At SASH, rehabilitation is an important part of all our patients’ recovery. Our Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation team works closely with the surgery and medicine departments to help pets get back to the activities they love, as soon as possible.
Every animal is assessed and a rehabilitation plan is developed to address their individual weaknesses following surgery or injury. Treatment may involve manual techniques such as massage and joint mobilisation as well exercises for you to do with your pet at home. At SASH, we are the only veterinary hospital in Sydney with a dedicated rehabilitation department complete with underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser and a GaitRite™ gait analysis walkway.
Dr Stephen Fearnside is the Director of the SASH Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation unit. Steve is a registered veterinary surgical specialist, with a particular interest in advanced orthopaedics and spinal surgery. He is the first and currently only Australian veterinary specialist to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in the Canine field. The ACVSMR is an American Veterinary Medical Association recognised speciality organisation.
Dr Naomi Boyd is SASH’s head Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Veterinarian and Physiotherapist. Naomi is one of only two Australians to be both qualified as a veterinarian and a physiotherapist giving her the official title of Veterinary Physiotherapist.
Our Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation team also consists of Bec Harvey, Dip Animal Physiotherapy (UK), Canine Myofunctional Therapy, along with Fran Wilcox, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (University of Tennessee). Both are also Veterinary Nurses experienced in pet specific injuries and illnesses. As well as looking after inpatients, ongoing rehabilitation consults are offered after discharge from hospital, as well as an outpatient consulting service for those who have been treated at their regular vet practice.
Advice and fitting is available for harnesses, supportive splints and carts.