This program is designed to improve the care and quality of life of dogs with osteoarthritis by having a designated case manager to help guide treatment and communicate with the owner.



The purpose of the University of Tennessee Arthritis Case Manager Course is to improve the care and quality of life of dogs with osteoarthritis by having a designated case manager to help guide treatment and communicate with the owner. Osteoarthritis is a common and significant condition; approximately 20% of all adult dogs are afflicted. This course is designed to help identify dogs with this debilitating disease earlier to allow treatment designed to improve clinical function and extend quality of life. This program embraces the multimodal treatment of arthritis and provides an evidence-based approach to treatment options. Further, this course embraces the team approach to osteoarthritis, recognizing the valuable roles of the veterinarian, veterinary technician, and owner in managing each case. In particular, veterinary technicians play a major role in managing these chronic patients for their lifetime. They interact with veterinarians and owners to be certain that patients are receiving optimal treatment and owners are informed and educated about the treatment options for their pets and receive appropriate follow-up care. Treatment compliance and appropriate care of patients are most effective when clients receive appropriate education and regular communication from their pet’s case manager. Veterinary technicians will be uniquely equipped to perform these functions upon successful completion of this course.

  • Build your business
  • Improve the quality of life for your patients
  • Earn a certificate for your practice in osteoarthritis case management

Course Details



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Learning Objectives

After completion of this program, participants will understand the basic pathophysiology of osteoarthritis, common conditions causing osteoarthritis, examination of the arthritic patient, and various treatment options for osteoarthritis and their application to clinical patients.


Participant must be a veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist or an actively enrolled student in one of these fields.


Why enroll in the Osteoarthritis Case Manager Certificate Program?

There is more to managing Canine Osteoarthritis than prescribing medications after the dog is disabled. This course will help you and your staff to recognize OA early and to effectively provide pre-emptive care and treatment for dogs in all stages of OA. The course will cover the entire spectrum of OA Case Management from maximizing the effectiveness of business practices, correct utilization of the veterinary technician in case management applications, and exploration and application of the most common treatment modalities using the multimodal approach.

This program offers the following advantages:

  • Emphasis on evidence-based medicine and best practices.
  • Access to the latest clinical and laboratory research results presented by an instructor who has performed research directly applicable to OA case management
  • Demonstration of numerous treatment modalities and evaluation of their effectiveness, based upon research and experience at the world-renown University of Tennessee Veterinary Science Department.
  • Commitment to presenting a comprehensive curriculum to provide information, training, and support to the Veterinarian and the Vet Tech. This program provides a solid foundation upon which to build an OA treatment practice.
  • Upon completion of this course your clinic will receive a certificate of completion


Our objective is to educate the entire staff in this comprehensive program to help animals maintain activity throughout the entire cycle of their lives. Graduates of the course will strengthen this new approach to canine OA care by sharing their knowledge of comprehensive canine OA treatment with their colleagues and the animal’s owners.

Although all modules of study may be viewed by all participants, some modules have been identified for use by the Veterinarian and some modules have been identified for use by the veterinarian and the vet tech. The course is designed to give all team members the information they need to operate effectively as a team member in OA case management.

Introductory Module: 1 Hour – Participants: Veterinarians and Vet Techs

  •   Concept of the Osteoarthritis Case Manager
  •   The Economics of Osteoarthritis
  •   Description of the Course Modules

This portion of the course above is available free, and online. You and your staff can evaluate this course by registering at Free Lifetime Subscription to – Introduction to Canine Osteoarthritis Case Manager Certificate

Upon completing this module you will be able to:

  • Describe how an osteoarthritis case manager can help your patients and your practice and
  • Identify the roles of the treatment team.
  • Calculate the potential increase in business by implementing a team approach to OA case management

Module I – Basics of Osteoarthritis: 3 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians and Vet Techs

  • Normal Cartilage Structure and Function
  • Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis
  • Common Conditions Leading to Osteoarthritis

In this module you will learn about the structure of cartilage and the effects of OA on the cartilage. You will learn the common conditions and activities that may lead to OA.

Module II – Assessment and Diagnosis of the Arthritic Patient: 3 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians

  • History & Gait Evaluation
  • Physical Examination
  • Outcome Assessment, including Range of Motion, Lameness Scoring, Muscle Mass Evaluation, Activities of Daily Living

In this module you will learn to identify the early indicators of canine OA, as well as increase your ability to track improvement in your patient’s condition.

Module III – Medical Management of Osteoarthritis: 3.5 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians

  • Other Analgesic Agents
  • Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs

In this module you will experience an in-depth discussion of the medical management of OA. Your patients will greatly benefit from the wealth and depth of outcome based research presented in this module.

Module IV – Nutritional Management of Osteoarthritis: 2.5 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians and Vet Techs

  • Nutritional Management of OA
  • Nutritional Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Evidence-based presentation of weight management products. Learn how to effectively employ your Vet Tech in assisting your patient’s owners with advice and support in the weight management of their animals.

Module V – Exercise and Manual Therapy for the Patient with Osteoarthritis: 1.5 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians and Vet Techs

  • Range of Motion, Stretching, Massage, Joint Mobilization
  • Proprioceptive and Therapeutic Exercises
  • Aquatic exercises

Explore the use of popular and little known therapies that can be provided by the Veterinarian or the Vet Tech.

Module VI – Physical Modalities to Treat Osteoarthritis: 3.5 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians and Vet Techs

  • Heat and Cold
  • Therapeutic Laser Treatment
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields

Both low and high tech modalities are discussed. Learn how both modern and traditional techniques can be employed to improve your patient’s quality of life.

Module VII – Other Treatments for Osteoarthritis and Putting It All Together – Case Management: 4 Hours – Participants: Veterinarians

  • Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis
  • Additional Medical Treatments
  • Acupuncture
  • Future Treatments



Program Number: 120-8253

Number of Hours of CE:

  • Veterinarians: 20 hours
  • Veterinary Technicians: 20 hours

Course meets the requirements for 20 hours (for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians) of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education

Additional Info

There is a textbook for this course “Multimodal Management of canine Osteoarthitis” by Steven M. Fox, MS, DVM, MBA PhD and Darryl Millis DVM, PC, DACVS. You can purchase your copy or additional copies HERE to add them to your cart.

The Osteoarthritis Case Manager Program falls under
The University of Tennessee College of Outreach and Continuing Education
and is administered by Northeast Seminars.


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