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After Suffering From A Fractured Spine, This Puppy Learns To Walk With Help From A Rehab Nurse

On March 14th, 2020, little Sharkie was rescued from a puppy mill and brought to VRC. He was unable to walk and could not stand without falling over. After running diagnostics, it was discovered that Sharkie was suffering from a fractured spine. Luckily, VRC’s Physical Rehabilitation nurse, Ash, took Sharkie in as a foster and started working with him to gain his strength and learn to walk.

Over the course of several weeks, Sharkie has grown much stronger thanks to Ash’s rehabilitation skills. From cones and cavalettis to an underwater treadmill and tennis balls, Sharkie is mastering it all.

Update (5/21/2020): Nurse Ash officially adopted Sharkie and welcomed him into her home!

 

COVID-19 Updates

POLICY UPDATE (as of March 18, 2020)

At VRC, the health and well-being of your pet and family are our top priority. As
the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have taken measures to
reduce potential exposure to our clients, patients, and team members.

  • Clients with previously scheduled appointments are asked not to enter the hospital, to remain in their vehicle, and to call the hospital for assistance.
    A team member will come outside to retrieve your pet to be seen by the doctor. All doctor consultations will then be held over the telephone to eliminate the risk of exposure.
  • If your pet is experiencing a life threatening crisis, you may enter the hospital. Exam rooms will be available for waiting, to reduce a large group of clients waiting in our lobby.
  • Visitation of patients has been suspended to better protect our clients and staff members. We understand that it is difficult to have your pet away from you during the stressful time of a hospitalized visit. We assure you that your pets will be cared for as if they are our own. Our team can send you photos of your pet upon request.

 

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through this situation.

 

Additional Information & Resources:

A letter to our clients (March 13, 2020) – An Important Message About COVID-19 from VRC

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Centers for Disease Control)

COVID-19 FAQs for Pet Owners (American Veterinary Medical Association)

New Rehab Space & Expanded Availability

 

Our rehab department has changed rooms (still in the same building) and now has a new and improved space! Take a tour with our rehab technician Ashley as she shows off the new digs!

Meet Our Newest Radiologists

Meet the newest members of our revamped diagnostics, imaging, and radiology department, Dr. Lisa Suslak-Brown and Dr. Marina Mavromatis!

For the first time, we now offer a full service radiology department led by board-certified radiologists experienced in all imaging modalities. Our radiology department improves the level of care at VRC by offering both inpatient and outpatient ultrasound, as well as reviewing reads of radiographs, advanced imaging (like our on site CT and MRI), and ultrasound.

Lisa Suslak-Brown, VMD, DACVR
Marina Mavromatis, DVM, DACVR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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