Canine Physical Rehabilitation

This 12-module course has been created and put together by Dr Tanya Grantham and is designed specifically for Qualified Veterinarians who desire to incorporate physical rehabilitation into their existing veterinary practice or move towards pursuing a career in Physical Rehabilitation altogether. 

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Why should I learn more about Physical Rehabilitation?

It is likely that you chose to pursue a career in the field of Veterinary Science because you have a strong desire to help your animal patients. Am I correct? 

The internet is a powerful tool being utilised by a significant proportion of the population and that includes, our clients. Our clients are more connected and more informed than they ever were in the past and are fast becoming active participants when making decisions regarding the health and well-being of their animal companions. 

For many years, when you as the veterinarian advised your client that your patient needed surgery, they heeded your advice and had the surgery done. When the veterinarian said nothing more could be done and the humane thing to do was to put the patient to sleep, many clients went ahead with what was suggested, or took their animal companions home to succumb to a lifelong commitment to pain medication and immobility, as they did not want to say goodbye. In the event surgery was performed many clients took their companions home without knowing anything about post-surgical care and when the procedure did not yield the results they anticipated, it was deemed a failure. 

However in recent years our more connected and more informed clients are doing their own research, or are hearing from friends through social media how the Veterinary landscape is changing. They are seeking alternatives to what is being offered. Suddenly they are seeing videos of dogs where the human guardians were told that if the dog does not have surgery they dog will be paralysed for life, and suddenly following a few sessions with a rehab practitioner that same dog is walking again. 

Clients who cannot go ahead with surgery due to a number of constraints they may face, whether it’s financial, time or simply the means to handle their giant breed dog post surgery, have discovered they have options. Their beloved animal companions do not have to suffer in silence or commit to a life-time of anti-inflammatory drug use. They do not have to resign their companions to a life of immobility. They are looking to their veterinarians for options, a selection of alternative choices so that they

can select the one that suits them best. When their veterinarian is equipped and informed about these choices it helps to improve and solidify the client-veterinarian-patient relationship. When they are unable or unwilling to discuss these options, our clients will turn to friends and the internet in search of their own solutions. Often clients who find us through channels other than a referral from their veterinarian are left feeling disillusioned and disheartened.  

This course will not only equip you with the knowledge to discuss choices and options with your clients in the best interest of your patients, it will also give you the knowledge to implement a number of these practices within your existing scope of veterinary medicine. Whether your client is wanting to manage their animal companion’s hip dysplasia or cranial cruciate ligament disease conservatively, incorporate a multi-modal pain management system with a view to increase mobility, reduce their companion’s dependance on anti-inflammatory drugs (especially as their dogs get older), or get the best results post-surgery, so that their dog can return to function as quickly and completely as possible. This course will help you to help your clients from within your own practice. 

The following entrance criteria apply when enrolling for this course:-

Delegates must possess one of the following qualifications:-

  • A degree in Veterinary Science or
  • A degree in Veterinary Nursing

In order to complete the course, delegates will be required to watch the videos pertaining to each of the twelve modules as well as complete and pass the quiz at the end of each of the modules, with a minimum score of 80%. Delegates are also required to submit three case studies for review by Dr Tanya Grantham.

Delegates on the program will have 12-months to complete the program. In order to complete the program effectively and in a timely manner it is advised the delegates spend the first 6 months working through the videos, reading the additional resources, supplementing this with additional research and practicing the techniques contained within the course material and then work on the case studies for the second half of the program.

The financial investment is R12 000 per delegate (once-off payment) or 6 x installments of R2250 per month, for the first 6 months (total cost R13 500).

By selecting this option you will pay a once-off fee of R12 000. All course material will be made available to you within 48 hours of your payment having cleared in our bank account.

You will be able to access your course material under the My Account section of this website. 

By selecting this option you will pay R2250 immediately and then an additional R2250 will be deducted for an additional 5 concurrent months (6 months in total). The total amount paid will be R13 500.

The course material will be made available to you by releasing two modules per month over the six months. The first two modules will be made available to you within 48 hours of your payment having cleared in our bank account.

You will be able to access your course material under the My Account section of this website. 

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