The 1+2-day Equine Dry Needling - Hybrid online and in-person course includes a 1-day online section that students must complete before the course's live section.
Full Course Description
The Equine Dry Needling - Hybrid (EQ-DN) course is designed for veterinarians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors interested in equine myofascial pain management. The 1+2-day Equine Dry Needling hybrid online and in-person course includes a 1-day online section that students must complete before the course's live section. This course will introduce health professionals to the management of equine myofascial pain using dry needling therapies. The EQ-DN course includes the management of 20 equine muscles. Future advanced-level equine dry needling courses will expand upon the treatment options dependent upon interest.
NOTE: In the US, Canada, and other countries, physical therapists may be unable to use equine dry needling without a veterinarian. Before using equine dry needling in clinical practice, please check your national, state, and provincial laws and regulations.
The class size is limited to 24 students.
There are no required textbooks for this course, but we recommend
Dommerholt, J & Fernández De Las Peñas, C 2018. Trigger point dry needling; an evidenced and clinical-based approach. Edinburgh, Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone. Available at checkout.
Pauli Gronberg 2015. ABC of the Horse Atlas. 6th edition. Otava Book Printing Ltd.
This is a 3-day course starting each day at 8:00 am until 5:30 pm. This course includes theoretical classes and practical sessions with horses. Each day will have two 15-minute Q&A sessions and one hour for lunch.
Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Coffee breaks are provided; meals are on your own.
Day 1 - Introduction to Myofascial Pain
08:00-08:50 Lecture: Introduction to Myofascial Pain
08:50-09:10 Lecture: The Integrated Trigger Point Hypothesis
09:10-09:30 Lecture: Etiology, clinical aspects, and diagnosis
09:30-09:50 Lecture: Treatment
09:50-10:10 Questions & Answers
Introduction to Equine Dry Needling techniques
10:10-10:30 Lecture: Palpation techniques: Identification of taut bands, TrPs, and pain
10:30-10:50 Lecture: Description of the technique; Indications and contraindications
10:50-11:10 Lecture: Rules, hygiene, and safety
11:10-11:40 Lab: Practice of Dry Needling in participants
11:40-12:40 Clinical cases
02:00-03:00 Demonstration dynamic assessment (arena)
03:00-05:30 Lab: Dry needling of neck muscles
Day 2 - Introduction to Equine Myofascial Pain
08:00-08:20 Lecture: Biomechanics and TrPs
08:20-08:40 Lecture: Pain measurements in horses
08:40-09:10 Lecture: Anatomy and Dry Needling technique of the back
09:10-09:40 Lecture: Anatomy and Dry Needling technique of the forelimb
09:40-10:00 Questions & Answers
10:00-10:30 Clinical cases
10:30-12:30 Lab: Dry Needling technique of back muscles
02:00-04:00 Lab: Dry Needling technique of forelimb muscles
04:00-05:30 Review of DN
Day 3 - Dry needling of the hindlimb
08:00-08:30 Lecture: Anatomy and Dry Needling technique of the hindlimb
08:30-09:00 Questions & Answers
09:00-10:00 Theoretical examination
10:00-10:20 Questions & Answers
10:20-12:30 Lab: Dry Needling technique of hindlimb muscles
02:00-03:00 Review of DN
03:00-05:00 Practical examination
05:00-05:30 Summary and Conclusion
Who Should Attend
Residents of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Familiarity with or a strong interest in equine therapy is required.
The Equine Dry Needling course has been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee for 25 hours (Veterinary - Medical). CE Broker Tracking #: 20-921121.
The course instructors have also been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee.
Residents of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation receive a $200 discount. Please check the box at checkout confirming that you are a resident. We may ask for verification of residence status.
In the US, physical Therapists and occupational therapists receive a $200 discount. Please check the box at checkout confirming that you are a physical therapist or occupational therapist. We may ask for verification. Note that this discount is only available in the US!
Participants should dress casually and comfortably. Proper shoes are recommended. Although this is an equine course program, course participants will practice a few basic dry needling treatment techniques on each other prior to working with the horses.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe all studied muscles in the course: origin and insertion, innervation, function, and dry needling precautions
- Describe three aspects of the contribution of myofascial trigger points to soft tissue pain and dysfunction
- Describe the key components of the Integrated Trigger Point Hypothesis
- Demonstrate proper identification of all the muscles studied in the course
- Demonstrate high standards of palpation of the muscles studied in the course: applicable to most soft tissue abnormalities
- Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point
- Describe three basic principles (technique, indications/contraindications, hygiene and safety) of dry needling
- Demonstrate safe and accurate dry needling of each included muscle