In this issue ... AVMA convention, student case report competition, Spotlight Practice, another Instagram contest winner, Technician Corner, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

Continuing Education

'Tis the season for CE! This summer there are several large conferences that offer a formidable line-up of continuing education in animal rehabilitation. The AVMA Convention is in Denver from July 13th to 17th; the 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is in Knoxville from July 30th to August 3rd; and if you're hankering for less steamy climes, the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) Convention is in Vancouver from July 5th to the 8th.

At the International Symposium in Knoxville, the AARV and ACVSMR are hosting a pre-symposium summit on July 31st. The AARV morning lecture track consists of three scientific abstracts as well as a panel discussion composed of a veterinarian, a technician and a physical therapist that will focus on their distinct viewpoints of common rehab conditions. In the afternoon lecture, topics include regenerative medicine, tricks of the trade from a physical therapist's perspective, using learning theory to improve rehabilitation sessions, and rehabilitation for the geriatric patient. We encourage you to attend this extra event so don't forget to sign up for it when you register for the symposium.

In other CE news, we are currently organizing the AARV track for VMX 2019 and hope to have the line-up completed soon so stay tuned!

If you have other CE events that pertain to the world of animal rehabilitation that you are interested in letting AARVers know about, please share on our social media or email info@rehabvets.org so we can add them to our calendar.

Have a wonderful summer, and we hope to see you at an upcoming CE event. It is a great way to get involved, network and learn!

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT
Heading to the AVMA Convention?

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by Amber Ihrke
AARV Membership Chair

Hello, AARV members ... please join me in Denver for the AVMA Convention July 13th-17th, 2018.

If you would be willing to spend 6-8 hours at the booth during the conference, the AARV will pay for your convention registration! We are looking for one more volunteer to help staff the booth. Please email me at aihrke@integrativepetcare.com if you are interested. I look forward to seeing everyone in Denver!

AARV Student Members: Enter the Royal Canin Student Case Report Competition!
Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2019 VMX Expo in Orlando, Florida, January 19-23, 2019?

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The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) has partnered with Royal Canin to offer an exciting opportunity for veterinary students with an interest in physical rehabilitation. Eligible students must currently be enrolled at a U.S. veterinary school during the 2018-2019 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the VMX 2019 Conference.

To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by September 14th, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. All case reports will be reviewed and the student whose case report is selected will win a trip to the 2019 VMX Conference. The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.

For complete details about how to submit a case report and enter the competition, please log in to the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website or contact our University Liaison Jessica Bunch at jbunch@wsu.edu. Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
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Twelve years ago, Dr. Ron Buffman, one of the two practice owners of Lloyd Animal Medical Center (LAMC) in Stoughton, Massachusetts, adopted a young husky named Leah who accidentally tumbled out a third story window, breaking her back. After multiple surgeries and physical rehabilitation, Leah was able to walk again. Dr. Buffman was so pleased with his own dog's recovery he decided to build a facility to help improve the quality of life for his patients after injury, surgery, or those with geriatric concerns.

Soon, an 800-square-foot addition specifically for animal rehabilitation was built onto LAMC's already existing 7,500-square-foot veterinary hospital. Topped with an airy cathedral ceiling, the new space houses an underwater treadmill, heated swimming pool, and a workout area for therapeutic exercises and various treatment modalities. Veterinary technician Wendy Whitelaw not only became the first CCRP of the team but also created an animated business name for this innovative flagship facility.

Continue reading about Animotion ...
Call for Spotlight Practices!
We want to feature YOU! Your practice could be featured on our website, and for a whole month in our newsletter, on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and featured on our LinkedIn Profile.

See our Spotlight Practice Questionnaire for details. You answer the questions and provide photos; Jenn makes the rest happen!

Email jennifer@thespaw.com to schedule your time to shine as the AARV Spotlight Practice.
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Congratulations to One More Instagram Contest Winner

by Jenn Panko
Communications Director

We have another winner! TheK9PT of Chicago, Illinois, is another winner of our National Canine Fitness Month Instagram Contest, generously sponsored by Toto Fit LLC. TheK9PT received the most "likes" for their fitness-themed animal rehab photo and will be joining the ORBit Revolution with their new Toto Fit ORBit.

Thanks Toto Fit for your generous sponsorship of this contest and your commitment to #FormOverFlash #KeepingItSimple and #KeepingItSafe while #BuildingBetterDogs #BuildingStongerPuppies with #BalanceToTheCore using #purple #BurstResistantQuality #PhthalateFree equipment.

Member News!

AARV members will be presenting at several upcoming workshops and seminars. Check out the links for more details. 


August 15-19, 2018: Healing Oasis Wellness Center State Approved Post Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (1st of 5 Modules).  Instructors include Pedro Rivera, DVM, FACVN, DACVSR, FCoAC, and Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, FCoAC. Learn more.  


