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Kelley Hays

DVM, CCRP
Kelley Hays
Staff Veterinarian
Rehabilitation
Kelley Hays

Dr. Hays is a Sonoma County native having been raised and educated through high school in Santa Rosa. In 1984 she completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and in 1988 her veterinary degree at the University of California, Davis. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins in 1989, she returned to the Bay Area where she practiced in small animal general and emergency practices. In 2004, she returned to Sonoma County and began working in the emergency department at VCA Animal Care Center.

In December of 2014, Dr. Hays became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and joined our rehabilitation department. She has always been interested in pain management and integrative medicine for both acute and chronic conditions and with rehabilitation techniques will be continuing to pursue these. She also has an interest in the use of orthotic and prosthetic devices in animals and completed the CRI course on these so she can provide this service to the community.

Outside of work Dr. Hays enjoys hiking, photography, cooking and spending time with friends, family and her cats.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation services seek to improve your pet’s quality of life by providing the highest quality rehabilitation and pain management services.  We will work with you and your regular veterinarian to create a tailored in-hospital and at-home treatment program specific to your pet’s needs. 

What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, low-level light therapy (therapeutic laser), ultrasound, thermotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage, and acupuncture to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.

How Will My Pet Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance recovery postoperatively; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; provide confidence and comfort in geriatric patients. Healthy, athletic animals and working dogs can also benefit from our conditioning and weight loss program. Is My Pet A Candidate For Rehabilitation?Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from animal rehabilitation. Any animal suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity or muscle weakness can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation. 

Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:

Orthopedic Conditions:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxations
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans
  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Neurological Conditions:

  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbosacral Stenosis

General Health/Wellness:

  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Obesity-Weight Loss
VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

6470 Redwood Drive

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Main: 707-584-4343

Fax: 707-586-9042

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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