Welcome to Wilmington Animal Fitness
and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington NC 
"Changing Lives One Step At a Time"

Call us at (910) 398-6436

Physical therapy and rehabilitation are a new specialty on the forefront of cutting edge advances in veterinary medicine. Treatment involves a patient specific regimen of modalities and exercises such as agility and gait re-education, balance and proprioception training, use of heat and cold, use of therapeutic laser, and use of prosthetics/orthotics or assistive devices such as carts. Animal rehabilitation transforms the way dogs and cats recover from surgery, injury, and other debilitating diseases.

re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion  (rē-‘hə-bil’-ə-tā’-shən)

n. Restoration to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.

Post-surgical patients improve 50% faster than patients without rehabilitation.

One in five dogs has osteoarthritis, and 90% of cats over the age of 12 suffer silently with the same disease. All can benefit from rehabilitation.

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We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (910) 398-6436 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Wilmington rehab clinic is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below!

At Wilmington Animal Fitness and Rehabilitation Center, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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Wilmington Rehab Clinic | Wilmington Animal Fitness and Rehabilitation Center | (910) 398-6436

3720 Federal Park Drive
Wilmington, NC 28412


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Office Hours

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9:00 am-5:00 pm




9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


10:30 am-3:30 pm





Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Leif Carlisle
    Medical and Rehabilitation Team Member

    Leif joined our Needham team in October, 2019 after moving to Wilmington from Starkville, Mississippi. She holds a master's degree in animal physiology from Mississippi State University and has worked in the veterinary field since 2011. Leif is currently attending classes to obtain her degree in veterinary technology and is on course to become a NC Registered Veterinary Technician.  Her long term goal is to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Leif shares her home with her cat, Mogli, and enjoys reading in her spare time.  She was our employee of the month in March of 2020!

  • Timothy Ford

    Dr. Ford, originally from Scottsdale, AZ, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He began working at Needham Animal Hospital in 1995 while completing his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  After receiving his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a two year residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ford's interest in options to improve a beloved animal's quality of life led him to earn the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians certification in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Dr. Ford has been a veterinarian at Needham since 2003. Dr. Ford's primary interests are practicing in a Fear Free, bond-centered manner, focusing on medical acupuncture, preventive medicine, and dermatology.  Dr. Ford resides in Wilmington with his wife Laura and their two sons, Brooks and Wells. He is an active leader in his sons Boy Scout troops, loves camping, hiking, woodworking, and his Peloton. Dr. Ford and his family have two lab mix rescues, Onyx and Luke, and a mischievous Whippet named Hiccup. 


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "In July, 2010, my little dachshund, Duke, had back surgery and he was not able to walk for eight months. I went everywhere to find help for him and on March 31, 2011, I found Dianne Logan at Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehabilitation Center. Now Duke is walking after four weeks and 12 treatments!"
    Alice K
  • "My sweet dog has been partially paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord insult. She is currently at Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehabilitation Center with Dianne Logan, CCRP. "Little-D" has received balance/coordination exercises; electrical stimulation to her weakened muscles; therapy laser to her painful joints and most recently, is beginning hydrotherapy-treadmill. What I appreciate most is the involvement I am allowed. I am with "Little-D" throughout her therapy and am able to learn techniques to use as home exercises for the days she does not attend rehab."
    Jayne B.
  • "My poodle, Gucci has been diagnosed with IVDD. My vet referred us to Dianne Logan at Wilmington Animal Rehab in lieu of surgery. He is doing great, thanks to Dianne. He is now on a laser treatment maintenance schedule and is responding well to the treatments. Thank you, Dianne"

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