In this issue ... AVMA convention, student case report competition, Instagram contest winner, call for abstracts for IAVRPT, call for Spotlight Practices, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

Supporting Our Members

In the April newsletter I discussed support for our rapidly growing student membership. This month I'd like to highlight members who are endeavoring to specialize in rehabilitation, namely veterinarians who are ACVSMR residents and veterinary technicians/nurses striving to obtain a VTS in physical rehabilitation.

These two groups are full-voting members of the AARV and participate in many aspects of our association: they staff the AARV booth at meetings, they provide continuing education lectures at conferences, they apply for (and are awarded!) AARV grants, and importantly, they represent our field to other veterinary professionals and the public.

The AARV would like to provide assistance to these hard-working veterinary professionals, supporting them in their pursuit of furthering their education. We are currently developing a plan to help ACVSMR residents with networking and are also considering some options for financial assistance. Stay tuned! For the VTS in physical rehabilitation, we encourage rehabilitation-certified or DACVSMR AARV members to provide mentorship to candidates. Mentors provide guidance and supervision for VTS candidates and are an invaluable part of the credentialing process.

Please join me in championing our members who are advancing their education in the field of physical rehabilitation. If you are an ACVSMR resident or VTS candidate and have specific requests for assistance, contact me or any of the other AARV board members. We'd love to help!

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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! Please email me at 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 Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
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:
Congratulations to Our Instagram Contest Winner!

Instagram contest winner
by Jenn Panko
Communications Director

We have a winner! Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care (@ccvetcare) is the winner of our National Canine Fitness Month Instagram Contest, generously sponsored by Toto Fit LLC. Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care 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.

Instagram contest runner-up
Honorable Mention goes to Ajax Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness Centre (@ajaxanimalrehab) who came in a very close second place. We absolutely love Victoria!

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 May Articles of Interest are brimming with valuable content - including articles on locomotion and equine therapies. 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.
Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn!

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Let's network! Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn by clicking on this link or the LinkedIn logo at right.
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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 so we can share your news with the #rehabvets community via our social media outlets.
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 to schedule your time to shine as the AARV Spotlight Practice.
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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
Learn More About Veterinary Technicians and the Veterinary Nurse Initiative

by Dawn Hickey
Technician Liaison

For those of you that do not know it, there are many good reasons to join the AARV as a technician member. There are valuable resources available for your continuing education, knowledgeable people to receive advice from, classified pages for employment opportunities, grant opportunities and many more. As a technician, you are a full-fledged voting member of the association and we want your voices to be heard. The veterinarian members also serve as a resource for mentorship for veterinary technicians wanting to earn a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation! If you are a veterinarian and have rehabilitation technicians that work with you, make sure they know about the benefits of belonging to the AARV!

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Speaking of technicians, have you heard of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative? The North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA) is spearheading an effort to develop a national credential to bring uniformity to the credentialing status of veterinary technicians. Depending on the state you live in, right now a technician might be a:
  • Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
  • Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT)
And in some states, there's no credentialing requirement at all.

Many small animal veterinary offices and clinics refer to veterinary assistants, who have on the job training, as "technicians." Some states even have title protection for the term veterinary technician, however it continues to be inappropriately used. Granted, many of these "technicians" have years of experience and excellent skills but to elevate the credentialing status of veterinary technicians to the level it should be, the term, whether it is "veterinary nurse" or "veterinary technician" should be limited to only those individuals who have received a degree in the field and passed a national board exam. The public deserves to know who is working on their animal and what level of education or experience that individual has.

NAVTA and many working technicians feel a national title change will clear up confusion with the general public because so many people have no idea what a veterinary technician is or does. Every single one of us has had to reply, "It's like a nurse, but for animals" and then the general public understands. Several states have begun the process of bringing a bill up before their legislature to accomplish this change. As with any change, opposition is coming from the human nursing population, who have worked hard to gain recognition in their field. NAVTA has found that the biggest issue is ignorance as to what education we possess as veterinary technicians. In Tennessee, the assembly had to table the bill until next year because of the opposition, clearly needing to get more education out to the public so they would understand what we are trying to do. Veterinary technicians are trying to change the title to "registered veterinary nurse" and it would only apply to current licensed veterinary technicians, but there were still people at the hearings each week who were misinformed.

My hope is that each of you will share the information in this newsletter with people who do not know what a veterinary technician is and does. Many people do not realize that technicians, like human nurses, have either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in veterinary technology. These technicians may then go on to work for a minimum of 5 years and apply and sit for a specialty exam. Many, many hard hours of study, training and testing are involved, and these individuals are dedicated professionals. They deserve the recognition, respect and title protection that a "registered veterinary nurse" would give them.

I have compiled a summary of what we are trying to do and have also included a link to the NAVTA page with more information. Please familiarize yourselves with this issue and help us educate others!

The national Veterinary Nurse credential initiative
  • The goal of the initiative is to standardize the credential for our profession in terms of credentialing requirements, title, and scope of practice throughout the nation.
  • A standardized title should be used in all 50 states; in addition, a standard should be set in all 50 states for maintenance of credentials.
  • A standardized credential will unify the profession and grow professional recognition.
  • The veterinary consumer needs to understand what credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses do on a daily basis in regards to patient care.
  • Pet owners are demanding qualified veterinary nursing personnel, which leads to consumer protection and patient care.
For more information click here:

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.
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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 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


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.  


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!


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,, direct phone 614-506-6288.

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