“Topic covered was what I exactly wanted. How to approach the geriatric patient.  How to decide what exercises to pick and how many.  Basis of deciding factors for exercises.  What I need to know about pet's aging process so that I can offer more comprehensive rehab protocol for the geriatric patients."
–Yuko Eguchi-Coe, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, CCRT, Corvallis, Oregon

“Dr. Kirkby Shaw is very understandable in the way she teaches. Very upfront about what she has and has not used and helps to keep the information and discussion intriguing. I would go to another course she was instructing."
–Kristen Moss, LVT, CCRVN, Seattle, Washington

“Thoroughly enjoyed the therapeutic exercises section! I have never had a course break down each individual muscle group with specific movements. This was fantastic!"
–Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, VMT, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, Boynton Beach, Florida

“The instructor was knowledgeable and gave many examples of her own cases and pets to assist in applying the knowledge. Videos were also very helpful."
–Kristen Obbink, DVM, MPH, CCRT, DACVPM, Boone, Iowa
The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient Online Course
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» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine

» Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Myofascial Techniques for the Rehabilitation Therapist

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient is now offered as part of our CRI Member Library!

"I enjoyed the very practical and useful tips in this course. I can immediately use this in my practice." –Sara Coeckelberghs, PT, Lubbeek, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium

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

Prerequisites: Veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including the exam) can subscribe. Veterinary professionals 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 subscribe. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter.

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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CRI Member Library Fee: $795 for unlimited access for one person for one year. Because of the value of these courses, no other discounts apply.

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

Students will receive a registration confirmation email and a Welcome Letter with instructions about how to access the CRI Member Library. Students will have one year of unlimited access to these courses.

Visit the CRI Member Library page for more details.

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.