In this issue ... apply for CRI research grant, call for technician tips, spotlight on Holistic Veterinary Care, check out APRVT member Mary Ellen Goldberg, and more!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
President's Message

The Future Looks Bright!

The AARV's first time at the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium, hosted by the University of Georgia, was an amazing experience. Our University Liaison Dr. Jessica Bunch and I had a wonderful time talking with students about veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine. Together with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR), our booth had many, many students from all over the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Caribbean stop by to learn about the opportunities in this fast-moving field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch had a packed house for her AARV-sponsored lecture "Your Options for a Career in Canine Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation" with great questions from the students during the Q & A portion of the lecture. We look forward to meeting with students at next year's symposium hosted by Cornell University. The future looks bright indeed!

The next conference appearance for the AARV will be the AVMA convention in Washington D.C. August 2nd-6th. We will be hosting a booth in the exhibit hall during the convention. If you would like free registration in exchange for a few hours in the booth, contact Katie Neforos, our membership chair, and she will make it happen!

The AARV is also excited to offer a brand-new grant to our members! Canine Rehabilitation Institute is offering a $5,000 grant that INCLUDES their online course Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research. I have taken this course and without a doubt the information I learned was instrumental in helping me write grant proposals, design and carry out a study, and prepare a manuscript for publication. This is an amazing opportunity and a great way to help bring your research ideas to life.

The AARV will be offering 4 additional grant opportunities to be announced later this year. Two grants will be available to all our members, one grant is specifically tailored to veterinary students and one is available to the ACVSMR alternative track residents. One of the core tenets of the AARV is to encourage and promote research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine and our competitive grants enable the important work that moves the field forward.

As always, I look forward to hearing from our members, so please reach out with any questions!
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Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT (Chiropractic), CVPP

Apply for the CRI Research Grant!

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The AARV is excited to announce that Canine Rehabilitation Institute is sponsoring a grant for research related to the field of veterinary sports medicine/rehabilitation. AARV members who are veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents, or fourth-year veterinary students (those graduating in 2020) are eligible to enter. The grant will include tuition to CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course that will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019, as well as $5,000 for original research.  
Abstracts must be submitted by July 1, 2019. Two copies of the abstract should be submitted, one with all requested information and authors' names and one blinded without authors' names, institutions, etc. Please submit completed grant applications to AARV President Dr. Amber Ihrke at president@rehabvets.org . Applicants must be able to attend the Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course that will start in September 2019 as well as VMX 2021 to present their research.
Abstracts will be voted upon by the AARV board of directors and the winner will be announced by July 15, 2019. Research will be presented by the author during the AARV lecture track at VMX 2021.
Grant submission deadlines:
  • April newsletter: First call for grant submissions
  • May 1: Second call for grant submissions
  • June 1: Final call for grant submissions
  • July 1: Grant submission deadline
  • July 15: Decision notified to authors
  • VMX 2021: Presentation of study results
For more information about Grant Submission Format, please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website.
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C all for Technician Tips!

We want to feature your rehabilitation tips, tricks, and recommendations to the AARV community and give you prizes!

Is there something that you think other members of the AARV network would benefit from learning that you have up your sleeve in the field of rehab?

The AARV understands and appreciates the integral role all certified rehabilitation technicians play on a daily basis for patients and doctors. Please contact our Technician Liaison Sandy Gregory with your technician tip(s) before April 30 to be considered. These can range from simple advice when seeing a new patient or ways to maximize treatment time during an appointment. Please provide a photo/headshot and your professional accreditations.

The chosen technician will have their tip featured in the AARV newsletter, posted on AARV social media channels as well as receive a Starbucks gift card, a donation from the AARV to a charity/organization of their choosing and will receive a FREE YEAR OF AARV TECHNICIAN MEMBERSHIP.
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Holistic Veterinary Care

Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, was started in 2008 in order to provide much needed veterinary services that were not available elsewhere. The practice began with acupuncture and chiropractic services but quickly expanded to offer other modalities. In 2011, the practice moved to a larger location and added rehab therapy with a therapy pool, UWTM, etc. Today, HVC is a center for integrative medicine providing the best that Western and alternative medicine modalities have to offer. Currently HVC provides rehab, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal therapy, PEMF, stem cell therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, and more.

