Animal programs

New companion animal therapy program for rehabilitation education and training

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Northeast Seminars Partner to Offer New Continuing Education and Certification Courses

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

According to a press release,1 the CCAT program was finalized in the spring and summer of 2022 and will include the most up-to-date information in the ever-evolving field of animal rehabilitation. Faculty members in the program offer over 75 years of combined experience teaching, collaborating, and mentoring in animal rehabilitation.1

The faculty members are as follows1:

  • Program Director: Denis Marcellin-LittleMS, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR (Charter), CCRP (Professor, Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery – University of California, Davis)
  • Deb Gross-TorracaDPT, MSPT, CCRP, CCMT, Board Certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist Emeritus (Owner and Founder, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, Mystic, CT)
  • David Levin, 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 brunkDVM, Diplomate ACVSMR, CCRP, CCMT, CVPP, CVA (Medical Director, Rehabilitation of Veterinary Surgery Centers, Vienna, VA)

Brunke also announced this certification program at dvm360® Directions in Veterinary Medicine Conference in Indianapolis, Indianna. In an interview with dvm360®, Brunke said: “I am really delighted to [the CCAT program] because I will be one of the main teachers in this program.

“We’re going to bring brand new, top-notch education with the most up-to-date research on what’s available for rehabilitation therapy for dogs and cats. We’re going to keep him very focused on a hands-on approach,” Brunke added.

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


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