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Dr. Cara Blake President's Message

presidentWe Hope To See You at NAVC!

2017 is well underway and the AARV board is working diligently to enhance what AARV can bring to you, our members. Dr. Megan Ridley, our new President-elect who will be continuing her role this year as Communications Director, has been revamping the AARV website, so be on the lookout for our new and improved site!

It is hard to believe NAVC is underway! With lecture tracks in acupuncture, canine sports medicine, in addition to the IVAPM Symposium, it will certainly be a CE packed meeting!

The AARV is sponsoring a lecture track on Monday, February 6th. Lectures will include results from the AARV- and Aratana-supported research grants. The John Sherman Award will be presented at the start of the business lunch meeting, which all members are invited to attend. Please plan on joining us for lunch and enter the drawing for a chance to win an Apple Watch!

The AARV and APRVT will be in the Exhibit Hall at booth #29. If you would like to find out how to become more involved with either organization, please stop by to speak with one of the fabulous booth volunteers!

The APRVT is currently awaiting a response regarding the proposed VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) application process. To find out more information about the status of the application, or how to become more involved in this specialty field, feel free to stop by the booth or contact Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP.

I hope to see you at NAVC or another upcoming event!

Warm regards,
Join AARV on February 6 at NAVC 2017 navc
AARV will be presenting its Lecture Track on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the North American Veterinary Community Conference in Orlando, Florida. We have planned a full day of presentations on leading-edge topics. All NAVC attendees are welcome to attend the AARV Track. To register, please visit the NAVC website.

Members of AARV and APRVT also will be in booth #29 in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by and say hello!
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As a special bonus, AARV will be holding a drawing at the AARV annual meeting at noon on February 6th. One lucky AARV member in attendance will be eligible to receive a new Apple Watch or similar gift!

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Program Chairman: Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR
Moderator: Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS

Michelle Powers, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
Wendy Davies, CVT, CCRA
Got injury? Who's your team?

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR 
Non weight-bearing to sound: Practical tips

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR
Muscle strengthening programs: What's the next step?

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Lunch meeting with John Sherman Award Presentation to Leilani Alvarez. All members and interested parties are welcome. AARV will be holding a drawing for an Apple Watch or similar gift for all members who are present.

Constanza Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
Static and dynamic posture in dogs, can physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques change it?

Constanza Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
Relation between conformation and gait in dogs: biomechanics analysis and musculoskeletal health implications

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR
Clinical Brief: Manual muscle strength testing in dogs

Constanza Gomez Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
AARV-Sponsored Grant Winner
Clinical Brief: Postural sway parameters in dogs undergoing physical rehabilitation: A feasibility study

Aratana logo Kyle Martin, MS, DVM
Aratana-Sponsored Grant Winner
Clinical Brief: Inertial measurement units to objectively assess outcome in dogs undergoing cranial cruciate ligament repair
Save the Date for STAAR 2017!staar

Be sure to save the date for AARV's lecture track on April 29, 2017, at the STAAR Conference in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Dr. Cara Blake will start the morning by discussing therapeutic modalities as well as novel therapeutics in pain management. Dr. Felix Duerr will explain when to choose surgery as a tool for managing pain in patients with musculoskeletal disease. Dr. Leilani Alvarez will present how to safely and effectively manage pain in old dogs. After lunch, Dr. Rick Wall will teach localizing pain, followed by a repeat of the morning lectures (excluding the modalities talk). This gives the attendees the opportunity to attend both the AARV lecture track one part of the day, as well as a STAAR workshop the other part of the day.

In addition to these educational lectures, AARV also will be hosting a social event the night of April 29th. We hope you attend this event in an effort to get to know you better over some cocktails and appetizers. We will have a fun theme and hope you participate in the festivities. Please also stop by our booth to say hello, ask us any questions you may have, and enter in the raffle drawing.

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The MVRH rehabilitation team (from left): Andi Looney, Mich Powers, Ingrid Bredas, Cara Blake, and Amanda Brownell (not pictured: Lisa Corti and Elaine Ferrara).
Spotlight Practice:
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital is a specialty practice located approximately 15 miles north of Boston. It is a full-service veterinary hospital with state-of-the art facilities. We have a team of boarded specialists available to consult on all cases to ensure a thorough evaluation for our patients. Integral to the appropriate diagnosis, is utilization of diagnostic imaging techniques. Modalities available at MVRH are radiography, a 64-slice CT scanner, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). If surgical interventional is recommended for treatment, our surgeons utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques for fracture repair and arthroscopic evaluation of joints. 

