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Equine Rehabilitation Program


The Equine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine encompasses both clinical rehabilitation and education. The program is housed in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Science. Clinical services are provided by board certified veterinary surgeons, licensed and certified veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants. Rehabilitation modalities and facilities include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, underwater treadmill, therapeutic ultrasound, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, focused shockwave therapy, cryotherapy, heat therapy, low-level laser therapy, pulsed electromagnetic therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and therapeutic exercise. To monitor a patient's progress horses are accessed at regular intervals using video motion analysis. Most horses derive significant benefit from a period of physical rehabilitation following major surgery or injury to achieve a quicker and more complete return to function.

The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine offers the first and only university based Equine Rehabilitation Certification Program. This program provides an educational experience to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapist and physical therapy assistants in state of the art equine rehabilitation. Participants are instructed on rehabilitation therapies that have a scientific basis in either humans or animals.