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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

Model Standards for Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation Practice (PDF format), updated February 2014; originally published February 7, 2011.


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Photo courtesy of Sybil Davis, DVM, CCRP, Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation, Aiken, SC

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"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


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