Continue reading about Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital on the AARV website ... 
Spotlight spotlightInterested in Being a Spotlight Practice?

Would you like your rehab practice to be featured in the "Spotlight Practice" section on the AARV website? Contact us at info@rehabvets.org .
Veterinary Practice Acts - New York     

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Hello, AARV members! I hope that your new year has started off right. Here is the next state:

New York  
View New York's veterinary practice act

In New York the practice of veterinary medicine is defined as:

The practice of the profession of veterinary medicine is defined as diagnosing, treating, operating, or prescribing for any animal disease, pain, injury, deformity or dental or physical condition, or the subcutaneous insertion of a microchip intended to be used to identify an animal. "Animal" includes every living creature except a human being. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, no provisions of this section shall be construed to include the floating of equine teeth as being within the practice of veterinary medicine.
There is no specific mention of animal physical rehabilitation, but interpretation could use the words injury, deformity or physical condition in this statement to incorporate animal physical rehabilitation.
The physical therapy practice act for New York does not mention animal physical rehabilitation in the linked sections.
This practice act is very specific in many ways about the practice of veterinary medicine. It was a very interesting read. Check it out!
Links to all of these practice acts and their Physical Therapy Practice Act counterparts can be found on the State Practice Acts page of the AARV website.
Next Month: North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma

calendarAdd Your Rehabilitation Event to the AARV Calendar 

Seminar written on calendar page 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 info@rehabvets.org and be sure to include the name of the event, speaker, topic, date, time, location and URL. Rehabilitation related events/classes only, please.
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Are you following AARV on social media? Check out our Facebook page (American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians) and follow us on Instagram (@rehabvets) and Twitter (#rehabvets) to stay current with AARV members and get the latest news on rehabilitation. Don't forget to follow #vetrehabtechs too!

We'd also like to showcase more photos from our members on social media! Please send your rehab therapy photos to info@rehabvets.org. Please be sure to obtain permission from the photographer, pet owner, and any people pictured before sending us your photos.

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The First Rehabilitation Session: Keeping Things Positive

by Deana J. Cappucci-Lorentz, BS, LVT, CCRA, CCMT
Organizing Committee Member and Secretary, Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (proposed)

We all have seen those patients that put on the brakes the minute they get to the front door of an animal hospital. Most of our patients have been though a lot before they end up starting a rehab program, from being poked on numerous occasions for blood work or sedation, been through a surgical procedure or had their anal glands expressed, and got their nails trimmed; which they probably hated! Regardless of the treatment received, they seem to remember that they don't like this place! The beauty of canine rehabilitation therapy is that it most often ends up being a positive and rewarding experience for not only our patients but our clients too. We develop a one-on-one relationship with our clients and special bond with their pet. By ensuring the rehabilitation session is a positive experience, it keeps our clients and patients coming back for more; and there is nothing more rewarding than having a patient that was once afraid of walking through those hospital doors greeting you with a wagging tail and smile on their face.

See the APRVT at NAVC in Orlando! 

by Kristen L. Hagler, BS(An.Phys), RVT, CCRP, CVPP, COCM, CBW
Organizing Committee/President, Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (proposed)

EXCITING NEWS! If you have been wanting to become a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation, the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians has submitted a petition for specialty recognition to the NAVTA CVTS committee on November 1, 2016. We anticipate about 8-12 weeks of being on pins and needles before the CVTS provides an answer as to whether they approve the petition.

Keep checking in with us for where things stand. Once we are officially recognized by NAVTA, we can release the entire application process in detail. If you are not familiar with how to apply for a veterinary technician specialty, please look at the other existing academies on www.navta.net because many of the application processes are very similar.

We strongly encourage potential applicants to begin collecting letters of recommendation from qualified physical rehabilitation veterinarians and start thinking about why you would like to be a VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). Is there something unique that you can provide to the field? What makes you an exceptionally qualified expert? We want to hear about it, and you may have the chance to tell us in person!

The APRVT will be at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida coming up February 4-8, 2017 and we have several interactive opportunities for interested professionals.

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The technicians on the Organizing Committee of the APRVT would love to speak at your clinic or local conference! Contact us at vetrehabtechs@gmail.com 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.

Are You Speaking at an Upcoming Meeting?

speakingIf you will be lecturing at a meeting in the next three to four months, please let AARV know! We will be adding a list of our members' upcoming speaking engagements to this newsletter. Please send your name and the topic of your talk along with the meeting name, dates, and location to AARV at info@rehabvets.org.

Conference speaker Join Our Speaker Registry!

