In this issue ... VMX recap, Calls for Abstracts, "Help 'Em Out" contest for vet techs, spotlight on Integrative Pet Care, ACVSMR residents, tech corner, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

VMX 2018 Went Swimmingly!

We just returned from Orlando after attending the VMX conference. We had a full-day lecture track as well as a booth in the exhibit hall. The AARV track was very successful, and several of our lectures were standing room only! Thank you to our speakers - Drs. Cara Blake, Carolina Medina, Nina Kieves and Kristin Kirkby Shaw. Thanks as well to our grant winners. Two $2,500 AARV-sponsored grants were awarded in 2016, and their research was presented this year at VMX - Dr. Amber Ihrke presented her research entitled The Prevalence of Spondylosis Deformans in Tail-Less Rottweilers and its Association with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Insufficiency and Dr. Daniel McCarthy's study The Effects of Shockwave Therapy on Short-Term Pain Control and Return to Function in Postoperative Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture was presented by Dr. Carolina Medina. We also want to send a shout-out to Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw who was awarded the 2018 Royal Canin-sponsored $2,500 John J. Sherman award for excellence in veterinary rehabilitation. Please congratulate her on her invaluable contributions to our profession. Dr. Cara Blake also received a plaque in appreciation of her hard work as 2017's AARV president. And last, but not least, a million thanks to our sponsors for providing five amazing raffle prizes that were given out during our annual membership meeting - DogLeggs, GingerLead, HelpEmUp, and Thera-Paw donated a total of $1,000 worth of loot!

We reviewed our 2017 accomplishments and discussed our 2018 goals at the annual AARV membership meeting at VMX. We will continue to provide members with research grant opportunities: the Canine Rehabilitation Institute sponsored a $5,000 grant whose winner will be announced within the next couple of weeks and we also plan on having two additional $2,500 upcoming research grants this year. We will continue to foster relationships with our sponsors and recommend that you keep your eyes peeled for social media contests that highlight them. We will also continue to work closely with the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) as they accept applications for their new specialty (VTS) in physical rehabilitation. We will strive to work more closely with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR), and we also hope to develop a relationship with the Animal Rehab Special Interest Group (ARSIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). We also discussed our next endeavor which highlights our ongoing goal of providing continuing education in our field: we will have a lecture track at the IAVRPT International Rehab Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee this summer, and we encourage you to attend.

Lots to come in 2018 so read the AARV newsletters, follow us on social media, keep an eye out for research grant opportunities, and join us at upcoming conferences. As always, please reach out to me personally with any suggestions or questions. Thank you for your membership. Your participation in the AARV is helping to drive the field of rehabilitation forward. 

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT
Left: AARV President Dr. Megan Ridley gives outgoing President Dr. Cara Blake a plaque of appreciation. Right: Dr. Brent Mayabb of Royal Canin presents Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw with the John J. Sherman Award for Excellence in Veterinary Rehabilitation.
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We Had a Great Time at VMX 2018!
On February 5, AARV presented a full-day lecture track and held its annual meeting at the VMX conference (formerly NAVC) in Orlando, Florida. We had a great time networking with colleagues, learning from  
speakers, and having fun at the conference.
Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who donated $1,000 in prizes to our meeting raffle - HelpEmUp, GingerLead, Thera-Paw, and DogLeggs - and congratulations to all the raffle winners! 
From left: the AARV/APRVT exhibit, speakers Dr. Nina Kieves, Dr. Amber Ihrke, and Dr. Carolina Medina.
Raffle winners at VMX
Thanks to our sponsors, raffle winners took home $1,000 in prizes.
Call for Abstracts for the World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit, AARV Track, July 31, 2018
The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians invites all members to submit abstracts pertaining to rehabilitation of small animals for the AARV Track at the World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit, to be held Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They may be from hypothesis-based scientific research or clinical case report/series of a unique case(s). All submitted abstracts will be considered. Three abstracts will be selected for oral/podium presentations (15 minutes). Two copies of the abstract should be submitted: one with all requested information and authors' names and one blinded document without authors' names, institutions, etc.
The deadline for submission is April 1, 2018. Please forward abstracts via email to cara.blake@gmail.com.

