Module 4: Case Studies, Internship, & Final Examination
This module is a 63-hour portion of the ASTR program, designed to consolidate the subject matter from Modules 1, 2 and 3. Students must complete Modules 1, 2 and 3 in full before registering for Module 4. In this module, students submit two full case studies (30 hours), complete an internship with an AASS-approved equine rehabilitation veterinarian or rehabilitation center for 3 days (24 hours) and provide a narrative report of their experience (3 hours). Finally, students will complete an online examination based on the course material from Modules 1, 2 and 3, as well as write an essay (5 hours) and submit a video or go through an interactive (Skype/FaceTime) practical examination (1 hour).
The objectives for this module are to:
- Interpret a full case study examination to determine appropriate application of different rehabilitation techniques
- Communicate examination findings to fellow team members to discuss whether the selected rehabilitation plan is appropriate
- Analyze the surface anatomy of the horse for symmetry
- Identify the major muscles, tendons and ligaments of the horse
- Employ different manual therapies, appropriate to the given cases
- Justify the use of electrotherapies, appropriate to the given cases
- Complete a comprehensive case study evaluation
- Interpret the various causes of equine lameness
- Recognize differences between clinical and rehabilitation approaches to address neurological cases versus lameness cases
- Understand equine conformation and how this relates to acquired lameness or performance issues
- Recognize the importance of a team approach in the care, examination and rehabilitation of the horse
- Determine which cases and conditions are suitable candidates for rehabilitation therapy
- Understand the different therapeutic modalities, and initiate the appropriate application for a given case
- Decide which injuries will respond best to manual and electrotherapies
- Understand the different possible outcomes with regard to specific rehabilitation procedures
- Record case findings and communicate these with fellow team members
Module 4 Registration and Sequence
The Module 4 online examination is available at any time during the year. Students have 6 months to in which to complete Module 4, after completing Module 3.
Requirements of Students:
Students must have a computer and internet access, and an email account for course document delivery. Although not required, students need to have a Facebook account if they wish to participate in group discussions. Students must be able to read and write in English.
Should a student have any special needs, they need to contact the AASS office well before the course presentation so we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate these requirements.