Dr. Janice Huntingford achieves Board-Certification from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Only Southwestern Ontario Diplomate

Essex - Dr. Janice Huntingford of the Essex Animal Hospital has recently achieved a prestigious career milestone as the newest Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). This accomplishment puts Dr. Huntingford in an exclusive group of 142 diplomates from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America who have met the stringent ACVSMR requirements. In addition, 47 of these diplomates are certified Canine Specialists and Dr. Huntingford is one of only three Canine Specialty diplomates in Canada.

ACVSMR stringent qualifications include having at least 10 years of work experience in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation; having peer reviewed scientific publications in the field; lecturing nationally and internationally; and being actively involved in clinical and research aspects of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. This is in addition to passing two rigorous examinations covering basic physiological, medical, surgical, sports medicine and rehabilitation knowledge as well as species-specific questions.

"This accomplishment is a culmination of a decade long vision to provide cutting edge integrative care to those precious pets in dire need," says Dr. Huntingford. "We can provide them with another chance at life and a better quality of life where others think termination is the only option."

Diplomates of this college treat the musculoskeletal and neurological injuries of canine athletes and pet dogs post surgery or post injury by using various modalities such as aquatic therapy and laser as well as focusing on pain control with medications, exercises and acupuncture.

Geriatric dogs are frequently treated for painful conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or ligament damage. "This has been a long journey but was well worth it, especially when I can tell a family that we are able to treat and save their pet," says. Dr. Huntingford.

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