In this issue ... board nominations and grant proposals due Sept. 1, spotlight on Canine Rehab of New York, contest winner, tech corner case study, and more!
Dr. Cara Blake
President's Message

Collaboration Is Key


The practice of veterinary rehabilitation is one in which collaboration is key. Working together with open lines of communication is critical for successful patient outcomes. Our training is varied and may be from veterinary and/or human medicine backgrounds. Therefore, our approach to addressing similar patient issues may not always be the same, as we may see things in a different light. This is what makes rehabilitation such a great field. We are very fortunate in being able to work side by side with colleagues with such diverse training on a daily basis. There is much to learn from each other and the better the dialogue is between us, rehabilitation practitioners, the more the field will grow.

A great opportunity to network with colleagues will be at next year's Rehab Summit. The 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy  will be held July 30-August 3, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The AARV and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will be hosting pre-symposium lecture tracks prior to the start of the meeting. Although is it about a year away, please mark your calendars as it will be a fantastic meeting and one not to miss!


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Board of Director Nominations Due September 1

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AARV is now accepting nominations for five positions on its board of directors. All positions are three-year terms beginning January 1, 2018. 
  • Secretary
  • Communications Director
  • Industry Liaison
  • University Liaison
  • Legislative Liaison

To read brief descriptions of these positions, please visit the AARV website.


Nominations are due September 1, 2017. To submit a nomination or learn more, please contact Dr. Megan Ridley at


Grant Proposal Submissions Due September 1

We invite all AARV members to submit their grant proposals to AARV before September 1, 2017.

AARV has established a competitive annual awards program to add to the evidence base for veterinary rehabilitation by providing grant funds to highly meritorious applications. We encourage individuals to submit grant proposals that advance the science of canine and/or equine rehabilitation.

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The AARV will offer two grants in 2017, one sponsored by AARV and the other sponsored by Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips. Each grant is worth $2,500 and will be granted to an AARV member to perform research related to the field of animal rehabilitation. The Toe Grips Research Grant is reserved for research related to their product. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2017 and should follow the format described below. Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and announcement of the awards will be made on October 15, 2017.

Applicants must be AARV members.

Grant proposal submission guidelines are detailed on the AARV website. Please submit your grant proposal for review and/or questions to Carolina Medina via email at
Important Grant Submission Deadlines

June 15, 2017 First call for grant submissions
July 1, 2017 Second call for grant submissions
August 1, 2017 Final call for grant submissions
September 1, 2017 Grant submission deadline
October 15, 2017 Decisions notified to authors
January 2019 Oral delivery with PowerPoint presentation at VMX (formerly NAVC)

For detailed guidelines, visit the Grant Opportunities page on the AARV website (member log-in required).
Congratulations to Our Facebook Contest Winner!

Congratulations to our Facebook contest winner - AARV member Daniel Halden! Dr. Halden shared our Facebook post and was chosen at random to receive a voucher for $100 good towards any course through the Healing Oasis! Thanks to everyone who entered, and keep an eye out for our next Facebook or Instagram contest!

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Canine Rehab of New York

Canine Rehab of New York is located on the Upper West Side in New York City. In 2013, Dr. Bonnie Brown purchased a class IV laser for her veterinary practice, Gotham Veterinary Center. The benefits of laser therapy were clear, but Dr. Brown felt that there must be more to offer ailing dogs in addition to rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and laser therapy. She reached out to the laser manufacturer and was introduced to the world of canine rehabilitation and decided to get her certification.

Dr. Brown, the owner of Canine Rehab of New York, and Carly Arbitman, a licensed veterinary technician and Dr. Brown's assistant, both completed the Canine Rehab Certification Program at the University of Tennessee. They both attend rehab conferences, working with leaders in the field to build on their knowledge base. Because of Dr. Brown's passion for canine rehab and what it can do for patients, she opened her own canine rehabilitation facility in November 2015.

Continue reading about Canine Rehab of New York ...
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Interested in Conducting Clinical Research?

Are you interested in conducting clinical research but don't know where to start?
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) has created a new online course to demystify clinical research for practicing rehabilitation therapists, interns and residents.  Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research  is taught by CRI faculty member  Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR who has spent more than 30 years doing research. 
The entire process from concept to publication is covered during the 10-week course. You will view online lectures, read assignments, and participate in an online live discussion with Dr. Zink each week. You will develop a research hypothesis that matches your interests and clinical caseloads, and then design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

There are students from the first course that are now collaborating on studies and have been awarded research grants.
AARV members receive a 10% tuition discount. If you have questions or are interested in registering for the next session, email CRI at
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Veterinary Practice Acts -
Tennessee and Texas

