AD141 – Advance 25 – Physiotherapy

£997.00 (+VAT)

This course commences on Monday 8th April 2024, with the last session taking place on Wednesday15th May 2024. The forum will remain open for two weeks after the last session.

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Advance25TM Courses help you to develop your knowledge and clinical skills in a defined area of small animal practice. These fully flexible online courses include tutor support and discussion forums. The course materials are all recorded, and you have full access for a 12 month period. The course runs for a six week period, and you’ll get tutor support for a further 2 weeks via the course forum in case you need to catch up. After that, you’ll still have full access to all of your course materials although the tutor support will end. Complete your learning and get your CPD Certificate for 25 Hours of CPD.

Rehabilitation, though a fundamental component of human pain management and post-operative recovery remains under-utilised in Veterinary medicine. Correctly implemented, it should underpin the development of a multimodal approach to pain management and enhance your surgical outcomes and the functional recovery of your small animal patients.

Rehabilitation in First Opinion Practice

What you will learn:- 

The course is designed to provide an introduction into the principles of rehabilitation and how you can integrate these into your practice.  It will address examination of your patient as well as how to develop and implement a rehabilitation programme. It will also consider which tools are available and how to get the most out of them within your practice setting.

Session 1- Rehabilitation – where do we start? Functional recovery requires well reasoned and appropriately targeted rehabilitation. Timing and choice of technique is critical. In this first session as well as taking an overview of rehabilitation we will consider how to manipulate tissue healing in order to promote rapid and adaptive tissue regeneration. We will consider the demands of different tissue structures and how to avoid excessive scar formation and fibrosis.

Session 2 – Clinical examination of the rehabilitation patient . During this session we will learn how to get the most out of your clinical examination. Not only will we take an in depth look at gait evaluation and how this differs from a traditional approach to lameness diagnosis but we will also look at how to improve your observation and palpation skills.

Session 3 – What to use and when. This session will take an overview of all the commonly used tools in rehabilitation. It will focus on those that can be commonly used in every practice with minimal outlay. It will also look at the pitfalls of using the wrong tool at the wrong time and how this can delay healing and prevent return to function for your patients.

Session 4 – Rehabilitation of common orthopaedic conditions – In this session we will consider the fundamentals of musculoskeletal rehabilitation for common conditions such as Osteoarthritis, fracture repair and conditions of the elbow, hip and stifle for your small animal patients.

Session 5 – Rehabilitation of common neurological conditions. In this session we will consider how movement is controlled and how with this knowledge you can best employ your rehabilitation techniques to treat spinal injury. We will also consider whether rehabilitation has anything to offer in conditions such as Vestibular Disease and Epilepsy.

Session 6 – Cats are not small dogs. In this final session we will consider the unique requirements of feline rehabilitation. We will look at how they differ anatomically from dogs and how this then influences the design of any rehabilitation programme for your feline patients. We will consider ways of improving the clinical examination experience and taking the stress out your consulting room.

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Tutor : Lowri Davies BVSc Dip ACVSMR MRCVS, Specialist in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation

Dr Lowri Davies graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992 and developed her interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation whilst working in specialist equine practice. In 2004 she established the SMART Referral Centre – the first specialised sports medicine and rehabilitation clinic for small animals in the UK. The clinics have a large, Europe wide client base and Lowri regularly lectures around the world. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2016 and is currently president of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine association. Lowri is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, The Royal Society of Medicine and the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association.  Lowri has contributed to a number of texts on pain management and rehabilitation as well as authoring “Care of the Canine Athlete”.

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