This course will provide the participant with a comprehensive study of canine anatomy, physical agent modalities, therapeutic exercise, and selected topics in veterinary medicine.Course material includes a detailed lecture review of canine arthrology, myology, osteology and neuroanatomy. Didactic material will also be covered for physical agent modalities used in canine physical rehabilitation including superficial heating and cooling agents, therapeutic ultrasound, extracorporeal shockwave treatment, laser therapy, and electrical stimulation as well as theoretical clinical applications with cases. This course also provides the participant with the basic skills necessary to prescribe and provide therapeutic exercise programs for dogs. Topics covered include biomechanics of exercise, exercise physiology, range of motion and stretching, gait training, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises, aquatic exercises, and exercises for wellness/prevention. Bandaging, splinting, pharmacology, and zoonotic disease will also be included. Outcome measures (goniometry, circumferential measurements, functional scales, etc.) will also be included in this course.
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Instructor(s) Darryl Millis, David Levine, Denis Marcellin-Little Learning Objectives
- Describe the differences in acute and chronic inflammation and the proper signs of each.
- Understand the basic regulatory issues involved with canine rehabilitation.
- Demonstrate proper understanding of the general guidelines when using physical agents as modalities.
- Understand the principles of heat as therapeutic agent including its biological effects.
- Understand the principles of cold as therapeutic agent including its biological effects.
- Describe the typical parameters used in therapeutic ultrasound in small animal practice.
- Describe safe technique in preparing and applying ultrasound on dogs and understand both the thermal
and non-thermal effects of ultrasound.
- Understand the basic principles of electrical stimulation including parameters, electrodes, motor stimulation,
sensory stimulation, and edema reduction.
- Understand the basic principles of laser therapy in veterinary practice and demonstrate proper knowledge
of parameters for indicated pathologies.
- Understand the basic principles of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in veterinary practice and demonstrate
proper knowledge of parameters for indicated pathologies.
- Describe techniques of massage in small animal practice including its benefits, effects and general
- Develop proficiency in various exercise techniques and their effects on the body including treadmilling,
stairs and inclines, cavaletti rails, dancing, wheel barrowing, etc.
- Prescribe and provide therapeutic exercise programs for dogs to improve range of motion, strength,
balance, endurance, and improved function.
- Understand the principles of proprioception and demonstrate useful proprioceptive exercises during
- Describe various outcome measures used for the assessment of rehabilitation programs.
- Develop basic skills in understanding joint function and demonstrate proper technique with goniometry.
- Describe the benefits and physical properties of water and understand the practical use of aquatic therapy
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to safely progress a dog in a rehabilitation program.
- Develop a basic understanding of joint mobilizations along with normal and abnormal end feels.
- Understand the normal and abnormal characteristics of canine gait and be able to describe each joint relative
to different parts of a gait cycle.
- Describe common coaptation devices and how to safely use them in rehabilitation practice
- Describe the basic principles of splinting techniques for dogs
- Discuss common classes of pharmacologic agents used in rehabilitation and their indications, precautions,
- Describe common zoonotic diseases that are applicable to canine rehabilitation and how they are managed.
Completion of Canine I online and Participant must be a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist or an actively enrolled student in on of these fields.
This course is required for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants and actively enrolled students in these fields. This course is not required of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians or actively enrolled students in one of these fields but it can be used to fulfill the Canine V requirement.
PT II - ONLINE LECTURE ONLY - Must be completed prior to attending labs.
Run time 21 hours 27 minutes and 28 seconds
- 20 question quiz (Completion required prior to attending labs)
- downloadable handout
- print certificate of completion for lecture only after completing quiz
Registration includes 1 year access to the online course
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- Certificates of Attendance can be printed once testing is complete and passing of an 80% or better. You can then print your certificate from home.
- Northeast Seminars is recognized by the RACE to offer continuing education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.
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