In this issue ... volunteers needed for VMX, spotlight on Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, new Instagram contest, tech tip, and more!
Dr. Cara Blake
President's Message

Save the Dates!

AARV will be sponsoring lecture tracks at two upcoming conferences in 2018 - VMX (formerly NAVC) in Orlando, Florida and the Rehab Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee. The speaker line-ups are great, and both meetings should be at the top of your CE meetings to attend in 2018!

The lecture track at VMX is scheduled for Monday, February 5th. I'll be one of the speakers along with Nina Kieves, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR, CCRT, and Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT. Lecture topics include surgical intervention and rehabilitation, pain management in feline patients, and regenerative medicine. And you will not want to miss the presentations of the results from the 2017 grant recipients:
  • "The Prevalence of Spondylosis Deformans in Tail-Less Rottweilers and Its Association with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Insufficiency" by Amber Irhke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
  • "Effect of Shockwave Therapy on Short-Term Pain Control and Return to Function in Postoperative Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture" by Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT
The lecture track at the 2018 Rehab Summit is scheduled for Monday, July 31st. Leslie Eide, DVM, CCRT, Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP, Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, and Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRA will be speaking on several rehabilitation-related topics including the use of allogenic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), underwater treadmill (UWTM) therapy and a panel discussion on rehab from the veterinarian, veterinary technician, and physical therapist perspectives.

I would also like to thank everyone who accepted nominations for the upcoming Board of Director position vacancies. If you would like to find out more about how to become involved or what being a BOD member entails, please feel free to contact myself or any of the Board members.


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Volunteers Needed for AARV Booth at VMX

by Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT (Chiropractic) 
Membership Chair
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Hello everyone! We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth at VMX (formerly NAVC). The conference runs February 3-8, 2018 in Orlando. AARV will cover your registration fees in exchange for about 8 hours in the booth. Anyone interested please contact Amber Ihrke at
Enter Our New Instagram Contest!
The AARV is having another social media contest that is hosted by DogLeggs! Post an animal rehabilitation photo on your Instagram page, and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card. Be sure to tag @rehabvets AND #dogleggs to be eligible!

Here are the complete rules:
  • The contest starts 10/2/17 at 6 a.m. CST and ends 10/16/17 6 a.m. CST.
  • Post an animal rehab picture on Instagram.
  • Your image must be posted after the start and before the finish of the contest
  • The photo must be from a practice/clinic where at least one AARV member works.
  • Only one submission per practice please and no reposts.
  • Please make sure your post is not private or we may not be able to see it and cannot include it in the contest.
  • You must tag @rehabvets AND #dogleggs.
  • The image with the most "likes" wins a $50 Amazon gift card.
Note: AARV will comment on your image to confirm your submission in the contest. If you don't see a comment from @rehabvets, then please reach out to us at with your Instagram tag and the date of your submission so that we can find it.
Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy
Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy

Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy is a veterinary rehabilitation facility located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. We began practicing in 2014 out of our full-service small animal hospital, Ingersoll Animal Hospital, and proudly opened the doors to our newly remodeled facility in November 2016. Our goal at Pawsitive Strides is to alleviate pain and restore our patients to maximal function, improving their quality of life. Our motto - Relieving Pain, Promoting Fitness, Improving Recovery - speaks to our dedication to our patients.

Continue reading about Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy ...
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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
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Veterinary Practice Acts -
Utah and Vermont

by Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Legislative Liaison

Hello, AARV members! This month: Utah and Vermont.
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Utah specifically mentions working with physical therapists and other staff with "alternative therapies:"
b) upon written referral by a licensed veterinarian, the practice of animal physical therapy by a physical therapist licensed under Chapter 24b, Physical Therapy Practice Act, who has completed at least 100 hours of animal physical therapy training, including quadruped anatomy and hands-on training, approved by the division;
This particular exemption in the Utah practice act allows for a collaboration and the creation of an animal rehabilitation team. What is also encouraging is that it includes the requirements for training. There is no requirements for continuing education at this time. In this case, the patient is referred to a physical therapist for treatment.
In Vermont, the veterinary practice act has an alternative therapies section created in 1992-1993. ( In this section, a rehabilitation team can be established, but the physical therapist or physical therapy assistant must be under direct supervision of the veterinarian. This is possible, but restricts not only the veterinarian in time and the client in choosing a collaborative physical therapist, but also limits the physical therapist in time, location, and patients (depending on the willingness of the other veterinarians to refer to another veterinary practice). It also does not comment on training of the therapists or continuing education. I am not certain but that seems to be the responsibility of the employing veterinarian to research and maintain at this time.
Overall, these two states are more progressive in their mentions of collaboration, but there is still work to be done to make a safe, successful and sustainable team in animal rehabilitation within the statutes and rules.

