Online Training

About AIS PennHIP Online Training

A PennHIP training course is now available online. The training is free and the course has been streamlined to require much less time than the original classroom version.

Training to perform the PennHIP procedure competently has been one of the principles responsible for PennHIP’s success. To become a member of the AIS PennHIP network requires, 1) taking the new online course and passing the exam at the end, followed by 2) successful completion of certification exercises at your practice.

Online Training

Online training consists of 5 modules. The 5 modules must be completed within 14 days of registering. The course modules total only 2 hours and can be easily completed within one day or less. Registrants who are unable to compete the course in 14 days will be required to re-register and start from the beginning. Upon viewing the online training modules and passing the online exam, RACE credits will be issued.


Certification is the final step in training. You will submit 3 test cases to show proficiency in performing the AIS PennHIP method. There is no charge to process the certification radiographs if submitted within 45 days of passing the online course. You may submit as many dogs as needed within the 45-day period to attain 3 “passing” cases (at no charge). After 45 days and up to 60 days, there will be a charge of $160 US per case until there are 3 “passing” cases. After 60 days, if 3 passing cases have not been achieved, the trainee must re-register for the online course and start from the beginning.

Technical Staff

For practices having at least one certified PennHIP veterinarian (or one in training), we encourage veterinary technicians in the practice to take the online course and become certified to perform the PennHIP procedure, as described above. Following certification all cases from the practice will be submitted to AIS PennHIP under the certified PennHIP veterinarian’s name, not the certified technician’s.


Note: It is recommended that you identify 3 (or more) dogs to use for the certification process prior to successfully completing the online course. Inevitably some cases will not meet our criteria, so we suggest using non-client dogs, (your dogs or your staffs’ dogs). No official reports will be issued on dogs used for certification. If official reports are desired for cases that have met certification standards, the case must be re-submitted as a PennHIP Consult and the normal fee will be applied.

When you register for the training you will have the opportunity to purchase the AIS PennHIP distractor, unless your practice already has one. We recommend purchasing the distractor at the time of registration so you can begin certification exercises immediately upon passing.

Register for Online PennHIP Training

Steps to Register for the Course

1. Create an AIS PennHIP account

You must have an account with AIS so that you can send us your PennHIP images.
If you currently have an AIS PennHIP account, go to step 2.
If you do not have an account, please contact us at 877-727-6800 or [email protected] so that we may set up your account.

2. Create an account in Antech Learning Unleashed

Antech Learning Unleashed (ALU) is an online training site hosted by VCA. You must register as an AIS ALU client in order to register for the AIS PennHIP training. You will also have access to other AIS RACE approved courses.
If you have an account in ALU, go to step 3.
If you do not have an account, click here to create a training account.

3. Taking the online training course

Once you have created your accounts (steps 1 & 2), you will be eligible to take the online training. Go to the link to log in. Type the word “PennHIP” in the search box in the upper right hand corner to find the program curriculum. You will be prompted to agree to the terms of participation in AIS PennHIP, following which you can request the curriculum, and launch each item within the curriculum. Pay close attention to the PennHIP Manual. It will become an important source of information as you go through the training process and beyond.