Location:   VCSG, Chattanooga, TN

The program is delivered in a hybrid format of online lecture, hands on lab sessions, case studies, and an online exam.  This course is the Part II Hands-on Labs.


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The Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner Live Lab will provide the student with lecture and hands-on experience.  Participants will be guided through the evaluation and diagnostic principles of myofascial trigger points, how to select the correct treatment option and successfully implement that treatment protocol in a clinical setting.

There will be palpation labs on live dogs, the opportunity to learn and implement effective diagnosis and treatment plans and aftercare.  Selected equipment such as therapeutic laser, extracorporal shockwave, kinesiology tape and other relevant modalities will be available as treatment options.

Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner lab topics covered and learning objectives are an effective exam tailored at myofascial dysfunction, including posture and gait analysis, palpation techniques, diagnostics, all treatment options which will be demonstrated and then implemented by the students, after care and treatment plans.

Three (3) case studies will be assigned and completion will be required within 90 days of the conclusion of the lab session.

Wet lab / practical curriculum:

Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner Live Lab – Day 1 Overview:

We will begin with a review of the textbook and online coursework.  Day one will focus on the fore limb and neck to include palpation techniques, diagnosis, and treatment, which include laser, shock wave, trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy and dry needling for those that can.  We will also include stretches and demonstrate with dogs.

  • Recap of theory including questions
  • Upper limb muscles
  • Q and A Session and Day 1 Wrap-Up

Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner Live Lab – Day 2 Overview:

Begin with follow up on theory and online coursework for hindlimb muscles.  Hindlimb and spinal muscles including palpation techniques, diagnosis, and treatment, which would include laser, shock wave, kinesiology taping, trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy and dry needling for those that can. We will include stretches and demo them on the dogs. Additionally we will be spending time providing an overview of case study submission, guidelines, and expectations.  We will conclude the lab course with a final Q and A session.

  • Recap of theory including questions
  • Hindlimb and spinal muscles
  • Review expectations for Case Study submission
  • Q and A and conclusion of course


**Certificate of completion for the live lab will be provided at the course.

Event Details

October 4-5, 2024 - (Friday - Saturday)

Registration 7:45am,
Course 8:00am - 5:00pm both days

Course Location:
3201 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Ph: 423-591-0270

Hotel suggestion:
1)  Holiday Inn Downtown Chattanooga, 434 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN  37402 - #423-777-5858

Start date: October 04, 2024

End date: October 05, 2024

Start time: 07:45 a.m. EDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: Veterinary Care and Specialty Group

Address: 3201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Phone: 423-591-0270

Course Details


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Learning Objectives

Students of the Myofascial Practitioner Program will be trained on the following subjects, concepts, and competencies:

  • Muscle and fascial functional anatomy and physiology
  • Myofascial pain syndromes and myofascial trigger point classifications
  • Palpation techniques
  • Diagnosis and gait analysis
  • Needle techniques and other treatment modalities
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Needle safety and legislation
  • Muscle groups – identifying, diagnosing, and treating myofascial trigger points effectively


Upon completion of the Myofascial Practitioner Program, participants will have knowledge and be able to show proficiency in the following concepts:

  • Identifying myofascial dysfunction and myofascial trigger points
  • Demonstrate effective palpatory and diagnostic techniques specific to myofascial trigger points
  • Develop a treatment plan including different treatment options such as myofascial dry needling, laser, extracorporeal shockwave, and other modalities.
  • Discuss precautions and contraindications, as well as common reactions to trigger point therapy.
  • Demonstrate efficiency and effectivity in the treatment options for their scope of practice.
  • Develop a treatment plan and after care guidelines.


The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians
  • Licensed Veterinary Technicians
  • Physical Therapists with documented work experience in the veterinary/animal healthcare field


RACE Program Approval Pending
Program Title: Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner (CSMP) Program – Part II – Live Hands-on Labs
Hours: 14 CE

Additional Info

  • Seminar includes handouts and coffee breaks.
  • Course related products (if any) will be available at the course, however, in a limited quantity.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be given to all participants and may be used for those who need C.E.U. verification and credits.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability prior to the commencement of this seminar.
  • Location, Instructor, Dates and Cost of seminar are subject to change.
  • For group rate accommodations, please call hotel directly and be sure to mention Northeast Seminars. A limited number of rooms are reserved for participants, when available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Within 30 days of the course, rooms and/or rates may no longer be available. If course is to be held at a facility, Northeast only provides suggested hotels nearby for room accommodations.

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