TERI DOWDELLDVM, CCRT, VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Teri Dowdell, DVM, and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) has been with WestVet for six years. As a CCRT, she helps animals achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. Dr. Dowdell’s expertise is in physical rehabilitation. She evaluates, restores, and maintains a dog’s physical function and movement, treating dogs that suffer from injuries, disease, weight gain, or animals recovering from surgery by utilizing numerous treatment modalities, including hydrotherapy, laser therapy, specific exercises, and acupuncture.
When asked about the most rewarding part of her job, Dr. Dowdell said, “Fixing problems, managing pain, restoring function.” Whether she is assisting a senior dog with basic functions, helping a dog post-op reach optimum function in the shortest amount of time, or guiding a performance dog that needs a subtle tweak to be perfect in competition, she finds joy in the dog’s successes (and the owner’s delight with their dog’s progress and return to mobility).
Dr. Dowdell’s veterinary career began after she earned two bachelor’s degrees. First, a zoology degree with an emphasis on marine biology from the University of Georgia; then a Microbiology degree from Washington State University. She wanted to work in a profession where she could contribute to both the human and animal community; this led her to Ross University in the West Indies for veterinary school. She completed a clinical year at Colorado State University followed by a general internship at the Animal Surgical and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2009, Dr. Dowdell’s joined WestVet as a surgical intern. After her one-year surgical internship with us and a brief stint working as a general practice veterinarian in northern California, she returned to WestVet where she now manages WestVet’s Physical Rehabilitation Services.
Her educational pursuits enabled her to live in many places. Born and raised in New Jersey, she has lived in Athens, GA; Charleston, OR; Friday Harbor, WA; Fort Collins, CO; Pullman, WA; Philadelphia, PA; St. Kitts, West Indies; Los Angeles and Ukiah, California; and now in Boise. This world traveler says she loves the Treasure Valley for both the out-of-the-city camping and hiking adventures and the nice community feel.
Helping animals and practicing veterinary rehabilitation is only one part of this talented doctor’s life; she is also an artist. She began blowing glass in 1991 and had her own art glass business for six years. That’s when she felt the pull to veterinary school. After putting this hobby on hold for several years, now that she is established at WestVet, she is looking forward to picking it up again.
Dr. Dowdell is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. She obtained her acupuncture certification in May of 2008 from Colorado State University and was trained at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida. She has a passion and enthusiasm for animal rehabilitation and we are delighted to offer her expertise and services to the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas.