Veterinarians use their extensive education to consider all body systems in developing a therapeutic plan for your patient.

Many rehabilitation veterinarians have post-doctorate training in the areas of orthopedic surgery, pain management, acupuncture, and chiropractic as well as rehabilitation.

Licensed physical therapists with additional training in veterinary rehabilitation also can perform some forms of physical rehabilitation on animals, however, only a veterinarian can provide whole body care, prescribe needed medicines, and perform a veterinary diagnostic evaluation prior to designing a treatment plan.

You may see facilities advertising “wellness care” and “aquatic therapy” for your animal. Be sure to check the credentials of anyone offering such services, and ask if they have an AARV veterinarian overseeing the care of the animals in their facility.-

Used by permission from the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians brochure.