Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

This Bitesize 1- Hour CPD is aimed at Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Physiotherapists.

If you run older pet nurse clinics in practice, knowing the physiology of pain and learning to spot the often subtle early signs of arthritis would greatly improve the service that you provide.

This bitesize CPD will review the presentation, diagnosis and causes of Osteoarthritis as well as reviewing the physiology of pain in your older canine patients in practice.

Once we have understood the disease process and how pain works, we can apply this to the management of arthritic patients in order to ensure they are getting gold standard management.

What you will learn

  • Types of Arthritis.

  • Presentation and clinical signs, including owner recognition.

  • Diagnosis and causes.

  • The disease processes.

  • Physiology of Pain.

  • Altered pain states.

  • Pain pathways.

  • Measuring pain.

  • Physiotherapy & Nursing Care for arthritic patients.

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 1-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar.

    You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...


RVN A1/IQA NCert (anaesth) DipAPhys MIAAT.

Rachael McCooey

I qualified as a RVN in 2008, having spent a year in an equine practice before starting my training as a small animal nurse in a busy, fast paced practice. After graduating as an RVN from Hartpury College, I was soon inspired to train student nurses and quickly developed a love of anaesthesia so as soon as I was able to, I did my A1 Assessor qualification. After several years training nurses in practice, and gaining as much experience as possible in emergency care, I decided to join Warwickshire College. Here, I trained as an Internal Verifier for Veterinary Nursing, did some lecturing, and supported the students and clinical coaches within their practices, as well as working some shifts in a local emergency care clinic. I couldn't stay away from practice for too long though, so I eventually returned to practice and begun to pursue my interest in anaesthesia, pain and healing. In 2015 I completed the ESVPS Nursing Certificate in anaesthesia, after studying everything from pain pathways, to neuromuscular blockers, to anaesthetic emergencies. Using this knowledge in practice was amazing, and gaining the support of the Vets I worked with meant that we were able to offer the highest level of care to our patients. Following on from this, I continued by furthering my knowledge of healing, pain and rehabilitation by completing a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy. I am on the IAAT register as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, and specialise in Class IV Laser therapy in horses and dogs. The study of pain is intertwined with anaesthesia, and I love being able to know I can help not only with post-anaesthesia protocols but also with rehabilitation of my patients. I now have my own small physiotherapy business – Cotswold Animal Therapy- and I also continue to work part time as a senior nurse in a large practice, getting stuck into high-risk GAs wherever possible. I can often be found guest lecturing at the local college on topics such as resuscitation, or delivering in-house CPD within our Veterinary Group. I am also harbouring plans to do an MSc in the future, if time allows! My passion is supporting students and newly qualified nurses, who can find that taking their first steps into practice is a little daunting. I hope to be able to share my experiences, and pass on some of the useful information I have gained over the last 13 years in practice to help allow RVNs and students to develop their nursing style.

Don't just take our word for it...

4 star rating

Great start to OA

Alex John

Very handy tips to running clinics and what to look out for. Explanation of equipment, touches on techniques. Great basis

Very handy tips to running clinics and what to look out for. Explanation of equipment, touches on techniques. Great basis

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5 star rating

Canine Arthritis and pain physiology bitesize

sarah bland

Very informative and interesting cpd. Thank you 😊

Very informative and interesting cpd. Thank you 😊

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Workbook & Resources

    • Canine Arthritis and Pain Physiology Bitesize CPD

  • 2


    • Canine Arthritis and Pain Physiology

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