The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has reported that the board of directors decided to give full recognition to the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and to the specialty for exotic companion mammals under the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Before this recognition, the Exotic Companion Mammal specialty received provisional recognition twice, once in 2008 and once in 2010.
Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, and representative of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties says that the veterinary sports medicine finally met the one of a kind need the working animals and the athletic animals to be able to optimize performance, and to get the much-needed medical attention after injury or illness. He says that this is the result of the rise of animals that participate in sports and service-related activities (guide dogs, police dogs…), and they need rehabilitation as well.
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