Interest in the practice of canine rehabilitation began in the late 1980s in the USA, and gained momentum into the ’90s.Most veterinarians have felt a need to improve post-operative care, and indeed the care of patients suffering from chronic disease. The advent of the information age has also created a demand for improved techniques and services. Physiotherapy is an established profession in human medicine and this has followed into the field of animal therapy. Canine physical rehabilitation is an emerging field in veterinary medicine so a body of experience still needs to be built up, but researchers and surgeons are adding to this regularly. The benefits in veterinary medicine are now being acknowledged.
This course is designed for rapid clinical integration of new skills and knowledge and provides strategies to develop therapeutic programs for frequently occurring conditions that respond well to physical rehabilitation and other integrative therapies, in conjunction with more conventional surgery and pharmacological interventions as required. The aim of integrative rehabilitation is always to optimize outcomes for patients and clients.
Listen to Dr Grantham explaining her motivation in developing the course HERE.
Developed and mentored by Dr Tanya Grantham BSc (Hons) BVSc (Univ. of Pta,,S. Africa) CCRP (Univ of Tennessee, USA) CCBW, this course is comprised of 2 modules of study taken over 12 months in total:
Module 1 – Canine Integrative Physical Rehabilitation
(12 topics; 15 video lectures which include detailed video footage of therapeutic physical rehabilitation; detailed lecture notes PLUS clinical support as you implement the skills in practie)
- Introduction – terminology, uses, outcomes
- Canine musculo-skeletal and mobility examination
- Tissue repair, immobilization, disuse and remobilization
- Canine Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease in dogs
- Other common neurological conditions in dogs
- Cranial cruciate ligament disease
- Patella luxation
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Radial Nerve Paralysis and the Amputee
- Mulitmodal pain management (4 lectures):
- Pain management assessment and pharmacological treatment
- Multimodal pain management from a TCVM and herbal perspective
- Nutraceuticals, DMOAs, nutrition, regenerative medicine to control pain
- Rehabilitation and exercise therapy for pain management
Module 2 – Veterinary Clinical Neurology for Physical Rehabilitation
- Practical Approaches to Clinical Neurology including step-by-step to effectively and efficiently conducting a neurological examination (4 lectures)
- Neuroplasticity, Bioenergetics and the Brain includes differential diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of fore and hind brain injury (4 lectures)
- Spinal Cord Disease, Differential Diagnoses and Treatment (3 lectures)
- Case Studies in Clinical Neurology (1 lecture)
The two modules will run concurrently . On successful completion of BOTH modules, the veterinarian will receive their Certification in Clinical Integrative Canine Rehabilitation.
Detailed lecture notes, additional readings, excellent lectures with video demonstrations.
Estimated time to complete all content: 130 hours – 12 months
Compulsory Clinical Application: 30 hours (approx.)
Please note that successful completion of this course requires clinical application of skills and knowledge.
Dr Tanya Grantham BSc (Hons) BVSc (Univ. of Pta,,S. Africa) CCRP (Univ of Tennessee, USA) CCBW (USA) CVA (Chi Institute, USA) Canine Sports Medicine CRI (USA)
Dr Grantham has over 20 years experience in Private Veterinary Practice and she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of physically compromised animal companions. She is a member of the Complementary Veterinary Medicine Group of South Africa where she is registered as an acupuncturist and veterinary rehabilitation practitioner. Over the last 11 years, she has been a pioneer in her field, taking every opportunity to gain more knowledge and acquire more skills. She is a generous and supportive teacher and loves to share her knowledge to human guardians and other veterinarian professionals alike. READ MORE.
Contributing Lecturer Veterinary Clinical Neurology:
Dr Susan Wagner DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
On-line quizzes throughout the course
3 case write-ups (1 orthopedic and 1 neurological; 3rd can be either) – clinical notes demonstrating complete physical examination (including neurological examination), additional diagnostic information if applicable, diagnosis and integrative treatment regime (including appropriate pharmacological treatment) over a minimum of 6 visits (for each case).
20 CE RACE credits approved.
Please note that this is an industry-recognised, evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.
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