2619 SW 17th St, Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 233 - 3185



Physical Therapy

Our very own Brenda Buffum, RVT attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institue earinging her Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse Certification. As University Veterinary Care Center grows we plan to offer numerous rehabilitation and sports medicine services.

What is rehabilitation medicine?

Rehabilitation therapy involves the use of specific non-invasive treatments (massage, exercise, light, heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound, laser, magnetic therapy, hydrotherapy, etc.) to rehabilitate injured patients. The goal of rehabilitation is to return the patient to normal function as quickly as possible, and to restore the full range of movement and strength to injured body parts.

Common conditions rehabilitation can treat:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate ligament tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Patellar luxation
  • Fractures
  • Amputation
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Vestibular disease
  • Obesity

Animal Chiropractic

Animal chiropractic is a drug-free approach to animal health care, that deals with restoring the nervous system to optimal health and function. In the simplest terms, animal chiropractic is the application of various human chiropractic techniques and philosophies to the non-human species. More specifically, animal chiropractic involves evaluation of the functional motion of the individual bones of the spine (vertebrae) followed by treatments called adjustments. These adjustments are done to improve the movement of the spinal column, to improve the function of the enclosed spinal cord and spinal nerves. By maintaining the normal motion of the spine, chiropractic care helps optimize the function of the nervous system and consequently the health of the remainder of the body.

Who Is the chiropractor?

Dr. Travis Gratton has been providing animal chiropractic care to companion animals in northeastern Kansas since the early 2000's.
After completing 200 hours of training courses through Options for Animal College of Animal Chiropractic in 1999 and 2000, he passed the certification exams of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).

His certificate number is #469, making him one of the first 500 certified veterinarians or chiropractors in the world.
Dr. Gratton remains the only animal chiropractor in the Topeka area that has passed and maintained certification by the AVCA.

Why choose chiropractic?

Animal chiropractic is an alternative health care option that is based on removing impediments to the body’s innate ability to heal, by releasing areas of restricted movement in the spine.
Some of the more common indications for pets to receive chiropractic care include:

  • Neck and back pain or disc problems
  • Lameness or changes in movement
  • Decreased mobility or play behavior
  • Muscle spasm or hypersensitivity
  • Event or sports training injuries
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Injuries and trauma
  • Posture or tail carriage problems
  • Urinary, GI, or reproductive problems
  • Issues arising during growth and development periods
  • Geriatric pets
  • Routine maintenance of health and body function

Laser Therapy

Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy occurs when a dose of light energy reaches target tissue and results in decreased inflammation, decreased pain, and accelerated healing. This doctor-prescribed, technician-driven modality effectively treats a wide variety of conditions including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic disease states.

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Routine Wellness Care

Routine wellness and preventative care are provided on an annual basis for all patients of University Veterinary Care Center to maintain the patient's health as a whole. This can include; yearly physical examinations, vaccine boosters or titers, bloodwork, parasite checks, and dispensing of parasite preventative medication.

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Critical Care

We offer several critical care and emergency related services for current patients regardless of species. Our doctors remain on-call for current patients seen within the past 12 months experiencing after-hours emergencies.

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Alternative Medicine

Here at University Veterinary Care Center, we are proudly offering alternative options to conventional veterinary medicine. Currently, we provide Stem Cell Therapy, Animal Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Reiki, and herbal medication.

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