Rehabilitation & Laser Therapy

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

How to Strengthen and Stretch the Muscles that Support the Spine

Friday, December 1
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon D

Veterinarian Technician Staff
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Some breeds are predisposed to back or neck injury, some of your patients have suffered a back or neck injury, and some of your patients have a back or neck weakness that can be helped by strengthening the paraspinal musculature. Learn some easy techniques to assess your patients, even learn how to teach the majority of your clients how to assess their own pets to find early issues, rather then when they are full fledged pain or neurological compromise. Then learn how to strengthen these muscles to decrease the chance of injury or re-injury.

Laurie McCauley

Canine Rehabilitation Institute

A 1992 graduate of Colorado State University's School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Laurie McCauley (DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC) was the Medical Director of TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation for 17 years and now runs Red Tail Rehab in North Carolina. Since starting TOPS Vet Rehab in 1998, Dr. McCauley has been credited as one of the pioneers of veterinary rehabilitation, and has become one of the most recognized names in this field. Dr. McCauley is board certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, certified in rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In addition to these certifications, Dr. McCauley has also been on faculty of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute since 2004. She is a contributing author to Canine Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, and Building the Canine Athlete Strength, Stretch, Endurance and Body Awareness Exercises (a canine exercise video). She is a frequent national and international lecturer on the topics of complementary medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. McCauley was awarded the 2011 Iams AARV Award for Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award. She is credited with introducing the world to the use of underwater treadmill therapy as a part of canine rehabilitation, a modality considered almost standard in veterinary rehabilitation today. Outside of her acquired skills and expertise in rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic, Dr. McCauley brings an uncommon passion and energy to her work. This combination of skills and passion has helped Dr. McCauley return agility dogs to the ring, police K-9 dogs to service and companion dogs back to normal function.


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