In this issue ... Calls for Abstracts, "Help 'Em Out" contest for vet techs, congrats to the CRI grant winner, get ready for the IAVRPT Rehab Summit, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

The Importance of Research in Our Field

We heard many informative lectures during the AARV track at the VMX conference, many of which reviewed current clinical research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation. Research is integral to our field as it will add to the current body of knowledge and propel our discipline forward. Research can also benefit the business of rehab by scientifically validating our therapies. The AARV offers many research opportunities to members and as was recently announced via email, Gabriella Varcoe, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVPP, CVFT, Resident in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, was the winner of the $5,000 research grant from Canine Rehabilitation Institute. A grand total of five exceptional grant proposals were submitted. We will hear Dr. Varcoe present her study on "The use of acoustic myography to assess muscle function compared to temporospatial gait analysis before and after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs with cruciate ligament insufficiency" at VMX in 2020.

Please keep your eyes peeled for additional upcoming research grants and start thinking about possible topics. We expect to have two $2,500 grants this fall and would love to have many entrants. The winners will join Dr. Varcoe at VMX 2020 to present their findings. We are also planning on having a research contest for veterinary students that will be announced shortly so stay tuned.

Also coming up: the annual VOS conference is right around the corner. There is a Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation track as well as a Regenerative Medicine track, both sponsored by Arthrex which no doubt will provide attendees with up to date information and research. Hope you can make it.

As always, if you have any questions about research opportunities offered by the AARV or any other topics you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT
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

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:

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

For more information, please see the 10th Symposium Abstracts site:
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 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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Congratulations to Dr. Gabriella Varcoe, Winner of the CRI Research Grant!
We are excited to announce that Gabriella Varcoe, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVPP, CVFT, Resident in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the recipient of the generous $5,000 research grant from Canine Rehabilitation Institute. There were five grant proposals that made it to the final selection stage. Each was then assessed by a team of AARV board members.

Dr. Varcoe is an ACVSMR Resident at Twin Cities Rehabilitation in Burnside, Minnesota. Her study will be "The use of acoustic myography to assess muscle function compared to temporospatial gait analysis before and after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs with cruciate ligament insufficiency."

Congratulations, Dr. Varcoe! We look forward to hearing your presentation at the 2020 VMX meeting in Orlando, Florida.
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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
It's Getting Closer Every Day! Get Ready for the 2018 IAVRPT Rehabilitation Summit and Symposium!

July 30-August 3, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee
IAVRPT is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation, and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.
This symposium is unique in its ability to bring together professionals with a variety of backgrounds, including veterinarians, physiotherapists, veterinary technicians/nurses, veterinary chiropractors, veterinary acupuncturists, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and occupational therapists, who share a common interest to provide optimal treatment and management options for injured and disabled animals.

An important component of this symposium is to develop and strengthen the area of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, and the very important relationship between professionals working within the field. The theme for this meeting is "The Athlete," with an emphasis on evidence-based therapy and medicine that can cross disciplines.

The APRVT is excited to be a part of this huge rehabilitation event! It is really coming together and should be a spectacular event to get together and learn from each other. For the first time ever, there will be a pre-symposium summit day and the APRVT is thrilled to have our own technician track!
Monday, July 30th will be half-day and full-day labs (click on the links to learn more):
Tuesday, July 31 is the Summit Day with AARV, ACVSMR and APRVT tracks running simultaneously (click on the links to learn more):
Knoxville is a great place with lots of fun things to do in and around the city. Go here and explore: Things to Do in Knoxville

We also have fabulous food within walking distance of the convention center! Learn more here: Dining in Knoxville  

This is a great year for rehabilitation veterinary technicians! Come get your required CE for the brand new VTS in Physical Rehabilitation at this phenomenal event!
Contact Dawn Hickey at or Wendy Davies at if you have any questions!

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 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 March 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 and be sure to include the name of the event, speaker, topic, date, time, location and URL. Rehabilitation related events/classes only, please.


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 to apply.  


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.


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 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:


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 Come help us improve the quality of life for pets!

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