The College of Animal Welfare

Rehab Congress

Thursday 2 February 2023

Virtual Event

What is Rehab Congress?

Rehab Congress is a one day virtual event focused on veterinary rehabilitation.

This congress offers 7 hours of evidenced CPD. Previous events have seen expert industry speakers deliver lectures on topics including:

  • The Role of Physiotherapy in Animal Rehabilitation and Performance Optimisation
  • Hydrotherapy: What's really involved?
  • What can we do to prevent OA; and why this is so important
  • Why Laser Therapy is Essential Equipment for Animal Rehab and Pain Management Professionals
  • An Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture

Who should attend?

Veterinary nurses and members of the veterinary profession looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of different veterinary rehabilitation techniques and disciplines. This congress will be particularly useful if you're:

  • Aiming to progress within your role
  • Interested in keeping up-to-date with everything happening in the industry

Why attend?

  • Listen to lectures from a range of speakers who will be sharing their experiences and knowledge
  • Q&A sessions mean your questions will be answered by the speakers themselves
  • Gain practical takeaways that you can implement in your practice
  • Gain information, product knowledge and offers from our virtual exhibitors
  • Earn 7 hours of evidenced CPD
  • Gain online access to recordings of all the lectures and lectures from previous congresses up until the next event

We strongly advise viewing our events on Google Chrome, using a PC or Laptop (or on Safari if using a MAC).  Unfortunately, our software is not currently compatible with iPads. If you have no other means of accessing the event, please do get in touch ahead of time for further guidance.

Details about Rehab Congress 2023 will be available soon. In the meantime, read the agenda from our 2022 event:

Online Registration and Exhibition

Chairman's Welcome

The Role of Physiotherapy in Animal Rehabilitation and Performance Optimisation

Fiona Bloom MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC ACPAT Cat A RAMP reg., PhysioFi

This presentation will cover the following key learning points:

  • To have an understanding of the broad uses of the physiotherapy profession within animal therapy
  • To have an awareness of the variety of treatment techniques
  • The role of the physiotherapist with in the multi-disciplinary team in rehabilitation from acute injury/ surgery and in cases of performance optimisation.

Hydrotherapy: What's really involved?

Shelby Webster BSc (Hons), Scott Veterinary Clinic

This presentation will cover the following key learning points:

  • An introduction to small animal hydrotherapy
  • Being a hydrotherapist
  • Considerations of hydrotherapy

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

What can we do to prevent OA; and why this is so important

Hannah Capon MA Vet MB MRCVS, Canine Arthritis Management (CAM)

Canine osteoarthritis is a, if not the, leading cause of elective euthanasia in the UK, afflicting the dog for the longest and causing the most severe clinical signs of all common complaints seen in first opinion practice.

Now labelled a welfare concern alongside obesity and dental disease; but a household name, overlooked and accepted. Every owner wishes their dog to have a comfortable full and long life so how can we achieve this with osteoarthritis being a key candidate preventing this.

This webinar looks at the underlying causes of OA, and strategies we can employ to minimise its prevalence.

  • Be able to recite the current figures of OA in dogs in the UK
  • Understand the dominant aetiologies behind OA
  • Review simple pathophysiology of the disease
  • Note key influences in the development and progression
  • Be able to direct your clients to evidence based reliable resources

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Why Laser Therapy is Essential Equipment for Animal Rehab and Pain Management Professionals

Dr Stephen Barabas BSc BVMS MRCVS, VBS Direct

Veterinary Nurses, Hydrotherapists, Physiotherapists and other manual therapists are in an excellent position to drive setting up and running successful laser therapy rehabilitation and pain management clinics. Modern Laser therapy can improve the quality of management and care of small and large animal rehabilitation, and with Class IV lasers the economic returns to make is a financially rewarding opportunity, however large or small the business. Today’s pet owners are looking for multi-modal therapies, without a reliance just on just pain killing drugs, to ensure their pets’ well-being, quantity, and quality of life.

Setting up good Laser Therapy rehabilitation and pain clinic will ensure more productive times with pet owners and their animals, provide more services and improve financial returns for the business, whilst bonding customers and improving the overall level of care. It is a rewarding exercise for the nurses and therapists directly involved and establishes long-term relationships with pet owning customers.

