Karen Perry

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 12th January, 2017
  • 1 hours 14 mins
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Osteoarthritis is a common condition, affecting up to 20% of dogs over one year of age. Although many different treatments are available to aid in management of the disease, there is no cure and for most patients osteoarthritis will be a lifelong process with flare-ups that increase in severity and frequency as they age. Treatment has traditionally been directed toward palliation of the painful symptoms associated with the condition, however, this can be challenging as the goal is often variable, both within and between patients. Effective management of this complex condition is likely to involve a delicate balancing act between exercise modification, environmental modulation, weight control, medical management and physical rehabilitation. Effective monitoring techniques and tailored treatment plans are imperative to achieving successful outcomes. In patients where satisfactory quality of life cannot be achieved with this approach, surgical management should be considered. This webinar will give an overview of the options available for management of osteoarthritis, including recent developments and provide recommendations on how to best monitor the progress of your patients allowing therapeutic protocols to be tailored to their individual needs.

Karen Perry graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2005. Following a short period in mixed practice, she completed an internship in small animal orthopaedics and neurosurgery at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey prior to undertaking a residency in small animal surgery back at the R(D)SVS. Following completion of this in 2010 and achievement of ECVS status in 2011, she joined the Royal Veterinary College, London as a lecturer in small animal orthopaedics. Following four years there she moved to Michigan State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopaedics. She has published widely in the veterinary literature with her main research interests being feline orthopaedics, traumatology and the use of negative pressure wound therapy in orthopaedic patients.

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