Online Course
Managing Disorders of the Canine Hind Limb
Use the latest evidence-based interventions when treating hind limb lameness in dogs

4-4.5 hours





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Ansi van der Walt
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Ansi is a Veterinary PT, President of the IAPTAP and Managing Member of PetFit Canine Fitness

Animal Physiotherapy Interest Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy

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Hind limb lameness is more common in canine patients than forelimb lameness. There are many different causes of lameness, from acute injuries to chronic, degenerative conditions. While dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes can develop hind limb lameness, the prevalence of specific conditions varies across species. This course explores the aetiology of a number of different hind limb conditions, including pelvic fracture, hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament disease, before discussing their overall management.


The aim of this course is to introduce the management of common causes of hind limb lameness in the canine patient.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 4-4.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 3.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list five hip / pelvic dysfunctions and five stifle conditions that can cause hind limb lameness in canine patients
  • describe the clinical features of common orthopaedic conditions of the canine hind limb
  • discuss the aetiology of orthopaedic conditions that cause hind limb lameness in canine patients
  • discuss surgical interventions commonly used to manage hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament rupture in canine patients
  • design an appropriate evidence-based physiotherapy management strategy for a canine patient with hind limb lameness based on a case study
  • discuss the anatomy of the canine hind limb

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Ansi van der Walt: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Well worth doing! Great and concise coverage of most common canine problems
Martin Krause