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Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Canine Therapeutic Exercise

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine

» Internal Medicine and Pain Management for the Advanced Rehabilitation Therapist

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Myofascial Techniques for the Rehabilitation Therapist

» Osteoarthritis Symposium

» Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses


Our Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation course includes pre-course videos and 2 full days of live lectures and labs.

Faculty: Laura Southworth, CVT, CCRP; Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT; Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Prerequisites: This 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. Veterinarians and physical therapists certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), or CuraCore (CRPM), and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation are also welcome to attend.

Course Description: In Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation, 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.

The kinesiotaping portion of this course will include lectures followed by hands-on wet labs designed to reinforce the practical application of learned skills. The theory behind kinesiotaping and the anatomy-based application of K-tape will be covered. Students will learn K-tape application techniques and therapeutic exercise for muscle strains, carpus hyperexternsion, hip dysplasia and stifle instability including cruciate deficiency and patella luxation.

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

Course Fee: $975

Topics Covered:

  • Orthopedic and gait evaluation
  • Rehabilitation examination
  • Diagnostics based on clinical examination
  • Current orthopedic diagnostic tests
  • Diagnostic-specific rehabilitation plans
  • Current kineseotaping evidence and its application to the canine patient
  • Anatomy-based kineseotaping and treatment