Services

Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Referral Service

We offer referral services for rehabilitation following injury/surgery, and to address biomechanical concerns (companion animal and equine) whether problematic or subclinical.

Description

We offer referral services for rehabilitation following injury/surgery, and to address biomechanical concerns (companion animal and equine) whether problematic or subclinical.

Features
  • Rehabilitation from injury and/or surgery
  • Rehabilitation plans for clinics to follow
  • Conservative management of injuries where surgery is not an option
  • Management of inherited conditions; hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, spinal conditions
  • Investigation and treatment of lameness and poor performance
Benefits
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

1- or 2-day Clinics for Assessment and Treatment with Veterinary Chiropractic

We run regular clinics throughout New Zealand and other locations by request.

Description

Our clinic base for more advanced work up and treatment of cases is in North Canterbury, but we are able to run clinics remotely for chiropractic and acupuncture services only. Our clinics in Southland (Winton) and Otago (Outram/Balclutha/Dunedin Peninsula) are approximately 6-weekly and often fill up in advance. We often run day trips to towns throughout South Canterbury. We are able to attend clinics elsewhere in both North and South Island on request and subject to minimum numbers – please contact us for more information.

Features
  • Standard sessions are 45 mins inclusive of 5 minutes for report writing
  • Sessions include an emailed written report for your records and emailed to GP veterinarian for continuation of care
  • Longer sessions recommended for horses/dogs with more complex issues and those requiring extra handling time
  • Minimum numbers of 10 attendees for clinics to go ahead (single venue)
  • Benefits for organisers/hosts of clinics
Benefits
  • Incorporate a holistic and diversified approach to routine animal care
  • Access to an expert opinion and treatment from a highly qualified and trained professional
  • Understanding of routine veterinary care and advice on how treatments/findings can integrate with regular vet care
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details. 

Training for Vets, Vet Nurses, Animal Therapists and Owners

Sara has taught and trained both professionals in a multitude of sports medicine modalities, and owners in first aid, training and owner facilitated rehabilitation in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Description

Sara has taught and trained both professionals and owners in a multitude of sports medicine modalities in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. She is a lecturer and trainer for the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic, offers training in other modalities and is an enthusiastic and engaging public speaker, having attended and presented at events internationally.

Sara can work with you to develop and present courses according to your requirements, and offers regular training both online and in person through the Zoominals Learning Hub. Training is also available specifically for veterinary nurses (small animal and equine) in veterinary rehabilitation, allowing effective and practical integration of rehabilitation services to veterinary clinics. 

Features
  • Tailored training options, lunch and learns, webinars and Q&A sessions, or pre-built and tested courses for all levels
  • Training for vet nurses-introduce rehabilitation to your veterinary practice
  • In-person or remote training
  • Fundraising options for clubs and schools
  • A percentage of all takings is contributed to Community Vet NZ, our sister social enterprise
Benefits
  • Training from a qualified professional, experienced at teaching and offering valuable training in diversified veterinary subjects
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Biomechanics Assessments

We use objective software to perform high-speed video capture and biomechanical analysis of an individual’s movement, including measurement and comparison of linear velocities, accelerations and angular rotations of individual motion units.

Description

We use objective software to perform high-speed video capture and biomechanical analysis of an individual’s movement, including measurement and comparison of linear velocities, accelerations and angular rotations of individual motion units.

We supply findings of these sessions in reports and can utilise these findings to aid in investigation of poor performance and behavioural changes, where biomechanics are suspected to be a contributor. We can also use these reports as a measure and monitoring tool of treatment and progress on rehabilitation and training plans and can include riders in these measurements to aid in ridden training in horses and to assess the effect of saddle and/or rider, foot balance and orthopaedic conditions/treatments  on a horse’s movement and symmetry. 

Features
  • Objective assessment of gait
  • Detailed and comparable assessments to determine the impact of training/management changes on movement
  • Removes subjectivity from assessment of gait and asymmetry/lameness
  • Assess dog/horse alone, or in combination with tack or harness and rider (horses only) to determine effects of interventions on the whole system
Benefits
  • Objective markers of performance and early detection of problems
  • Repeat reports are comparable-monitor progress in training and rehabilitation
  • Monitor interventions/treatment outcomes objectively
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Pain Clinics

We offer pain clinics both from our base and from sattelite locations in which we address the complex area of chronic pain management. 