Please see the State Practice Acts page on our website for links to veterinary and physical therapy practice acts.
Tech Tip: Utilizing Fear Free Behavior Modifications in the Physical Rehabilitation Setting

by Sandra Dowd, BA, LVT, VTS - Physical Rehabilitation (OC), CCRP, CSMP

The thought behind Fear Free training is improved communication between the veterinary team, the client and the patient. Utilizing Fear Free techniques can help reduce fear, anxiety and stress (FAS) in a patient and help create a manageable patient. Seeing their pet respond and have positive interactions with the veterinary team will aide in gaining a client's trust and loyalty. Having a patient relaxed, cooperative and/or eager to participate in the rehab program helps to ensure that the treatment plan will have a positive outcome. Continue reading about Fear Free training ...

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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 September 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.


Certified Rehabilitation Technician, Pinehurst, North Carolina   
Salary: Open
Type: Full Time  Experience 1-7 yrs
Species: Canine, Feline
Category: Private Practice
Preferred Education: LVT/RVT Certified in Rehabilitation

Vanguard Veterinary Hospital, located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, ( is seeking a certified rehabilitation technician for full time rehabilitation work. We need a compassionate and competent rehab technician to meet the increasing demands of our practice. There is over 2000 sq feet dedicated to rehabilitation within our facility. We utilize Class IIIb & IV lasers, TENs/NEMs, Electro-Acupuncture, Game-Ready, Land and water treadmill, hydrotherapy pool; Gait4Dogs gait analysis, Companion Stance analysis, thermal imaging, regenerative medicine, pulse electromagnetic field therapy, kinesiology taping, and nutritional/herbal/homeopathic alternatives. To apply, email or call 910-420-2902.


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;


Veterinary Rehab Position in South Carolina 
Part-time veterinary position in well-established Rehab only practice. Comfortable, relaxed environment with all needed equipment and staff to do your best. In addition to patient care position includes veterinary outreach to expand referral base. Perfect for an entrepreneur with family commitments or a veterinarian looking for rewarding work with shorter days and slower pace. Rehab experience preferred but will mentor and offer financial assistance for certifications. Long term position with buy in/out options. Competitive salary with profit sharing. Wonderful dog friendly town with many recreational and horse activities. Resume with cover letter to


CCRA/CCRP and Additional RVT, Sherman Oaks, California
Paw Rehab in Sherman Oaks is seeking a CCRA/CCRP and an additional RVT to join our small, passionate team. Ideal candidates have at least two years of experience, are reliable team players, give exceptional patient care, enjoy client interaction, and have excellent communication skills. Under the supervision of our DVM, the CCRP/CCRA supports and independently facilitates rehab sessions, educates clients, and performs digital record keeping as needed. 
  • Competitive salary
  • M-F 8-5 or 9-6 schedule (no overnights/weekends)
  • Paid vacation days/holidays
  • CE allowance
  • Employee pet discounts

Please email a cover letter/resume to Dr. Bak -  


Veterinarian, Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio is currently looking for a full-time veterinarian who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (or board eligible) or is a certified Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist. We seek an individual who is team-oriented with excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. Start dates are negotiable with an anticipated start date by winter 2017. To apply, interested candidates are invited to apply via


Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Chicago
TLC First Animal Hospital needs a Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian to join our team. We are a small and exotic animal hospital in peaceful Northwest Chicago. Blending Eastern and Western medicines and emphasizing nutrition, we create a truly holistic approach to our patients' wellbeing. After expanding our Rehabilitation Center, equipped with a pool, water treadmill and more, it needs some finishing touches and someone to manage the Center and market services to clients and practices in the area. The caseload would combine general practice and rehabilitation, with less general practice as the rehab practice grows. Please contact (773) 631-0706 or

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