Dr. Darryl Millis is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Surgery
at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a founding
charter member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and
Dr. Millis has authored over 50 publications, 30 textbook chapters, and
80 abstracts/proceedings. Dr. Millis is a primary faculty member of the
University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Rehabilitation, is
a co-editor of the Textbook of Small Animal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats, and has received
the prestigious World Small Animal Veterinary Association Iams Paatsama
Award. His primary research interests include osteoarthritis and physical
PT, PhD, DPT, Diplomate american Board of Physical Therapy Specialities
(Orthopedics), CCRP, Cert DN
Cline Chair of Excellence and UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy
at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, adjunct associate professor
at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine, and adjunct
professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Levine has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals
and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
(2004, 2013) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).
Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Barbara Bockstahler, FTA, CCRP European Veterinary
Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, DECVSMR, DACVSMR
Barbara Bockstahler is head of the section for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
In the course of her clinical and scientific career Dr. Bockstahler has
held numerous national and international lectures.
Dr. Bockstahler was certified as a Specialist for Physical and Rehabilitation
Medicine in 2004 (Austria) and as Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
in 2007. She conducted intensive research on gait analysis in dogs since
2003 and finished her habilitation 2009. She is Diplomate of the European
and the American College for Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Research Focus: Innovative approaches to joint replacement, to the correction
of angular limb deformities, and the management of bone tumors using custom
limb sparing implants
Specialty Focus: Small animal orthopedic surgery
Education: 1988 DEDV Veterinary Studies, National Veterinary School, Toulouse,
France; 1997 DACVS , American College of Veterinary Surgeons; 1997 DECVS
, European College of Veterinary Surgeons; 2010 ACVSMR , American College
of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Active Research Grants: Co-Investigator, Implantable dual sustained release
theranostic chemotherapeutic formulation of carboplatin (IDSR-carboplatin)
with cell specific targeting component for diagnosis and treatment of residual
cancer and lymphatic metastatic spread, Marije Risselada, NCSU (Principal
Investigator), NC Tracs (NIH) UNC Chapel Hill.
Principal Investigator, Design and optimization of a feline carpal hemiarthroplasty,
(Principal Investigator), Leonard X. Bosack & Bette M. Kruger Charitable
Dr. Torraca believes EVERY dog deserves to live the best quality of life
for the longest time possible, pain free, happy and strong. Her company,
Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC, focuses on that
the moment an animal walks in the door whether they are eight weeks of
age or eighteen years of age.
Dr. Torraca began her career in human physical therapy and specialized
in orthopedics and pain management in both orthopedic and sports medicine
atmospheres. Her knowledge and ability to translate her knowledge from
the human side to the animals. She has been enjoying her work with animals
for over twenty-two years and is considered a pioneer in the field of canine
physical rehabilitation. She is one of the founders of the University of
Tennessee’s certificate program in canine rehabilitation. Through the university
and throughout the world, Dr. Torraca has been a well sought out speaker
on a variety of subjects. She is also the founder and heads the Certified
Canine Manual Therapy program through the University of Tennessee. She
pursued her own studies at Boston University, and has received an advanced
master’s degree at Quinnipiac college and her doctorate at the University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Her passions include sports medicine and working dogs, as well as degenerative
myelopathy. She sees a variety of clients in her busy clinic, Wizard of
Paws Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness center, focused on rehabilitation
MS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgery, Diplomate American
College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University. After receiving his
D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed
a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an
Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical
Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee
– Knoxville and is Director of the Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation
Center. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College
of Veterinary Surgeons and is a charter Diplomate of the American College
of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also certified
in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
and is a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practioner.
Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Musculoskeletal conditions,
Equine Lameness, Regenerative Medicine and Equine Rehabilitation.
Gail works at the University of Adelaide as the Animal Welfare Officer
as well as teaching Rehabilitation to the final year DVM students. Her
MSc from the Ontario Vet College is in canine total hip replacements and
her PhD from Toronto is in bone remodelling and inflammatory mediators.
She is a great believer in motion being the lotion!
Dr Lili C. Asnal was born and studied Veterinary Medicine in Argentina.
After several years working as small animal veterinary practitioner in
private and university clinics in her home city, she decided to move to
Italy. She obtained her Italian Veterinary Medicine degree at the University
of Milan and in 2004 she opened her own small animal Veterinary Practice
at Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. In June 2006 she traveled to the United
States in order to pursue her postgraduate degree (CCRP) on Small Animal
Physiotherapy Rehabilitation at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee.
