VSPN TECH306-0322: Obesity, Weight Management and Physical Rehabilitation in Dogs, Cats, Horses and Rabbits

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation, Lab Animal Medicine (Research Anesthesia))
Course Open: March 3-27, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS):Thursdays, March 10 and 17, 2022; 8:00 -9:30 pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

Enrollment is closed.

Course Information:
This course will give beginning information to help evaluate if dogs, cats, horses, or rabbits are obese. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in these pets. It can cause other comorbidities to be exacerbated. Starting with the beginning, the pet must be evaluated, the owner must be educated, and a plan must be developed for the pet. Pain must be assessed, and various routines of physical rehabilitation will be discussed to help the pet lose weight. Various titles of texts and papers will be placed in the library to encourage the student to try to get these documents whenever they have time.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Identify an obese dog or cat from an overweight pet from a normal weight pet.
  • Explain documentation for increasing obesity in dogs and cats.
  • Discuss what makes obesity/overweight bad for health.
  • Discuss educating owners about the problem.
  • Discuss differences in calories.
  • Examine evidence for physical exercise.
  • Discuss pain assessment prior to physical activity.
  • Discuss exercises for dogs and cats.
  • Recognize basic concepts of hydrotherapy.
  • Identify equine obesity.
  • Discuss diseases to which obese equines are predisposed.
  • Discuss equine therapeutic exercises.
  • Examine considerations for beginning ridden work.
  • Discuss consequences of rabbit obesity.
  • Explain some ways to help rabbits lose weight with exercises.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE coursewill be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists. - actively interested in weight management and physical rehabilitation.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (#22-42968)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 10): HELP, My Pet Looks Like Jabba the Hutt: Part 1
This week we will discuss canine and feline obesity, including how obesity affects health, educating owners, differences in calories, and physical activity.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 17): HELP, My Pet Looks Like Jabba the Hutt: Part 2
Real time session 2 will be a continuance of discussing canine and feline exercises. We will also review equine and rabbit obesity, weight loss, and exercises.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.


Tuition: $66 ($59 early bird special if enrolled by February 17, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 10, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

VSPN CE Services:
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