Physical Rehabilitation — Because There’s More To Recovery Than Rest…

Physical rehabilitation is an essential tool in veterinary medicine for many purposes, such as reducing pain and inflammation, improving mobility and function, achieving neuromuscular re-education and increasing the overall comfort of your pet as he or she recovers from injury, illness, and more. At Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation (VSCR), physical rehabilitation is part of our standard of care, ensuring clients and patients are supported throughout the entire recovery process.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 703-242-4743  •  Fax: 703-242-4770  •  Email:

Customized to Fit Your Pet

Just like humans, pets can greatly benefit from physical rehabilitation as they recover from joint and muscle trauma and surgery, and to promote geriatric wellness, weight loss, and strength training programs. We see rehabilitation as an essential tool for reducing pain and inflammation and improving mobility and function.

We encourage pet owners to take an active role in their pet’s recovery. Our certified rehabilitation practitioners work with you, the pet owner, to build a customized program as well as a home-based exercise plan for your pet. Offering the latest techniques, including an underwater treadmill, acupuncture, laser therapy, and more, we are committed to making sure your pet’s road to recovery and optimum health is as smooth as possible.

  • Electro-Stimulation
  • Laser Therapy
  • Cold and Heat Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Underwater and Land-Based Treadmill Exercise
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Therapeutic Massage, Stretching and Range of Motion
  • Proprioception and Balance Exercise
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Assistance Devices


Advanced Pain Management

Pain management has grown in the past several years to incorporate more than just non-steroidal and narcotic pain relievers. Pain management is essential with acute injuries and post-operative care, but also important in our pets with chronic pain or dysfunction. Physical rehabilitation and complementary modalities, such as acupuncture, can supplement medications or surgical intervention, if needed, to help improve our pets’ function and overall quality of life. New modalities continue to be developed and become more readily available every year to help our pets live a longer, more comfortable life.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless process that utilizes light to stimulate cells and increase blood flow. It has been effective in treating soft tissue damage, reducing pain and inflammation, and increasing cell growth. Sessions are short and often done in conjunction with physical therapy exercises.


Acupuncture has been practiced throughout the world – most notably in Eastern cultures, for thousands of years. The practice of Acupuncture is becoming more widely used in all cultures, either alone or in combination with Western Medicine, for a variety of ailments. This practice primarily promotes integrated medicine – using acupuncture in combination with more conventional therapy to achieve the best outcome.

Acupuncture is frequently a tool reached for as part of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation and/or pain management program and is commonly used as part of a treatment plan for the following:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis and soft tissue injuries
  • Neurologic disorders: Intervertebral disc disease, paralysis, nerve paralysis, seizures
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: Diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia
  • Respiratory problems: asthma, bronchitis
  • Urinary disorders: feline cystitis, urinary incontinence
  • Skin disorders: lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis, ear infections
  • Ophthalmologic disorders: corneal ulcers, KCS

Rehabilitation Practioners

Dr. Brunke
Matt Brunke
Veterinarian, Medical Director for VSCR
Dr. Weber
Dr. Cameron Weber
Dr. Perry
Dr. Tia Perry
Dr. Bailey
Krysta Bailey
Lynn Nalepa
Lynn Nalepa
Rehabilitation Practitioner
Dr. Oliver
Kirsty Oliver
Veterinary Nurse