In this issue ... free registration to WVC, SAVMA Instagram contest, social media savvy needed, join AARV at VMX 2019, Technician Liaison spotlight, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

Looking Forward to 2019!

2019 is fast approaching! The AARV has had a very productive 2018, and I'd like to recap some of our 2018 accomplishments and thank the AARV Board of Directors, our sponsors, and of course our members for making 2018 so successful.

This year we increased the number of our grants to FOUR, three of which were already awarded. We had two $2,500 research grants (one sponsored by Purina and the second by the AARV), and winners will present their work at VMX 2020. We also had a new grant sponsored by Royal Canin for a case study to be presented by a veterinary student at the upcoming VMX in 2019. And lastly, we have yet to announce the winner of our newest and largest grant of $5,000 that will go to an ACVSMR alternative track resident.

We had a large presence at three conferences this year - VMX, AVMA and the World Summit - and we hope to add two more in 2019. We will be at Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas as well as the SAVMA Symposium at the University of Georgia. Stay tuned for information on our upcoming Instagram competition for a student member to win a scholarship to attend the SAVMA Symposium!

Membership numbers
Our membership continues to grow. As of the end of November, we have 563 total members and 152 of those are new members for 2018. The new members include 49 veterinarians, 4 interns/residents, 17 technicians, 7 allied health professionals and 75 students. A huge thanks to our newest members for joining this year. We're happy to have you along for the ride.

Articles of Interest database
Lastly, we have been working hard on our Articles of Interest and we plan on rolling out a searchable database shortly. Please stay tuned for more details!

Our first order of business for 2019 will be the VMX conference. Please make sure to attend the AARV lecture track as well as the annual lunch membership meeting. At the membership meeting, there will be raffle prizes, updates about our 2019 goals and our student member grant contest winner will present her case study. Please don't forget to stop by our booth as well.

Also, in January 2019 Dr. Amber Ihrke will be taking over the reins as president. Please help me welcome her. The board of directors is looking forward to an exciting, productive 2019. We wish all of our members a happy, healthy holiday season and as always, please contact the AARV board if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT

Would You Like Free Registration to WVC?

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Free CE in Las Vegas! The AARV is offering free registration to the Western Veterinary Conference February 17-20 in Las Vegas. We just need you to staff the AARV booth for 6-8 hours during the conference, and the AARV will cover all your registration costs. This opportunity is available to all AARV members. If you would like to join us in Las Vegas, please email Amber Ihrke at

Stay Tuned: SAVMA Veterinary Student Instagram Competition

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Calling all veterinary students! Are you planning on attending the 2019 SAVMA Symposium this year? Stay tuned for information on our upcoming Instagram competition where you could win a scholarship to help pay for travel expenses to the 2019 SAVMA Symposium at the University of Georgia.
Learn more about this conference and get a sneak peak at the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Facilities by watching their SAVMA hype video.
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Calling Social Media Savvy Members!

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We are currently recruiting social media committee members. Have an interest in Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter? We may have a job for you! Please send Jenn Panko an email at to find out more about this opportunity to spread the word about the awesomeness that is AARV and the #rehabvets message!

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Join AARV on January 21 at VMX 2019!
The VMX conference (formerly NAVC) is coming up January 19-23, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. AARV will hold its annual meeting on Monday, January 21 and also have a full-day lecture track.  
All VMX attendees are welcome to attend the AARV lecture track. To register, please visit the VMX website.
Members of AARV and APRVT also will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by and say hello!
Don't miss this fabulous event and all our great speakers!
8:00-9:15 am  Physical Rehabilitation of Working Dogs
Speakers: Andrea Leigh Henderson, DVM, CCRT, CCRP, CMFT, DACVSMR;
Kelley Meyer, AAS, RVT, LATG, CCRP
9:55-10:45 am Outcome Measures and Assessment in Canine Physical Rehabilitation
Speaker: Andrea Leigh Henderson, DVM, CCRT, CCRP, CMFT, DACVSMR
10:55-11:45 am The Pathway to a New Rehab Space
Speaker: Kelley Meyer, AAS, RVT, LATG, CCRP
1:45-2:35 pm Lumbosacral Stenosis in Working Dogs: What Can We Learn from Human Back Pain?
Speaker: Andrea Leigh Henderson, DVM, CCRT, CCRP, CMFT, DACVSMR
2:45-3:35 pm Panel Discussion: The Business of Rehab: Pearls and Tips from the Experts
Speakers: Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CAVCA;
Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM;
Jessica Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT;
Stuart Napshin, PhD, MSIS, MBA;
Megan Ridley, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA
3:55-4:15 pm Post-operative Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation for Reduction of Stifle Edema in Canine Patients Undergoing TPLO
Speaker: Alexandra Kelly, presenting on behalf of Theresa Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM(N), CCRP, MRCVS
4:25-4:45 pm Effect of Dr. Buzby's Toe GripsĀ® on Lameness Scores and Client Specific Outcome Measures After Canine Tibial Plateau-leveling Osteotomy
Speaker: Jennifer Repac, DVM, CVA, CCRT  
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Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and Healing Oasis? 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 and Healing Oasis 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.
Call for Spotlight Practices!
We want to feature YOU! Your practice could be featured on our website, and for a whole month in our newsletter, on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and featured on our LinkedIn Profile.