To view the guidelines for submission, please log in to the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the AARV website.

Call for Abstracts for the 10th Symposium of IAVRPT
The organizers of the 10th International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine invite veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, physical therapist assistants, other veterinary professionals, researchers, and students to submit abstracts for consideration for podium or poster presentations. All abstracts undergo a blinded peer review process by a scientific committee. 

The 10th Symposium of International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy will be held July 30-August 3, 2018 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. 
Accepted abstracts (research and clinical) will be published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica through BioMed Central and indexed in PubMed Central.
Proceedings of the 9th Symposium are available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5259818/

Abstracts must be received via email by May 18, 2018.

For more information, please see the 10th Symposium Abstracts site:
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Integrative Pet Care

Integrative Pet Care has focused exclusively on veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine since its opening in 2005. IPC's core philosophy is that rehabilitative services can enrich the lives of all pets. A variety of cases are seen daily, including orthopedic and neurological conditions, sports and conditioning dogs, and post-surgical patients. Our 6,000-square-foot Chicago facility houses a hydrotherapy room, complete with two underwater treadmills and a resistance pool, in addition to a large exercise space with four exam rooms. Modalities offered include: laser, shockwave, ultrasound therapy, electrical muscle stimulation/TENS, as well as measuring and fitting custom-made orthotic devices and carts. Acupuncture and VSMT/chiropractic services are available and performed by our certified veterinarians.

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Blue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce the "Help 'Em Out" Contest for Veterinary Technicians
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Two of AARV's sponsors have created a wonderful opportunity for veterinary technicians! Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up™ Harness, is partnering with Canine Rehabilitation Institute to encourage veterinary technicians to pursue education in canine rehabilitation. The winner of the "Help 'Em Out" contest will receive free tuition for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute - a $2,900 value!

The "Help 'Em Out" contest is open February 1 through March 15, 2018. Entrants will need to meet the prerequisites for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and write 400-500 words explaining why they are interested in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career.

The winner will be selected by representatives from Blue Dog Designs and CRI by April 1, 2018, and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation as early as June 9-13 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Information about the contest and an entry form can be found on the Blue Dog Designs and CRI "Help 'Em Out" Contest for Veterinary Technicians page on the CRI website.
Are You an ACVSMR Resident? Let Us Know!
by Amber Ihrke, DVM
Membership Chair

Hi, everyone! So great to meet so many of you at VMX this past week. We had a great turnout of AARV members. One of the topics at the annual meeting was how to support our members who are ACVSMR residents (I am a resident myself), and since I'm in charge of membership I thought I'd reach out. I know some of you, but if you are an ACVSMR resident, please email me at aihrke@integrativepetcare.com and let me you're out there. The AARV would like to address the needs of our ACVSMR resident members with networking, study partners and anything else that would help to support your journey. Thank you! 
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Stay Tuned for the Winner of the New CRI Research Grant!
The deadline to submit a grant application for the $5,000 research grant from Canine Rehabilitation Institute closed on Thursday, February 8, 2018. 
Stay tuned for an announcement about the grant winner on social media in the next week and in the March newsletter! 
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Legislative Liaison Position Open
Interested in state practice acts and playing a more active role in AARV? If so, please consider the legislative liaison position on the Board of Directors. This position is critical for our organization to stay abreast of the various state practice acts and legislative issues. If you would like more information, please contact Cara Blake or past Legislative Liaison Kristyn Richardson.
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Interested in Conducting Clinical Research?

Are you interested in conducting clinical research but don't know where to start?
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 info@caninerehabinstitute.com.
VMX 2018: Educating, Learning, Collaborating and Networking #VetRehabTechs Style

APRVT members at VMX 
The APRVT VetRehabTechs are pleased to report the VMX program was everything we expected it to be and MORE! We had a great time learning, sharing rehab information, and networking at VMX (The Veterinary Meeting and Expo, formerly known as the NAVC conference). APRVT Chief Executive Assistant and Examination Committee Chair and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) 2017 Veterinary Technician of the year, Mary Ellen Goldberg's lecture "What's Your Super Power?" was part of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management Pre-Symposium.

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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
vetrehabtechs@gmail.com to find someone in your area!

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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 February 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 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.


Certified Canine Rehab Veterinarian, Morris County, New Jersey  
Full or PT Veterinarian wanted. Companion animal hospital seeks certified canine rehab veterinarian. Min 1 year hospital experience preferred. 24 hr ER on call, large surgical suite, in-house digital x ray, dedicated dental suite, in-house ultrasound and CBC/chem lab. ACMP is a growing privately owned, multi doctor practice in Morris Co. NJ. Competitive salary and excellent benefit package available. Forward letter of interest, resume and salary requirements.
Website: animalclinicofmorrisplains.com 


Certified Rehabilitation (CCRA/CCRP) Veterinary Technician, Chicago, Illinois 
MedVet is currently seeking a Certified Rehabilitation (CCRA/CCRP) Veterinary Technician to join our team in our Chicago hospital. We are seeking an individual that is team oriented; thrives in a fast paced environment; and is dedicated to practicing the highest quality of veterinary care. The position provides an opportunity to work with board certified specialists and the ability to learn about cutting-edge veterinary medicine. Please visit our website www.medvetforpets.com/employment for additional information and to apply.


Rehabilitation Certified Veterinarian, Marietta, Georgia
We are seeking a part-time Rehabilitation Certified Veterinarian. Must have training or certification in either acupuncture, chiropractic or both. We take a team-based approach to each case. All patients are first evaluated by the rehab-certified doctor with the help of a veterinary assistant. The physical rehabilitation and hydrotherapy plan prescribed by the doctor is implemented by one of our three FT rehabilitation-certified assistants. Our hospital is a stand-alone rehabilitation-only clinic. We provide very high quality rehabilitation focused on geriatric, neurologic and fitness. BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details or to apply to this opportunity, visit: https://www.bluepearljobs.com/career-areas/


Rehabilitation Technician, Oakland, California
Holistic Veterinary Care is excited to welcome a Rehabilitation Technician to our team! We are an award-winning practice located in Oakland, California. We value integrity, love of learning, authentic individuals, and those who inspire others. Our gym includes a class IV Companion laser, land exercise equipment, underwater/land treadmill, and heated swimming pool. We integrate patient treatments with modalities in-house such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal therapy and HBOT treatments. The ideal candidate will be a CCRT, CCRP, or have two years experience. Please send resume to Kristen Beitzel at kristen@holisticvetcare.com. Come help us improve the quality of life for pets!


CCRTs, Chicago, Illinois
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is seeking CCRTs to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Team at our emergency and multispecialty hospital in Chicago. We are seeking individuals that are team oriented and have excellent communication skills with colleagues, clients, and the referral community. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes. Excellent compensation package includes signing bonus, health/life/vision/dental/disability insurance, 401k, CE and uniform allowance. For more information, visit our website at www.medvetforpets.com and our Facebook page. Please submit CV and letter of interest to: Barbara A. Lightner, DVM, DACVS, Director, Medical Talent Acquisition, barbara.lightner@medvetforpets.com, 614-506-6288. 


CCRP/CCRT, Fort Collins, Colorado 
Looking to bring on another practitioner for a busy Rehab/Sports Medicine practice in Fort Collins, CO. Our practice operates out of two small animal clinics and a local agility training center and focuses on the canine athlete. Applicant must also be certified in chiropractic or be experienced in manual therapy. Certification or seeking certification in acupuncture is also preferred. Access to Oasis UWTM and Cutting Edge Laser. Close working relationship with local surgeons as well as CSU. Ideal applicant would be interested in buying the practice after 1-2 years of mentorship. Email abakerdvm@gmail.com for more information.

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