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Canine Sports Medicine


Evaluation of sporting dogs for musculoskeletal conditions

TOTAL: 11.0 CE Hours

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Canine Sports Medicine

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Canine V: Canine Sports Medicine


Course Description: This course will discuss the evaluation of sporting dogs for musculoskeletal conditions common to their events.  Common sports will be reviewed, with emphasis on biomechanical aspects that sporting dogs may encounter during competition.  Common sporting injuries of the forelimb, pelvic limb, and spinal column will be reviewed.  Anatomical areas of interest regarding sporting conditions will be performed, concentrating on the shoulder, elbow, hip, stifle, tarsus, and their muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  This course will also concentrate on new biologic treatments, including autologous conditioned plasma (platelet-rich plasma or PRP) and stem cell therapy, along with modalities used in sports medicine, such as heat and cold, therapeutic ultrasound, and therapeutic laser.  Joint injection techniques will also be discussed.  Finally, rehabilitation of common sporting injuries will be discussed, including tendon and ligament conditions, muscle conditions, and joint conditions.   


CE Hours:  11 hours 



Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List and summarize common canine sports

  • Identify and evaluate the most common injuries associated with these sports

  • Develop treatment plans for common sporting injuries




    Module 1:  Review of Common Canine Sports

  1. Introduction

  2. Agility

  3. Agility - Studies Regarding Injuries

  4. Agility - Jumping

  5. Frisbee, Flyball, Lure Coursing & Field Trial

  6. Dock Diving, Greyhound Racing, Protection Sports

  7. Sled Dog Racking, Weight Pulling, Barn Hunt, Treiball

  8. Military & Policy Dogs

  9. Search & Rescue Dogs


    Module 2:  Determining the Injury - Evaluation of the Canine Athlete

  1. Initial Observations, Sit Test & Stance

  2. Gait Evaluation - Part 1

  3. Gait Evaluation - Part 2

  4. The Spine and Hind limb

  5. The Forelimb and Joint Function



    Module 3:  Common Forelimb Injuries and Their Treatment

  1. General Injuries and Osteoarthritis

  2. Biceps Tenosynovitis

  3. Medial Glenohumeral Instability

  4. Supraspinatus Strain and Infraspinatus Contracture

  5. Carpal Injuries



    Module 4:  Common Hind Limb Injuries

  1. Hip Dysplasia

  2. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

  3. Patella Luxation

  4. Muscle Injuries

  5. Common Calcaneal Tendon Injury


    Module 5:  Common Spinal & Neurologic Conditions

  1. Pathophysiology & Initial Management

  2. Intervertebral Disk Disease

  3. Cervical & Lumbosacral Disc Disease

  4. Fibrocartilagenous Embolic Myelopathy & Fractures



    Module 6:  Biologic Intervention:  PRP & Stem Cell Therapy

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma

  2. Stem Cells

  3. Stem Cells:  Clinical Research

  4. Stem Cells:  Rehabilitation Protocols

  5. Joint Injections



    Module 7:  Rehabilitation of Tendon & Ligament Conditions

  1. Surgical Management

  2. Rehabilitation Considerations



    Module 8:  Rehabilitation of Muscle Conditions

  1. Muscle Injuries and Fibrotic Myopathy

  2. Iliopsoas, Biceps Tenosynovitis, and Shoulder Instability


    Module 9:  Rehabilitation of Joint Conditions

  1. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

  2. Patella Luxation, Hip Replacement & Elbow Dysplasia



    Module 10:  Labs

  1. Case Study

  2. Anatomy Lab




Instructor:   Darryl Millis

M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, C.C.R.P.

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Surgery Section Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Services. Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (2004) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).

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