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Debra Canapp

Sherman Canapp

Jan Huntingford

Diane Miller

Lisa Miller

Mike Petty

Susan Wynn

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

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, or a half day rehabilitation hands-on practicum for an additional 4 CE Hours.


Early Bird Registration (Before June 1)

  • 11 CE-Hour A Hard Time Getting Around? Course: $995

Standard Registration

  • NEW Distance Learning Option, Live Stream the 11-CE Hour Course, with On-Demand Access After the Live Broadcast, $395
  • 11 CE-Hour A Hard Time Getting Around? Course: $1,195
  • 4 CE-Hour Rehabilitation for the Non-Rehab Practice Hands-On Practicum:  $195
  • 4 CE-Hour Intra-Articular Wet Lab: $295 SOLD OUT

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

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?

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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 and Rehabilitation Hands-On Practicum, Space is Limited)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rehabilitation for the Non-Rehab Practice Hands-On Practicum

This seminar is designed for those practitioners who wish to improve their level of patient care by learning some simple and effective rehabilitation diagnostics and therapeutics employed by rehab experts.  Simple techniques and low cost modalities available to any practitioner will be highlighted.
  • Assessing the Physical Therapy Patient General Physical Exam
  • Orthopedic Examination
  • Neurological Examination
  • Physical Examination Pointers
  • Pain Treatment Tools
  • Pain Assessment
  • Integration into Pain Management Protocols

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

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.

Tentative Agenda & Course Descriptions


8:00 AM 
Old Age is NOT a Disease
Maintaining Youth and Mobility in the Aging Veterinary Patient

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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Boulder Marriott
2660 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO 80302 

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"Great speakers, beautiful location and compelling information. Information regarding integrative medicine and new research made this course especially exciting for me.

- Julia Kochan, DVM
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