About the Course

Nursing and Rehabilitation of Cranial Cruciate Injury/Disease

CPD Accredited (RACE Approval Pending)

As Veterinary nurses and Vet’s, we are in the best possible position to implement rehabilitation plans. 

With any injury or disease, it’s not simply about only medicating or treating that one area, there is often a greater impact on the body as a whole and as Animal Physiotherapists it’s our job to ensure that we rebalance the animal to prevent further compensatory issues arising. 

This is done through pain management, strengthening and improving flexibility. We also have the best position to educate owners on diseases such as Osteoarthritis, where a multimodal approach is very much needed to achieve the best results.

The aim of this course is to help guide you in simple rehabilitation methods which you can implement straight away with your patients in practice. Specifically covering rehabilitaion for Cruciate disease/injury. 

Cruciate ruptures are one of the most common Orthopaedic conditions seen in practice and there are two general treatment options, Surgical or Conservative. 

With either treatment method, rehabilitation  plays a crucial part in reducing pain, improving range of motion and re-educating gait and re-gaining strength. If left untreated, Osteoarthritis can often set in and become a long-term problem for the patient. 

Don't just take our word for it.

5 star rating

very informative

sam sanderson

really informative information given to something we see commonly in practice. Would highly recommend

really informative information given to something we see commonly in practice. Would highly recommend

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Nursing and rehabilitation of cranial cruciate injury/dis...

Karen Holding

Excellent course and tutor and lots of useful advice for rehabilitation in a practice setting.

Excellent course and tutor and lots of useful advice for rehabilitation in a practice setting.

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5 star rating

Great course

andrea abba

Really enjoyed this course, as a rehab nurse I gained lots of new ideas. It has motivated me into renewing and reviewing how we do things as a practice.

Really enjoyed this course, as a rehab nurse I gained lots of new ideas. It has motivated me into renewing and reviewing how we do things as a practice.

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4 star rating

A must for any nurses involved in cruciate surgery

Alex John

Very informative; a great start for any nurse thinking of starting supportive clinics; outlines complications/seriousness of clinics etc.

Very informative; a great start for any nurse thinking of starting supportive clinics; outlines complications/seriousness of clinics etc.

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Aims & Objectives

Nursing and Rehabilitation of Cranial Cruciate Injury/Disease Online Accredited CPD Course


Module 1: Overview of Cruciate Injury/Disease


Key learning Objectives

  • To understand the foundations of Cranial Cruciate Disease
  • To understand which Dogs are most commonly affected and the reasons for injury.
  • A look at the symptoms and how the condition is diagnosed.
  • To learn and understand Veterinary consent and the role of Veterinary Physiotherapists in rehabilitation. 


Module 2: Anatomy of the Stifle and how Cruciate Disease/Injury affects the joint.


Key Learning Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the anatomy of the stifle joint.
  • To provide a deeper understanding of which muscles are involved in stifle function.
  • To understand the motion of the stifle and what impact the Cruciate Ligament has on this movement.
  • To understand different aspects of the disease and other conditions, that are often caused by Cranial Cruciate Rupture (CCR) 


Module 3: Surgical Management for Cranial Cruciate Disease/Injury


Key Learning Aims and Objectives

  • To allow delegates to evaluate and understand which surgical options are available for Cruciate Ligament Injury.
  • Guidance on understanding the risks associated with surgical repairs.
  • To identify and understand what is involved in a basic rehabilitation plan, with different techniques and expectations.
  • To understand any contraindications associated with surgery and what long term plans this might include.



Module 4: Nursing and Rehabilitation of Cranial Cruciate Disease/Injury


Key Learning Aims and Objectives

  • To understand what conservative management is and why it is used.
  • To understand what is required to prepare for a multi modal approach to treatment for these patients.
  • To understand what is required in a rehabilitation plan and a look at the different stages.
  • To understand how to monitor progress using various scores and owner questionnaires.


 

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Course curriculum

  • 2

    Workbook & Downloadable Content

    • Workbook and Downloadable Content.

  • 3

    Module 1: Overview of Cruciate injury/disease

    • Module 1: Overview

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 1: What is Cruciate Disease?

    • Unit 2: Who Does it Commonly Affect?

    • Unit 3: Reasons for Injury

    • Unit 4: How is it Diagnosed?

    • Unit 5: Veterinary Consent

    • Unit 6: Veterinary Physiotherapy

    • End of Module 1

  • 4

    Module 2: Anatomy of the Stifle and How the Injury Affects its Function

    • module 2: Overview

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 1: Anatomy of the Stifle

    • Unit 2: Muscles Involved

    • Unit 3: Locomotion of the Stifle

    • Unit 4: Anatomy of the Disease / Injury

    • End of Module 2

  • 5

    Module 3: Surgical Management of Cruciate Injury / Disease

    • Overview

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 1: Surgical Options - Lateral Stay, TPLO, TTA & Others.

    • Unit 2: Risks Associated

    • Unit 3: Post Operative Rehab Plan

    • Unit 4: Expectations from Surgery & Contraindications

    • End of Module 3

  • 6

    Module 4: Conservative Management of Cruciate Injury / Disease

    • Overview

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 1: What is Conservative Management?

    • Unit 2: Pain Management

    • Unit 3: Exercise Management

    • Unit 4: Monitoring

    • Unit 5: Rehab Plan & Contraindications

    • End of Module 4

  • 7

    Thank-you.

    • Cruciate Quiz

    • Course Conclusion

About Emily

Instructor Bio:

RVN, DIP Vet Phys, ISFMCERT, MIAAT, MRAMP, MBN.

Emily Ashdown

I am a qualified Animal Physiotherapist & Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have been working with animals since I was 16 where I started as a kennel assistant at a rescue kennels. I then trained in my local practice to become an RVN. I have worked at different practices including the RSPCA Birmingham animal hospital where I gained a lot of experience and even worked on the ITV show Give a pet a home! I shortly went back to private practice and Became a Deputy head nurse where I found my passion for rehabilitation by using class IV laser therapy. Whilst working in this practice I researched the different types of Lasers and set up clinics for primarily Geriatric patients. I became very passionate about rehabilitation and in particular the difference Laser therapy was making to many of my clients and with my own working cocker spaniels. I then decided to pursue a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy with the college of Animal Physiotherapists. I started to work for Companion Animal health as a product specialist in primarily Laser therapy but also other rehabilitation products and regenerative medicine. I still work for Companion as I have a real passion for teaching practitioner’s how to use Laser successfully but I also bought my own Laser and set up Worcestershire Animal Therapy where I offer a mobile Physiotherapy and Laser service. I also Do some work for Bromsgrove Canine Hydro and Physio where I enjoy seeing many different cases. From time to time I also still Locum in emergency Vet clinics and I teach Animal First Aid. In my spare time I’m also a member of the IAAT Committee to help push the Musculoskeletal industry and I’m fully registered as a RAMP member. I also have a certificate in Feline Medicine and would like to educate further in rehabilitation for feline’s.

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