on the national and international continuing education circuit. He is currently president of the ECVN, past chief examiner of the ECVN examination committee and co-editor with Simon Platt of a recently published textbook on Small Animal Neurological Emergencies.


Continuing education

New e-learning available

Introduction to Canine Manual Therapy and Kinesiology Taping for Dogs



Have a look on the webinars of ANIMAL REHABILITATION CPD

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Vetoquinol Mobility Program

Have a look at the Vetoquinol e-learning courses



1st conference of ECVSMR in collaboration with VEPRA

Where: Ghent, Belgium

When: 19-21 September 2019

Official international book launch with signature hours at ECVSMR

Where: "Castle of Ghent", Ghent, Belgium

When: 19 September 2019, 19h30-22h30 during opening reception

For registration please see the invitation-flyer:

Invitation to book launch ceremony
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CERP - Certified Equine Rehabilitation practitioner

Where: Lisboa, Portugal

When: 26-30 October 2019
Important: E-Learning can already be started.

Accreditation: The CERP is already accredited as CE/CPP for the members of the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association).

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Info: CERP is the equine equivalent to the CCRP program




By registration for one of the CCRP courses between  25 May and 20 June 2019: CHANCE OF WINNING THE NEW STANDARD WORK  "Essential Facts of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitaion and Sports Medicine in Companion Animals"!

Please use for registration the flyer below:

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Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning (VAHL)

In 2000, Dr. Beate Egner founded Schloss Seminar and began organizing veterinary education and continuing education programs in Germany.  Schloss Seminar has been recognized internationally and was integrated into the newly established VAHL.


Center for animal mobility
(January 18th 2019)

The medical small animal hospital of the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany and Vetoquinol opened a pioneering center for animal mobility, in order to improve the life quality of geriatric and impaired animals.

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October 2019

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