Continuing Education in Veterinary Rehabilitation

Justo Development

As an animal musculoskeletal practitioner, you are largely left to your own devices when deciding on the best treatment plan for your cases. Although you only work with the permission of the treating veterinary surgeon, the responsibility to make the right clinical decisions is largely yours. Your professional knowledge base and experience is the foundation for your clinical decisions but how current is your knowledge in each area of your practice? Can you honestly say that you are up to date with the most recent research, on which each of your decisions should be made? With autonomy comes responsibility. Responsibility to the referring veterinary surgeon, the owner and most importantly the patient. As a largely self-directed practitioner it is your responsibility to ensure that your decisions are based on the most current and relevant concepts in each area of your practice.

During your initial course of study, you were introduced to your profession and given the opportunity to explore theories and concepts that were current at the time. You will have developed a good understanding of the topic as a whole and become competent in all the key areas of your trade. This fundamental training was essential to set you on your career path, but research moves on. It is an industry requirement to undertake a certain amount of CPD a year; ensure that your continuing professional development (CPD) is deliberate and meaningful to your practice. Identify your own areas for development and professional goals and be intentional about the CPD you undertake. Following the acquisition of new knowledge, take time to reflect and consider how you can, or even if you should, implement new techniques or protocols into your practice.

At Justo Development we are experienced in delivering CPD to animal musculoskeletal practitioners. Rather than the usual online CPD format of webinars or recorded lectures our courses offer a different approach. Although these delivery modes are useful and are often included as part of our courses, we want to offer you the opportunity to study in a way which will deepen your knowledge and make your learning experience relevant to your own specific practice. In the current digital age, information is readily available.

With good research and independent learning skills you can become your own mentor. You can seek out information from the literature and from other professionals - you can essentially become your own tutor. Studying in this way requires higher order thinking skills which are critical, reflective, creative and logical. Our courses will help you to develop the skills to address complex issues and deepen your understanding of the key areas of your profession.

Our courses

We offer bitesize CPD of around 6 hours and longer format CPD in Exercise Rehabilitation. Our courses comprise:

  • Lessons and directed learning
  • Essential reading which is provided
  • Independent reading time for further research into the subject tailored to your specific interests and practices
  • Discussion with classmates
  • Tasks designed to help you process and contextualise new research and information and its relevance to your practice

Reflection

When you study with us you get access to relevant journals as well as core textbooks online with the exercise rehabilitation courses.

We are very excited to launch our new brand and website for 2019 and look forward to sharing our knowledge through the new medium of our blog as well as videos and free information pages on our website. Our vision is to provide a continuous stream of learning opportunity for practitioners which they can undertake in the comfort of their own home and at their own pace. We will be launching a series of new bitesize CPD throughout the year; start dates can be found on our website. Another great opportunity exists in our exercise rehabilitation series. We offer Diploma courses in Equine Exercise Rehabilitation and Canine Exercise Rehabilitation. Each Diploma comprises four individual courses which can be taken at the learners own pace. The first three courses in the series are online with the final course, leading to the Diploma, including an attendance workshop and case studies. These courses can be taken as stand-alone courses or as components of the Diploma. You can decide as you go along.

So why Exercise Rehabilitation?

We aim to provide CPD that fills gaps in knowledge and we have identified through feedback that rehabilitation through exercise in an area where many MSK practitioners feel they would like to deepen their knowledge and expand their skills. Exercise Rehabilitation is a branch of Physiotherapy where the patient is rehabilitated through movement, specific exercises, strength training and gait retraining. It is where the canine patient learns to walk again after neurological or orthopaedic surgery or during conservative management of a debilitating condition. It is where the equine patient can be assisted to correct the compensatory locomotion that is causing repetitive injury.

In either case it is where injured patients regain their strength and confidence. Exercise rehabilitation is vital to ensure that patients have the very best chance of regaining quality of life, reducing the chance of further injury and pain. Correct exercise, delivered at the optimum time, can be the difference between a positive or negative outcome.

We want to hear from you

We want to share our knowledge in a way that is most useful to you. Give us your ideas about where you would like us to create CPD. Perhaps you have an idea for our next blog title? Perhaps you have a burning question that you would like answered? Please email your ideas to us at katie@justodevelopment.com

We understand that with busy practices it is not always easy to get away for attendance courses. The format of our online courses allows for deep learning at a slow pace which is not often achieved on a one or two day course. Lectures can be replayed and lessons can be revisited giving you the chance to explore the subject fully. Our courses are structured so that you can take your learning of the topic in any direction you choose and make it relevant to your practice and your clients.

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