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WELCOME ADDRESSES

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

Every second year there is one event that brings people from different veterinary professions together:

The International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

This unique symposium is a meeting point for everybody who is interested in physical therapy, sports medicine, rehabilitation, surgery, orthopedic, neurology, biomechanics and motion analysis.
 
All around the world, people from all these different professions are working on the same topic: How can we respond fully to the physiological and clinical needs of our animals?

To answer this sophisticated question it is necessary to combine several fields of scientific research and to involve each animal related profession like clinicians, biomechanists, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, anatomists and physiologists. Therefore, the largest international conference in animal rehabilitation and physical therapy will be the perfect place to experience leading speakers from different professions putting their knowledge together in thematically linked and research focused presentations, concluding with key take-home messages for practice and research relevant to the subject internationally.

The focused symposia for the International Symposium in Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy include speakers from many countries and will ensure that delegates are exposed to up to date research and knowledge from around the world. The symposium 2012 will be held as a collaboration of IAVRPT and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna at the the 7th international Symposium which will be held at the University of Veterinary Medicine .

With best regards,

Priv. Doz. Dr. Barbara Bockstahler (local organization)
Clinical Department for Small Animals and Horses
Clinic for Surgery, Ophthalmology and Dentistry
Section for Physical Therapy
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna , Austria

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

Several people have attended all the previous International Symposia on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine and I am lucky to be one of them. What started in Oregon tentatively but successfully has grown over the years to be the most important symposium for everyone who has dedicated his or her professional life to rehabilitation and physical therapy of dogs and horses.

Nowadays it is the place where you meet veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians from all over the world, all working with one goal:
 
to make rehabilitation for animals successful. In this mix of different professions, it is easy to learn to appreciate each others' strength and to understand the importance of cooperation.

Both during lectures and in between there is a lot to learn, from the specialist and from the other attendees. Go home afterwards with new ideas and new professional contacts. Grab your chance to experience this!

I am looking forward to meet you in Vienna in August 2012.

May Römer-Bartels
President of the IAVRPT