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Sponsored Education

STAAR 2017 Sponsored Education  

Treat the Pain and Heal the Patient - Sponsored by Companion Animal Health
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Day/Time:       Saturday, April 29, 8:30am – 10:30am     Presentation Style: Lecture    
Instructors:    Lisa Miller, DVM, CCRT, CVA and Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, DACVSMR

Description: This very enlightening session reviews the latest science and research in treatment and assessment modalities including laser therapy (photobiomodulation), stance analysis and hydrotherapy.  The practical, everyday application of stance, photobiomodulation (laser), hydrotherapy, and cold compression are included. This lecture will cover the mechanisms behind healing the patient with these modalities as well as the latest literature supporting their use in a rehab setting. Practical clinical case discussions using one or more of these tools will also be presented.



Canine Bracing: Biomechanics and Casting Workshop - Sponsored by Hero Braces
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Day/Time:   Saturday, April 29, 10:45am – 12:45pm      Presentation Style: Lecture & Interactive Lab
Instructor:  Ben Blecha, CPO, CEO of Hero Braces

Description: Effective outcomes in bracing begin with understanding simple biomechanical principles.  Mastery of casting techniques greatly reduces skin breakdown and helps dogs play again.  This workshop will work with live animals to help you build a strong foundation to implement bracing into your practice.  Help the dogs that cannot have surgery due to circumstances beyond our control with bracing.


Integrating “Eddie’s Wheels” Mobility Carts and Land-Based Rehab Systems
into your Practice - Sponsored by Eddie's Wheels
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Day/Time:      Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm – 4:15pm       Presentation Style: Lecture & Interactive Lab
Instructors:   Leslie Grinnell, President, Eddie’s Wheels & Erika McElwey, EqCnTPM

Description: Eddie's Wheels custom builds the most biomechanically sound pet wheelchairs on the market.  Designed to support pets on their pelvic floor, they can compensate for increasing weakness or strengthening, making them a valuable tool for helping dogs achieve mobility.  We will teach you to accurately assess, measure, and fit pets for Eddie's Wheels.  This will include rear and front wheel carts, walkers, and quad carts.  We'll include some tips on how to acclimate pets to using carts, making fine-tuning adjustments, and training dogs to use front wheel carts.  We'll do some hands-on measuring of disabled dogs using the right tools. We'll be joined by Erika McElwey who has 16 years of experience working with Eddie's Wheels carts in her practice.  We'll show you our adjustable therapy stand and how it can be used over a land treadmill to help rehabilitate neuro dogs without having to rely on water based systems.  The therapy stand can also be used for bodywork, chiropractic and acupuncture.  We'll also demonstrate our adjustable clinic quad cart.


Therapeutic Laser: What is it, Why you Should Have One, and How to Use Yours Better! - Sponsored by SpectraVET
Spots left:  OPEN
Day/Time:     Saturday, April 29, 4:30pm - 6:30pm         Presentation Style: Lecture & Interactive Lab
Instructor:    Peter Jenkins, MBA

Description: Whether you already have a laser, are looking to purchase one, or you just want to gain insight into this rapidly-growing field, this informational session will have something for you.  Combining presented materials, participant discussion, and Q&A, we will cover a range of topics from the basic elements of a therapeutic laser to the scientific underpinnings and mechanisms of action, and parameters, dosimetry, and advanced techniques in clinical application.  Although SpectraVET lasers will be used for illustration and demonstration purposes, the information presented will be broadly applicable to all popular therapeutic laser devices in clinical use. 

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