In this issue ... student mentors, Healing Oasis and Royal Canin grants, Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre, Virginia practice acts, APRVT board profile, and more!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
President's Message

Back to School Time!

In the spirit of "back to school," it is important to note that sports medicine and rehabilitation is slowly being incorporated into the veterinary school curriculum. In addition, student-run clubs that promote sports med/rehab are helping future veterinarians learn about this ever-expanding specialty and the options available to them after graduation. The AARV promotes student involvement by offering free student memberships to our organization, sponsoring lectures at the annual Student American Veterinary Medical Association symposium and compiling a database of rehabilitation practitioners who would be willing to mentor students. One amazing opportunity we offer students is a case report grant that is generously sponsored by Royal Canin. The student who is awarded the grant will receive a trip to the 2020 VMX conference in Orlando, Florida to present their rehabilitation/sports medicine case during the AARV annual lunch meeting. This grant is currently available for all AARV member veterinary students in Canada and the United States and gives them invaluable experience in research, public speaking and collaboration with colleagues. Students ... let see those cases!

Our technician case report grant, sponsored by The Healing Oasis, is well underway with an opportunity to win $1,000 to attend The Healing Oasis Convention in November and present your case to colleagues. The submissions are due August 15th. Additionally, first call has gone out for our two $2,500 grants available to all AARV members. One grant is sponsored by Purina and the other by the AARV. Grant winners will present their research findings at VMX in Orlando, Florida in 2021. See the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website for all the details!
Finally, I've just finished several days at the annual AVMA convention in Washington DC. It was great to meet and talk with members of our organization. Dr. Pedro Rivera, AARV's industry liaison, did a great job representing the AARV at our booth talking with colleagues about the wonderful work of rehabilitation and sports medicine. It was a great time!
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

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Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT (Chiropractic), CVPP

ACVSMR Residents: Interested in a Study Group?

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Hello, ACVSMR residents! We may be starting a second study group for ACVSMR residents if there is enough interest. Our first group has nine residents and had been a great success in helping to share the workload needed to tackle the ACVSMR board exam as well as being a support system during the residency. If you have an interest in being part of a group, please email Amber Irhke, AARV president, at
Are You Willing to Be a Mentor to Students?

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by Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA  
University Liaison 
Attention, AARV members: Are you interested in furthering and influencing the field of veterinary rehabilitation? How about making an impact on a student's (veterinary, technician or physical therapy) future career? There are many students who are interested in rehabilitation and sports medicine, but have no idea how to get started or simply want to know more.
The AARV is attempting to create a database of certified rehabilitation veterinarians, technicians, and physical therapists who are willing to mentor students or allow them to shadow at their clinic.  
If this is something that interests you and you would like to make an impact in a student's future career, please contact our university liaison, Jessica Bunch, at  with questions or to add yourself and clinic to our database. 
Apply for the New Healing Oasis Rehabilitation Technician Case Report Grant by August 15th! healingoasisgrant

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The Healing Oasis Wellness Center would like to offer a $1,000 grant to a CVT / LVT / RVT / LVMT that is a member of the AARV and APRVT, to be applied towards the registration, transportation, and lodging to the 2019 Healing Oasis Conference. The conference will be held November 1-3, 2019 at the National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, Illinois. The conference theme is "Integration and Understanding: The Missing Links to Recovery."
Requirements to be considered for the grant:
  • Be an AARV/APRVT member in good standing or an approved APRVT pre-applicant with AIN number.
  • To provide a case report with a clinical explanation of why and how (from the functional point of view) the case improved. References must be included. The winner will present the case report during a 20-minute time slot during the conference to the general audience (Friday or Sunday).
  • Case report must follow the AARV submittal protocol.
  • Deadline for submitting case report: August 15, 2019.
  • Case report must be submitted to the following address:
  • Submission will be evaluated by the AARV Board (after submission has been rendered anonymous) and voted on.
Winner of the grant will be listed on the AARV and APRVT website and newsletter during the first week of September 2019.
Case Report submission deadlines:
  • August 15: Submission deadline
  • September 1: Decision notified to winner
  • November 1-3, 2019: Presentation of case report
For more information about the Case Report Submission Format, please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website.
Apply for the Royal Canin Student Case Report Grant by October 1st! royalcaningrant

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Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2020 VMX Expo in Orlando, Florida, January 18-22, 2020?
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 in a United States or Canadian veterinary school during the 2019-2020 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the VMX 2020 Conference. To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by October 1, 2019, 11:59 pm 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 2020 VMX Conference (reimbursement up to $1,500). The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.
Case Report submission deadlines:
  • September 1: Final call for submissions
  • October 1: Case report submission deadline
  • October 15: Decision notified to authors
  • VMX 2020: Presentation of study results
For more information, please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website or contact our University Liaison Jessica Bunch at
Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
Tripawds Foundation Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehabilitation Reimbursement!

Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab
Now Taking Applications for Tripawd Rehab Reimbursement

"Just let your dog be a dog," our veterinarian advised when our dog Jerry lost a front leg to osteosarcoma. If only we had known about the importance of rehabilitation therapy! Today, the Tripawds Foundation that Jerry inspired is educating pet parents with new amputees so they never have to learn the hard way like we did, through the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab.

Sadly, most Tripawd parents still do not know of the importance of seeing a credentialed rehabilitation practitioner. We are trying to change that, by getting Tripawd parents through your clinic doors as soon as possible after surgery. When they do, their first visit is on us!

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors who support the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab, the Tripawds Foundation will grant up to $200 in reimbursement to any member who visits a certified animal rehabilitation therapist for a first-time evaluation. Anyone can qualify; this is not a need-based grant.

"This experience showed me that going to rehab is a critical step in aftercare for any amputee. It taught me why my dog is uncomfortable, where he is uncomfortable, and exactly how to fix it so he can live a pain-free, quality life," says Piper's mom, a recipient.

We want more Tripawds to experience the benefits of rehabilitation therapy and appreciate your letting clients know about this valuable program.
Got questions? Contact Tripawds Foundation today. We are here to help you help Tripawds everywhere. Stay tuned for additional AARV and Tripawds Foundation partnerships!
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Physiotherapist Barbara Lee (left) and veterinarian Keri Evers
Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre

The Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre is the result of a unique and equal partnership between a veterinarian, Keri Evers, and a physiotherapist, Barbara Lee, who are both certified in canine rehabilitation and AARV members! You may recognize this practice from last month's AARV Achievement Newsletter highlight section.

It is the first (and still the only) full-service, rehab-only facility for pets in the Niagara Peninsula, opening its doors on Feb. 1, 2016. Although it says "canine" in the name, dogs and cats alike benefit from the expertise and collaboration of therapists from both sides of the field and a facility which enables them to exercise year-round. We offer LASER, therapeutic ultrasound, TENS, NMES, acupuncture, massage therapy and manual therapy. Our gym is fully stocked with FitPaws and TotoFit equipment as well as 2 land treadmills. We also have an 18' x 10' swimming pool that is used for rehab and recreational swimming. We added a Stance Analyzer in 2018, which has been a great tool for developing a baseline and monitoring progress, especially in our CCLD patients. Our main caseload is CCLD and IVDD dogs, both surgical and medical management cases. We also have a large senior dog population, which is growing with the introduction of our new senior care program that features the LASER acupuncture protocol taught at STAAR 2019. Another popular program is our wheelchair rental plan ... we often joke that we have a small fleet running around Niagara.
Continue reading about the Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre ...
Focus on State Practice Acts: Virginia

by Theresa Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM(N), CCRP
Legislative Liaison

Now that all of the AARV links to practice acts are updated, 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 Therapy/Physical Therapist" are protected terms in the state of Virginia covered by the Code of Virginia. Within either chapter, there are no specific provisions addressing animal "physical therapy" or physical rehabilitation.

Recommendations to veterinarians who wish to practice physical medicine in the state of Virginia include using terminology such as "physical rehabilitation" or "physical medicine." Although a licensed physical therapist practicing physical therapy on a non-human species is not explicitly prohibited or covered, performing therapies consistent with physical medicine on an animal may be interpreted as practicing veterinary medicine without a license based on provisions set forth in Chapter 38.

Code of Virginia Veterinary Medicine Chapter 38 of Title 54.1
Any person shall be regarded as practicing veterinary medicine within the meaning of this chapter who represents himself, directly or indirectly, publicly or privately, as a veterinary doctor or uses any title, words, abbreviation or letters in a manner or under circumstances which may reasonably induce the belief that the person using them is qualified to practice veterinary medicine.

Any person shall be deemed to be practicing veterinary medicine who performs the diagnosis, treatment, correction, change, relief or prevention of animal disease, deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental conditions; including the performance of surgery or dentistry, the prescription or administration of any drug, medicine, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic, or other therapeutic or diagnostic substance or technique, and the use of any manual or mechanical procedure for embryo transfer, for testing for pregnancy, or for correcting sterility or infertility, or to render advice or recommendation with regard to any of the above.

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit persons permitted or authorized by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to do so from providing care for wildlife as defined in ยง 29.1-100, provided that the Department determines that such persons are in compliance with its regulations and permit conditions.

Code of Virginia Physical Therapy Chapter 34.1 of Title 54.1
"Practice of physical therapy" means that branch of the healing arts that is concerned with, upon medical referral and direction, the evaluation, testing, treatment, reeducation and rehabilitation by physical, mechanical or electronic measures and procedures of individuals who, because of trauma, disease or birth defect, present physical and emotional disorders. The practice of physical therapy also includes the administration, interpretation, documentation, and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures within the scope of practice of the physical therapist. However, the practice of physical therapy does not include the medical diagnosis of disease or injury, the use of Roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes or the use of electricity for shock therapy and surgical purposes including cauterization.

