Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines

Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines is Santa Barbara's only free standing, full service animal rehabilitation facility led by certified professionals. In June of 2017, Karen Atlas, MPT, PT, CCRT, teamed up with Dr. Bill Otto, DVM, to open ARC and offer physical rehabilitation services to pets. ARC is fully equipped with the latest underwater treadmill, cold laser therapy (class 3b), therapeutic ultrasound, Alpha-Stimulation (CES and MET), pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), electrical stimulation (NMES and TENS), as well as innovative land based exercise equipment.

Assessment, Treatment, and Injury Prevention for the Sporting and Highly Active Canine


Friday May 4th - Sunday May 6th, 2018


(Registration is located at the bottom of the page)



16 Hours of Education:
Friday & Sunday: 4 hours, Saturday: 8 hours
Hands on learning with several breeds of dogs

Qualifications/Prerequisites: This 16 hour (3 day) course is open to Physical Therapists and Veterinarians who have successfully completed a certification or diploma in canine rehabilitation (CCRT or CCRP). 

Summary: This 16 hour (3 day) course, Assessment, Treatment and Injury Prevention for the Sporting and Highly Active Canine, is both lecture and lab that will be an in-depth, focused look into the common sports related injuries of the thoracic and pelvic limb for the canine athlete. This course goes beyond the entry-level education taught in your CCRP/CCRT certification courses. It will have a strong focus on advanced manual skills for evaluation and treatment of the thoracic and pelvic limb for sports related injuries.

Active canines and athletes have similar issues as our human counterparts with restricted flexibility, alignment issues, muscle imbalances, muscle soreness/strains and tendon/ligament sprains. These issues can lead to repetitive trauma or traumatic injuries specific to the canine athlete which then requires a working diagnosis and targeted rehabilitation plan. This course will provide the practitioner with the ability to identify the primary injury and determine the secondary compensatory issues related to the primary problem. This course will provide you with a strong foundation to feel confident in the clinic to successfully rehabilitate the canine athlete. 

The Participant will also gain efficiency through the hands-on lab by practicing the evaluation and treatment techniques demonstrated. The participant will then be able to utilize these manual techniques to effectively treat clinical objective findings that stem from these soft tissue injuries. The development of treatment plans, return to sport, and injury prevention will also be highlighted.


Course Includes:

  • Didactic instruction of common injuries seen in highly active/sporting canines
  • Hands-on instruction of assessment techniques of common sports-related injuries
  • Hands-on instruction of manual therapy techniques (including both joint mobilizations and soft tissue mobilization techniques)
  • Therapeutic exercise prescription
  • Injury prevention

Please note:  This course may be eligible for CEU's in your state, though it will be up you to submit the certificate of completion, course objectives, hours and any other paperwork that may be required to your own respective state Board for approval.   There is no guarantee that your state Board will approve this course for CEU's.



About the Instructor

Ria Acciani, MPT, CCRP
Ria Acciani holds a graduate degree in Physical Therapy.  She is a licensed physical therapist (PT) with 20 years experience in human therapy, and has specialized in canine rehabilitation for more than 16 years. Ria received her Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from The University of St. Augustine, FL, and trained directly with Stanley V. Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Ria received her CCRP from the University of TN and was one of the first PTs in New Jersey to practice on dogs in 2000. She owns and operates with her husband David, Advanced Canine Rehabilitation (ACR), a practice that focuses on rehabilitation of performance and sporting dogs. 

Ria travels extensively to many regional, national, and international dog competitions, and works with top-level competitors.  Ria was selected as Official Therapist for the IFCS US Agility Team, and traveled to Bristol, England with the Team in 2010.  Ria returned to England with the Team in 2011, South Africa in 2012, Spain in 2013, and Hungary in 2014. Ria has also traveled with the AKC World Team to Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. She also traveled with the WAO World Team in Italy and England. Additionally, she provides instructional seminars for handlers and their dogs on a variety of topics so she can educate handlers how to prevent injury and enhance performance within their sport. 

Ria worked closely with Dr. Sherman Canapp and the VOSM group to establish the rehabilitation protocol for various shoulder and elbow conditions; which is successfully used at VOSM and in her own practice. Together with her husband they have published articles in Veterinary Surgery and Clean Run, and have presented at the International Rehabilitation Symposium in 2008 and 2010. Topics included shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, and modalities use in rehabilitation. Ria has been a core instructor at the Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR), and has taught with STAAR since 2010. Ria has also presented at the Animal Rehabilitation SIG for the APTA in Springfield, MA, Denver, CO, and at the APTA CSM 2017 in San Antonio, TX. She also is a member of the APTA ARSIG task force.
Ria continues to practice in Warren, NJ. When not working with her clients, she spends time with her husband, 3 children who are swimmers, enjoys doing yoga, pilates, and hiking with her 2 border collies.




The course begins on Friday, May 4th, at 2:30p and concludes on Sunday May 6th, at 12:30p.

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Registration for Assessment, Treatment, and Injury Prevention for the Sporting and Highly Active Canine


Participants must be a licensed and certified canine PT or certified rehab DVM to participate.




Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines
3208 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA



Total: $1100

* 16 Hours of Expert Instruction & Interaction
* Small group setting (20 people max)
* Includes all conference materials
* Included Meals: Dinner Friday Night, Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, Lunch on Saturday



Non-refundable down payment of $400.00 is necessary to hold your spot in the class.
Remaining payment of $700.00 due by April 6th, 2018. If you want to sign up after April 6th, please contact

You will be notified by email when your final payment has been received via credit card or check by mail.

If you need to cancel after paying the full amount and we have a waiting list, we will refund your full amount.
No refunds after April 1st.  A partial credit may be applied to future ARC events.
(Don't worry, we will never share any of your information with anyone)


1.  Please fill out the registration form below then click SUBMIT


2.  Look for the button below "Pay- Course". This button takes you to our secure payment page so you can make your deposit, pay the balance or pay for entire course at once.  

You only need to fill out the registration form once. Then come back to this same page to pay your balance later.

We look forward to hosting a great conference! 

Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines (ARC) reserves the right to cancel the event for any reason, at any time.  If so, we will provide a full refund of tuition.


Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines Conference Registration Form

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