Canine Health, Disease and Pain Management - (30 credits)

It is very important for the canine therapist to be able to identify the main pathologies that can affect the dogs. The identification and management of pain is also an essential skill for these professionals. This module will introduce students to the main principles of pathophysiology with a strong focus on concepts and categorization of disorders that affect the musculoskeletal and neurological system. Students will explore the mechanisms involved in immune response and examine how pathological processes and mechanical tissue injury leads to local and possibly systemic inflammation. The principles of preventative medicine, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be discussed with students in order to understand the main factors affecting the efficacy and applications of a range of pharmacological agents. Pain and pain management will be strongly discussed with focus on pain pathways, pain management, multimodal analgesia, and complementary pain management methods