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VIN MULT602-1121: Common Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Injuries

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Felix M. Duerr, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR
Course Open: November 17, 2021-February 12, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15, and 29, 2021; January 5, 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 202; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 15
RACE Category: 15 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course will go through diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common musculoskeletal injuries seen in canine patients (some feline information will be presented but the focus is on dogs). A large focus will be case presentations (including videos of clinical cases) with an emphasis on establishing a diagnosis and non-surgical treatment. Surgical treatment options will be discussed to the degree that is necessary to discuss these options with your clients but details on how to perform surgical procedures will not be provided. The goal of the course is to give practical tips that help the participant to identify and treat common canine orthopedic problems and to learn more about novel treatment options (including regenerative medicine).

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • explain basis steps of orthopedic exam (e.g., palpation techniques for diagnosis of cruciate disease, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, shoulder tendinopathies etc).
  • explain the indications for various diagnostic techniques (i.e., conventional imaging and advanced imaging).
  • explain indications for commonly used and novel (including orthotic devices) techniques.
  • explain current thought processes and indications for regenerative treatment options.
  • explain available prevention strategies for osteoarthritis.
  • explain commonly employed treatment strategies for osteoarthritis.
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendation for distal limb, carpal and tarsal injuries.
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for distal limb, carpal and tarsal injuries.
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendation for elbow injuries.
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for elbow injuries.
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendation for shoulder and traumatic injuries.
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for shoulder and traumatic injuries.
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendations for cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD).
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD).
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendation for juvenile patients.
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for juvenile patients.
  • diagnose and make treatment recommendation for adult patients, coxofemoral luxation, fibrotic myopathies and traumatic pelvic injuries (incl. fractures).
  • explain the pros and cons of frequently utilized treatment (surgical and non-surgical) techniques for adult patients, coxofemoral luxation, fibrotic myopathies and traumatic pelvic injuries (incl. fractures).

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested learning about orthopedic and sports medicine, or who want to improve their knowledge and diagnostic skills in orthopedic and sports medicine. The focus of the course is the diagnosis, non-surgical treatment and knowledge of surgical treatments that can be recommended. Details on how to perform surgical procedures will not be provided.
Accreditation: This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 15 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 24, 2021): Orthopedic Exam and Diagnostic Guidelines

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 1, 2021): Established and Novel Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 8, 2021): Distal Limb Injuries

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 15, 2021): Elbow Injuries Part I

**** BREAK - December 22, 2021 ****

Week 5 (Real Time Session December 29, 2021): Elbow Injuries Part II

Week 6 (Real Time Session January 5, 2022): Shoulder Injuries

Week 7 (Real Time Session January 12, 2022): Stifle Injuries I

Week 8 (Real Time Session January 19, 2022): Stifle Injuries II

Week 9 (Real Time Session January 26, 2022): Hip Injuries I

Week 10 (Real Time Session February 2, 2022): Hip Injuries II

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.


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Tuition: Member $345 ($310 early bird special if enrolled by November 3, 2021)
Non-Member $502 ($452 early bird special if enrolled by November 3, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 24, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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