Conservative Management of Orthopedic Disease in Canine Patients (1576)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Sports Medicine
Friday |  3:00 PM -  3:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||304C



University of Pennsylvania

After completing veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blake completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center. She then went on to complete a small animal surgery residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became certified in canine rehabilitation in 2014 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to veterinary school, she worked for Genetics Institute/Wyeth Research on the development of rhBMP-2 for the acceleration of fracture healing and osteoporosis therapies. Her areas of clinical interest include bone biology, fracture repairs, angular limb deformities, minimally invasive surgery, osteoarthritis, rehabilitative therapy, in addition to peri-operative and chronic pain management.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Orthopedic disease is common in canine patients of all ages and breeds. Proper diagnosis is critical to developing an appropriate treatment strategy. In addition, determining if the condition is amenable to conservative management or if surgical intervention is required. For certain orthopedic diseases, conservative management with veterinary rehabilitation may be indicated prior to surgery. Patients with underlying systemic or neurologic disease may not be ideal surgical candidates and therefore rehabilitative therapy may be recommended. Orthopedic exam and imaging findings will be utilized to demonstrate correct diagnosis. Conditions amenable to conservative management will be reviewed. Rehabilitation treatment plans including the use of manual therapies, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, aquatic therapies, regenerative therapies and assistive devices will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

1. Correct diagnosis of orthopedic conditions

2. Gain understanding of when conservative management of orthopedic disease may be appropriate

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