Dr Kirsten Kirkby Shaw

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Qualifications: DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT

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Specialisation: Surgery and Rehabilitation Specialist

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As a surgical resident, Kristin recognized the need for rehabilitation for her patients and took graduate courses in rehabilitation science, exercise science and therapeutic modalities. She attended Northeast Seminars/ UT Canine Rehabilitation courses in 2007 followed by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2008, where she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). In 2009 she became board certified in veterinary surgery (DACVS-SA). Following her residency, she remained at UF as faculty in surgery and founded the University of Florida Small Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness Center (now part of the UF Small Animal Integrative Medicine Service). In 2010 she was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the University of Florida. In 2013, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR).

Kristin has been a surgeon and rehabilitation specialist in Seattle since 2010. She is a surgeon at the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle and is the Medical Director of SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center, where she specializes in seeing dogs with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, and arthritis.

Kristin founded CARE ( in 2019 to provide resources for her clients and veterinary colleagues, as well as those caring for dogs with arthritis around the world.

Kristin is past-president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and is currently an instructor for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. In 2018 she was the recipient of the John J. Sherman Award for Excellence in Veterinary Rehabilitation. She is a frequent invited speaker at national and international veterinary conferences and has authored numerous journal articles and text book chapters related to veterinary surgery and rehabilitation.

She doesn't leave the world of rehab behind when she goes home. Her husband, Aaron, is an occupational therapist/certified hand therapist and owner of MoveMend, physical and occupational therapy practices in the Seattle area focused on bridging the gap between injury and activity. Kristin and Aaron are proud parents of Beans (Frenchie) and Arrow (Labrador). In Kristin’s rare spare time she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, and travel.

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