Hippotherapy is a specialized treatment strategy in which the movement of a horse is used in physical, occupational, and speech therapy to enhance the functional skills of patients with disabilities.
D'Youville students in physical and occupational therapy (as well as other majors) can gain hands-on experience as volunteers through the Student Hippotherapy Club or through elective courses in hippotherapy taught by Sarah P. Pictor, PT, DPT, PCS.
Research opportunities for graduate students and faculty include equine movement analysis and treatment efficacies.
In 2008 D'Youville established the LET'S GO! Hippotherapy Program (Lost Elms Therapy Services: Great Opportunities). During its five years of operation, D'Youville was home to the nation's only college-endorsed hippotherapy program, supporting faculty involvement, student volunteerism and encouraging faculty and student research.
Dr. Sarah Pictor