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Happy Summer! Tennessee and Texas are the next states on the list.
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Tennessee's practice act is specific in its definitions. Within the definitions, laser therapy and ultrasound therapy is defined. It also includes other integrative therapies by definition, but does not include rehabilitation. However, there is a section in the practice act that does include rehabilitation:
(2) In addition to the specific methods, therapies, and procedures named in T.C.A. § 63-12- 103(10) the practice of veterinary medicine includes, but is not limited to, the following: acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, laser therapy, massage therapy, veterinary rehabilitative therapy, and ultrasound.
This section defines animal rehabilitation as veterinary medicine.
Texas has a practice act that is long and very specific in parts. There is a section about "Non-Veterinarians" in the rules:
RULE §573.10 Supervision of Non-Veterinarians (a) With appropriate supervision and after establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, a veterinarian may delegate veterinary care and treatment duties to non-veterinarian employees, or to the following independent contractors: (1) licensed equine dental providers, in accordance with §573.19 of this title (relating to Dentistry); or (2) individuals performing any form of musculoskeletal manipulation, including but not limited to animal chiropractic, in accordance with §573.14 of this title (relating to Alternate Therapies--Chiropractic and Other Forms of Musculoskeletal Manipulation).
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There are also sections after this about alternative therapies, but no specific mention of animal rehabilitation. It could be interpreted that the section on Chiropractic and MSM (musculoskeletal manipulation) might be inclusive of rehabilitation, but it is very vague.

Please see the State Practice Acts page on our website for links to veterinary and physical therapy practice acts.
Case Study: Long-Term Care for Fibrocartilaginous Embolism in a Labrador Retriever

by Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, CCRA

Zeus, a seven-year-old, male neutered Labrador Retriever presented for recheck after the initial onset of Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) in February 2016. Physical assessment determined a right-sided T13-L1 FCE. The veterinary hospital was in the early stages of developing a rehabilitation department, which limited modalities available to the patient. To provide the patient with therapeutic services, creativity and resourcefulness was implemented. A goal was set to facilitate Zeus using the right pelvic limb functionally, go for walks, have control of elimination and be happy. When Zeus first started rehabilitation on day two of being hospitalized, he had to be muzzled which helped with relaxation and trusting the therapists. Continue reading about Zeus ...

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Learn More About APRVT

The technicians on the Organizing Committee of the APRVT would love to speak at your clinic or local conference! Contact us at to find someone in your area!

Please visit the APRVT website and social media sites to learn more about us and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter! Do you have an article in mind for the Technician Corner?  Contact Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, AARV Technician Liaison, to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic. 
Articles of Interest

The August Articles of Interest are now available for review in the Members Only area of the website. Click here to review this month's as well as past months' articles of interest.
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Add Your Rehabilitation Event to the AARV Calendar

Do you have an event to add to the AARV calendar? All calendar posts are now free for AARV members.

Please send your calendar event to and be sure to include the name of the event, speaker, topic, date, time, location and URL. Rehabilitation related events/classes only, please.


Veterinary Rehab Position in South Carolina 
Part-time veterinary position in well-established Rehab only practice. Comfortable, relaxed environment with all needed equipment and staff to do your best. In addition to patient care position includes veterinary outreach to expand referral base. Perfect for an entrepreneur with family commitments or a veterinarian looking for rewarding work with shorter days and slower pace. Rehab experience preferred but will mentor and offer financial assistance for certifications. Long term position with buy in/out options. Competitive salary with profit sharing. Wonderful dog friendly town with many recreational and horse activities. Resume with cover letter to


CCRA/CCRP and Additional RVT, Sherman Oaks, California
Paw Rehab in Sherman Oaks is seeking a CCRA/CCRP and an additional RVT to join our small, passionate team. Ideal candidates have at least two years of experience, are reliable team players, give exceptional patient care, enjoy client interaction, and have excellent communication skills. Under the supervision of our DVM, the CCRP/CCRA supports and independently facilitates rehab sessions, educates clients, and performs digital record keeping as needed. 
  • Competitive salary
  • M-F 8-5 or 9-6 schedule (no overnights/weekends)
  • Paid vacation days/holidays
  • CE allowance
  • Employee pet discounts

Please email a cover letter/resume to Dr. Bak -  


Veterinarian, Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio is currently looking for a full-time veterinarian who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (or board eligible) or is a certified Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist. We seek an individual who is team-oriented with excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. Start dates are negotiable with an anticipated start date by winter 2017. To apply, interested candidates are invited to apply via


CCRP/CCRT Veterinarian, Chicago
TLC First Animal Hospital seeks a CCRP/CCRT veterinarian to join our team. We are a growing small and exotic animal hospital in a beautiful, northwest Chicago neighborhood. Blending Eastern and Western medicine with an emphasis on nutrition, we create a truly holistic approach to our patients' wellbeing. We have recently expanded and are building a Rehabilitation Center. Equipped with a pool, water treadmill, thermal imaging, class IV laser and Assisi Loop, it needs finishing touches and an experienced veterinarian to manage the Center and market services. The caseload would combine general practice and rehabilitation, with less general practice as rehab grows. TLC First has a cutting-edge, 8-year-old facility, open floor plan, Idexx inhouse lab equipment, endoscopy and digital radiography. Contact Mari Carmona at (773) 631-0706 or Learn more: and Facebook.


Veterinary Rehabilitation Technician, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital is seeking a veterinary rehabilitation technician. Candidates will have experience working in a veterinary rehab setting with certification or near completion. Full service specialty hospital with additional integrative offerings and a fully equipped rehab facility. Looking for a high-energy, relationship-driven individual to perform all rehab treatments including underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser and ultrasound, thermo and cryotherapy, stretching/manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises as prescribed. A love of people and a heart for customer service are crucial attributes, as our relationships with our clients are the heart of our staff. We offer competitive salaries, and benefits. To apply, contact Jana Davidson at

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