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In this issue ... Spotlight Practice, opportunity for growth, New York practice acts, join our speaker registry, thank you to our mentors, and more!
Dr. Jessica Bunch
President's Message

Spring Tidings

Last month brought the annual SAVMA Symposium which was hosted this year by Kansas State University. Although it was virtual this year, AARV partnered with ACVSMR to host a virtual booth as well as a lecture on rehabilitation for veterinary students attending the conference. AARV and ACVSMR have been working to bring rehabilitation awareness and education to veterinary students through supporting student clubs, providing speakers, student webinars, and our yearly Royal Canin student case competition.

AARV would like to congratulate the newest ACVSMR diplomats, who after years of hard work and determination, successfully passed their specialty board examination last month. Among these new diplomats is our former past-president, Amber Ihrke. Way to go Dr. Ihrke!! AARV looks forward to continuing to support ACVSMR residents through sponsorship of resident grants and study groups.

Did you know April is National Canine Fitness Month? Founded by FitPAWS in 2017, Canine Fitness Month focuses on keeping canine companions healthy and active and bringing awareness to the growing and preventable issue of canine obesity. April is also recognized as National Volunteer Month. Interested in getting more involved and volunteering with AARV? We have multiple opportunities to volunteer and aid in supporting our rehabilitation community. Volunteer to be on our mentor list for students or maybe show off your knowledge and educate others by joining our speaker registry. Finally, consider joining the AARV board. Available board positions will be announced later this year. If interested in any of these opportunities, feel free to reach out to me at president@rehabvets.org.
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (VRSM) was established in 2010. Our facility is located in Franklin, Tennessee, on a beautiful 7-acre campus. We see a varied case load of geriatrics/generalized osteoarthritis, post-operative orthopedic and neurological patients, sports medicine and weight loss. Our modalities include an underwater treadmill, land treadmill, therapeutic ultrasound, laser, shockwave and TENS/NMES. We offer digital radiographs, PennHIP testing, musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthroscopy. We are thrilled to be part of the process of becoming a certified facility within the VOSM Academy, a rigorous training program established by Drs. Sherman and Debra Canapp of Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM).

AARV member Dr. Kristal Turner DVM, CVA, CCRT, is the medical director and currently in a practice path sports medicine and rehabilitation residency. She completed her rehab training at CRI and is certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute. Her main focus is sports and regenerative medicine and the diagnostics that come along with that (musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthroscopy). AARV member Dr. Ashton Thompson DVM, CCRP, cVMA, joined VRSM in 2020 after working as a rehabilitation department head at an emergency and specialty hospital. Her rehab certification is through UT and she is certified in acupuncture, as well, through CuraCore. Dr. Thompson is passionate about helping pets live a more active and pain-free life and strives for the continued advancement of her field. AARV member Dayna Kowalczyk LVMT, CCRVN is the practice manager, head therapist and licensed veterinary nurse. She completed her rehab training at CRI and has been with VRSM since 2015. In addition to these AARV members, we also have 2 other licensed veterinary technicians (1 being rehab certified through UT), and several other support staff that are instrumental in keeping VRSM running smoothly.

Opportunity for Growth

by Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison
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If this title caught your attention, then you are interested in growing. You are not alone to have this desire. No matter what field you are in, this growth can come in a number of ways.
  • Financial growth is something we all consistently strive for. We are, of course, interested in that dollar amount on our paycheck. It is how we feel our value and make a living. This is often the first thing we share with friends and family when we get a raise or that increased income at a new job. Financial growth isn’t the only way to make people happy though.

  • Career growth is for all of us who have the highest regards for this profession. Our jobs are much more rewarding knowing management encourages professional advancement through training, continuing education, and mentoring. For example, obtaining a VTS is the way to advance skills and knowledge in the area of physical rehabilitation. 

  • Personal growth keeps us motivated every day. What are the things encouraging us to exceed expectations? In my opinion, we do extraordinary things, each day with our patients. Each case brings creativity, rewards and new skills. We make things happen with sometimes just our hands. 

Have you ever pondered about obtaining a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation? Consider all of these opportunities to grow wrapped into one idea. Now is a great time to advance the profession of veterinary technicians in this field. Reap the accolades of this prestigious certification. Most clinics increase your pay based on advanced levels of credentialing.

What better way to advance your career and the profession on a whole? You will grow by leaps and bounds that you hadn’t thought about before. Check out our website on how to apply.
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!
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, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA, AARV Technician Liaison, at technician@rehabvets.org to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Focus on State Practice Acts: New York

by Theresa Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM(N), CCRP
Legislative Liaison
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I'm going through each state at random and providing an interpretation of the acts to better guide individuals in managing physical rehabilitation as it pertains to their practice and state.

“Physical therapist” and like terminology are protected by the New York State Physical Therapy Practice act. There are no guidelines for animal physical therapy/rehabilitation. The New York State Veterinary Practice Act is also vague and does not specifically make provisions, guidelines, or exemptions for allied health members or veterinary technicians.

