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DVM Newsmakers: An animal planet emergency vet's Robert Taylor says story of modern veterinary medicine must be told


"I introduced myself the other day. I said, 'Hi, my name is Bob, and I am a workaholic,'" he laughs. While admitting it was liberating, he adds that he found personal balance and "I understand my addiction enough to make me realize that things are important like your family and animals."

He enjoys practice. He is also internationally recognized for his work on sports injuries in dogs, including rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Television spotlight cools temper
Alameda East just opened a 12,000-square-foot rehabilitation clinic to satisfy his life-long passion of orthopedics and rehabilitation. The hospital, originally built in 1970, expanded to 33,000 square feet. The Alameda East complex tops out at about 45,000 square feet under two roofs. The hospital has 28 veterinarians on staff with a complete staff of 160. "I have a great group of very talented people. I looked around the room, and I was so humbled by the assembled talent that I kind of wondered what I was doing there."

Taylor adds, "I am just as proud of the grief counselor who goes the extra mile as I am when we do our first total elbow. More and more veterinarians realize that taking care of people and animals begins when they walk in the door and doesn't end until things are back in good order," he says.

Mending wounds If you ask Dr. Robert Taylor, physical rehabilitation remains a tremendous opportunity for veterinarians.

"We as a profession are becoming more aware of the benefits of physical therapy. When I talk about rehabilitation, I say that everybody wins."

The success of surgery improves with the judicious use of physical therapy. The owner appreciates the added effort on the part of the veterinarian, and the veterinary team benefits because they are doing more.

"One of the challenges has been to make physical therapy evidenced based. In other words, we need more clinical and laboratory research on how physical therapy can actually benefit a particular subset of patients. Whether they are a subset of patients recovering from surgery or dogs with end-stage hip dysplasia, there is a lot of opportunity to bring this mainstream and create information that is evidence based and that we can use as clinical guideposts," he says.

The guideposts ultimately will lead to quality care.


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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