Module 4: Case Studies, Internship & Final Examination

Description: Case study presentations, a 24-hour internship, and a final examination for successful completion of the ASTR certification program.


Module 4: Case Studies, Internship, & Final Examination

This module is a 63-hour portion of the ASTR program, designed to consolidate the course materials from Modules 1, 2 and 3. Students must complete Modules 1, 2 and 3 in full before registering for Module 4. In this module, students submit two full case studies (30 hours), complete an internship with an AASS-approved equine rehabilitation veterinarian or rehabilitation center for 3 days (24 hours), and provide a narrative report of their experience (3 hours). Finally, students will complete a timed online examination based on the course material from Modules 1, 2 and 3, and attend an interactive (Skype/Zoom) practical examination (1 hour).

The objectives for this module are to:

  • Interpret a full case study examination to determine appropriate application of different rehabilitation techniques
  • Communicate examination findings to fellow team members to discuss whether the selected rehabilitation plan is appropriate
  • Analyze the surface anatomy of the horse for symmetry
  • Identify the major muscles, tendons and ligaments of the horse
  • Employ different manual therapies, appropriate to the given cases
  • Justify the use of electrotherapies, appropriate to the given cases
  • Complete a comprehensive case study evaluation
  • Interpret the various causes of equine lameness
  • Recognize differences between clinical and rehabilitation approaches to address neurological cases versus lameness cases
  • Understand equine conformation and how this relates to acquired lameness or performance issues
  • Recognize the importance of a team approach in the care, examination and rehabilitation of the horse 
  • Determine which cases and conditions are suitable candidates for rehabilitation therapy
  • Understand the different therapeutic modalities, and initiate the appropriate application for a given case
  • Decide which injuries will respond best to manual and electrotherapies 
  • Understand the different possible outcomes with regard to specific rehabilitation procedures
  • Record case findings and communicate these with fellow team members 


Module 4 Registration and Sequence


The Module 4 online examination is available at any time during the year. Students have four (4) months to in which to complete Module 4, after completing Module 3.


Requirements of Students:

Students must have a computer and internet access, and an email account for course document delivery. Although not required, students need to have a Facebook account if they wish to participate in group discussions. Students must be able to read and write in English.

Should a student have any special needs, they need to contact the AASS office well before the course presentation so we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate these requirements.

Your Final Course Module Includes:

Case Studies

Two full clinical case study discussions, including design of an appropriate rehabilitation program. The emphasis of the case studies is the use of clinical reasoning in the design of the rehabilitation program for each of the cases.

Internship experience

A minimum of three days in an AASS-approved veterinary clinic, or with an AASS-approved veterinarian, to gain first-hand experience in the field.

Final examination

Home stretch! An open-book examination, based on the course material presented in Modules 1, 2 and 3. An essay, using academic-style referencing. A practical examination, to ensure that the student is confident in the application of the manual skills taught during the residential portion.

And then?

Your AASS journey continues! Join the global community of ASTR graduates, and share experiences through our active social media network. Sign up for further courses of your choice, to expand on your specific area of interest!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Registration for the final examination is open throughout the academic year. Students have 6 months in which to complete Module 4, after completion of Module 3
How long do I have access to the course?
Students have access to the active discussion group within the student portal on the AASS website, and to the active Facebook group with ASTR scholars. In addition, students are encouraged to contact the AASS course office with any specific questions they may have. Where appropriate, questions will be answered directly by any of our course collaborators.
Does this course have any certificates?
Students will receive the certificate of completion of the Animal Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation program, and an automatic listing on the ASTR Graduate page of the AASS website.

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