Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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Introduction to Animal Rehabilitation

April 21 - 22, 2018
West Coast University
Anatomy Lab, Room 506 (1st floor)
590 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Sponsored by: Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group,
Orthopaedic Section, APTA

Course Description: Course Description: This two-day course will introduce the physical therapist to the field of animal rehabilitation through interactive lecture and live-dog, hands-on laboratory sessions led by leaders in the field. Sessions will include discussion of canine anatomy, common orthopaedic and neurologic conditions, surface palpation, gait and functional mobility analysis, evaluation, and treatment planning. In addition, evaluation and assessment of the equine athletes as related to sport performance will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: Identify and describe similarities and differences between human and canine anatomy and movement patterns; evaluate and assess a variety of movement patterns of the canine patient and differentiate between normal and abnormal motion; identify and describe major anatomical landmarks in the canine patient; establish an appropriate “plan of care” to correct abnormal movement patterns, using a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and functional activities; describe basic evaluation and assessment techniques for equine athletes, and identify common equine biomechanical faults.

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