We are continuing to look for members who are interested in speaking at their local VMA meetings and also national meetings as part of our goal of increasing awareness of the field of veterinary rehabilitation and the AARV.

If YOU are interested in being considered as a speaker, please send your name, your CV, and the state/s in which you would speak, as well as potential rehabilitation topics to AARV at info@rehabvets.org.

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AARV Members: Download Our Updated Free Brochure for Your Clients and Colleagues   

brochureAARV has updated its brochure "Why Should You Choose a Rehabilitation Veterinarian?" and made it available as a free download for members from the website.

The brochure is a high-resolution PDF that may be printed and distributed to clients and colleagues to help explain the benefits of working with a rehabilitation veterinarian. The brochure also may be customized with your practice's contact information on the back panel.

You may now download the PDF from the Products page on the AARV website.
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Have You Read the Latest Articles of Interest?

The February Articles of Interest are posted in the Members area of the website. Our Articles of Interest documents containing journal abstracts and citations are posted online to help you stay up to date on the latest research and publications. We also keep links to past Articles of Interest so you can easily catch up if you miss a month.

Click here to read the February Articles of Interest and past Articles of Interest. Enter your username and password to log in, then go to the Articles of Interest page. You must have a current membership recorded in our database for access to the Members Only area.

Send Us Your News!

AARV members, we're looking for your news! Have you hired more staff, had a peer-reviewed article published, or accepted a leadership position with an organization? We'd like to get updates on your rehabilitation activities and share your news in our email newsletters.

To see your news in print, email a brief description - and a photo if possible -  to AARV at info@rehabvets.org.

Did You Miss Our Last Newsletter? 

Our January 2017 issue included:
  • President's Message from Dr. Cara Blake
  • Past President's Message from Dr. Carolina Medina
  • Join AARV on February 6 at NAVC 2017
  • Save the Date for STAAR 2017!
  • Spotlight Practice: Affiliated Veterinary Specialists
  • Interested in Being a Spotlight Practice?
  • Legislative Update: Veterinary Practice Acts - New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico
  • Technician Corner: See the APRVT at NAVC in Orlando!
If you missed this issue, you can read the January newsletter online or from the Newsletter page on the AARV website.


Full-Time or Part-Time Physical Therapist or Veterinarian Certified in Rehabilitation Therapy, Glendale, California 
Limehouse Veterinary Clinic is seeking a full-time or part-time Physical Therapist or Veterinarian that is certified in rehabilitation therapy to join our integrative practice. We offer acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, homeopathy, musculoskeletal manipulation as well as physical rehabilitation to our patients. Our large physical rehabilitation room has a separate entrance, Companion underwater treadmill, land treadmill, physioballs, stance analyzer, Companion IV therapy laser, wobble board and foam mats. We already have a base of clients that are utilizing our physical rehabilitation services, and we have plenty of room to grow. Benefits package for full-time including CE allowance, medical insurance and paid vacation. Please contact Natasha Jensen at natashajensen05@gmail.com for more information.


Part Time to Full Time Rehabilitation Veterinarian (DVM CCRP/CCRT), Charlotte area, North Carolina 
Charlotte area stand-alone rehab practice with seasoned staff and great community reputation after 3 years in business. You would be primary practitioner, but the support of a 2nd CCRP allows flexibility in scheduling. A full time schedule of 4.5 days per week pays 80K+ with benefits package. Autonomy is encouraged and current protocols and procedures can be adjusted to your liking. The ideal candidate would also be certified in acupuncture or interested in pursuing this certification.
Please contact Cierra Tabony at drtabony@gmail.com
Vet-REC: Veterinary Rehabilitation and Exercise Clinic of the Carolinas


DVM, CCRP or CCRP Opportunity, Stoughton, Massachusetts 
Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center, Stoughton, MA. about a 30 minute drive south of Boston is seeking a DVM, CCRP or CCRP to add to our team of outstanding professionals. Animotion not only offers state of the art therapies including underwater treadmill, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, herbal medicine options but we have just entered the field of Regenerative Medicine positioning us as a leader in our geographic area in this exciting new aspect of rehab treatments.
By utilizing Stem Cell and PRP injections we are now positioned to offer our clients a treatment option that is less invasive than surgery.
Relocation expenses will be part of a conversation for those candidates interested in relocation.
If you wish to be part of our exciting future and join a team committed to providing cutting edge therapy in a newly remodeled state of the art facility please contact Bruce at: hospitaladmin@lloydanimal.com
Website: www.animotionanimalrehab.com

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