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My name is Emmylou Rivers and I am a veterinary nurse and have specialized in physical rehabilitation for animals. Physical rehabilitation focuses on the treatment of injury or chronic arthritis/disease to decrease pain and restore function. Rehabilitation is a very important part of the healing process. I treat every patient as an individual and give an individual therapy plan that offers the best opportunity for a successful outcome. I believe in multimodal management which looks at the entire animal and not just one area. I use therapies to strengthen muscle and prevent atrophy, decrease edema/swelling and improve range of motion.

I have also spent time working at an exotics (birds, reptiles, primates and anything else that isn’t a dog or cat) practice. I have also worked in a small animal (dog and cat) 24 hour specialist practice. I have always been fascinated by animals and their behavior, and wanted to know why they do certain things. I have done intensive research on behavior and animal husbandry.

I believe that any behavior seen as problematic by the owner can be changed if they are willing to put in the effort. Far too many animals are unnecessarily euthanized each day as a result of behavior problems and I would like to lessen this. With some work and understanding on the owner’s side almost any behavior problem can be rectified.

I am a qualified Game Ranger and Veterinary Nurse; I have completed many behavior courses including the Ethology Academy Avian Ethology course and the University of Pretoria Behavioral Medicine course. I have also been a keynote speaker on Aggression in Exotic Animals at the South African Veterinary Association’s behavioral congress in 2013 and on Feather Plucking in 2014. I have held positions on the Veterinary Nurses Association of South Africa’ committee and have stood on the SAVA Animal Behavioral Information Group’s committee.

I have also received the CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) qualification through the University of Tennessee.

Please feel free to contact me with any queries you may have:

Please download, fill out and email the relevant questionnaire that is needed before all consultations:

Bird Behavior Questionnaire

Cat Behavior Questionnaire

Cat Physical Questionnaire

Dog Behavior Questionnaire

Dog Physical Questionnaire

Primate Behavior Questionnaire

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