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.




CAMadvocate Level 1 is an initiative to improve canine welfare globally. Canine Osteoarthritis (OA) was reclassified by Vet Compass 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.

Every veterinary technician and canine professional has a duty of care to increase their knowledge regarding this overlooked and often terminal disease.
This course offers the attendee 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 the reader to immediately incorporate their new understanding into their professional role.

This course was originally recorded for veterinary technicians. After good reception it has been slightly adapted to be inclusive of the canine professional to ensure we are collectively giving the same advice to our clients.

The course aims to:

  • Develop the canine professional’s knowledge of the disease.
  • Impart an understanding of the recognised 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 and action against canine OA.

Program Agenda

  • 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.

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 that 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.

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Program Sponsors:  Multi Radiance Medical Elvation

Course Details

Course Length




Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction
This module provides an overview of the prevalence of the condition, and through the actions of another, motivates the candidate to act and challenge a welfare issue.

Module 2: Potential Intervention Points – A Lifetime Case Review
This module introduced case-based learning through reviewing the life of a dog and all the intervention points available to best manage the condition, as well as providing advice of how to in first opinion practice.

Module 3:
The Motivator – Why You Should Join the #YourDogMoreYears Movement
This module introduces the aetiology of osteoarthritis pain, highlights the global effects of osteoarthritis on the body and the impact it has on quality of life and the owner-dog relationship.

Module 4:
Owner Management – Case 1: An Owner that Doesn’t Recognise Pain
Through case-based learning, this module teaches the participant strategies to manage cases where the owner does not recognise that their dog is suffering from the chronic pain of osteoarthritis and appropriate action strategies.

Module 5:
Case 2 – The Owner Who Fears Medication & Case 3 – The Overweight Dog
Through case-based learning, this module teaches the participant strategies to manage cases where the owner is averse to implementing an analgesia protocol involving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and cases where the dog is overweight or obese.

Module 6: Case 4 – The Owner that Doesn’t Stick to the Plan & Case 5 – The Limited Finances Case
Through case-based learning, this module teaches the participant strategies to manage cases where the owner is not adherent to the treatment plan or has limited treatment options due to financial constraints.

Module 7:
Fact from Fiction – What We Currently Know
This module overviews the evidence behind nutraceutical, complementary and alternative interventions commonly employed to manage canine osteoarthritis, whilst equipping the participant with a greater understanding regarding the importance of evidence-based medicine.

Module 8:
The Multidisciplinary Team
This module highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to managing canine osteoarthritis and overviews how the different interventions and modalities work.

Module 9:
What Would Excellent Canine Arthritis Case Management Look Like?
This module provides an overview of a well-managed case to give the participant a better understanding of gold standard practice to which we should aspire.

Module 10:
Case 6 – The Welfare Case & Holly’s Story – What Happened?
Through case-based learning, this module overviews canine welfare and how canine osteoarthritis is considered a welfare concern, as well as providing strategies of how to avoid or best manage such situations.


RACE Program Approval Number: (pending approval)

Number of Hours of CE:  11.5

  • Veterinarians:  11.5 hours
  • Veterinary Technicians:  11.5 hours

Additional Info

  • Certificates of Attendance can be printed once testing is completed with a passing grade.  You can then print your certificate from home.
  • Northeast Seminars is recognized by the RACE to offer continuing education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.

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