NOVEMBER 2016 SPOTLIGHT
Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware (VSCD)
New Castle and Dover, Delaware
Natalie Campbell, VMD, CCRP
Kristin Jankowski, VMD, CCRP
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware is a state-of-the-art referral hospital offering advanced and
urgent care to companion animals. The main hospital receives specialty and emergency patients and is
located just off of US I-95 in New Castle, DE, with a satellite location in Dover, DE which sees only
specialty appointments. Both buildings sit just off major highways and are easily accessible to Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey clients and patients. VSCD specialists are trained in cardiology,
16-slice CT imaging, critical care, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, anesthesia, acupuncture,
rehabilitation, radiology/ultrasound and surgery. The practice's 24/7 emergency staff veterinarians are highly skilled to
treat and manage all emergencies from trauma to chronic ailments.
The VSCD Rehabilitation Program was started at VSCD in 2011. At the program's inception, patients were
treated with manual therapy in a 100 square-foot exam room in the main hospital. The current
Rehabilitation Center is now housed in a service-specific 1000 square-foot building on the main campus of
the practice. Our service treats patients six days per week and focuses on animals with neurologic
injuries/diseases, sporting/working dogs, geriatric patients and post-surgical patients. Initial consults with
clients are 90 minutes and follow up appointments are 45 minutes. In addition to appointments, we also
treat hospitalized in-patients, which may include post-op orthopedic or neurologic patients as well as
debilitated patients in the hospital's intensive care unit.
The VSCD Rehab Team is comprised of two veterinarians and one human physical therapist - all certified
in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee (CCRP). Essential to the team is our
hydrotherapist who oversees all patients in the underwater treadmill and heated therapy pool. The team
is completed by two rehabilitation assistants, who make everything run smoothly. Both veterinarians, Dr.
Kristin Jankowski and the center's director, Dr. Natalie Campbell, are AARV members.
Our Center reflects the AARV model standards in many ways. Each appointment is managed by a certified
rehabilitation practitioner, and much of each visit is spent educating our clients on disease processes, pain
management, medication, nutraceuticals, diet plans, home programs and ongoing restorative plans. We
communicate directly with referring veterinarians via telephone after the initial consult with a client,
followed by detailed letters explaining the animal's treatment plan. Patients are assessed at every
appointment and pain is addressed and treated before work or exercise begins. We are prepared for
emergent situations that arise with a protocol that has been designed specifically for our service.
Our practice is most proud of the relationships that we develop with our clients and patients. Clients are
encouraged to be a part of each 45-minute appointment so close, lengthy relationships are formed. We
are very excited about our one-of-a-kind Enliten System. This system allows us to work with dogs who
have decreased mobility by supporting them in a sling that has attachments to an almost frictionless
metal structure (see photos). Our practice's plans include continued growth through expansion of
services, as well as renovation and expansion of the current hospital footprint.
Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware
290 Churchmans Road
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Lady enjoys her pool session with Hydrotherapist, David.
Nala recovers from spinal surgery. Underwater treadmill is just a part of her therapy.
Dr. Campbell ensures Nessie is properly positioned on the stance analyzer.
The VSCD Rehab Team. Back row, left to right: Kristin Jankowski, VMD, CCRP; Laurie Washington, PT, DPT, CCRP; David Mazzoni, Hydrotherapist; Rachael Mant, Assistant; Front row, left to right: Natalie Campbell, VMD, CCRP; Jen Brown, Assistant.
Despite significant neurologic deficits, Big Boy is able to work on the wobble board while in the Enliten System.
Dr. Jankowski treats Cammie with the laser.
Elias, who suffered an FCE which left him with severe hind limb paresis, walks on the land treadmill using the Enliten System.
Frankie B walks in the underwater treadmill with a little help from David and Rachael.
Dr. Washington treats a patient immediately post-op after orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Campbell and Jen use the peanut with Louis, a 17-year-old cat, following hind limb amputation.