The goal of this workshop is to develop theoretical knowledge, decision-making and practical skills in the technique of sport injuries and trauma in canine athletes.
The field of canine sports has grown dramatically in the last two decades with the development of a multitude of different disciplines, some of which have gained tremendous popularity. The working dog and the canine athlete require a different view medically than the normal companion canine, and this need led to the development of canine sports medicine.
Dogs that compete in sporting activities such as field trial, agility, flyball and racing/coursing experience a higher level of orthopedic trauma than the general canine population, and even minor injuries can negatively affect performance. Optimal diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitative therapy are needed to maximize success and allow for a return to athletic function in most patients. The level of skill needed for diagnosis and treatment of such injuries is often beyond the scope of what it is possible to teach in most veterinary schools. As both complex fractures and tendon/ligament injuries are encountered in canine athletes, adequate and complete educational coverage of this important set of topics is a necessity.