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Rudolph the Amputee Case Study

Rudolph, also known as “Rudy,” is a 9-year-old overweight Rottweiler who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) of his left proximal forelimb. Rudy has been in rehabilitation for six months to aid in recovery after a right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture repaired by a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO).

Due to the newly diagnosed OSA, Rudy’s owners decided to perform a complete forequarter amputation of his left forelimb (LFL), noted as the standard treatment for this type of cancer. The rehabilitation techniques used in Rudy's recovery are just a few of the skills that you will master during WVC's Veterinary Technician Symposium on August 6–8 focused hands-on training in key clinical disciplines: Rehabilitation, Surgery, and Pain Management.

Learn more about Rudy's recovery, how his case presented, and what was ultimately used in his treatment plan. Click below to download your copy of the case study. 


Get Hands-on Training Exclusively for Veterinary Technicians at the Upcoming

Veterinary Technician Symposium

WVC Veterinary Technician Symposium teaches the skills you need to continue to help patients such as Rudolph. As a Veterinary Technician, you can help develop a multi-modal plan which will include educating your clients, colleagues and veterinarians you work with on all the aspects involved in optimizing the standard of care of your patient. Join Ms. Melissa Conarton, LVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)-OC, CVPP at this special event where she will present more on rehabilitation techniques, including myofascial treatments, bracing and laser therapy.
The event is a unique opportunity for Veterinary Technicians to increase knowledge and sharpen skills in just three days. Offered at the world-famous Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, NV, expert instructors – using today’s most innovative instructional approaches and technology – present skill-based training in critical practice areas.

August 6–8: Rehabilitation, Surgery, Pain Management



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