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The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient Online Course
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The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient Online Course, $547.


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The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient is now offered as an online course!

"You have given me far too many things to add to or to change in my practice! Was it worth coming this far? Definitely YES! Please bring this course to Australia." –Kim Fryer, BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS, CCRT, New South Wales, Australia

Faculty: Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses who have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Licensed veterinarians and physical therapists who are CCRPs are welcome. All veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

Course Description: The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient provides students with an understanding of advanced care for this growing population. Students learn specific rehabilitation concepts and techniques designed for geriatric patients including manual techniques, hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise. Nutrition for the senior dog is also covered. This course is the online version of our full-day course The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 5.5 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $547

Note: This registration fee permits one student to access the online course. Students may not share log-in information with others.

Course Dates: Within 24 hours of registering, students will receive a registration confirmation email and a Welcome Letter with instructions about how to access the Geriatrics online course. Students will have 30 days to access the Geriatrics online course materials and complete the course.

Online Course Chapters

  • The Science of Aging
    This session introduces the definition of "geriatric" and discusses lifespan and causes of death, including the influences of genetics, environment and nutrition on canine lifespan.
  • The Science of Aging II
    This session discusses the physiologic changes that occur with age and their relevance to canine rehabilitation. Physiologic aging of cardiovascular, pulmonary, cognitive, hematologic, endocrine, urogenital, hepatobiliary, skin, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems are covered.
  • Common Impairments in Senior Dogs
    This session reviews disease conditions common in senior and geriatric dogs and their relationship to canine rehabilitation. Topics discussed include osteoarthritis, pain, obesity, neoplasia (mast cell tumor, soft tissue sarcoma, osteosarcoma), canine cognitive dysfunction, idiopathic vestibular disease, and laryngeal paralysis.
  • Therapeutic Exercise for Senior Dogs
    This session discusses exercise physiology, specifically related to designing a therapeutic exercise program for senior and geriatric dogs in order to maintain activities of daily living. Exercises that focus on balance, strength, endurance and flexibility will be discussed in relation to the exercise principles of overload, variation, specificity and progression.
  • Physical Modalities, Nutrition, Joint Injections & Biological Therapies for Senior Dogs
    The final session reviews adjunctive therapies including: cryo/thermotherapy, laser therapy, PEMF, dietary supplements, chondroprotective agents, and intra-articular therapies, including PRP, stem cell therapy, HA and steroids.