Kristin Kirkby Shaw
DVM, MS, PhD
Surgeon/Medical Director, Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center/Sound Veterinary Rehabilitation Center
Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw is a small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist whose career has focused on bridging the gap between these two disciplines. She received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003, followed by a rotating internship in Colorado, and small animal surgery residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Kirkby Shaw completed both her MS and Ph.D. at the University of Florida. In 2009 she became board certified in veterinary surgery (DACVS-SA) and in 2013, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR). Dr. Kirkby Shaw has been a surgeon and rehabilitation specialist in Seattle since 2010. She is a managing partner of Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center, and Medical Director of the rehabilitation department, SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. She specializes in seeing dogs with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, and arthritis. Her goal is to provide a comprehensive plan that is customized to each patient. While surgery is often part of the treatment plan, she provides non-surgical options such as intra-articular therapy, pain management, nutritional guidance and rehabilitation therapy. Dr. Kirkby Shaw is also a consultant with the Woodland Park Zoo, where she provides specific guidance on rehabilitation and pain management techniques for zoo animals with arthritis. Dr. Kirkby Shaw is past-president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and is currently an instructor for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. In 2018 she was the recipient of the John J. Sherman Award for Excellence in Veterinary Rehabilitation. She is a frequent invited speaker at national and international veterinary conferences and has authored numerous journal articles and textbook chapters related to veterinary surgery and rehabilitation. She doesn’t leave the world of rehab behind when she goes home. Her husband, Aaron, is an occupational therapist/certified hand therapist and owner of MoveMend, a physical and occupational therapy practice in Seattle. Kristin and Aaron are proud parents of Beans (Frenchie) and Arrow (Labrador). In Kristin’s rare spare time she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, and travel.