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Students learn basic canine anatomy, palpation and range of motion skills, conformation evaluation, static and movement analysis.   Understanding structure and patterns of movement will enable students to visualize which joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles are utilized during movement.   In addition, students will learn to recognize gait abnormalities and will be taught basics of the lameness examination and specific musculoskeletal abnormalities. This knowledge base will enhance owners, trainers, care givers, breeders, judges and canine body workerís skills.



After completing this course, the student will be able to (1) know the footfall of the dogís in all performed gaits, (2) employ gait diagramming in their work program, (2) list the common conformation faults of the dogs, (3) list the structures which make up the stay and reciprocal apparatuses, (4) employ the palpation skills required to locate surface anatomy to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle and inclination for conformation and gait assessment, (5) know the basic terminology used for biomechanics and canine locomotion, (6), know the history of canine biomechanics, (7) list the structure and the function of the head and neck, and (7) know the protocol to analysis canine movement using high speed cinematography.



This subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums. Independent home study is required by completing the provided Study Guide prior to the course for those just beginning their studies. Time required will vary on the studentís comprehension level of veterinary anatomy and vocabulary. The classroom lecture portions are usually followed by lab practicals in the classroom and on the subject (in this case the dog). The classroom lecture may be supported by visual aids (slides, PowerPoint, model, specimen or overheads) and discussion. The lab practical vary depending on the topic and can be supported by templates, labeling sessions, gait analysis sessions, muscle and surface anatomy identification and practical hands-on. Independent additional study activities are required in the evening. This study will be evaluated through self assessments and quizzes.


Class Outline:

                     Gait analysis and evaluation guideline

                     Conformation evaluation

                     Locating palpation points

                     Causes and symptoms of the lame horse

                     Subjective analysis of conformation: Limb deviations, rotations 
                 and determination of symmetry

                     Basic anatomy and terminology

                     Preventing lameness

                     Defining and diagramming the basic gaits

                     History of biomechanics

                     Biomechanical techniques

                     High Speed Cinematography

                     Equipometry discussion

                     Measuring dogs

                     Stay Apparatus: structure, function and palpation of the forelimb

                     Reciprocal and Stay Apparatus: structure, function and palpation of the

                     Structure and function of the head and neck

                     Video problem solving and discussion

                     Sports analysis/video presentations & problem solving for various