September 6-9, 2018: Healing Oasis Wellness Center State Approved Post Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy (1st of 4 Modules).  Instructors include Pedro Rivera, DVM, FACVN, DACVSR, FCoAC, and Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, FCoAC. Learn more.

September 21-23, 2018: Healing Oasis Wellness Center - Advanced VSMT ("Animal Chiropractic") Techniques for the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis, Sacrum and Pelvic Limbs. Instructors include Daniel Halden, DC, PAK, CAC, CVMRT, and Pedro Rivera, DVM, FACVN, DACVSR, FCoAC. Learn more.    


September 28-30, 2018: Healing Oasis Wellness Center - Taking a bite out of veterinary dentistry! Instructors include Pedro Rivera, DVM, FACVN, DACVSR, FCoAC. More information to follow at Healing Oasis.  


October 27-28, 2018: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with the Healing Oasis Wellness Center present: "Functional Knowledge - Crucial and Relevant to Improve Patient Outcome."  Two tracks available (canine and equine) with labs. Speakers include Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT, FCoAC, and Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR, FCoAC. Learn more at Healing Oasis or Tufts


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Call for News and Updates!

Have a professional accomplishment you would like to share? Achieved new rehabilitation credentials? Published an article or textbook? Giving a lecture or workshop? Won an award? We want to know about it! Email jennifer@thespaw.com so we can share your news with the #rehabvets community via our social media outlets.
Have You Checked Out AARV's Articles of Interest?

Have you had a chance to peruse AARV's Articles of Interest, located in the Members Area of the website? Each month, AARV posts a new collection of journal abstracts, selected by AARV founder Dr. Julia Tomlinson because of their relevance to the field of veterinary rehabilitation.

The June Articles of Interest include 14 journal articles on a wide variety of topics, including laser therapy, diet, hydrotherapy, and stem cell transplantation. In some cases, there are links to the full texts of articles. Keep up to date on the latest research so you can share this knowledge with your clients and colleagues. Click here to review this month's as well as past months' Articles of Interest.
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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.
Hands-On Healing: Physical Rehabilitation for Animals

by Lyn T. Garson, CVT, CCRP
Assistant Editor, Our Companions News
Reprinted with permission from Our Companions News

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Never give up. This motivational phrase encourages persistence despite the most challenging, even inconceivable, odds. These three simple yet profound words, etched in huge black letters on a wall at the rehabilitation center, demand attention to anyone reading them - except the patients being treated there don't know how to read. They don't need to.
Vito is hard at work on his therapeutic exercises. He's a 21-pound Pug battling a neurologic condition that has affected his brain and spinal cord. Just two months ago Vito couldn't walk. He knuckled his front paws over and dragged his hind end. Today, he plants his paws atop a giant inflatable blue donut, steadying his back legs on a small bumpy wobble disc teetering across two large plastic purple bones.  
Did You Know?
The APRVT encourages a well rounded applicant by utilizing a points-based system as part of eligibility criteria for a VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). There are so many key components that a credentialed veterinary technician has in the specialty, and the APRVT wants to capture it! Prospective applicants are encouraged to earn points in multiple categories such as becoming an associate member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians or writing educational pieces for the public or colleagues. For further details, please see page 11 of the APRVT 2018 Application Packet located at www.aprvt.com.

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.
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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.


Licensed Veterinary Technician, Shoreline, Washington
Looking for an LVT to join our team! Our practice culture is supportive, inclusive, fun, and dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary rehabilitation. The ideal candidate would be rehab certified, but we will provide support for certification for the right individual. Join a team of 3 rehab veterinarians, one LVT/CCRP, 6 assistants, and a patient care coordinator. We are fully equipped with 2 UWTM, 2 lasers, large gym and treatment areas and provide regenerative medicine, advanced diagnostics/imaging and acupuncture. See full job description http://soundvetrehab.com/about-sound/join-our-team/ here.



CCRA, CCRP, CCRVN, LVT, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets is looking to add an enthusiastic full time, rehabilitation LVT (CCRP, CCRA, CCRVN or willing to complete certification in canine rehabilitation) to our team.
Candidates should be team players with experience in rehabilitation and enjoy working directly with clients and patients alike. Strong written and verbal communication skills and basic computer knowledge are essential. Prior dog training skills would be considered a plus.
To learn more about us, please visit www.pawsitivestepsrehab.com. Applicants should submit letter of interest and current resume, including references, to frontdesk@pawsitivestepsrehab.com.



Rehab/Acupuncture Internship for Veterinarian, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Healing Paws Center is excited to welcome a Veterinarian for our Rehab/Acupuncture Internship! Are you interested in the veterinary field pet rehabilitation? Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Healing Paws Center is a stand-alone specialty veterinary rehabilitation clinic. Our Center consists of 5 exam rooms, canine gym with exercise equipment, underwater treadmill, Jog-a-dog treadmill, laser, and more! We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic FT/PT Veterinarian - preferred training/certification in acupuncture, chiropractic, and/or rehabilitation (CCRT, CCRP) - but will consider strongly motivated candidates with previous experience and desire to be trained! Learn more at www.healingpawsfl.com. Contact JessPetVet@gmail.com with resume & cover letter.



