In this issue ... visit us at AVMA for a discount code, board nominations, call for grant proposals, spotlight on Somers Animal Hospital, Facebook contest, and more!
Dr. Cara Blake
President's Message

See Us This Month at the AVMA Convention!


The AVMA Convention is in just a few short weeks. AARV will once again have our booth at the meeting, and our membership chair Amber Ihrke will be there! We will be distributing a coupon for member discounts, so stop by and bring a friend along if they have any interest in finding out more about the organization and would like to join AARV.

Volunteering at the AARV booth is a fun time and great way to meet current and prospective members. Having a booth at national conferences not only increases the awareness of our organization, but also reinforces the importance of veterinary rehabilitation. It is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow members, conference attendees and exhibitors. If you would like to get more involved with membership, have suggestions for meetings at which you feel AARV should have a presence and/or would like to volunteer at the AARV booth, please feel free to contact myself or Amber.

And as the summer chugs along and the fall approaches, here are some dates to keep in mind:
  • Research Grant Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2017
  • Board of Directors Nominations: September 1, 2017

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Visit AARV at the AVMA Convention in July - and Get a Membership Discount Code!

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AARV will have an exhibit booth at the AVMA Convention, taking place July 21-25 in Indianapolis.

Dr. Amber Ihrke will be at the AARV booth and wanted to send a special message to all AARV members:

"Hello AARV members, I will be working the AARV booth during AVMA Convention, please stop by and introduce yourself. I would love to meet as many members as I can and learn how the AARV can support your goals in the field of rehabilitation. See you in Indianapolis!"
- Dr. Amber Ihrke, Membership Coordinator

We will also be distributing a coupon code at the AARV booth with a special membership discount. Please stop our booth to get the coupon code and say hello!

Several AARV members also are presenting lectures at the AVMA Convention. Be sure to check them out! 
  • Dr. Cynthia Otto: Friday, July 21, 3-3:50 p.m., Four-Legged Officers: The Life of Police Dogs (1363)
  • Dr. Nina Kieves: Tuesday, July 25, 10-10:50 a.m., Physical Therapy Post-Orthopedic Surgery: Is It Necessary? (1439)
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 info@rehabvets.org.


Call for Grant Proposals

Correction! Our recent newsletters advertised a call for abstracts. This is incorrect - we are seeking grant proposals, not completed abstracts. 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 tcvmvet@yahoo.com.
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).
Time for a Facebook Contest!

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Enter our newest social media contest and win a voucher for $100 good towards any course through the Healing Oasis!

Here are the complete rules:
  • The contest starts 7/17/17 at 6 a.m. CST and ends 7/31/17 at 6 a.m. CST.
  • AARV will post the Healing Oasis's upcoming CE lineup on our Facebook page on 7/17/17 - share this post for an entry in our contest.
  • Only AARV members are eligible to enter.
  • Only one entry per member.
  • Please make sure your shared post is public or we may not be able to see it and cannot count it as an entry.
  • One entry will be chosen at random to win a $100 voucher toward any course through the Healing Oasis.
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Somers Animal Hospital

Somers is a beautiful town in northern Westchester County, about an hour north of New York City. Somers Animal Hospital has been an important part of the local community for many decades. Part of the reason for our continued success is that our practice is constantly growing and changing with the opportunities and demands of modern veterinary medicine.

Over the years we often found ourselves frustrated by a group of common problems. These range from a poor return to function after orthopedic surgery, to patients coming in with a recurrent or vague lameness, or the obese or older arthritic pet that is just not doing well. Around 2012 we realized there was an answer to these types of problems, and it was physical rehabilitation.

Continue reading about Somers Animal Hospital ...
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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 info@caninerehabinstitute.com.
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Veterinary Practice Acts -
South Carolina and South Dakota

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Hello AARV members! Happy summer!

The next states are South Carolina and South Dakota.
South Carolina
View veterinary practice act

In South Carolina, the definition of the practice of veterinary medicine is as stated:
(13) "Practice of veterinary medicine" means to:
  1. diagnose, prescribe, or administer a drug, medicine, biologic, appliance, or application or treatment of whatever nature for the cure, prevention, or relief of a wound, fracture, or bodily injury or disease of an animal;
  2. perform a surgical operation, including cosmetic surgery, upon an animal;
  3. perform a manual procedure for the diagnosis or treatment for sterility or infertility of an animal, including embryo transplants;
  4. offer, undertake, represent, or hold oneself out as being qualified to diagnose, treat, operate, or prescribe for an animal disease, pain, injury, deformity, or physical condition;
  5. use words, letters, or titles in such connection or under such circumstances as to induce the belief that the person using them is engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine.
They also define the term "veterinary medicine" as:
(20) "Veterinary medicine" includes veterinary surgery, obstetrics, dentistry, and all other branches or specialties of veterinary medicine.
Animal sports medicine and rehabilitation is included in this as a specialty.
South Dakota
The practice act of South Dakota has a very similar definition of the "practice of veterinary medicine":
36-12-1. Acts constituting practice of veterinary medicine. Any person shall be deemed in the practice of veterinary medicine who represents himself as or is engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine in any of its branches either directly or indirectly, or uses any words, titles, or letters, to title so as to signify that he is a veterinarian, or who for a fee diagnoses, prescribes or administers any drug, medicine, appliance, application, or treatment of whatever nature, or performs a surgical operation or manipulation, or conducts any autopsy or biopsy, for the prevention, cure, or relief of a pain, deformity, wound, fracture, or bodily injury, or physical condition or disease of animals, and the term animals as used in this section shall mean all animals other than man, except that this section shall not be applicable to the advertising or the sale of foods and medicines used in commercial feeds for the prevention of livestock diseases.
In South Carolina and South Dakota, there is no specific mention of animal rehabilitation or an animal rehabilitation team.

Please see the State Practice Acts page on our website for links to veterinary and physical therapy practice acts.
AARV Member Activities

Dr. Leilani Alvarez at Ross University
Dr. Leilani Alvarez, AARV's Industry Liaison, serves on the Canine Task Force of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). As part of the ACVSMR's goals to increase interest and recruit more canine diplomates, Dr. Alvarez traveled to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She lectured to students about opportunities in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and had a wonderful reception from the student body. Little by little, we hope more and more veterinary students will pursue this emerging and exciting field of sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Case Study: The Addition of Physical Rehabilitation Modalities and Therapeutic Exercise to Improve Post-Operative Ileus in a Labrador Retriever Cross

Canine rehabilitation can be used in many varied ways and across many services within a clinic or hospital. The trick is making sure the veterinarians remember what we can do! Here is a case study where rehabilitation was used to good advantage on an ER patient. I think so many times there are multiple things going on with our critical patients and the vets have so many things they are dealing with that they forget to ask for help with critical cases. We have so much to offer to the patients that are immobile for hours on end. Be sure, as techs, we take every opportunity to offer our services and remind the staff of how beneficial they can be.

by John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
Senior Rehabilitation Technician, Sport & Strength Department, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota

Jake, a 2 YO, 37 kg, MN yellow Labrador Retriever Cross presented to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota with a history of moderate abdominal discomfort (2/4 on Colorado State University Canine Acute Pain Scale) and four-day history of vomiting. Admitting vitals revealed a normothermic patient with mild tachycardia (140 bpm) with mild tachypnea (48 rpm). Initial diagnostic samples obtained showed mild elevation in ALKP, ALT, Amylase and lipase. There was also evidence of mild leukocytosis (24 x 109/L) while abdominal radiographs revealed evidence of a linear foreign body.
Continue reading about Jake ...

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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!

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 July 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.


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 jana.davidson@compassionfirstpets.com.


Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (DVM), Miami, Florida 
Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN) is seeking a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (DVM) to join our growing specialty hospital. Founded in 2010, SEVN is south Florida's only hospital that exclusively treats medical and surgical diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Our Board Certified Veterinary Neurologists use high-field MRI, CT scans, electrodiagnostics, CSF analysis and operating microscopes to diagnose and treat our patient's neurological conditions.
Services we provide include physical rehabilitation, massage, treadmill, Grade IV laser therapy, individual therapeutic exercises and exercise equipment.
Contact: Patrick McKinnon (305) 274-2777, or write to Patrick@sevneurology.com. Learn more: www.SEVNeurology.com.


Animal Physical Rehabilitation Technician, Pacifica, California
Seeking an animal physical rehabilitation technician - Ideal candidates will either have a minimum of two years veterinary technician work experience including patient care, client communication and technical skills, and License/credentials for the state of CA; or have experience as a PT, PTA with certification or training/coursework (CCRA/CCRP) completed in canine rehabilitation therapy. Experience in rehabilitation therapy is also desirable OR interest in pursuing certification in animal rehabilitation. For more information about our position see the following link: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/job/3f1d0531.

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