In this issue ... congrats to grant winners, vote for board members, thank you to CRI, spotlight on CARE, Instagram winner, practice acts, case study, and more!
Dr. Cara Blake
President's Message

Congratulations to the Grant Winners!

Thank you to all who submitted grant proposals this year and to the Board of Directors for taking the time to review the grant submissions. Congratulations to the two $2,500 grant proposal winners! Dr. Jennifer Repac will be conducting a study evaluating the "Effect of Dr. Buzby's Toe GripsĀ® on Lameness Scores and Client Specific Outcome Measures After Canine Tibial Plateau-Leveling Osteotomy." Dr. Theresa Pancotto's research will be evaluating "Post-Operative Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation for Reduction of Stifle Edema in Canine Patients Undergoing Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy." We look forward to seeing the results of these studies at the AARV lecture track at NAVC/VMX 2019. It is our mission to support studies such these so that we may incorporate practices based on evidence-based medicine, in addition to providing a foundation for further research.

The University Survey was sent out several weeks ago and will remain open for another month. If you are at a veterinary teaching hospital, please look in your inbox for the invitation to complete the survey. If you have not received the invitation, please email me at The data obtained from this survey will provide us with valuable information regarding veterinary school curriculum pertaining to sports medicine and rehabilitation.

The BOD voting will remain open through November 15. Emails with a link to the online ballot were sent to all U.S. veterinarian members. If you have not yet voted, please take a few minutes to do so.

Between the grants, the university survey, and the BOD voting, this is an exciting time for AARV as we continue to move forward in the advancement of our profession!

Warm regards,

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Vote for AARV Board Members

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Vote! The AARV has five positions opening in 2018 on its board of directors as well as a Physical Therapist Liaison position.
  • Secretary
  • Communications Director
  • Industry Liaison
  • University Liaison
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Physical Therapist Liaison
AARV members, don't forget to vote! Emails with a link to the ballot and links to each nominee's CV and letter of intent have been sent to U.S. veterinarian members. Voting closes on November 15, and winners will be announced in the December newsletter.

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Thank You to CRI!
A special thank-you to Canine Rehabilitation Institute for its generous research level 2 grant donation! More details will follow in our next newsletter.
Congratulations to Our Instagram Winner!
Congratulations to Dr. Leilani Alvarez, the winner of our Instagram contest hosted by DogLeggs! Great pic and great submissions from everyone! Thank you to DogLeggs for sponsoring our fun!

Be on the lookout for our next contest coming up soon!

Instagram contest winner

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California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE)

California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is a referral animal physical rehabilitation clinic for in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation founded by Jessica Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT, in 2007. The art of this practice is the combination of veterinarian's and physical therapist's knowledge and skills to provide positive outcomes.

Dr. Waldman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate school and for veterinary school. She completed a rotating internship at California Animal Hospital and also practiced general medicine. She is a founding member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, and she lectures on the topic of Animal Physical Rehabilitation. Dr. Waldman advocates for keeping animal rehabilitation under direct supervision of veterinarians in the state of California. This regulation passed in 2017.

Continue reading about California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) ...
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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
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Veterinary Practice Acts -
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Hello, AARV members!
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are the remaining states in our look at practice acts around the United States!
View veterinary practice act (code)
View veterinary practice act (regulations)

In the state of Virginia, the regulations state:

E. Massage therapy, physical therapy, or laser therapy may be delegated by a veterinarian to persons qualified by training and experience by an order from the veterinarian.

There is no further mention of animal rehabilitation within the laws or regulations.

There are no current specifications in the laws and regulations in the state of Washington for the practice on animal rehabilitation or the establishment of an animal rehabilitation team.

West Virginia
There is no specific mention of animal rehabilitation or an animal rehabilitation team in the definitions or body of the veterinary practice act.

In the practice act, there is no specific mention of animal rehabilitation, but there is a definition in VE1 under licensing for complementary and integrative medicine that includes animal rehabilitation.

In Wyoming's practice act and rules and regulations that I could find, there is no specific mention of animal rehabilitation or the requirements for an animal rehabilitation team.
Please see the State Practice Acts page on our website for links to veterinary and physical therapy practice acts.

I hope all of you have a good season! See you next month.

Case Study: Disaster Response - Using Therapeutic Modalities for Burn Patients (Assisi tPEMF Loop and Respond Veterinary Systems Laser Therapy)

by Kristen Hagler, BS, RVT, CCRP, CVPP, OACM, CBW

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Introduction: Mid-October 2017, Sonoma and Napa counties in Northern California experienced a unforeseeable disaster in the form of a fire storm. Thousands of structures were lost, and hundreds of families were evacuated from their homes with minutes to spare, escaping with walls of fire crossing paths of escape and burning embers being blown for miles from high winds. Homes were destroyed, and hundreds of animals were unable to be taken with families during the crisis. First responders to disaster regions were able to rescue many animals once winds subsided and emergency crisis management could be established. Many injured animals were cats suffering severe burns to foot pads and the face. Animals were taken to the Sonoma Humane Society, Sonoma County Animal Control, and UC Davis for supportive care.

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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 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 November 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.


Licensed Veterinary Technician, Seattle, Washington 
Sound Veterinary Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, is seeking an LVT/RVT to join our growing team! We will soon be opening the doors to our new 1,700 square foot dedicated Rehabilitation Center. Technicians work under the guidance of our certified rehabilitation veterinarians (CCRT, DACVSMR) to implement rehabilitation plans including land based exercises, UWTM, and modalities such as NMES, laser, PEMF, ultrasound. We also perform regenerative medicine including stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma, and shockwave therapy. Learn more here ( Please submit a resume with cover letter by email to


Full-Time Veterinarian, Los Angeles, California  
California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is looking for a full time veterinarian to add to our growing and talented team. Our state of the art facility is located in Los Angeles and we currently employ four full time veterinarians and four physical therapists. Our collaborative team practices the gold standard of pet therapy! Acupuncture experience is required, rehabilitation training is preferred. Please send your cover letter and CV to Jessica Waldman;


Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital for Companion Animals
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a part-time certified Rehabilitation veterinarian (CCRP/CCRT) to expand our growing Small Animal Rehabilitation Medicine Service. The primary purpose of this position will be to provide clinical care to patients in the hospital (post-surgical and non-surgical) and on an outpatient basis. Acupuncture certification is desired but not a requirement. Please feel free to contact Dr. Chelsey Davey with any questions at, or view the job posting at

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