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What is Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation?

The Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation service at Colorado State University sees more than just canine athletes. Our goal is to help companion animals of all ages and abilities improve their quality of life and increase mobility. 

Our service combines state-of-the-art technology with orthopedic and physical therapy expertise to accomplish even the most challenging di​agnosis. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for acute and chronic illnesses to improve patient comfort and accelerate surgical or injury recovery time.​

Our service is spearheaded by Dr. Felix Duerr, who is double boarded by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

Sports medicine aims to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries resulting from or associated with sporting and athletic activities. Other areas of this specialty include training and improvement of athletic performance. Rehabilitation aims to restore a patient to previous (pre-injury) health.

Why Might My Pet Visit the Small Animal Sports Medicine Service and Rehabilitation?

Our service is open to all dogs and cats - not just canine athletes. Reason's for your pet's visit might include: 

  • Musculoskeletal injury diagnosis, treatment and aftercare/rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal injury prevention
  • Post-operation rehabilitation
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Decreased levels of activity