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MULT600-1108: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

Jacqueline Davidson, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRP

November 12 - November 26, 2008
Real-time sessions: Wednesday evenings, November 12 and 19; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)


Physical rehabilitation has recently gained acceptance as a useful therapy to improve postoperative outcomes and enhance function in animals with disabilities. This course will give a general overview of assessment and treatment of a dog with an orthopedic dysfunction and present ways to begin incorporating rehabilitation into your practice, with minimal investment.

This 2-week course is open to all veterinarians and technicians with an interest in rehabilitation.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should:

  1. Know how to perform a history and physical assessment of an animal that has an orthopedic problem requiring rehabilitation.
  2. Understand how to make a therapeutic plan for rehabilitation
  3. Be familiar with some of the basic techniques and modalities used in rehabilitation.
  4. Understand some of the indications for the various rehabilitative therapies.
Course Outline:

Week 1 (November 12):
Assessment of an animal for rehabilitation:

  1. Review the potential benefits of rehabilitation
  2. Explain the importance of a thorough history
  3. Describe how to assess body composition, muscle mass, gait, joint function, and pain; using objective measurements when possible.
  4. Create a problem list and goals for designing a rehabilitation plan
Week 2 (November 19):
Application of rehabilitation to clinical problems:
  1. Discuss the indications for cold therapy, heat therapy, massage, PROM, and stretching.
  2. Describe various types of therapeutic exercise
Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks:
Canine Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy - Millis, Levine, Taylor- 2004.
May be available from online retailers.

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy - Levine, Millis, Marcellin-Little, Taylor - 2005

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.

CE HOURS: 4 CE Credits

Member/$70, Non-Member/$130 by October 29,2008;
Member/$78, Non-Member/$144 after October 29,2008
Course is open to veterinarians and VSPN members.

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Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
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