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Tucson Faculty
  • Evelyn Orenbuch

  • Jan Huntingford

  • Susan Wynn

  • Lisa Miller

  • David Mason

  • Diane Miller

Associated Faculty

  • Joe Wakshlag

  • Mike Petty
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Deborah Canapp
  • Sherman Canapp

Course Summary

Osteoarthritis - the cause of many mobility issues in geriatric patients, combined with physiologic changes from aging and oftentimes obesity, contributes to a vicious cycle of pain, inactivity, and declining quality of life.  This course will equip you with the practical knowledge of the best multimodal approaches for successfully managing the geriatric, arthritic, and obese dog or cat in your veterinary practice.

In addition to learning clinical strategies, the course will teach you how to implement those strategies and market to clients with pets suffering from these mobility-restricting conditions to jump start your business.

Course Dates & Locations

January 20 & 21, 2018  //  Tucson, Arizona
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June 23 & 24, 2018  //  Boulder, Colorado
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CE Hours

Earn 11 or 15 CE Hours in this comprehensive course.  The A Hard Time Getting Around? course is a 1.5 day course offering 11 CE Hours.  You may elect to add a half day intra-articular wet lab for an additional 4 CE Hours.


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Standard Registration
11 CE Hours A Hard Time Getting Around? Course     
$1,195, Special Discount $597.50

4 CE Hours Intra-Articular Wet Lab  
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$295, Special Discount $147.50

10:10 AM 
Nutritional Management of the Geriatric Dog or Cat

John P. Loftus, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)                

Digestive/Metabolic Changes in the geriatric pet and obese pets. 
  • Protein in Gerontology; Sarcopenia
  • Managing the obese dog and cat to achieve weight loss.
  • The “scoop” on joint/mobility diets.
  • How to discuss nutrition with pet owners.
  • When and how to consult with a nutritionist.

12:50 PM
Nutraceutical and Supplement Selection for Geriatrics - What's Out There Beyond Glucosamine?

Janice L. Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR                  

Nutraceuticals are commonly used by veterinary clients to treat their pets but selecting them is often confusing. At the end of this lecture attendees will understand which of these supplements are effective, which should be used, and current research to back up their choice. The focus will be common nutraceuticals and herbal supplements with evidence for their use.

2:10 PM
The Future of Geriatric Pain Management - Using Old and New Drugs to Manage the Pain of Degenerative Joint Disease

Janice L. Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR                  

Geriatric patients have special requirements when it comes to the pharmacology of pain management. This talk will focus on using new drugs, old drugs, and old drugs in new ways to keep the joints moving and patient and clients happy. Clinical pearls for pain management will be presented as well.

3:30 PM
Photobiomodulation (Laser) Therapy for OA

Lisa A. Miller, DVM, CCRT, CVA                
  • Science of PBM as it pertains to treating the painful OA patient
  • Maximizing results in the arthritic pet
  • Dosing, technique, and treatment frequency
  • Functional anatomy when treating with laser for OA
  • Setting your patient and your staff up for a comfortable laser session
  • Common reasons for perceived treatment “failure” or plateau


8:00 AM
Surgical Management & Regenerative Medicine Options for Arthritic Pets

David B. Mason, BVetMed, MRCVS, DACVS, DACVSMR                   
  • Surgical management of DJD (overview of techniques, decision process, protocols)
  • Intra-Articular Therapies for OA (Techniques and Options - HA, Steroids, Regen and overview of injection techniques)
  • Discussion of optimal time to refer for and refresher on various common orthopedic procedures done on arthritic pets - THR, arthroscopic “cleaning up” of various joints, etc.
  • Introduction to regenerative medical options- PRP and Stem Cell Therapy for OA.

11:00 AM
Business & Marketing Strategies

Diane J. Miller, MBA                  

Attendees will learn practical and easy steps to  introduce a new service or technology in everyday practice. Included are methods to educate staff, inform clients, communicate with the public, and utilize social media and educational events.


Sunday Afternoon (Optional Wet Lab, Space is Limited)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Regenerative Medicine Laboratory

David B. Mason, BVetMed, MRCVS, DACVS, DACVSMR & Janice L. Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR                 

During this interactive hands-on laboratory, attendees will become proficient in collection and administration techniques for platelet rich plasma and bone marrow derived stem cell therapies through cadaver work. Attendees will learn proper intra-articular injection techniques utilizing anatomical landmarks and gain a skillset for intra-articular management of OA ready to integrate into the veterinary practice.   
  • Regenerative Medicine Management of OA (PRP and Stem Cells - high focus on PRP)
  • Regenerative Medicine Processing and collection techniques.
  • Intra-Articular Injection Techniques
  • Bone Marrow Collection Techniques

Have questions before you register? Call Carl Bennett at 352-468-2139.

Tucson Agenda & Course Descriptions


8:00 AM 
14 is the New 12:  Keeping the Older, Arthritic Patient Young & Mobile

Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, DACVSMR, CAVCA

Knowledge for the general practitioner from a rehab veterinarian’s perspective including common compensatory issues, simple approaches for these patients that may be used both in practice and recommended/taught to owners to improve results and quality of life. 
  • Lameness assessment tools - pain examination/scoring, stance analysis, etc. 
  • Discussion will include sections on Supportive/Assistive Devices, hydrotherapy/UWTM for exercising the geriatric and/or obese pet, PROM, basic stretching, massage, cold/warm packing, and Lifestyle Management/Home recommendations for pet owners. 
  • Basic therapeutic exercise recommendations for the geriatric and/or obese pet (wt. loss vs. increasing mobility) as well as when to refer these patients to a rehabilitation therapist and how to find and work with one in your area, or to receive further training for yourself.
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