OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU to host international summer conference on animal rehab

01/07/1999

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will host an international symposium this summer on the emerging field of rehabilitation and physical therapy in veterinary medicine. Sponsored by the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the OSU College of Health and Human Performance, it will run from Aug. 7-11 at LaSells Stewart Center.

Leading experts from the United States, Great Britain and Australia will lead discussions on new directions in the care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries in animals.

The symposium is aimed at professionals, including doctors of veterinary medicine, clinicians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians and others, although non-professionals also may participate. Practical demonstrations, research presentations, clinical case studies and vendor displays also are planned.

"The conference already is drawing extensive interest from throughout North America and around the world," said Jeff McCubbin, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Performance."This is a growing field in which professionals from veterinary medicine and physical rehabilitation can learn from each other."

Among the topics that will be discussed are therapeutic modalities in animal rehabilitation, including lasers, ultrasound and acupuncture; injury rehabilitation in racing greyhounds, sled dogs, and performance horses; and nutrition for rehabilitating animals.

The most visible applications for this new field may be in the care of equine and canine "athletes," experts say, though new techniques of physical therapy in animal rehabilitation already can be found with cats, dogs and other pets with chronic debilitating diseases, as well as with non-performance larger animals.

"Another application for physical therapy is in post-surgical care where treatments to the animals are known to have great benefits," said Linda Blythe, professor and associate dean of veterinary medicine at OSU.

Registration for the entire conference will be $300, which includes some meals and social events. Special one-day packages also are available. More information is available on the web at: Note to Editors: This story originally contained a World Wide Web address. The characters used in Web addresses will not telecommunicate in our system. Please call us at 541-737-3844 for the address.