Rehabilitation Therapy for the Post-Op Orthopedic Veterinary Patient (1575)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Sports Medicine
Friday |  2:00 PM -  2:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||304C



University of Pennsylvania

After completing veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blake completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center. She then went on to complete a small animal surgery residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became certified in canine rehabilitation in 2014 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to veterinary school, she worked for Genetics Institute/Wyeth Research on the development of rhBMP-2 for the acceleration of fracture healing and osteoporosis therapies. Her areas of clinical interest include bone biology, fracture repairs, angular limb deformities, minimally invasive surgery, osteoarthritis, rehabilitative therapy, in addition to peri-operative and chronic pain management.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Veterinary patients undergoing orthopedic surgery are typically placed under some form of exercise restriction for weeks to months. The severity and the duration of the restriction, depends upon the procedure performed and clinician preference. In human patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, physical therapy is now standard of care for most orthopedic conditions. Veterinary medicine has taken note of the positive results demonstrated in human patients. Over the past twenty-five years, the interest in veterinary rehabilitation has grown, leading many clinicians to reconsider post-operative plans. Veterinary patients benefit from rehabilitation programs as they serve to decrease pain, increase mobility/flexibility and aid in return to function. Some conditions require intensive rehabilitation and complications may arise if not performed. The timing of initiating rehabilitation programs and progression of exercises for various surgical procedures will be discussed. The use of therapeutic modalities, aquatic therapies and home exercise programs will be included.

Learning Objectives

1. Importance of rehabilitation for post-operative orthopedic patients

2. Potential complications without rehabilitation

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