Center for Companion Animal Health

Physical Rehabilitation Service

Physical Rehabilitation Service

The Physical Rehabilitation Service is a program of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The facility, completed in 2004, was entirely funded by private individuals through the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH). A range of rehabilitation services can be provided to VMTH patients in this state-of-the-art facility.

Patients come to this service through an internal referral from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital faculty. The physical therapist completes a functional evaluation and provides individualized treatment to optimize functional recovery for neurological, orthopedic and soft tissue trauma patients. Specialized programs have also been designed for the treatment of geriatric conditions, osteoarthritis, and obesity. Consultations are provided for the fabrication of custom orthotics and prosthetics.

Treatment techniques include: Manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, balance and gait training, proprioceptive training, hydrotherapy with underwater treadmills, and modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and laser.

This service was highlighted in the 2005 issue of our CCAH Update newsletter beginning on page three:  fall 2005 issue of the CCAH Update