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Vets and pet owners celebrate opening of DVS Therapy and Fitness Centre

More than 70 veterinary professionals, paraprofessionals and pet owners attended the launch of Davies Veterinary Specialists’ new Therapy and Fitness Centre in Higham Gobion Hertfordshire on the evening of 25 January 2017.

The party celebrated how to make a big difference to small animals with demonstrations of the new facilities, complementary CPD sessions and a display of the winners of DVS’s hugely popular ‘Pets on Canvas’ competition.

DVS is one of the largest and most diverse small animal veterinary referral centres in Europe. It has built the new Therapy and Fitness Centre to provide a full remit of small animal care and rehabilitation under one roof.

The Centre offers physiotherapy, rehabilitation, underwater treadmill therapy, soft supports, splinting and orthotics, fitness and conditioning and pain management and acupuncture clinics. Guests were given an exclusive tour of the new premises and the team provided demonstrations in the hydrotherapy suite and the therapeutic exercise area.

The evening’s CPD session for veterinary professionals proved so popular there was a waiting list. Leading industry professionals, Mike Farrell, Louise Clark and Diane Messum presented ‘The Drug’s Don’t Work and My Pet’s Still Painful’; A simple guide to the common sources of chronic pain and recent advances in management programmes. Due to demand DVS will be holding a repeat session shortly, for DVS team members and any referring colleagues that were unable to attend.

Diane Messum, Head of Physiotherapy said: ‘We have had an overwhelming amount of support for the launch event. Vets, paraprofessionals, work colleagues and pet owners have enjoyed sharing our passion and love for the work we do in providing our patients with the best care we can deliver to improve their quality of life.

“I am very lucky to be a part of an amazing team of veterinary professionals and developing this unique rehabilitation service has been a dream come true for me.”

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