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Laura Parsley

Dr. Parsley
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Parsley

At a Glance

Specialties Include:

Canine Rehabilitation

Undergrad school: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Veterinary school: Colorado State University
Training: Canine Rehabilitation Institute

Why did you choose to become a certified canine rehabilitation therapist:
My animal soul mate was a beagle named Grommet, whom I adopted from a shelter in Kentucky. Together we lived in 7 cities, finished college and veterinary school, completed an internship, and experienced all kinds of adventures. I am a better person for having had him in my life. He taught me everything I know about love, patience, responsibility and hope. Grommet became arthritic when he reached old age, but was unable to tolerate the medications that could help with his pain. My search for ways to help improve his quality of life led me to physical rehabilitation. Becoming a certified canine rehabilitation therapist has given me the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of the animals I treat and their human companions. I truly love my job.

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
I get to work with a group of individuals whose common objective is to offer the very best care to our patients. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
I spend a lot of time outdoors with my spouse and our toddler. I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels. I also love to travel and hope to do so more once my child is a bit older.


Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists (CCRT) are veterinarians or physical therapists (working directly under veterinarians) who have completed advanced training in canine rehabilitation. They typically complete an internship with a CCRT following their coursework. Only after completing all aspects of this rigorous training are they awarded certification. CCRTs must master:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy assessment techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Physical modalities and therapeutic exercise
  • Neurological rehabilitation

The benefits of physical rehabilitation include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased circulation, strength, and endurance
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Enhanced post surgical recovery
  • Improved limb function
  • Enhanced healing of injured or inflamed tissue
  • Improved joint range of motion
  • Preventing muscle atrophy
  • Earlier return to activity
  • Weight control
  • Improved quality of life

Our therapists work in conjunction with board-certified specialists or your family veterinarian to provide rehabilitation, preventative care, and athletic conditioning for your best friend. Individualized and professionally guided programs are developed for each patient to address specific needs and circumstances.

Patients with chronic arthritis, soft tissue injuries, weight issues, neurologic conditions, and post-operative orthopedic patients may all benefit from rehabilitation. Rehabilitation services are also beneficial for general conditioning, cardiovascular fitness, and athletic conditioning.

Services offered include:

  • Water treadmill therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Proprioceptive, balance, and coordination exercises
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Athletic injury screening and prevention techniques
  • Custom home program development

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your VCA West Coast therapist will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best possible care.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from a consultation with a CCRT, please contact us. Additional information is available http://ccrp.utvetce.com/

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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