CAMadvocate Level 1 Online Course

Program Overview

The CAM (Canine Arthritis Management ) advocate Level 1 course was developed to improve canine welfare globally. Canine Osteoarthritis (OA) was reclassified as a welfare concern in April 2018. Extensive analysis of first opinion veterinary caseload identified OA as a leading cause of elective euthanasia, as well as the disease which negatively impacted the dog for the longest time and brought with it the most severe clinical signs.

This course offers the participant a complete overview of identifying, diagnosing and managing canine osteoarthritis with consideration of the biopsychosocial care model. It aims to offer contextual evidence-based education to enable to immediately incorporate their new understanding into their professional role.

The course aims to:

  • Develop the canine professional’s knowledge of the disease.
  • Impart an understanding of the recognized evidence-based approach to identification and diagnosis.
  • Explain, clarify, and detail the structure of a multimodal management plan with case-based learning.
  • Provide and evidence-based understanding to tackle the multitude of interventions sold as effective for OA.
  • Create a passion for further learning on canine OA.

Intended Audience:
We have students from a variety of backgrounds in veterinary medicine and animal health to include veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses, veterinary hospital administrative roles, animal physiotherapists, canine fitness and behavior professionals. 

If you think your background would meet the requirements, but is not listed, please contact us and we will review with our team.

Key Program Topics Include:

  • An overview of the prevalence and impact of canine osteoarthritis
  • A reflection on the potential intervention points through a representative dog’s life with regards improved osteoarthritis identification and management.
  • Case based learning for common scenarios met within and outside the veterinary practice.
    • An owner who does not believe their dog is in pain.
    • An owner who does not see the importance of their dog having an optimum body weight.
    • An owner who fears an allopathic approach to chronic pain management.
    • An owner who does not adhere to veterinary advice.
    • An owner with financial constraints.
    • A welfare compromised case.
  • An overview of an evidence-based approach to veterinary intervention and application to common complementary and alternative approaches to managing canine osteoarthritis.
  • An overview of the potential multidisciplinary team approach.
  • The gold standard approach to osteoarthritis case management.

Continuing Education Credits:
RACE Approval pending
Program approval number:  TBD

SPECIAL Pricing:  $249.00
Regular Pricing:  $299.00


To educate professionals who share a common interest in helping learn about all aspects of canine arthritis management, from identification and diagnosis of the disease to evidence-based multimodal management and end of life care.

Course Design

10 modules with each module consisting of a recorded presentation-based lecture, online learning resources and downloadable tools and multiple- choice examination. The course contains approximately 11 hours of presentation-based lectures.

  • Lecture order is enforced, so students must progress through the course in the order intended.
  • Students must watch at least 90% of each video lecture to move forward through the course.
  • Each module ends with a 10-question multiple choice quiz; students must complete the quiz with a grade of 80% or higher to progress.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify and feel confident to action beneficial changes to current practice for improved canine welfare.
  • To understand that OA affects dogs of all ages and identify the disease.
  • To comprehend the underlying causes and influences on disease development and progression.
  • To understand that multiple valuable actions can be taken throughout a dog’s life to reduce the likelihood of OA shortening a dog’s lifespan.
  • To be able to recite prevalence of OA, describe the progression of the disease and simplify how chronic pain is expressed.
  • To identify the difference between chronic and acute pain and the global impact OA has on the body and mind.
  • To understand and action an evidence-based approach to managing canine OA.
  • To recognize how common interventions work and understand the construction of a multimodal management plan.
  • To appreciate the bio-psycho-social approach to canine OA management.