Our “Pack”

At Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre, our “pack” is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitative needs of your pet so you can enjoy a happy and healthy life together. We’re all passionate about our furry friends and invite you to learn a little more about us!

Dr. Catherine Pampiglione, DVM, CCRP and AVCA Certified

Upon graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna, Italy in 1997, Dr. Catherine was offered a position with the prestigious CIRAD, a French veterinary agricultural research centre.  However, she declined the position to follow her passion for animal rehabilitation and undertook more education in veterinary physical rehabilitation. After spending several months in Germany at Vierbeiner Reha-Zentrum, an outstanding veterinary teaching hospital for physical rehabilitation, she went to the University of Tennessee where she completed the canine rehabilitation program.

Dr. Catherine is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, an American Certified Animal Chiropractor, and a member of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.

After traveling all over the world, she found her home in the beautiful town of Okotoks where she opened Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre in 2013. Her clinic offers a unique, caring atmosphere where pets and clients are treated like family. Dr. Catherine, who has more than 20 years of experience in physical rehab with more than 75,000 cases successfully treated, proudly offers to her furry patients all the treatments available in human physiotherapy as well as chiropractic treatments and aqua therapy (underwater treadmill).

Dr. Catherine can’t really say that she has much spare time as she is very committed to her furry patients, her own two rescue wolfies (Numa and Akai), three VERY spoiled Guinea Pigs (Guido, Geppetto and Baby G) and Rosetta the cat.  Life is busy at Pampiglione casa!


Here is our new volunteer, Leah!!!

She has a background in kinesiology and obtained her BSc Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2020. After completing this degree, Leah went abroad to study Nutrition and Dietetics in Australia. Leah has recently returned to Calgary to explore her longstanding passion of caring for animals in a physical rehabilitation setting, integrating her health and fitness background with her love of dogs. Leah is eager to learn as much as she can from the patients at our clinic, and in the future, she plans to pursue further studies in veterinary medicine or physiotherapy, with the ambition of becoming certified in the field of canine rehabilitation.

At home, Leah spends much of her time walking, cuddling, and training her two-year-old papillion, Ace, and her family’s new golden retriever pup, Fina. Having grown up dancing and leading an active lifestyle, Leah also enjoys dance fitness, running and cycling in her spare time!



Volunteers are an important part of our team. If you are aspiring to a career in the veterinary field or simply have a passion for working with animals, we would love to hear from you! You can connect with us by completing our Volunteer Form.