Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Needham Animal proudly houses the Wilmington Animal Fitness and Rehabilitation Center. The center is one of the only animal rehabilitation facilities in Southeast NC and is an integral part of the Needham Animal Hospital healthcare team.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation are a new specialty on the forefront of cutting edge advances in veterinary medicine. Treatment involves a patient specific regimen of modalities and exercises such as agility and gait re-education, balance and proprioception training, use of heat and cold, use of therapeutic laser, and use of prosthetics/orthotics or assistive devices such as carts. Animal rehabilitation transforms the way dogs and cats recover from surgery, injury, and other debilitating diseases.
Post-surgical patients improve 50% faster than patients without rehabilitation.
1 in 5 dogs has osteoarthritis, and 90% of cats over the age of 12 suffer silently with the same disease. All can benefit from rehabilitation.
Dianne A. Logan, RVT, CCRP
Dianne is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in
Veterinary Technology from San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico and became certified in rehabilitation after completing coursework at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.
The CCRP program at the University of Tennessee, is world-renowned and at the forefront of this emerging field of veterinary medicine. In order to obtain her certification as a rehab practitioner, Dianne had to successfully complete postgraduate coursework covering various orthopedic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and their treatment. She was trained in the use of a variety of physical and electrotherapeutic modalities. This was followed by a supervised “hands-on” clinical experience at a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility in Florida. Dianne also had to develop and implement a rehabilitation treatment plan for patients and pass a practical and written examination. Earning her CCRP is the result of much effort and dedication to helping animals. Her professional experience with animals includes working with both large and small animal practices with an emphasis on alternative treatments.