In 2008 she opened the Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Center at her own clinic,
becoming the first and well-equipped referred Rehab center, serving the
whole Northeast of Italy. The Rehab center is and has been always opened
to any colleague who decides to get closer to the Rehabilitation Specialization
Dr. Matt Brunke was born and raised in Queens, NY. He attained his BS
in Animal Science from Cornell University. After attending Ross University
School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts he did his clinical rotations
at Purdue University and began practicing in upstate NY in 2004. He was
the first veterinarian in the Capital District to be certified in canine
rehab (CCRP through the University of Tennessee) and oversaw the rehab
practice from 2007-2012. He is also certified in pain management and acupuncture.
Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients.
He has a special interest in palliative care and canine athletes. He is
also working on his credentials for the American College of Veterinary
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
When not at work he can be found outside training for triathlons and marathons.
He finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2015 and is back in training again.
Penny his 2 year old pit bull is his running buddy and training partner.
Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in București in 2006,
and after two years got his Master’s degree from the same institution.
He opened his first private practice in 2006, VetCenter Otopeni, in the
outskirts of București.
In 2013, Dr. Ciupercă started his certification in canine rehabilitation
with the University of Tennessee and Schloss Seminar program that granted
him one year later the title of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Also in 2013, Dr. Ciuperca began a one year long certification of veterinary
acupuncture, a program supervised by IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture
At the end of 2013 he decided to dedicate all his time to canine rehabilitation
by opening his second private practice, VetPhysioCenter București, a courageous
project, not only because it was the first practice in Romania ever offering
full canine rehabilitation, but because the clinic was dedicated only to
rehabilitation and physical therapy and worked as a referral clinic.
Since then, Dr. Ciupercă had more than 30 nationally lectures about canine
rehabilitation, podium presentations in VEPRA 2015 and 2017, in IAVRPT
2018 and won first prize at the first CCRP World Reunion in Uppsala 2016
short presentations contest. He co-authored in 2015 with Prof. Darryl Millis
the first chapter from “Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal
Practice – Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy” with the title: Evidence
for Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.
Dr. Ciupercă main interests are neurologically challenged patients and
spinal walking in grade 0 modified Frankel score patients (paraplegia without
deep pain sensation). His hobbies are reading and gardening.
Monique qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort in South Africa
in 1996. After obtaining her CCRP from the University of Tennesee in 2006
she opened a rehabilitation and pain management facility in Cape Town.
Monique relocated to Australia in 2016 and continues to work in rehabilitation
and chronic pain management.
Renata is Brazilian and lives in Mallorca since 2007, where she manages
her rehabilitation facility named "RehabilitaCans". She is a dedicated
Veterinarian with an extensive track record of animal rehabilitation, skilled
conference speaker and active participant in key associations related to
the field of animal rehabilitation. She is co-editor of the textbook “Fisiatria
em Pequenos Animais”, published in Brazil in 2018. Great expertise in laser
therapy and hydrotherapy. Her primary research investigation is with attenuation
of the chronodisruption in geriatric dogs with physiotherapy.
Dr. med. vet. Beate Egner graduated at the LMU in Munich/Germany. After
specializing in cardio-vascular disease at the AMC in New York/1994 her
main interest focused on and continued to be blood pressure (BP) and pulse
wave analysis (PWA). She works with all different species and considers
herself rather a hypertensiologist. Through the link “pain and related
BP, and: monitoring the cardiac patient in rehab, she developed a strong
interest in physical therapy.
She is the founder and managing director of “VBS GmbH” including the Veterinary
Academy of Higher Learning (VAHL) and offers continuing education worldwide.
co-founder and board member of the Veterinary Blood Pressure Society,
member of numerous international societies in cardiology and rehabilitation,
author of numerous BP papers and chapters in a variety of books (Essential
Facts of Blood Pressure in Dogs and Cats, The Cat, The Feline Patient,
EKG made Easy, Essential Facts of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and
Sports Medicine,….), invited speaker at national and international conferences
Head of the center for animal mobility at the LMU Munich, Germany. She
has a long term experience in animal rehabilitation and physical medicine.
Since 2004 she entirely focuses in this field. She developed a specific
examination method to easier and faster understand the holistic situation
in a rehab patient, which is truly innovative.
Her specialty is: guiding hands to more success during her labs.
Sr Theresa Frias qualified as a veterinary nurse from the University of
Pretoria in 1992.
She has been employed by the University of Pretoria since 1999 and worked
in the small animal surgery department where she developed a special interest
in physical therapy. This inspired her to complete her CCRP in 2009 and
Canine body worker certification in 2013.
