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Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Kinesiotaping for Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


Faculty: Sasha A. Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT; Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT; Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Prerequisites: This 2-day course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses that have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter. CCRPs that are veterinarians or physical therapists may attend.

Course Description: Students will learn to complete a patient-centric specialist-level veterinary rehabilitation orthopedic evaluation. Lameness from a weight distribution perspective and how it relates to compensatory issues will be covered. Potential diagnostic options and the clinical reasoning behind surgical interventions vs. non-surgical treatments will be discussed. Students will develop diagnosis-specific rehabilitation plans including activity modifications, tissue-specific treatments, and home exercises for medial shoulder instability, elbow dysplasia, carpal hyperextension, hip dysplasia, cruciate disease, and common calcaneal tendon injury. Recent evidence-based research on gait analysis and anatomy-based kinesiotaping and treatment recommendations will be covered.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 16 credit hours.

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Topics Covered:

  • Orthopedic and gait evaluation
  • Rehabilitation examination
  • Diagnostics based on clinical examination
  • Diagnostic-specific rehabilitation plans
  • Anatomy-based kineseotaping and treatment