The rehab team consists of a chiropractor; 3 acupuncturists; 2 veterinarians including AARV member and practice owner Gary Richter, MS, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVWHM, and a veterinarian who is currently completing her rehab certification; AARV member Sandy Gregory, M Ed, RVT, CCRA, head technician; and 4 rehab assistants.
Continue reading about Holistic Veterinary Care ...
We've Been Updating the AARV Articles of Interest Database!

AARV has continued to update its searchable Articles of Interest Database, available to AARV members in the Members Area of its website.
The database now includes Articles of Interest from January 2018 through April 2019 and contains approximately 230 articles. We will keep adding more articles to the database each month. We also will continue to include links to our past Articles of Interest from 2010 to the present in PDF format. All Articles of Interest have been selected by AARV founder Dr. Julia Tomlinson because of their relevance to the field of veterinary rehabilitation. 
To search the database, log in to the Members Area of the website and go to the Articles of Interest Database page. Enter a keyword, author's name, or other search term to begin your search. A list of matching article abstracts will be displayed. A link to the full version of the journal article will be provided if available.
AARV is continuing to add journal articles to the database each month to develop its usefulness as a research tool. Our thanks to Dr. Julia Tomlinson for selecting relevant journal articles each month and AARV Secretary Dr. Andrea Henderson for preparing the articles for the database.  
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Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), Healing Oasis, and CuraCore? Check the AARV Calendar of Events on our website, which contains upcoming rehabilitation classes and other continuing education events. You can also visit the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Healing Oasis, and CuraCore websites directly to learn more about their courses.  
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.
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Look At What Our Board Member Mary Ellen Goldberg Is Doing
by Sandy Gregory, M Ed, RVT, CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison

Mary Ellen Goldberg
Mary Ellen Goldberg
APRVT has a number of well-respected board members. One of them is Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation. Here are some of the things she has been doing since January.

She gave a webinar at www.onlinepethealth.com about Geriatrics Part I and physical rehabilitation. The second part of the webinar is due in September. In February she also gave one about Hydrotherapy for Exotics and Zoo Animals. The British Veterinary Nursing Journal published her article "A walk on the wild side: a review of physiotherapy for exotics and zoo animals" in February 34(2): 33-47.

In March, she recorded six webinars for VetScope, Inc., about pain management and physical rehabilitation covering all species. Additionally, in March, she taught an online geriatrics course for veterinary technicians/nurses on the Veterinary Support Personnel Network.

Currently she is writing the Pain Management chapter in Veterinary Technician's Daily Reference Guide Canine and Feline 4th Edition due to be published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Mary Ellen is also writing the Companion Animal segment of a chapter on Geriatrics and Hospice Care with Dr. Sheilah Robertson from Lap of Love in the textbook McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 10th edition. This is due to be published by Elsevier.

Her continuing duties as the Exam Chair for the organizations Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, and International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management keep her busy as well.

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 Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, CCRA, AARV Technician Liaison, at technician@rehabvets.org to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Canine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation ACVSMR Residency, Burnsville, Minnesota
Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is offering an ACVSMR residency position in 2020. Located in the Twin Cities metro (ranked in the top 10 places to live in the US), this program aims for excellent clinical and technical competency. Research is also strongly supported. Our clinic sees over 45% sporting dogs. The resident will have training in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional procedures, (e.g. preparation/administration of PRP), and orthoses and prostheses (including modifying devices). Resident compensation includes health insurance, dues, and licensing fee. Registration and expenses are covered for continuing education. For more information, please email jenny@tcrehab.com or visit www.virmp.org.


Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Fort Collins, Colorado
Advanced Animal Care is looking for a Rehabilitation Veterinarian (CCRP or CCRT) to join our team! We are a progressive, AAHA accredited, Fear Free certified, AAFP Cat Friendly Practice. We have a collaborative team approach to practicing medicine with a reputation of high standard care in our community. Our 9,000 square foot, state of the art facility includes a full rehabilitation center with an indoor pool, underwater treadmill, and full-time dedicated rehabilitation practitioner. We work closely with mobile boarded surgeons and boast a large surgical suite with the ability to perform arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgeries. Our clients love the convenience of our attached lodging, doggy daycare, and grooming facilities! Please send resumes to Julianne Boisvert at julianne.boisvert@nva.com.


Veterinarian Rehabilitation Director, Houston, Texas
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is currently seeking a veterinarian, with a CCRP, and experience in veterinary rehabilitation to be our Rehabilitation Director in our brand-new state of the art 51,000 sq ft facility! Preference may be given to applicants certified in sports medicine and/or acupuncture (or in the process of gaining certification). The Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness department has a robust internal/external referral caseload and has been in existence for over 16 years! Competitive compensation and a full range of benefits including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance, time off for vacation and CE, and a 401(k) plan. To apply, contact Patrick O'Keefe at patrick.okeefe@compassionfirstpets.com.


Full-Time and Part-Time Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Technicians, Tampa, Florida
Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is seeking both a part-time and full-time veterinary rehabilitation technician. We are a growing sports medicine and rehabilitation practice dedicated to high-quality patient care. We have a broad caseload of sporting dogs covering many disciplines as well as pet dogs recovering from a variety of orthopedic and neurologic issues. We are offer all rehabilitation modalities (laser, ultrasound, underwater and land treadmill, etc) and therapies in our 1 year old facility. You can learn more about our practice at www.floridavetrehab.com. Please submit cover letter and resume to dr.brown@floridavetrehab.com.


Rehabilitation Technician, Seattle
Join our growing team! Sound Veterinary Rehabilitation Center is a group of dedicated, passionate rehabilitation veterinarians, technicians, assistants and patient care coordinators that love our job! Our practice culture is supportive and inclusive, recognizing and valuing the skills and dedication of our veterinary technicians and staff. We offer full service rehabilitation, sports medicine and regenerative medicine services and are partners with the regions premier orthopedic surgery practice, Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle.
Highly competitive salary and generous benefits. Must be CCRA/CCRVN/CCRP or eligible.
Learn more here: https://soundvetrehab.com/about-sound/join-our-team/
Please submit a resume WITH COVER LETTER by email to svrc@soundvetrehab.com.


Veterinary Rehabilitation Assistant, Singapore
RA Healing Centre is Singapore's first veterinary rehabilitation centre. We are hiring a certified animal rehabilitation therapist / practitioner. This position will work closely with a CCRT, CVA trained veterinarian to implement rehab treatments. We see a variety of rehabilitation cases and we are fully equipped. There will be an attractive package for overseas applicants. We aim for a work-life balance for our staff. Singapore is a multicultural, vibrant hub. English is their first spoken language and you can enjoy low income tax. If you are interested, please send your resume to animals@holisticpetcentre.com.


Veterinary Technician or Assistant - Physical Rehab, Daly City, California

Nor Cal Veterinary, a BluePearl Partner in Daly City CA, is hiring a CCRVN, CCRA, or CVMRT (could be in training). This position will work closely with Dr. Erika Gebhard DVM, CVA, CCRT, to implement rehab treatments. We have Class 3b LASER, underwater treadmill, E-stim, acupuncture, electroacupuncture and a variety of therapy tools. We also have a beautiful new facility filled with natural light (even the treatment room). Are you self-driven, dependable and knowledgeable? Do you demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills in a team atmosphere? Do you crave a dynamic and rewarding setting? Then we want to hear from you! To apply, contact Aly Mitton at alysha.mitton@bluepearlvet.com, or click here to submit an application.


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