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. 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 course is designed to help veterinarians and vet techs identify the pathologies that will benefit from effective pain management practices. It provides an in-depth discussion of the neurobiology of acute and chronic pain.
This program embraces the multimodal treatment of pain management and provides an evidence-based approach to treatment options. It focuses on the neurobiology of pain mechanisms so as to understand the basis for mechanism-based treatments, with a special focus on NSAIDs. Further, this course embraces the team approach to pain management, 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 patients for their lifetime, and interact with veterinarians and owners to be certain that patients are receiving optimal treatment and that owners are informed and educated about the treatment options for their pets and receive appropriate follow-up care.
This review class is intended to assist veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and physical therapists prepare for the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) examination. Important topics on the exam are highlighted and special attention paid to proper techniques for assessments and therapeutic modalities
Although many of the theories and benefits are the same, canine massage therapy is very different than human massage therapy. This class will identify these unique challenges and outline how to adapt massage therapy techniques to these patients. In addition, demonstrations of assessment and massage techniques are performed on a variety of canine patients.
- Summarize how to use the food drive as a reward for movement and basic luring· Assess patients' active movements and functional tasks
- Describe active assisted stretching exercises and post-isometric muscle release (PIMR) techniques
- Identify benefits, indications, and contraindications of massage therapy treatment
World renowned canine physical therapist Debbie Gross Saunders and Brian Mulligan demonstrate Mobilization with Movement (MWM) techniques for dogs. She gives special considerations to sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGS) and natural apophyseal glides (NAGS) for reducing pain and increasing mobility.