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
AARV Has 484 Articles of Interest in Its Database!

AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 484 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest from January 2017 through August 2019 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 AARV Secretary Dr. Andrea Henderson for preparing the articles for the database. 
We've Updated Our Pet Insurance Summary!

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AARV has just released a newly updated version of its summary of pet insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, current as of July 2019. Please see the updated Pet Insurance Summary chart on the AARV website. The Pet Insurance Summary is available as a printable PDF. Our thanks to AARV Industry Liaison Dr. Pedro Rivera for coordinating this update. 
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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 and be sure to include the name of the event, speaker, topic, date, time, location and URL. Rehabilitation related events/classes only, please.
Achieved Anything Lately?
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See What One of Our APRVT Board Members Is Up To!
by Sandy Gregory, M Ed, RVT, CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison

Wendy Davies
Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)
Many APRVT board members speak at various conferences or webinars throughout the United States and even internationally. One of them is Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), who is the vice president of APRVT and an Organizing Committee member. Wendy also serves as a faculty member for Canine Rehabilitation Institute and is the Integrative Medicine lead technician at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital.

Wendy will be teaching for a week in August at Canine Rehabilitation Institute's Veterinary Nursing module in Colorado. This is the module specifically designed for veterinary nurses/technicians to learn the nuts and bolts of how to do rehabilitation well and effectively. It is a fun class and a great environment for exploring new ideas and just getting comfortable with exercises and modalities among other things.

In October, Wendy will be lecturing at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The topics she will cover include an introduction to neurological as well as orthopedic conditions and the rehab possibilities for both. Wendy will also cover client education, water therapy, and different modalities such as laser and ultrasound.

Visit the APRVT's website for other upcoming conferences and our speakers in your area.

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

Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Los Angeles, California
California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is adding to our growing team! We provide the gold standard in comprehensive rehabilitation care. Our talented team includes dedicated veterinarians certified in both acupuncture and rehabilitation. We practice a combination of Eastern and Western medicine, in and out-patient rehabilitation and we partner with physical therapists. It is an exciting and dynamic workplace with dedicated and experienced support staff. Our well-equipped facility includes underwater treadmill, therapy pool, large open gym for rehab and more.
To learn more about us visit For more information or to apply contact or 805-404-3581.


CCRP / CCRA / CVMRT, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Are you a CCRP/CCRA/CVMRT or enrolled to become certified, and are looking for a hospital that allows you to be part of the process? The Animal Therapy Center is looking to add more amazing talent to our rapidly growing practice. Our 5,000 sqft facility is located in PA, and offers sophisticated equipment. We are well-staffed with a FT veterinarian and strong support staff. Ideal candidates should have 2 yrs' experience in the veterinary industry.
For FT candidates:
  • w/CCRP/CCRA or already enrolled are eligible for a sign on bonus
  • Competitive wages, benefits package w/paid CE, health insurance, PTO and 401k
Interested candidates email:


DACVSMR or Board-Eligible Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Shoreline, Washington
SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center is growing! SOUND is partners with Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center and proudly locally owned and operated. Together we are the premier orthopedic, sports medicine and rehabilitation center in the Pacific Northwest. Join a staff of 4 rehab DVMs, including 2 DACVSMR, 7 DACVS (two are double boarded), one PT, 2 certified rehab techs and 6 rehab assistants. Equipment includes CT, diagnostic ultrasound, needle and traditional arthroscopy, 3 different PRP systems, ESWT and a full rehab gym with 2 UWTM. Our team culture is outstanding and there is no place more beautiful to live. Compensation is competitive and includes full health benefits, generous CE and vacation time, and more. For more information please email


Full-Time Rehabilitation Veterinarian, San Marcos, California
Veterinary Specialty Hospital - North County is seeking a full-time rehabilitation veterinarian to join our Emergency and Specialty Referral hospital in San Marcos, California.
We are looking for an experienced certified rehabilitation veterinarian who has excellent interpersonal skills, is interested in expanding/growing the department, can accomplish a high case load, and possesses strong time management skills.
Rehab Specific Qualifications:
  • Rehab Certification - CCRP, CCRT, CVMRT and/or DACVSMR
  • Acupuncture certification - CVA, CVAT, CVMA
  • Chiropractic/VSMT certification - CVC, CAC, CVSMT (ideal but not required)
  • Pain certification - CVPP (ideal but not required)
Interested candidates should send their CV to Dr. Chris Blum at


Veterinary Technician or Assistant - Physical Rehab, Daly City, California
Nor Cal Veterinary, 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 in a fast-paced environment. This opportunity allows you to work independently with patients and their owners for appointments and provide support between appointments as needed. We have Class 3b LASER, underwater treadmill, E-stim, acupuncture, electro acupuncture and a variety of therapy tools. We also have a beautiful new facility filled with natural light (even the treatment room). Interested candidates please email Aly Mitton at

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