• A must-own guide for veterinary professionals specializing in physical rehab

    Physical rehabilitation is a vital aspect of veterinary medicine. A successful program of rehabilitation is one of the most important determinants of long-term patient outcomes after surgery or serious illness, and veterinary patients are no exception. Veterinary technicians and nurses specializing in physical rehabilitation therefore constitute a potentially critical component of any veterinary practice and/or care team.

    Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses provides a clear, accessible overview of this subject for prospective veterinary rehabilitation professionals. Brimming with insights stemming from both research and practical experience, and now updated to reflect a wave of new research since the first edition, this book promises to equip readers with the knowledge required to make themselves indispensable in veterinary practice.

    Readers of the second edition of Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses will also find:

    • Practical tips and tricks connected to the role of a technician on a rehabilitation team
    • New or updated coverage of subjects including canine fitness, shockwave protocols, underwater treadmill exercises, and many more
    • Guidance ideal for training programs and certifications from the most important institutes and technician schools

    Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is ideal as an introduction for prospective technicians and nurses, as well as a reference handbook for practicing veterinary technicians and nurses.

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 – Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses – Mary Ellen Goldberg

    Chapter 2 - Joining a rehabilitation team – Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 3 – Pain management – Mary Ellen Goldberg

    Chapter 4 – Communicating the treatment plan – Cindy Otto, Tracy Darling, and Julia Tomlinson (telemedicine)

    Chapter 5 – Manual Techniques in the clinic – Amie Hesbach

    Chapter 6 - Home exercises – teaching the client to be an extension of you – Jackie Davidson and Sherri Jerzyk

    Chapter 7: Supporting the client and patient – Megan Ridley and Renée Yacoub

    Chapter 8: Nutritional counseling – Kara Burns MSED, MS, LVT VTS-Nutrition

    Chapter 9: Motivating your patient – Julia Tomlinson and Megan Nelson

    Chapter 10 Fitness Conditioning for the Veterinary Technician and Owner – Dawn Hickey and Darryl Millis

    Chapter 11: The disabled patient part 1 – Assistive Devices – Julia Tomlinson and Sam Warren

    Chapter 12: The disabled patient part 2 – The Neurologic Patient – Stephanie Kube and Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 13: The disabled patient part 3 – Special Considerations for the Geriatric Patient – M E Goldberg and Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 14: The disabled patient part 4 - Home nursing care – Julia Tomlinson and Elizabeth E Waalk

    Chapter 15: Modalities part 1 – Thermotherapy – Deana Cappucci-Lorentz and Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 16: Modalities part 2 – Laser therapy – Evelyn Orenbuch

    Chapter 17: Modalities part 3- Electrotherapy and electromagnetic therapy (to include PEMF as well as TENS and E-stem) Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 18: Modalities part 4 – Therapeutic ultrasound – Carolina Medina and Wendy Davies

    Chapter 19: Modalities part 5 – Shockwave Julia Tomlinson

    Chapter 20: Therapeutic exercises part 1 – land exercises (from land treadmill to obstacles) Janice Huntingford and Jessy Bale

    Chapter 21: Therapeutic exercises part 2 – hydrotherapy (aquatic therapy) Padraig Egan

    Chapter 22: Troubleshooting as a team – Julia Tomlinson, Amie Hesbach, and Erin White

    Chapter 23: Equieve Adair III and Dawn Phillips

    Chapter 24 Chiropractic – Robin Downing

    Chapter 25 Acupuncture – Carolina Medina

    Chapter 26 Adjunctive Therapies: Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy – Angela and Douglas Stramel


  • Mary Ellen Goldberg, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS

    Is an experienced veterinary medical technologist with specializations in research anesthesia, physical rehabilitation, and anesthesia and analgesia. She is a retired member of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, and an Honorary member of Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

    Julia Tomlinson, BVSc, MS, PhD, DACVS, CCRP, CVSMT, DACVSMR

    Is co-founder of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Medicine Partners and Founder of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. She practices in her stand alone specialty clinic in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA.