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Dr. Cara Blake President's Message

presidentLooking Forward to 2017!

It is with great pleasure that I write my first President's message. I would first like to thank our outgoing President, Dr. Carolina Medina. With her leadership, 2016 was a great year for AARV! We have a solid foundation from which to build over the next few years with lecture tracks secured at STAAR 2017 and the Rehabilitation Summit in 2018. I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Kristin Kirby Shaw as she moves on from her position as an AARV Board Member. Her efforts over the past five years have certainly elevated the organization to where we are today.

There is a new addition to the AARV Board of Directors. We are very excited that Dr. Amber Ihrke was selected as the new Membership Chair. I will work with Amber over the next few months as she transitions in to her new role.

It is my goal to maintain and increase the momentum gained over this past year. Although our membership is growing, continued exposure of our organization is imperative for future growth and awareness of this specialty as an integral part of our patient's care. AARV sponsorship of lecture tracks at national meetings, in addition to presentations at NAVC of AARV-supported research studies, are important to help support the growth of this field.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead AARV in 2017. It's going to be a great year, and I am thrilled to be a part of such a great organization. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to seeing you all at NAVC in Orlando!

Warm regards,
Dr. Carolina Medina Past President's Message

pastpresidentHappy 2017!

It is with great pleasure that I pass on the torch of AARV President to Dr. Cara Blake. I know she will excel and bring the AARV to a new level. I'm excited to work by her side and be on the Board for another year. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to guide the AARV in 2016.

I would like to highlight AARV's successes of 2016.
  1. NAVC was a huge success! We had exceptional speakers who focused their lectures on working dogs and sports medicine.

  2. Royal Canin graciously sponsored the John Sherman Award for the next 3 years.

  3. We offered a lecture track focused on pain management at AAHA.

  4. We sponsored 3 research grants, thanks to Mars and Aratana.

  5. Dr. Amber Ihrke was selected as Membership Chair for 2017.

  6. AARV secured a lecture track at STAAR, which will be held in New Jersey this April.

  7. AARV secured a lecture track at the Rehabilitation Summit, which will be held in Tennessee in 2018.

  8. The Board developed a budget to better assess our expenses and incomes and plan for the future.
I wish everyone a healthy and successful 2017!

Carolina Medina, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Join AARV on February 6 at NAVC 2017 navc
We are excited to announce the AARV 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.

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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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Top photo, from left: Dr. Carla Rodrigues and
Teresa Green, rehabilitation technician.
Bottom photo: Dr. Jennell Appel. 
Spotlight Practice:
Affiliated Veterinary Specialists

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS) are regional specialty referral hospitals serving the Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia areas. Hospital staff members are committed to providing outstanding veterinary medical and surgical services for your pet in partnership with your family veterinarian. Our team offers advanced medical, surgical, and rehabilitation services for a wide range of conditions.
Affiliated Veterinary Specialists has grown from a single board-certified veterinary surgeon to a group of board-certified veterinary specialists and a rehabilitation department. Since opening our doors in 1997, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists has been at the forefront of the veterinary specialty profession providing innovative, state-of-the-art medical and surgical techniques acquired from their multiple years of additional training. This additional experience provides an unparalleled expertise and proficiency in specialty medicine, maximizing the care of your pets and success of their recovery and outcome. 

Continue reading about Affiliated Veterinary Specialists 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 Hampshire, New Jersey, and New Mexico   

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Happy New Year! 2017 is a new start and another year for the positive influence of animal rehabilitation. We are starting the New Year off with the states that start with New!

New Hampshire 
View New Hampshire's veterinary practice act:
The Veterinary Practice Act has defined "animal physical therapy" and "animal physical therapist." There are also specific rules about animal physical therapy:

332-B:20 Animal Physical Therapy Certification. 
  1. Any physical therapist practicing physical therapy on any animal shall meet the requirements of this section and any additional requirements set by the board of veterinarians pursuant to RSA 332-B:7-a, XIV and shall be certified by the board of veterinary medicine.
Read more about New Hampshire.  
New Jersey 
View New Jersey's veterinary practice act

Within the veterinary and physical therapy practice acts, there is no section about animal rehabilitation. The last 2 years have seen the introduction of changes to the physical therapy practice act to include "animal physical therapy." These changes have not been approved as yet and do not include education, examination, or continuing education requirements for the performance of animal rehabilitation.
New Mexico
In New Mexico's veterinary practice act, there is no specific mention of animal rehabilitation, but the rules and regulations include "animal physical therapy" in their definition of the practice of veterinary medicine. No other mention is noted in either the rules and regulation or the veterinary practice act.

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. 
Have a great start to a hopefully great year!

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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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.

Read more ... 

Why Be a Veterinary Technician Specialist?

by Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRA
Vice President, Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (proposed)

As veterinary technicians, we strive to be the best and do the best for our patients. For many of us, the path to being a technician (nurse) has been through years of schooling and for others it has been the school of hard knocks. We are always learning new ways to help our patients so why not consider becoming a specialist in a field that you love?

Read more ...

APRVT logo 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!

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.

To download the PDF, go to the Resources page in the Members Area (log-in required).
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Have You Read the Latest Articles of Interest?

The January Articles of Interest are posted in the Members Only 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 January 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 November/December 2016 issue included:
  • President's Message from Dr. Carolina Medina
  • AARV Announces Lecture Track at NAVC 2017
  • Save the Date for STAAR 2017!
  • Spotlight Practice: Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware
  • Interested in Being a Spotlight Practice?
  • Legislative Update: Veterinary Practice Acts - Nebraska, Nevada
  • Send Us Your Photos for Social Media!
  • Technician Corner: APRVT Has Submitted Its Petition!
If you missed this issue, you can read the November/December newsletter online or from the e-Newsletter page on the AARV website.


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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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To redeem CRCG discount: Please contact CRCG to purchase equipment or consultation services and let them know you are an AARV member.
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