Canine Rehabilitation

Canine rehabilitation is a new and rapidly-growing veterinary specialty dedicated to helping pets recover from debilitating injury, orthopedic surgery, or neurologic surgery. Rehabilitation can improve your pet’s quality of life by helping him/her return as quickly as possible to a normal lifestyle.

Just as your surgeon would prescribe physical therapy to you after a knee replacement surgery, veterinary surgeons are recommending rehabilitation therapy for our four-legged friends post-operatively for many conditions. Rehabilitation therapy can reduce pain and inflammation, shorten healing time and speed return to function just as in humans. Depending on your pet’s needs, therapies include:

  • Underwater treadmill exercise
  • Land treadmill
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises

Veterinary Rehabilitation Specialist

Jean Tuttle


Jean Tuttle



  • BS – West Virginia University, 1996
  • DVM – Tuskegee University, 2000

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Tuttle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tuskegee University in 2000, where she was elected to the Society of Phi Zeta in her junior year. She also served as President of the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In 2007, she completed the requirements for certification in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Tuttle joined the staff of Carolina Veterinary Specialists as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in May 2009.