Description

We offer pain clinics both from our base and from sattelite locations in which we address the complex area of chronic pain management. Using combinations of drugs and physical therapies tailored to the individual we ensure that management of chronic pain conditions is optimal. Treatment options include but are not limited to:

  • Medication
  • Supplementation
  • Acupuncture
  • Manual therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Athletic taping
  • Physical exercise/rehabilitation plans
Features
  • Addressing quality of life and extending good quality life for patients with chronic and painful conditions
  • Improved welfare
  • Improved outcomes with a multimodal approach to pain. and pain management
Benefits
  • Improved recognition of pain for owners and carers of animals, whether large or small
  • Improved longevity
  • Improved welfare and quality of life
  • Decreased dependence on one modality alone-strong evidence to back a multi-faceted approach to chronic pain management
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Orthotics, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation

We supply and fit orthotics and prosthetics for dogs and cats that have suffered injury to a limb that then requires extra support, or to those who have undergone limb amputation. 

Description

We supply and fit orthotics and prosthetics for dogs and cats that have suffered injury to a limb that then requires extra support, or to those who have undergone limb amputation.

We use the services of a team of experts in the USA who custom make the devices unique to the individual, and we offer a complete fitting, rehabilitation and support service. Their devices are supported and recommended by the veterinary rehabilitation department at Colorado State University, and there is extensive published literature supporting use of these devices. 

Features
  • Customised options give optimal outcomes
  • A valid treatment option to support surgically treated limbs, or for those for whom surgery is not an option
  • Designed and manufactured for lifelong use
  • Developed for continuous wear
  • Excellent support
  • Gives treatment options for patients whose treatment might otherwise be limited (eg amputation/surgery not otherwise an option due to other underlying disease)
Benefits
  • On-site rehabilitation to ensure optimal use of devices and that compensations are minimised
  • Supports surgical treatments and offers a viable treatment option where surgery is not possible
  • Qualified support, after care and rehabilitation
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Regenerative Medicine

We offer regenerative therapies to support and aid in healing of orthopaedic injuries in both companion and equine patients. 

Description

We offer stem cell therapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapies to support and aid in healing of orthopaedic injuries in both companion and equine patients.

By harvesting and preparing autologous (the body’s own) cells and then reintroducing them to sites of injury, healing can be accelerated and degeration can be slowed. 

Features
  • Improved healing of orthopaedic injuries, whether soft tissue/within joints/bony
  • Uses body’s own cells to stimulate improved healing
Benefits
  • Uses body’s own cells to stimulate healing
  • Supports physical rehabilitation from injury
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Treatment – Equine Headshakers (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

We offer a cutting edge and evidence-based and supported treatment option for equine headshakers, using electroacupuncture/PENS treatment. 

Description

We use a technique described and published in the UK to treat true headshakers/trigeminal neuralgia. Percutaneous electrical neural stimulation (PENS) applied at set intervals reduces the pain sensation and has been shown to reduce the grade of head shaking for chronic sufferers. 

Features
  • Repeat treatment is required and can be caterered for in our rehabilitation centre or on an outpatient basis
  • Treatment plans are provided up-front and likely outcomes discussed
  • It is recommended that other causes of headshaking (dental disease, respiratory disease, bitting issues, saddle fit issues etc) are ruled out before this treatment is elected as it is effective for true trigeminal neuralgia cases
Benefits
  • An effective and straightforward treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia, for which treatment has previously been limited/ineffective
  • Improved grade of headshaking in clinical studies
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

Hire of Rehabilitation Equipment

 

Rehabilitation equipment can be costly to purchase so we offer a hire service for rehabilitative equipment, including a cold laser (training supplied) and rehabilitation exercise equipment. 

Description

Rehabilitation equipment can be costly to purchase so we offer a hire service for rehabilitative equipment, including a cold laser (training supplied) and rehabilitation exercise equipment.

Equipment can also be supplied on a lease-to-own basis, should longer term training with a piece prove particularly beneficial to a patient. We have a supply of small animal and equine equipment available and can order to specific requirements.

Features
  • An affordable option for those requiring rehabilitation equipment without the up-front outlay
  • Encourages reuse/recycle where possible
  • Lease – to – own so items can be tested prior to purchase and benefits assessed  
Benefits
  • Try before you buy
  • Reuse and recycle (thorough cleaning and disinfection between hires)
Price

We are happy to provide estimates of treatment costs. Price is dependent on service provided-please contact us for more details.

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