This laser therapy lecture looks at:

  • The treatment therapeutic/technological options available to clinicians
  • Core Science and Clinical Validation for laser therapy
  • Marketing the service and the economic profitable returns for individuals or larger centres

An Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture

Mathilde Granger DVM, MRCVS, Dip APhys, Vet&Physio Ltd

Veterinary acupuncture has become more popular in recent years, as a means to add pain relief, improve mobility and provide holistic treatments to animals. This is still a debated therapy which raises eyebrows, if not totally dismissed by its detractors, whereas some vets are very fond advocates of the technique. We will discuss the history of acupuncture, what it is, how it works and who can benefit from treatment, to give you a basic understanding of acupuncture and how to incorporate it in the rehabilitation plan.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Chairman's Close

Virtual Exhibition and Lounges

Details about Rehab Congress 2023 will be available soon. In the meantime, read more about the speakers from our 2022 event:

Fiona Bloom

Fiona Bloom MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC ACPAT Cat A RAMP reg.

Fiona qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2007 and worked within the acute sector of the NHS before starting in private practice.

She completed her MSc at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2011. Fiona continues to work in both human & veterinary physiotherapy with her own business based in West Sussex, but travelling internationally for performance horses. Fiona is currently studying her PhD at Hartpury University looking at lameness eliminations in endurance horses.

Hannah CaponHannah Capon MA Vet MB MRCVS
Canine Arthritis Management (CAM)

Hannah Capon MA Vet MB MRCVS, winner of the 2020 Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Impact Award, the 2019 Ceva Vet of the Year and finalist in the 2019 Petplan Vet of the Year, is a first opinion veterinary surgeon in the UK. Recognised for her tireless work on Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) an online education and support service for owners of arthritic dogs and professionals that care for them. 

CAM began as a simple Facebook page in 2015 where Hannah would promote earlier identification and thorough multimodal management plans. Now it boasts a flourishing service run by a team of veterinary professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help owners. CAM has become an unstoppable force. A respected website full of downloads, like the unique Home Safe tool (#itsmyhometoo), a large social media presence through Facebook, Instagram, twitter and YouTube. An online shop stocking awareness merchandise, owner education and other canine essentials. An education provider for first opinion practices, as well as dog groups, paraprofessionals and owners. An inspirational campaign group to raise awareness of the serious nature of this disease (#yourdogmoreyears). CAM has worked with numerous industry partners but are especially proud of recent work with Hills Pet Foods creating a 12 part webinar series that had 1300 sign ups within the first 3 weeks of release.

Mathilde GrangerMathilde Granger DVM, MRCVS, Dip APhys
Vet&Physio Ltd

Mathilde Granger graduated as a vet in France and has been working in the UK since 2006 initially as a general practice vet. She passed a Diploma of Animal Physiotherapy in 2012. She has founded Vet&Physio Ltd, a small animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre based in Somerset, UK. She is particularly interested in looking after older pets and chronic pain patients, so she is continuing to study in acupuncture, pain management and integrated care. She is chair of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Small Animal Association since January 2021.

Shelby Webster BSc (Hons)
Scott Veterinary Clinic

Shelby has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Studies focusing on Veterinary Health and Behaviour and completed her dissertation on hydrotherapy for pain and lameness. Shelby has a BTEC Level 4 Canine Hydrotherapy Professional Award and has been practicing small animal hydrotherapy for 10 years within pool and underwater treadmill. She has completed many hours CPD in the field of rehabilitation and is continuing her education in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Shelby also has previous experience as a further education lecturer in Animal Management and Welfare and as a dog trainer. She has a passion for rehabilitation but also preventative treatment and education.

Stephen BarabasDr Stephen Barabas BSc BVMS MRCVS
VBS Direct

Stephen Barabas is a graduate of Glasgow University Vet School. He is an Honorary Laser Consultant at St Thomas and Guy’s Hospital in London. He runs two companies: VBS Direct, providing innovative equipment to vet practices and animal rehab specialists. He lectures and continues to set up research projects to improve our therapies, techniques, protocols and medical equipment to improve quality of healing and pain management, and a human medical company, VBS Medical Ltd, working with the NHS, sports franchises and private healthcare using Class IV K-Laser therapy (treating diabetic wounds, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain syndromes).

Exhibitors will be announced shortly.

Register your details now to receive information about this event and other CPD courses

Rehab Congress is a one day virtual event that focuses on veterinary rehabilitation.

Why exhibit with us?

  • Limited exhibitor numbers - Unlike larger congresses where hundreds of exhibitors often mean that visitors will not remember everyone, exhibition space for these events is strictly limited. As such you will get the opportunity to engage with the delegates attending our congresses personally.
  • Make meaningful business connections – Network with those that influence decision making in veterinary practice and make relevant industry contacts virtually.
  • Cost effective – with exhibitor packages starting from just £50+VAT, our prices offer value for money and fall considerably below that of larger events within the industry.

To find out more contact Claire Gregory on 01480 422060.

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