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 Dr. Darryl Millis receives 2017 AVMA Career Achievement Award in Canine Research

Dr. Darryl MillisThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Darryl Millis recipient of its 2017 AVMA Career Achievement Award in Canine Research.

Dr. Millis, who received the award at the Merial National Institute of Health's National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Md., was recognized for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of canine rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Dr. Millis's work has been instrumental in improving the orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation of canines," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president. "His achievements in research have led to more consistent patient evaluations and the development of innovative treatment methods. I congratulate Dr. Millis on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank him for his dedication and achievements in the treatment and rehabilitation of dogs and other animals."

Dr. Millis has been in the field of canine rehabilitation and physical therapy research for more than 30 years, focusing on gait analysis techniques and the evaluation of treatments for osteoarthritis, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and physical modalities. During this time he co-edited three textbooks and authored over 200 peer-reviewed studies, book chapters and research abstracts.

His significant contributions to the field include the development of the Dog Mobility Scale, an eight-question scale that enhances the objective evaluation of mobility in dogs, and the development of the first underwater treadmill for use in aquatic therapy rehabilitation for dogs.

Dr. Millis earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Cornell University and holds diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a founding charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation. He serves on a variety of industry committees and boards, and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA) Iams Paatsama Award and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.

Dr. Millis currently serves as professor of orthopedic surgery and director of canine arthritis rehabilitation exercise and sports medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

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