New Patients Are Welcome
We welcome new patients to our practice and look forward to working with you to improve the condition and comfort of your cat or dog. Whether your dog is recovering from a surgery or an injury, or needs to lose a few pounds or gain that competitive edge, VRCC would like to help.
Please review the services we offer to learn more about the modalities and techniques Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center (VRCC) utilizes. Multimodal rehabilitation programs deliver many benefits and remedy a number of health issues.
We also gladly accept referrals from veterinarians.
Your First Appointment: What to Expect
A thorough examination and assessment is the essential first step in treatment. We will review medical information from your primary care veterinarian. A medical history will also be gathered from the owner, as well as a discussion of goals. The functional assessment will include a complete exam assessing:
- Body symmetry
- Join range
- Muscle strength and size
- Tendon integrity
- Neurological function
Dr. Hammel will also palpate to uncover the area of pain, tenderness, tightness, muscle atrophy, and swelling.
Based on the findings at the first examination, a customized therapy program will be created and re-evaluated as your pet progresses. We will likely develop a treatment plan consisting of several modalities to provide the best possible outcome. Recommendations for medications, supplements, nutrition, and home exercise may also be advised.
We will communicate directly with your veterinarian and provide a report regarding the care and progress of your pet. Please note since VRCC focuses on pain management, rehabilitation, and fitness, our patients return to their referring veterinarian for primary care.
Prior to arrival, please fill out the veterinary referral form.
Get your pet on the road to increased functioning and greater comfort—call VRCC at (612) 618-0218 or email us at email@example.com to schedule your first appointment.
"On several occasions, Dr. Hammel administered acupuncture to help Stone, our aging Black Lab. He was like a babe in her arms and the relaxing effects of the procedure seemed to help his mobility. It was a spa treatment for him with healthful results. "– Chris S.
"When Gracie had her hip surgery, the surgeon referred me to Dr. Hammel for physical rehabilitation to speed her recovery. She steadily improved and now plays just as hard as our puppy! I think she misses her rehab sessions though!"– Patrick H.
"Cody, our 12-year-old German Shepherd, has osteoarthritis and difficulty walking. He has been coming to VRCC for physical rehab and it is helping him tremendously. He feels better, has started playing again, and is now able to go for walks. Cody loves his rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill!"– Becca P.
"You can tell that Dr. Hammel cares about each pet and treats them as if they are her own. My dog always feels right at home with VRCC and I love the excellent care she receives there!"– Missy S.