She has been running the Onderstepoort Animal Rehabilitation Service since
Vet Nursing Diploma completed at Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
United Kingdom 1996
Equine Body Worker Certification completed in United Kingdom 2000
Canine Body Worker Certification completed in United Kingdom 2007
Dawn Jones owns and runs Animal Physical Rehab which is based at Blue
Cross Veterinary Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She has worked in
the field of animal physical rehabilitation since September 1989, specifically
with horses, dogs and cats. Dawn has taught in South Africa, England, Hong
Kong, Dubai and Zambia.
She has a particular passion for "dogs with jobs".
Deputy Chair of the Department of Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology,
field of expertise is functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system,
Faculty at the Ludwig Maximilians University Veterinary School, Munich,
Priv. Doz. Dr. Johann Maierl studierte an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
in München und promovierte 1994. Er habilierte sich 2003 für das Fach Anatomie.
Er arbeitete bis 2007 als wissenschaftlicher Assistent an der LMU München
und als Dozent an der Universität Bern. Seit 2007 ist er Dozent an der
LMU München. Er ist Fachtierarzt für Anatomie und Mitglied zahlreicher
Gesellschaften (Anatomische Gesellschaft, Europäische Vereinigung der Veterinäranatomen,
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biomechanik, International Committee on Veterinary
Gross Anatomical Nomenclature (Subcommittee Osteologia et Arthrologia,
Myologia). Sein Spezialgebiet ist die funktionelle Anatomie des Bewegungsapparates.
DVM J. Paulo Marques received his Veterinary Degree from the University
of Veterinary Medicine (FMV-UTL) in Lisbon in 1995.
He is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the International Veterinary
Chiropractic Association (IVCA), certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by
the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and Certified Equine
Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP) by the University of Tennessee.
He is an FEI Official Veterinarian for Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and
Driving. A past Member of the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary
Chiropractic Association (IVCA) and Honorary Member of this Association,
he is presently a Member of the Board of Directors of the International
Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT)
and President of the Portuguese Association of Veterinary Acupuncture (APAMV).
He was a guest professor at Lusófona University (ULHT) and Technical University
(FMV-UTL) in Lisbon, on Equine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Acupuncture
He is founder and Director of the equine veterinary practice Equidesporto
in Portugal, and he was co-founder and Director of the Equine Rehabilitation
Centre Hidrovet. His main areas of interest are Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation,
Sport Medicine and Integrative Medicine in the performance horse.
Ângela Martins, graduated in veterinary medicine since 1991, clinical
director of Arrábida Veterinary Hospital and of Animal Rehabilitation Center
(CRAA) in Portugal. Master in Rehabilitation Medicine and PhD student in
the area of Functional Neurorehabilitation.
Professor at the Lusofona University, and Portalegre Polytechnic Institute
(Rehabilitation and Emergencies and Intensive Care). AARV and IAVRPT member.
Tennesse University Certificate, CCRP instructor. Post-graduation in functional
neurorehabilitation of human medicine.
Speaker in international congresses, OMICS, IVECCS, SEVCS, BSAVA, VEPRA,
IAVRPT, AVEPA, ESVN-ECVN, and in several events, in all Universities in
Portugal, also in Poland, Brasil and Munich.
Conducting research studies with Prof. Dr. Natasha Olby of North Caroline
and with Prof. Dr. Tom Harcourt-brown of Bristol.
Published several articles in the Human Medicine International journals,
Veterinary journals and also many posters in BSAVA, AVEPA, IAVRPT, VEPRA,
and ESVN-ECVN, 2018. Wrote chapters for the book Fisiatria em Pequenos
Marion Mucha studied veterinary medicine in Vienna, Austria and was already
involved in physiotherapy as part of her doctoral thesis, which was completed
Since 2002 she worked in the Outpatient Clinic for Physical Therapy and
Rehabilitation at the Vetmeduni Vienna. In the course of her clinical and
scientific career, she has given many lectures in Austria and abroad and
also conducted research in the field of movement science, physical therapy
and acupuncture in dogs. Since 2004 she is a certified veterinary acupuncturist
(CVA, IVAS International Veterinary Acupuncture Society), since 2007 certified
physiotherapist for dogs (CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner,
University of Tennessee in cooperation with Schloss-Seminar). 2010 her
book "Checklist Acupuncture for Small Animals" was published. Since 2016
she is CVPP (Certified veterinary pain practitioner, IVAPM) and since 2018
European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Greta Oldfield, authorised Veterinary Nurse with 10 years experience working
in small animal medicine.
She obtained her Certified Canine Rehabilitation
Practitioner degree from the University of Tennessee (CCRP) in 2014 and
is the practice manager of one of the leading clinics for small animal
rehabilitation and physical therapy in Norway; AniCura Rehab Sandvika.
