If you heard someone speaking in Swedish or Slovene the week of August 4-7, they were likely attending the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium. The conference, which was held on the CVM campus and the Hotel at Auburn University, had over 250 in attendance from 15 different countries.
“The field of animal rehabilitation is rapidly growing and a number of veterinary practices and teaching hospitals now include rehabilitation services,” said Dr. Janet Steiss, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. Dr. Steiss also holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a licensed physical therapist. “Understanding the field of physical therapy as it relates to human patients allows us to provide new approaches to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in companion animals and horses.”
Dr. Steiss says in the past ten to fifteen years there has been exponential growth in the interest of animal rehabilitation. At the symposium’s exhibit hall, state-of-the-art rehab equipment ran the gamut from a small booty to protect a paw to an underwater treadmill.
The International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation, and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.