The Animal Rehab Center is a full-service veterinary physical rehabilitation facility located in downtown Asheville, NC. We provide physical rehabilitation focused on injury recovery, surgical recovery, pain management, and improved mobility for companion animals of Western North Carolina. Additional services include fitness training for performance animals. We also provide exercise programs for weight management.
Conditions improved with physical rehab vary from arthritis and mobility limitations to degenerative neurological conditions, to orthopedic surgical recovery. Depending on the condition, various exercises are performed to increase range of motion, improve balance, and strengthen muscles. Pain reduction is also an important part of rehab and can be accomplished with a variety of mechanisms such as massage, therapeutic laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and ice or heat therapy. Initially, rehab treatments may be aimed towards decreasing pain and inflammation, then improving range of motion and balance and, later, improving performance, stamina, and muscle bulk.
Animal Rehab Center is pleased to offer Aquatic Therapy, through the use of our therapeutic swimming pool and /or our underwater treadmill. We also provide “Land Therapy” or ground exercises to improve coordination and strength. Treatment modalities also include Therapeutic Devices such as Cold Laser, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, and Assistive Devices to aid in mobility.
Practice owner and medical director Dr. Mark Ledyard graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. In 2015, he completed advanced training through UT-Knoxville’s program and earned the title of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).
A skilled surgeon, Dr. Ledyard has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and advanced dentistry. He finds great joy in helping our rehab patients regain mobility, improve strength, and reduce their pain.
Dr. Ledyard has also been trained in the emerging field of Stem Cell Therapy and is excited about the health improvement opportunities that this specialty offers.
Emily Freeman serves as director of our Animal Rehab Center. Emily earned her BS degree in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University, and her MS in Physical Therapy from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Emily worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over 20 years before she felt called to move over to the “wild” side and shift her professional skills to the animal world. Emily became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) after completing the program at UT Knoxville’s Veterinary School. Emily has always had a deep connection to animals throughout her life and feels very fortunate to be able to apply her knowledge and skills in this arena.