Greta became a faculty member of the Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning
(VAHL) in 2017 and is currently a Masters Degree student in Veterinary
Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham. She has had the pleasure
of lecturing at several occations for veterinarians, veterinary nurses
and pet owners in Norway, Sweden and Germany the past years.
Greta has an extraordinary love for her field of expertise and loves to
work with complex cases in neurology and orthopedic injuries and diseases.
She receives referrals from all over the country and has the pleasure of
collaborating with the best veterinary surgeons in Norway.
Tierneurologie, Dettelbach bei Würzburg. Fachgebiet Neurologie
Dr. Kai Rentmeister studierte Veterinärmedizin an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
(LMU) München von 1986-1992. Er promovierte auf dem Gebiet der Neurologie/Neurochirurgie
zum Thema degenerative lumbosakrale Stenose des Hundes (“Cauda Equina Kompressionssyndrom“)
unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. R. Köstlin (LMU) und assistierte viereinhalb
Jahre an chirurgisch orientierten Kleintierkliniken in Süddeutschland.
Nach einer dreieinhalbjährigen ‘Residency für klinische Neurologie’ an
der Tierärztlichen Hochschule Hannover machte er seinen Abschluss mit dem
Titel „Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology“ (Dipl
ECVN) www.ecvn.org. Im Rahmen seiner Tätigkeit veröffentlicht er zahlreiche
Publikationen und hält Vorträge auf diversen Fortbildungsveranstaltungen.
Seit 2013 ist er validiert als ‘european specialist in veterinary neurology’
gemäß den Richtlinien des EBVS www.ebvs.org
She graduated in 2004, is founder and director of AnimaCare, a private
veterinary center specializing in rehabilitation, acupuncture, sports medicine,
ozonetherapy and integrative therapies in small animals and horses. Juliana
is also a Reiki Master and Master in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
She constantly participates in national and international veterinary rehabilitation
events as attendee and speaker.
Dr. Sterin is DVM, President of AIFISVET (Asociación Ibero Americana de
Fisiatría Veterinaria), international speaker and has a privat clinic for
rehabilitation and physical therapy in Buenos Aires, Argentinia.
Dr. Priya completed her Veterinary Studies in 2010 from the University of Melbourne.
She enrolled in the CCRP course in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Priya worked as a rehabilitation veterinarian
at the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand where she developed an interest in neurorehabilitation.
In 2020, she founded ARK Veterinary Rehabilitation, a mobile rehabilitation service provider in the tiny, tropical island of Singapore.
Besides clinical practice, she is dedicated to the training and education of vets from developing countries in
the region in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and animal care.
Elena Tognato graduated with laudem in 2006 at the University of Veterinary
Medicine of Padua. She completed her experience at the Veterinary Hospital
of the University of Madrid and than at the Hospital for Small Animals
– University of Edinburgh.
In 2010 she obtained the certification of Certified Canine Rehabilitation
Practitioner (CCRP) of the University of Tennessee – Schloss Seminar.
Since 2009 she has been working in Small animals practices with particular
interest in Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2013 Elena founded
“Thermal Physiopet” Small Animal Rehabilitation practice in Montegrotto
Terme (Italy) where she provides physical therapy service.
Dr. Kathleen Wittek studierte 1993 - 1999 Veterinärmedizin an der Universität
Leipzig und erhielt 1999 die Tierärztlichen Approbation.
1999 - 2002 befand sie sich im Promotionsstudium und war tierärztlich
tätig als Praxisvertretung in verschiedenen Kleintierpraxen.
2002 - 2003 machte sie ein Internship in der Rehabilitationsabteilung
der Kleintierklinik der Universität Illinois, USA.
Sie promovierte 2004 zum Dr. med. vet. an der Veterinärmedizinischen Fakultät
der Universität Leipzig.
2006 wurde ihr die Zusatzbezeichnung „Physikalische Therapie“ der sächsischen
In der Zeit von 2003 – 2007 war sie außerdem Praxisassistentin in einer
Kleintierpraxis in Halle/Salle und 2007 - 2008 in einer Gemischtpraxis
Seit 2012 ist sie Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Ambulanz für
physikalische Therapie und Rehabilitation der Veterinärmedizinischen Universität
ASSVAP exists to promote the science of physiotherapy for animals, and
to create an interface between Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Physiotherapists,
for the transfer of information between veterinary professionals, leading
to improvement of animal welfare across all species.
International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
The International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and physical
therapy is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary
rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation,
and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.
Veterinary rehabilitation is a specialised field of veterinary medicine.
Although this is a relatively new area, there is now growing interest and
acceptance within the veterinary profession in the UK.