Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management is a veterinary rehabilitation practice that specializes in applying physical rehabilitation techniques and pain management to canine and feline patients who have physical limitations due to injury, neurologic disease, surgery, or chronic pain. Our mission is to rehabilitate patients to a fully functioning lifestyle, free of pain, through physical rehabilitation techniques and various modalities of pain management. The guiding principle of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management is cooperation and coordination with other veterinarians, rather than competition. Rehabilitation patients need to be referred by a primary veterinary or a veterinary specialist, and working with these other veterinarians to the benefit of the patients is essential to successful treatment of the patient.
Jennifer Jones Shults, DVM, CCRT started Veterinary Rehabilitation & Pain Management in 2013 to provide rehabilitation services to the greater Triangle area. Dr. Shults is a graduate of the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. After graduation she immediately completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Fairfax, VA. There she developed an appreciation for the struggles facing patients undergoing surgery and recovering from neurologic illness. Upon completion of her internship, she went into private practice in small animal emergency medicine in Cary, NC. At the same time, she worked part-time as a relief veterinarian in small animal general practice, and provided ultrasound services to general practice veterinarians. Dr. Shults initially trained in lameness evaluations with equine lameness specialists; now she is translating these techniques to dogs & cats.
Dr. Shults is also an active member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. She was elected as the District 4 representative in June 2010, and continues to serve in this role of outreach to the veterinarians in her district. She organizes meetings and social events for veterinarians in Wake & Durham counties, and participates in outreach event with the veterinary students at NCSU-CVM’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Orthopedics and rehabilitation have always been of special interest to Dr. Shults; she has extensive experience with physical therapy as a patient, and believes we can best serve our dogs & cats by translating these important techniques to maintain their quality of life. Dr. Shults is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and is also pursuing her Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner certificate from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Her own pets have been excellent teachers, as her dogs all have undergone orthopedic surgery or suffer from chronic soft tissue injuries.
Dr. Shults is a lifelong resident of Wake County, and grew up with dogs & cats at home. She began riding horses at age 8, and bought her first horse at 16. She has shown and competed in multiple equine events, and became well-versed in equine lameness. Many of the principles of equine lameness translate to dogs, especially those canine athletes that participate in agility, hunting, or other events. She has 3 Australian Cattle Dogs, several cats, and 3 horses at home.