Rehabilitation Veterinarian - CCRT or CCRP, Charlotte, North Carolina
Steele Creek Animal Hospital and Companion Animal Rehabilitation Center is looking for a talented and devoted veterinarian to join our team. Our perfect team member would be rehabilitation and acupuncture certified. He/she would be passionate about rehabilitation while also enjoying general practice. We are well equipped for rehabilitation services offering water therapy, therapeutic ultrasound/NMES, shockwave therapy, laser, and PRP. We are underway with major renovations/expansion of our hospital to include a 1200 square foot rehabilitation center making this the perfect time to bring in new team members.
Email: PNYDVM@KeepingPetsHealthy.com



Canine Rehabilitation Technician (CCRA or CCRP), Charlotte, North Carolina
Steele Creek Animal Hospital and Companion Animal Rehabilitation Center is expanding! We are currently renovating our existing hospital and adding 1200 square feet for rehabilitation. We are looking for a passionate rehabilitation certified technician or assistant who also enjoys general practice to join our team.
Our hospital has offered integrative medical services including rehabilitation and acupuncture to in-house and referral patients since 2004. We are well equipped for rehabilitation services offering water therapy, therapeutic ultrasound/NMES, shockwave therapy, laser, and PRP. Great area to live with many recreational opportunities within easy reach.
Email: PNYDVM@KeepingPetsHealthy.com



Rehabilitation Professional, Riverhead, New York
Unique opportunity for an experienced Rehabilitation Professional to coordinate and manage a well-established (20+ year) canine rehabilitation department. Experienced technicians, DVMs or Physical Therapists considered.
Equipped with high-tech equipment:
  • Underwater & Land treadmills
  • Laser
  • Soundwave
  • Ultrasound
  • Many more rehab tools and options

Pet-centric, close-knit veterinary hospital with an established and consistent case load. Full-time with excellent salary and benefit package, paid vacation and many  perks. East End Veterinary Center is located in Riverhead, NY (gateway to the Hamptons). A member of the Compassion-First Pet Hospital network, collaborating with a multi-state network of highly trained and experienced veterinary specialists. To apply, contact Jana Davidson at jana.davidson@compassionfirstpets.com.  



Rehabilitation Certified Technician or Assistant, Charlottesville area, Virginia
Animal Wellness Center is excited to welcome a passionate rehabilitation certified technician or assistant who also enjoys general practice to join our team! 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. Animal Wellness Center is located just minutes from Charlottesville, Virginia, in Crozet. We are a growing integrative practice providing rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic services as well as traditional veterinary medicine and surgery. AWC is equipped with land exercise equipment, underwater treadmill, land treadmill, laser therapy, NMES, warming ultrasound, and more. Great area to live with many outdoor recreational opportunities nearby while being close to a college town. If you are interested in joining our awesome team, please send a CV and resume to drhcook@gmail.com.


Rehabilitation- and Acupuncture-Certified Veterinarian, Chicago, Illinois
Integrative Pet Care is seeking a full-time veterinarian to join our Chicago clinic. Candidates must be certified in both canine rehabilitation and acupuncture, passionate about the field of veterinary rehabilitation, and value a team environment. IPC is a stand-alone facility focused entirely on rehabilitation and sports medicine. Our team includes 2 veterinarians certified in rehabilitation, acupuncture and VSMT; 6 therapists certified in rehabilitation, 4 of whom are certified in canine massage; and 2 therapy assistants. We have a resistance pool, 2 underwater treadmills, a large gym, 2 class IV lasers, 2 class IIIb lasers, a Piezowave shockwave, a therapeutic ultrasound, and TENS/NMES units. Please contact sjackson@ethosvet.com to apply.  


Full Time/Part Time Position for CCRT/CCRP/CCRA - Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, California
Award winning Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California has an opportunity for a rehab certified veterinarian and technician. We are the premier holistic and integrative veterinary hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer a fully equipped rehab facility with a HUGE exercise floor, hyperbaric oxygen, pulsed signal therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, chiropractic, as well as Western medicine. We enjoy excellent referral relationships with multiple specialty/ referral hospitals making for a busy practice with a diverse caseload. Positive work environment, competitive salary and benefits are standard along all of the fun of living in the Bay Area! http://www.holisticvetcare.com/


Veterinarian with CCRT and CCRP Certification, Commerce, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is currently seeking a Veterinarian with CCRT or CCRP certification to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Teams at our emergency and multispecialty hospitals in Commerce, MI and Chicago, IL. We are seeking individuals that are team oriented and have excellent communication skills with fellow 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. To apply, please submit CV and letter of interest to: Barbara A. Lightner DVM, DACVS, Director, Medical Talent Acquisition, barbara.lightner@medvetforpets.com, direct phone 614-506-6288.

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