Animal In Motion - (15 credits)

A key part of the work of a canine therapist is to look at how an animal moves and identify deviations from normal. These gaits changes may be linked to a particular conformation or to clinical conditions. This module is designed to give an appreciation of movement analysis. The module focuses on canine biomechanics but also draws on research carried out on other species. The musculoskeletal system is examined with respect to its biomechanical properties in order to understand how locomotion is generated, maintained and arrested. A large part of this module will investigate different ways of analysing movement in animals through both visual assessment and the use of technology to directly measure biomechanical variables.