Veterinary Technician

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(VT59) Physical Rehabilitation Modalities Used in Identification & Treatment of Canine & Feline Ailments

Thursday, March 8
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
MBCC, Jasmine A, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Specialty Veterinary Technician Session: We often apply physical rehabilitation modalities to our patients to induce a desired effect (example: cryotherapy to reduce inflammation). In this lecture we will discuss modalities we may use in rehabilitation that will heighten our awareness as providers to further investigate pain, dysfunction and ailments-- all which may be underlying or secondary (such as compensation) to our initial diagnosis. By enhancing our skills in identifying abnormalities within our patients we will be able to treat undiagnosed issues and address compensation in companion animals.

Lis Conarton

Melissa (Lis) Conarton BS, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)-OC, CCRP, CVPP began her career in the field of Veterinary Medicine over a decade ago after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. She went on to receive her licensing in Veterinary Technology shortly after joining the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY’s team of qualified individuals. She is a founding member of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) and now holds the title of Veterinary Technician Specialty in Physical Rehabilitation through the Organizing Committee of the APRVT. She is also certified in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program (CCRP) and certified through the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Because of her passion for helping companion animals and attaining additional certifications, Lis has become an influential voice for the care and comfort of companion animals in the Central New York area.

Lis has lectured at various professional veterinary conferences and routinely contributes to newspaper articles, journal submissions, and book chapters regarding physical rehab and pain management. She has received special training in Canine Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy through Myopain Seminars and has special interest in myofascial issues and muscle dysfunction.

Lis developed the Physical Rehabilitation Service at the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY. In 2010, she initiated the Pain Management Service helping to establish the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY as the leader in Pain Management and Physical Rehabilitation in the Central New York region. In her free time, Lis enjoys outdoor activities with her family, and spends time with her horse "Whiskey", kitty "Ella" and other foster animals in need of rehabilitation.

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