See our Spotlight Practice Questionnaire for details. You answer the questions and provide photos; we make the rest happen!

Email to schedule your time to shine as the AARV Spotlight Practice.
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Call for News and Updates!

Have a professional accomplishment you would like to share? Achieved new rehabilitation credentials? Published an article or textbook? Giving a lecture or workshop? Won an award? We want to know about it! Email so we can share your news with the #rehabvets community via our social media outlets.
Have You Checked Out AARV's Articles of Interest?

Have you had a chance to peruse AARV's Articles of Interest, located in the Members Area of the website? Each month, AARV posts a new collection of journal abstracts, selected by AARV founder Dr. Julia Tomlinson because of their relevance to the field of veterinary rehabilitation.

The December Articles of Interest include 11 journal articles on topics including TPLO procedures, return to sport after injury, injuries related to canicross, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. In some cases, there are links to the full texts of articles. Keep up to date on the latest research so you can share this knowledge with your clients and colleagues. Click here to review this month's as well as past months' Articles of Interest.
Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn!

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Let's network! Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn by clicking on this link or the LinkedIn logo at right.
Member Spotlight: Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, CCRA
We'd like to introduce Sandy Gregory, AARV's new Technician Liaison, who will be joining the Board of Directors in January.
Animal Physical Rehabilitation - The Most Rewarding Jobs as an RVT!
Sandy Gregory
Sandy Gregory and Daisy during a physical rehabilitation visit.
Sandy Gregory is a rehabilitation therapist at Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California. She graduated with a master's of education in exercise science in 1994, and then earned an associate's degree in veterinary technology in 2001. Since 2001, Sandy has traveled through the United States working with various animal species including Hawaiian monk seals, gorillas in Texas, and marine mammals and birds in Alaska. She also shares a passion for small animals including rabbits, rodents, exotics, reptiles, large animals, and, of course, dogs and cats. 
Ms. Gregory became certified through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) and has been in the field since 2004. She was awarded Student Chapter NAVTA Advisor of the Year in 2012 and California Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2014. She currently holds position of secretary for the California RVT Association, is a member of the AARV, and is a candidate member with the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians.  
Although Sandy loves everything she does in the veterinary industry, the most rewarding area is animal physical rehabilitation. The ability to change the lives of patients and their owners through rehabilitative therapies and techniques remains unparalleled in Sandy's mind. Many patients are eager to walk through the door of a rehabilitation center because they know they will leave feeling better, which also helps to strengthen the human-animal bond. The daily greetings of wagging tails, kisses and enthusiastic barking from all of her different patients adds up to a job that doesn't feel like work. It is an opportunity to be creative, build bonds, be challenged, and restore animals to a healthy way of life.
Sandy is excited for the opportunity to represent the technician associate members of the AARV and looks forward to continuing the development of a wonderful network of like-minded colleagues. Finally, a huge thank-you goes out to Ms. Dawn Hickey as the exiting technician board member.
Sandy can be reached at
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, to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Rehabilitation Technician Needed for Growing Practice near Burlington, Vermont

BEVS is seeking a technician with rehab certification or commitment to obtaining certification to join our growing 24-hour Emergency and Specialty practice. To accommodate our growth, we have broken ground on our new, ultramodern facility in Williston - with over 17,000 square feet, 13 exam rooms, an intensive care unit, 3 high-tech surgery suites, and CT/MRI units. The technician works under the guidance of our rehabilitation veterinarian in our cutting-edge fully equipped rehab department to design and implement rehabilitation plans utilizing modalities such as underwater treadmill, NMES, therapeutic laser, acupuncture, manual therapy and thermotherapy. Apply to or visit for more information.



Rehab Full Time Vet Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, a growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida looking for a full to part time CCRT/veterinarian to join our team! Competitive salary, health care and benefit packages available. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space for rehabilitation services. Our three doctor, one PT/CCRT practice office also offers acupuncture, veterinary medical manipulation (animal chiropractic), massage, Chinese herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, homotoxicology, flower essences, and routine wellness services. For more information, please contact Dr. Jenna Hauck at or visit us at



Rehab Tech Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida is looking for a part or full time rehabilitation technician or assistant. Ideal candidate should be CCRA certified, but we will also consider a CVT with on the job training, or a CVT with a strong interest in rehab as we have CRI instructor on staff. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space with a fully equipped rehabilitation facility including UWTM and laser. We also offer other integrative therapies including acupuncture and chiropractic. Contact or visit our website for more information.

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