PRACTICE: SEPTEMBER 2016
Water4Dogs was originally created as a canine water therapy facility focused on fitness, conditioning and recreation, located in downtown Manhattan in New York City. At the end of 2012, the original owner was considering the possibility of closing the facility and reached out to Dr. Francisco DiPolo, who owned a veterinary hospital in the same building, to see if there was any interest in the location. It was at that time that Dr. DiPolo and his associate, Dr. Jonathan Block, started a partnership to transform Water4Dogs from a recreational and conditioning facility to a full-service, stand-alone, accredited canine rehabilitation practice.
After completing his CCRT training certificate, Dr. Block took on the role of medical director while Dr. DiPolo was initially responsible for the business model and day-to-day operations at Water4Dogs. After three years, Water4Dogs now has two CCRT-trained veterinarians and a para-professional team of seven, including LVTs, assistants and a practice manager dedicated to patient care and client services.
"At Water4Dogs we have the unique opportunity to house the only exclusive indoor veterinary rehabilitation pool in the greater New York City area. This has allowed us to expand the type of services we can offer as well as becoming a great source of referrals from other facilities that lack the space," says Dr. DiPolo.
more about Water4Dogs on our Spotlight
New York, New York
Jonathan Block, DVM, CVA, CCRT (top)
Francisco DiPolo, DVM, CVA, CCRT
UPDATED MARCH 2016
AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation
AARV has just released a newly updated
version of its summary of pet insurance
coverage for rehabilitation services, current as of March 2016.
The Pet Insurance Summary is available as a 2-page printable PDF – please be sure to see both pages for complete information.
the AARV Pet Insurance Summary PDF (updated March 2016)
Members: Download Our Updated Free Brochure for
Your Clients and Colleagues
AARV's updated brochure "Why
Should You Choose a Rehabilitation Veterinarian?" is
now available as a free download for members.
The brochure is a high-resolution PDF that may be printed
and distributed to clients and colleagues to help explain
the benefits of working with a rehabilitation veterinarian.
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AARV Memorial Cards
AARV has updated its printed memorial
cards with original new artwork by artist Carol Lavelle
of Hawaii. The new artwork, which was created for AARV,
features pawprints, hoofprints and footprints from a
variety of animals arranged in a heart.
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of sympathy from your staff. The card indicates that
you have made a donation to AARV as a way of honoring
the life of their companion animal.
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