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Kinesiotaping and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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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 Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» Kinesiotaping for Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation


This hybrid course combines two courses — Kinesiotaping for Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation — using weekly live Zoom sessions followed by in-person labs with small groups of students to allow for social distancing.

Faculty: Sasha A. Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT; Laura Southworth, CVT; Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT; Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses that have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter. CCRPs that are veterinarians or physical therapists may attend.

Course Description: The Kinesiotaping portion of this course will include lectures followed by hands-on wet labs designed to reinforce the practical application of learned skills. The theory behind kinesiotaping and the anatomy-based application of K-tape will be covered. Students will learn K-tape application techniques and therapeutic exercise for muscle strains, carpus hyperexternsion, hip dysplasia and stifle instability including cruciate deficiency and patella luxation.

During the Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation portion of this course, students will learn to complete a patient-centric specialist-level veterinary rehabilitation orthopedic evaluation. Lameness from a weight distribution perspective and how it relates to compensatory issues will be covered. Potential diagnostic options and the clinical reasoning behind surgical interventions vs. non-surgical treatments will be discussed. Students will develop diagnosis-specific rehabilitation plans including activity modifications, tissue-specific treatments, and home exercises for medial shoulder instability, elbow dysplasia, carpal hyperextension, hip dysplasia, cruciate disease, and common calcaneal tendon injury. Recent evidence-based research on gait analysis and anatomy-based kinesiotaping and treatment recommendations will be covered.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $975 for both courses

Topics Covered:

  • Current K-tape evidence and its application to the canine patient
  • Understanding K-tape theory through K-tape application and physical movement
  • K-tape application for clinical use
  • K-tape application and therapeutic exercises for clinical use
  • Orthopedic and gait evaluation
  • Rehabilitation examination
  • Diagnostics based on clinical examination
  • Diagnostic-specific rehabilitation plans
  • Anatomy-based kineseotaping and treatment