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Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Current Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation


Faculty: Patrice M. Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses, and physical therapists who have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. All CCRTs, CCRVNs, CCRAs and CCRPs who are licensed veterinary or physical therapy professionals are welcome. Veterinary technicians/nurses, including CCRPs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs, must submit an Employer Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

Course Description: In this comprehensive course, pain physiology and pathophysiology are made more accessible so you can directly improve your daily practice. Assessment techniques and treatment options are covered in depth. The critical relationship between pain management and rehabilitation is strongly emphasized using a case-based presentation. An integrative approach to management of acute and chronic pain is discussed including routine and novel pharmacology, supplements, biomodulation (acupuncture, LASER, shockwave), interventional techniques (e.g. PRP, stem cell), and rehabilitation. Strategies for combining multiple treatment modalities for better outcomes are presented.

Please note: Students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day.

Course Fee: $300

Topics Covered Include:

  • Physiology/pathophysiology of pain
  • Pain assessment techniques
  • Impact of pain on the neuromusculoskeletal system
  • Pharmacologic agents used in pain control
  • Therapeutic physical agents and their application in pain management
  • Manual therapy for pain management
  • Exercise therapies for pain management
  • Concepts for managing acute/adaptive pain
  • Dietary, nutraceutical and pharmacologic approaches for managing chronic/maladaptive pain
  • Acupuncture
  • Psychological factors and adjuncts of pain management
  • Chronic pain complexities as they relate to physical interventions
  • Development of multimodal plans for case management

Classes are held each day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Colorado and Florida. There is a 1-hour break for lunch. Registered students: Please watch for specific emails about each class as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.