our commitment to excellence

 

our commitment to excellence

Our Mission

 

The Academy of Animal Sports Science (AASS) is an education company dedicated to developing curricula for Licensed Professionals who are seeking quality education in the animal complementary health care field. We are especially excited to present our flagship Animal Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (ASTR) Program, with equine and canine divisions. Our course modules are taught by leading veterinarians and specialists from around the globe, who continue to emphasize our established standards of evidence-based education and practical clinical experience. 

Our Story

 

Dr. Carrie Schlachter, Dr. Nicole Rombach and Debranne Pattillo, Directors of AASS, have combined their years of experience in the education industry as well as in the clinical field, to bring a new quality Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (ASTR) program for licensed professionals. 

 

The directors understand what graduates need to succeed in this rapidly-evolving profession.  They teamed up with leading specialists in the veterinary industry, to offer students from all corners of the globe the opportunity to study with leaders in the field of sports therapy and rehabilitation. 

Our Philosophy

 

AASS realizes that individual students have individual needs. We offer  well- organized residential classes with a manageable ratio of students to instructors. Lectures are reinforced with practical/clinical sessions during the residential module, and visual/audio aids are shared during the theory portions. The AASS administrative course office is open to the participants for full support, to complete the certification program successfully.

Dr. Nicole Rombach

Dr. Nicole Rombach

Partner / APM, MEEBW, CCBW, PG AM, MSc., PhD

Dr. Rombach has a full equine and canine sports therapy practice, and also regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations, presenting evidence-based courses on equine and canine spinal dysfunction with an emphasis on neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques.

Debranne Pattillo

Debranne Pattillo

Partner / MEEBW

Debranne sees equine anatomy through the eyes of both a body worker and an artist. Her teaching is infused with the anatomical precision that excellent bodywork requires. She is the founder of the unique Equinology Approach To Equine Body Work, and she teaches the Equinology Equine Body Worker certification courses at locations throughout the world.

Dr. Carrie Schlachter

Dr. Carrie Schlachter

Partner / VMD

Dr. Schlachter’s practice focuses solely on equine sports medicine, with special emphasis on digital diagnostics and rehabilitation.  She oversees all the entire rehabilitation program at Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine, where she works directly with both horse owners and their veterinarians.