Canine I reviews the regulatory issues involved in this field of practice from the perspective of physical therapists and veterinarians.



Canine I reviews the regulatory issues involved in this field of practice from the perspective of physical therapists and veterinarians. The response of tissues to disuse and remobilization will be covered and clinically applied to the science of veterinary rehabilitation. An overview of basic comparative anatomy will be reviewed, as well as commonly seen orthopedic and neurological conditions and commonly used therapeutic interventions. Collaboration between the veterinary and physical therapy professions will be emphasized to enhance the learning experience. How to get started in the field and protocol development will be reviewed.

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Participant must be a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist or an actively enrolled student in one these fields.

This course is mandatory for Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Veterinary Technicians, Occupational Therapists and actively enrolled students in these fields. 


1. Why Physical Rehabilitation?
Unit 1: Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation
Unit 2: Conditions That Can Benefit from Rehab
Unit 3: Additional Conditions That Can Benefit from Rehab
Unit 4: Question & Answer Session
Class 1: Quiz

2. Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Overview of Canine I – VII
Unit 3: Canine Rehab Background
Unit 4: Differences Between Human and Canine Rehab
Unit 5: Questions & Answer Session
Class 2: Quiz

3. Responses of Musculoskeletal Tissues to Disuse & Remobilization
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Immobilization and Remobilization
Unit 3: Effects of Training and Drugs on Cartilage
Unit 4: Joint Capsule Changes with Immobilization and Remobilization
Unit 5: Response of Muscle to Reduced Use and Remobilization
Unit 6: Muscle Measurement & Changes Following Cruciate Ligament Surgery
Unit 7: Remobilization of Muscle
Unit 8: Response of Ligaments and Tendons to Reduced Use & Remobilization
Unit 9: Response of Ligaments & Tendons to Stress, Mobilization, & Drugs
Unit 10: Response of Bone to Reduced Use and Stress
Unit 11: Response of Bone to Reduced Use and Stress
Class 3: Quiz

4. Canine Osteology & Arthrology
Unit 1: Terminology and Shoulder Region
Unit 2: Elbow, Antebrachium, and Carpals
Unit 3: Ilium, Femur & Hip
Unit 4: Tibia, Fibula, Stifle, and Tarsus
Class 4: Quiz

5. Canine Myology
Unit 1: The Forelimb
Unit 2: The Rear Limb
Class 5: Quiz

6. Neuroanatomy
Unit 1: Vertebrae Anatomy & Spinal Nerve Relationships
Unit 2: Cervical Intumescence & Nerves of the Forelimbs
Unit 3: Lumbosacral Intumescence & Nerves of the Rea Limb<>br> Class 6: Quiz

7. Common Neurologic Conditions
Unit 1: Signs Based on Lesion Localization
Unit 2: Intervertebral Disc Disease
Unit 3: Cervical, Thoracolumbar, & Lumbar Disc
Unit 4: Postoperative Considerations in Spinal
Unit 5: Wobbler Syndrome
Unit 6: Degenerative Myelopathy
Unit 7: Fibrocartilagenous Embolic Myelopathy
Unit 8: Trauma & Inflammatory Conditions
Unit 9: Miscellaneous Spinal Conditions
Class 7: Quiz

8. Common Ailments in the Hindlimb
Unit 1: Canine Hip Dysplasia – Part I
Unit 2: Canine Hip Dysplasia – Part 2
Unit 3: Patella Luxations
Unit 4: Cranial Cruciate Injuries
Unit 5: Cranial Cruciate Injuries – Post-surgical Treatments
Unit 6: Fracture Mangement
Class 8: Quiz

9. Common Conditions of the Forelimb
Unit 1: Assessment of the Forelimb
Unit 2: OCD Shoulder
Unit 3: Biceps Tenosynovitis & Infraspinatus Contracture
Unit 4: Elbow Dysplasia & Fractures
Class 9: Quiz

10. Canine Behavior & Handling
Unit 1: Communication & Behavior
Unit 2: Aggression and Handling Tips
Class 10: Quiz

11. Canine Examination
Unit 1: Introduction to Canine Examination
Unit 2: Diagnosis & Interventions
Class 11: Quiz

12. Orthopedic Evaluation
Unit 1: Initial evaluation & Lower Hindlimbs
Unit 2: Stifle and Hip
Unit 3: The Forelimb
Class 12: Quiz

13. Neurologic Examination
Unit 1: Neurologic Examination of the Forelimb & Rear Limb
Class 13: Quiz

14. The Team Approach / Getting Started
Unit 1: The Team Members
Unit 2: Getting Started
Unit 3: Resources, Marketing, and Fee Schedule
Unit 4: Summary
Class 14: Quiz

15. Additional Resources
a) Cranial Drawer Motion
b) Olecranon Process
c) Coranoid Process
d) Ortolani Sign
e) Lumbosacral Palpation
f) Femoral Antiversion and Angle of Inclination
g) Hip Dysplasia


RACE Program Approval

Program Number:  120-37520
Number of Hours of CE:
  • Veterinarians:  12 hours
  • Veterinary Technicians:  12 hours


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