In the Veterinary Practice Act, the diagnosis of physical conditions, use of apparati/manual techniques, and manipulation are considered in the definition of practicing veterinary medicine and everything that is not a human-being would be considered to fall under a veterinarian’s care. An unlicensed person can provide supportive treatment(s) as long as this does not include duties that require an understanding of veterinary science. NB: this is not explicitly described. I would interpret this to mean that an allied health member who has training in animal physical therapy would be allowed to practice if a licensed veterinarian is on site.

See the State Practice Acts page on the AARV website for links to state practice acts for every state.

Have questions or know of updates to practice acts? Please contact me at legislative@rehabvets.org.
COVID-19 Resources for Members
AARV has compiled a list of resources to be helpful to members as they deal with the challenges of COVID-19. Please visit the COVID-19 Resources page on our website for complete details.
We also encourage members to check with their state and local VMAs as many are publishing and posting resources and guidance for veterinary professionals in their states. 
Join Our Speaker Registry!
The AARV wants you to be a speaker! We are developing a speaker registry and are requesting that interested members apply. This is an opportunity to engage in rehab education in your area of expertise! Consideration will be given to AARV members with accredited veterinary sports medicine/rehabilitation certification or ACVSMR diplomate or resident status. Venues may include, but are not restricted to, state, national and sports medicine/rehab specialty CE conferences, meetings and/or student club events. Speakers will be eligible for reimbursement for some travel expenses, which can be discussed upon application.
If you are interested in being a part of our speaker registry, please email president@rehabvets.org with the following information:

  1. Full name and credentials
  2. AARV membership
  3. Area(s) of expertise
  4. Home state and radius willing to travel
  5. Venues of interest (to include those suggested above)

Thanks so much for your willingness to share your knowledge!
Thank You to Our Mentors!
The AARV would like to thank all of the rehabilitation professionals who have volunteered to mentor and offer job shadowing/externships to veterinary and veterinary technician students who are interested in rehabilitation. To see a complete list of our current externship opportunities, visit our website, log into the Members Area, and go to the Student Job Shadowing/Externships page. 
If you would like to join our mentor list, please email Molly Flaherty, our University Liaison, at university@rehabvets.org
AARV Now Has 918 Articles of Interest in Its Database!
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AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 918 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest for all of 2016 through April 2021 and is available to AARV members in the Members area of its website.
AARV will keep adding journal articles to the database each month to develop its usefulness as a research tool. 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.
Our thanks to Dr. Julia Tomlinson for selecting relevant journal articles each month and Dr. Kelli Martin for preparing the articles for the database.
Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), Healing Oasis, Northeast Seminars/University of Tennessee, 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, Northeast Seminars/University of Tennessee, 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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Interested in submitting a classified ad or becoming a sponsor?

Associate Veterinarian, Grayslake, Illinois
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Sports Medicine and Rehab Specialist or Rehab Veterinarian, Commerce, Michigan
MedVet Commerce is seeking a Sports Medicine and Rehab specialist or an experienced Rehab Veterinarian (DVM with CCRP/CCRT and also CVA) to lead our well-established rehab department. The highly skilled rehab team consists of a licensed technician with Rehab certification (LVT, CCRP) and 1 well trained therapist, and is supported by internal referrals from 3 neurologists and 1 surgeon. Who you are: The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes. It is important to be team oriented and dedicated to excellent communication with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. For more information about MedVet, please visit our website at www.medvet.com or to submit a confidential CV, please email Carolyn Luther, DVM at Carolyn.Luther@MedVet.com.

Veterinary Sports Medicine Specialist or Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Chicago, Illinois
MedVet Chicago is seeking a Sports Medicine and Rehab specialist or an experienced Rehab Veterinarian (DVM with CCRP/CCRT/CVMRT and also CVA) to join our well-established rehab department. The rehab department is led by a DACVSMR, CCRP, CVA and is supported by both internal referrals (13 other specialty services including 5 surgeons and 3 neurologists) and a strong outpatient case load. The highly skilled rehab team consists of a CCRP and 6 additional therapists. For more info: http://app.jobvite.com/m?3oezdlwe. To apply contact Dr. Carolyn Luther at Carolyn.Luther@MedVet.com. Interested in joining the MedVet family but don't see a listing where you want to live? Email me! Come as you are. MedVet is an equal opportunity employer.

CCRA, CCRP, CVRMT, CCVRN, LVT, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine seeks to add an enthusiastic full time, rehabilitation LVT (CCRP, CCRA, CVRMT, CCVRN or willing to complete certification in canine rehabilitation) to our team. Successful candidates are team players with experience in rehabilitation and enjoy working directly with clients and patients alike. Strong work ethic, written and verbal communication skills, and basic computer knowledge are essential. Prior dog training skills would be considered an asset. To learn more about us, please visit www.pawsitivestepsrehab.com. Applicants should submit letter of interest and current resume, including references, to frontdesk@pawsitivestepsrehab.com.
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