Structural and Functional Assessment of the Canine Spine Online Course


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This course provides an in-depth, guided evaluation of the functional anatomy, biomechanics and manual assessment of the canine spine using soft tissue and chiropractic evaluation techniques.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the working knowledge needed to fully assess the structural and functional aspects of the canine axial skeleton. In addition, the course material will help to improve your physical examination skills, clinical decision making processes, and increase your awareness of the role of the axial skeleton in activities of daily living and compensatory mechanisms related to chronic pain and lameness issues in dogs.

Dr. Stephen Jones MVB, MS, Dipl. ACVS-SA

Dr. Jones grew up outside Dublin in Ireland. He attended Veterinary school at University College Dublin. After receiving his Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009, he moved to Hollywood, Florida to complete both rotating and specialty surgery internships, at the Hollywood Animal Hospital. From there, Dr. Jones moved to Gainesville Florida where he completed a combined residency in small animal surgery and master’s program at the University of Florida. After completion of his residency in 2015, Dr. Jones moved to Columbus, Ohio where he joined the joined the faculty rank as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jones is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has written and published numerous scientific papers and abstracts and lectures all over the world. His special interests include minimally invasive fracture repair, medical and surgical treatment of joint disease, arthroscopy, and surgical management of angular limb deformities.

    Ask focused and pertinent questions to help to develop a complete medical history related to the head
    Describe pain behaviors, postural preferences, and movement patterns associated with dysfunction or injury to tissues and structures of the head
    Describe the soft tissue and osseous features of the skull and temporomandibular joint
    Perform a detailed evaluation of the head using manual therapy evaluation techniques
    Assess the active and passive mobility of the mandible and temporomandibular joint
    Discuss the structural and functional aspects of the temporomandibular joint
    Identify specific dysfunction and associated rehabilitation issues related to the clinical signs
    Determine the clinical relevance of the identified issues in order to develop appropriate treatment plans or the need for referral

Background and Purpose of the Course
Course Content
Course Instructor

Pre-assessment Survey
Case Presentations

Topographical Anatomy
Bones of the Head
Temporomandibular Joint Anatomy
Temporomandibular Joint Motion
Muscles of the Head – Overview
Temporalis Muscle
Masseter Muscle
Digastricus Muscle
Innervation of the Muscles of Mastication

Soft Tissue Palpation
Palpable Bony and Articular Landmarks
Mobilization Techniques

Lateral Mobilization of the Mandible
Medial Mobilization of the Temporomandibular Joint
Summary of Mobilization Techniques

Neuro-musculo-skeletal Integration

    Human chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists
    Veterinary or undergraduate students
    Motivated dog trainers or pet owners

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