Exciting 2-day evidence-informed hands-on course in canine trigger point management including dry needling


The Canine Trigger Point Management course (CTPM) will introduce veterinarians and physical therapists to the examination and treatment of myofascial trigger points in dogs. The course will include both manual treatment techniques and dry needling techniques. The class size is limited to 20.

Instructors Dr. Rick Wall and Dr. Jan Dommerholt have been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for this course.

Course Discounts

Physical Therapists and Registered Veterinary Technicians receive a $200 discount. Please write PT/RVT in the promotion code box at checkout and click apply to receive the discount.

Participants should dress casually and comfortably. Although this is a canine course program, course participants will practice a few basic dry needling treatment techniques on each other prior to working with the dogs.




Course Schedule

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 - Hotel

07:30 - 08:00 Registration
08:00 - 08:30 Historical Aspects
08:30 - 09:00 Muscle Physiology
09:00 - 10:30 Integrated TrP Hypothesis
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 12:30 Pain Sciences - I
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch Break
01:30 - 02:30 Pain Sciences - II
02:30 - 03:15 Perpetuating Factors
03:15 - 03:30 Questions & Answers
03:30 - 04:30 Clinical Cases
04:40 - 05:30 Muscle exam and treatment

Day 2 - Clinic

07:30 - 08:00 Registration
08:00 - 08:30 Exam Techniques - Theory
08:30 - 09:00 Exam Techniques - Practice
09:00 - 09:30 Non-Invasive TrP Therapy
09:30 - 10:30 TrP Dry Needling - Practice
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 11:30 Patient Evaluation - Theory
11:30 - 12:30 Patient Evaluation - Practice
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch Break
01:30 - 04:30 Exam and Tx - Practice
04:30 - 05:30 Summary and Conclusion

Who Should Attend


The CTPM Program is designed for veterinarians, licensed/registered veterinary technicians, and physical therapists with an interest in canine pain management and rehabilitation.

NOTE: In many US jurisdictions, veterinary dry needling is considered to be solely within the scope of veterinary medicine and by law, veterinary dry needling is not necessarily within the scope of other healthcare providers. Some states allow physical therapists to use dry needling with prior authorization of a licensed veterinarian.  Therefore, we recommend checking with your local state boards whether veterinary dry needling is within the scope of practice.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to 

* Describe the key components of the Integrated Trigger Point Hypothesis

* Demonstrate dry needling of 15 different muscles in a dog

* Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections

* Perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate trigger points

* Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point

* Demonstrate proper identification of 15 muscles of the canine body by surface anatomy and function

Required Textbook


Recommended Reading: 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.

Done, SH, Goody, PC, et al. 2009. Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy Volume 3; The Dog and Cat, 2nd edition. Edinburgh, Elsevier/Mosby.

Course CEUs

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved the program referenced above as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB.

Program Number: 712-39873 

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-749133

Max Veterinary Hours approved: 16.00 
Max Veterinary Hours available: 16.00 
Max Veterinary Technician Hours approved: 16.00 
Max Veterinary Technician Hours available: 16.00 
Method of Delivery: Seminar/LectureLab/Wet Lab 
RACE Category (ies): Medical Program