Model Standards for Veterinary Rehabilitation Practices
This document is intended to serve as a model
set of guiding principles for the ideal practice of veterinary physical rehabilitative
medicine. This model has been developed by the board of directors of the American
Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians in collaboration with the American
Physical Therapy Association Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group.
Veterinary rehabilitation and physical medicine is defined as the treatment
of physical injury or illness in an animal to decrease pain and restore function.
A physical rehabilitation veterinarian treats muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve,
bone, and joint injuries and uses physical medicine to restore maximal function
and relieve pain, akin to the Physiatrist in human medicine. The motivation
for publication of these model standards is in line with the mission statement
of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.
Read the Model Standards
Standards for Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation Practice (PDF format),
updated February 2014; originally published February 7, 2011.
courtesy of Sybil Davis, DVM, CCRP, Aiken Pet
Fitness and Rehabilitation, Aiken, SC
"I appreciate the important role the AARV plays in giving us a collective voice. This helps protect our rights as
veterinarians to oversee each of our patients so that they get the best care and lets us shape the practice of veterinary rehabilitation medicine to ensure quality standards.
I feel more comfortable practicing as a rehab vet knowing that the AARV is there to support me and my colleagues."
Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, CAVCA, CCRT, CVA (pending)
Georgia Veterinary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Pain Management, Marietta, Georgia