VSPN TECH301-0421: Physical Rehabilitation for the Geriatric Patient

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-physical rehabilitation, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia)
Course Open: April 5, 2019-April 29, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, April 12 and 19, 2021; 8-9:30PM ET(USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Gerontology is the study of aging. As companion animals age, they undergo changes. These are not a disease process but a decline in reserves and strength as well as other changes in all body systems which increases the likelihood of a patient developing disease. This course will help the veterinary technician to understand what happens in aging and ways to improve quality of life for the patient and their owner.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss what happens as animals age.
  • Outline where to begin looking at the pet’s quality of life.
  • Discuss what physical rehabilitation for the geriatric patient entails.
  • Discuss common physical and functional changes associated with aging.
  • Understand how chronic pain affects the pet.
  • Point out non-pharmacologic therapies that can help the chronic pain.
  • Discuss multimodal pain management.
  • Discuss quality of life assessment.
  • Examine Multimodal Rehabilitation for the Geriatric Dog.
  • Discuss Manual therapies that can be used and precautions.
  • Explain Hydrotherapy.
  • Discuss Geriatric Canine and Feline Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
  • Know what muscles and movements are important for geriatric animals.
  • Analyze what the objectives are for geriatric patients.
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in geriatric dogs and cats, their pain management and physical rehabilitation.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (20-766511)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 12): What Happens in Aging, How to Improve the Pet’s Lifestyle and Pain
In this session we will discuss the aging process and outline looking at quality of life, as well as describing how chronic pain affects pets. We will go over non-pharmacologic therapies that can help the chronic pain, and how multimodal pain management is preferred.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 19): ): Quality of Life, Setting Goals, Modalities and Therapies in Physical Rehabilitation plus Environmental Modifications
In this session we will go further into a quality-of-life assessment, examine multimodal rehabilitation for the geriatric dog, describe manual therapies and hydrotherapy. We will discuss geriatric canine and feline activities of daily living, muscles and movements that are important for these patients, and analyze our overall objectives.

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: $63 ($57early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 12, 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.

To Enroll:
  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.792 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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357