Step 1

Part I to V consist of e-learning and presence days on different locations. For more information regarding dates and locations see >>

Part I

This course is taught as an e-learning module with 12 hours lectures and another 10 - 12 hours preparation time.

Why physical rehabilitation

In this part the participants will get an overview about the reasons and the advantages of physical therapy. The scientific basis and the evidence-based proof of the values of Physical Rehabilitation will be explained.

Osteology and Arthrology, Myology, Neuroanatomy

A sound knowledge about the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system is necessary for success in the field of rehabilitation. Therefore the necessary knowledge of anatomical structures important for Physical Rehabilitation will be presented.

Common neurologic conditions, common hindlimb orthopedic conditions, common forelimborthopedic conditions

In this module the most important disorders seen in rehabilitation will be explained. For each disease the etiology, diagnosis and the conservative or surgical treatments will be addressed.

Canine behavior

The development of a successful rehabilitation plan not only depends on the underlying disease but also on the dog’s behavior. In this module the students will become familiar with all types of canine behavior important for physical rehabilitation.

Canine examination, orthopedic examination, neurologic examination

Before a rehabilitation program is started a diagnosis of the underlying diseases and conditions must be made. Therefore the students will be introduced to common orthopedic and neurological examination techniques.

Introduction / e-learning

• Why physical rehabilitation
• Osteology and Arthrology
• Myology
• Neuroanatomy
• Common neurologic conditions
• Common hind limb orthopedic conditions
• Common forelimb orthopedic conditions
• Canine behavior
• Canine examination
• Orthopedic examination
• Neurologic examination
• Team approach – getting started

Part II

This course is taught as an e-learning module with 12 hours lectures and another 12-14 hours preparation time. Additionally these modalities are taught in labs on animal during the presence days.

In this part the most important physical rehabilitation modalities will be explained. For each modality the physiological and pathophysiological basic knowledge will be taught. Topics will be thermotherapy (cold, heat, superficial, deep, therapeutic ultrasound), electrical stimulation, laser, and different other emerging modalities. The theory and evidencebased use of each modality will be presented in lecture, and the modalities will be used by participants in labs.

Physical Agents and Electrotherapeutic Modalities

• Acute and chronic inflammation
• Response of tissues to disuse and remobilization
• Regulatory issues
• Biophysical properties of heat
• Biophysical properties of cold
• Superficial heating agents
• Cryotherapy
• Deep heating agents (plus Lab)
• Electrical stimulation / TENS,NMES (plus Lab)
• Laser treatment (plus Lab)
• Other emerging modalities (shockwave, etc.)

Part III

This part is taught as an e-learning module with 11 hours lectures and another 14-15 hours preparation time. Additionally these modalities are taught in labs during the presence days

Therapeutic exercises and aquatic therapy are highly important in rehabilitation. To perform patient orientated and adequately designed exercise programs, the rehabilitation specialist needs a deep understanding of dog biomechanics, exercise physiology and conditioning. Students will be introduced to methods of biomechanical research including kinetics and kinematics. An overview of the biomechanics of sound and diseased dogs and the biomechanics during therapeutic exercises will be given. Important considerations in exercises physiology will also be discussed. Using this basic knowledge, students will
be instructed in the different exercises and aquatic regimes in lecture and lab.

Therapeutic exercise prescription and aquatic therapy

• Anatomy and biomechanics
• Range of motion and stretching (plus Lab)
• Massage (plus Lab)
• Joint mobilization, end-feels, goniometry, and limb circumference (plus Lab)
• Therapeutic exercises (plus Lab)
• Exercises to enhance proprioception (plus Lab)
• Aquatic exercises (plus Lab)
• Exercise physiology and conditioning
• Assessing treatment outcomes
• Kinematics of therapeutic exercises

Part IV

Presence days: In this course, the knowledge from parts 1 to 3 will be put together. The students will design and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for frequently seen conditions, based on actual cases. The rehabilitation program will be discussed regarding time frames and duration of treatments, the methods of referral and communication with the referring vet and the owner, and documentation.

Design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly seen orthopedic conditions in the dog (interactive, in small groups)

• Design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for commonly seen Neurologic conditions in the dog
• Correlate the rehabilitation program with the physiologic processes that the patient is undergoing during its rehabilitation
• Discuss reasonable time frames for treatment including when to begin treatment, frequency of treatment, and duration of treatment
• Discuss the need for and the methods of referral and communication between the referring veterinarian and the rehabilitation provider
• Document the rehabilitation programs using standardized forms

Part V

Most of the lectures are part of the e-learning modules with 12 hours lectures and another 12-14 hours preparation time. Real cases work up during the presence days will summarize this in depth knowledge transfer.

In this part the focus is on osteoarthritis and neurological diseases, very common conditions presented to the rehabilitation specialist. The pathophysiology
and ethology of OA and neurological conditions will be explained, and the diagnosis and outcome measurements will be addressed. Common treatment
modalities, including surgical and conservative treatments will be presented. The importance of pain medication and anti-inflammatory treatment with a
special focus on NSAIDs will be discussed. This part concludes with designing treatment plans including therapeutic exercises, aquatic therapy and physical
modalities used for treatment of these conditions, followed by design of treatment plans.

Osteoarthritis and Neurology

• Structure and function of articular cartilage
• How osteoarthritis occurs
• Clinical evaluation of patients with osteoarthritis
• Common clinical conditions leading to arthritis
• Outcome assessment of patients with osteoarthritis
• Surgical treatments
• Role and use of NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors and steroids
• Slow-acting disease-modifying osteoarthritis agents
• Nutritional treatments
• Alternative and complementary treatments
• Putting it together – designing a treatment plan for the patient with osteoarthritis
• Common clinical conditions of neurologic disease
• Alternative and complementary treatments
• Putting it together – designing a treatment plan for the patient with neurologic disease


Continuing education


VAHL Webinars during COVID

from October 2020 on: approx. 1x/month, click here

Have a look on the webinars of ANIMAL REHABILITATION CPD

For more information on the "onlinepethealth" webinars and also for visiting the Vet Rehab Directory click here >>

Vetoquinol Mobility Program

Have a look at the Vetoquinol e-learning courses



Overview: Course dates 2022-23
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