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In this issue ... CE events, grant winners, Industry and PT Liaisons, Spotlight Practice, TurnRehabRed, Senior Moments, Colorado practice acts, and more!
Dr. Jessica Bunch
President's Message

February Is Here!

We hope that 2021 has started well for all of you as we continue to move forward, adapt, and overcome. The AARV board has been working to continue our mission of education and research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and supporting our members. I am very excited to announce that this month brings the arrival of our first virtual continuing education forum.

Please join us on February 27th for the AARV-Royal Canin Virtual Continuing Education Forum. This opportunity will provide 4.5 hours of free RACE approved CE. We have a great line-up of speakers, our past grant winner presentations, student case presentation, our annual meeting, and our John Sherman award presentation. A very large thank-you to Royal Canin who has worked diligently to help sponsor and present this event with us.

We are looking into other future continuing education opportunities to be held virtually and eventually in person. The IVAPM Pain Management Forum has been officially moved to April 3-5, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. The AARV is excited to be a part of this forum and will be having a lecture track at this event. We look forward to being able to see many of you again in person. You can learn more about this event by visiting https://ivapm.org/pain-management-forum/. AARV and ACVSMR are also attending the 2021 SAVMA virtual symposium where we will have a booth as well as a rehabilitation and sports medicine lecture for veterinary students. Finally, don’t forget to check out the ACVSMR virtual CE program. Their next event will be February 21st.

I am pleased to announce that we have selected two winners for our ACVSMR resident grants as we endeavor to support them in their residency requirements and research. These grants are each $5,000 and are both being sponsored by the AARV this year. Please stay tuned for future grant opportunities as we continue to help sponsor research in rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Lastly, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to our two newest board members. Please help me welcome our Industry Liaison, Michelle Adamski, and our Physical Therapy Liaison, Tracy Morel. I would also like to extend a huge thank-you to our outgoing Industry Liaison, Pedro Rivera for his hard work and dedication.
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Register for the AARV-Royal Canin Virtual Continuing Education Forum
Saturday, February 27, 2021

AARV Members, this is the moment for which you have been waiting! The AARV Board of Directors is excited to announce that the schedule and registration links are now available for the AARV-Royal Canin Virtual CE Forum. Royal Canin has partnered with the AARV to provide an all-day virtual CE event on Saturday, February 27th, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
This opportunity will provide 4.5 RACE-approved CE credits at no cost to those who register for the RACE-Approved lectures. This virtual event will take place on Zoom. However, please take note that because of RACE requirements, each lecture for which CE credit will be given has its own link for separate registration. Attendees must register for the main link as well as each individual link for each of the CE lectures they plan to attend as provided below. 

We look very much forward to this event, and are so grateful to Royal Canin for allowing us to make this opportunity possible and at no cost to participants, during a global pandemic that has provided innumerable personal and professional challenges to our friends and colleagues.
SAVMA Symposium 2021

by Molly Flaherty, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT, CAC, CVPP
University Liaison

Are you an AARV student member attending SAVMA 2021?

AARV is excited to be a part of the 2021 SAVMA Symposium March 13-15. This year it will be a virtual conference hosted by Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. AARV is joining with ACVSMR (American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation) to have a presence with a virtual booth and lecture. If you are a student attending the symposium, please stop by our virtual booth during exhibit hours. We will be there to answer your questions, or even stop by to tell us what you would like to know more about. If you are interested in pursuing education, certification or board certification in veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine, this is a great opportunity to learn more. We would love to connect with you!
ACVSMR Continuing Education Programs for 2021
The American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) is currently offering their annual continuing education program virtually this winter and spring (through March). The next module will be offered February 21, 2021, with a future module on March 13th. For more information, visit https://vsmr.org/acvsmr-virtual-ce-program/.
Congratulations to our 2020 ACVSMR Alternative Track $5,000 Grant Competition Winners!
The AARV Board of Directors is proud to announce two grant winners for the 2020 ACVSMR Alternative Track Resident Grants, valued at $5,000 each! We are especially excited to have received proposals for much-needed research in our profession, despite the setbacks of a global pandemic.
First Grant Winner: Cara A Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA. A prospective blinded multicenter study to examine the effect of Piezo shockwave to treat pain, lameness, and musculotendinous dysfunction associated with hip degenerative joint disease in clinical canine patients. Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, New Haven, CT
Dr. Cara Blake
Second Grant Winner: Kyle F. Clark, VMD. Comparison of synovial inflammatory profiles in clinically-lame joints requiring intraarticular anti-inflammatory treatment in sport horses with and without serologic evidence of systemic Borellia burgdorferi infection. Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Ringoes, NJ
Dr. Kyle Clark
The AARV is proud to be able to support ACVSMR residents in their research. We look forward to continuing this support as well as supporting research in rehabilitation and sports medicine for our members. Please stay tuned for future collaborations with our sponsors and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.   
For more information on the grants we offer, please see the timelines and formats on the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website (member log-in needed). Keep an eye on this information as we are continually striving to improve our grant application and evaluation process, as well as our collaborations in this effort.
AARV Board of Directors Positions: Industry and PT Liaisons

CONGRATULATIONS to the newest additions to the AARV Board of Directors! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Michelle Adamski, BS, CVT, CVMRT, our new Industry Liaison and to Tracy Morel, DPT, OCS, CCRT, our new PT Liaison.

We look forward to bringing these fine colleagues on board this month of February. The PT Liaison position has been vacant for several years, and we are excited for Tracy to help us grow and collaborate with our Allied Health Professional partners. We're so grateful to both of these ladies for their willingness to participate on the Board of Directors and look forward to a great year together!
Michelle Adamski
Michelle Adamski,
Industry Liaison
Tracy Morel
Tracy Morel, PT Liaison

Steele Pain Management and Rehabilitation Center for Animals

Steele Pain Management and Rehabilitation Center for Animals is the culmination of many years of education and hard work. Dr. Elizabeth Baird, the founder, began her focused journey into pain management when Steele, her personal pet and the hospital mascot, developed osteosarcoma in his radius. With multiple other orthopedic problems, amputation was not an option for him. While pain management had already been an area of interest, it now became a driving passion. She completed her CVPP through the IVAPM in late 2013. During that intensive course of study, she realized that rehabilitation is a critical component of managing many of the patients she hoped to help. That led to training at CRI to achieve her CCRT next. Not unexpectedly, she then trained in acupuncture and earned her cVMA as well. All the while, she was running and working in a general practice and doing rehabilitation in cramped quarters. In 2018, the first step to realizing her dream began with groundbreaking for a major addition to provide a separate facility dedicated to rehabilitation. An unexpectedly arduous and difficult construction process ensued, and the facility did not officially open until early 2020, amid the first heavy onslaught of Covid-19 in Florida. 
Time to #TurnRehabRed!
TurnRehabRed social media contest
Calling all AARV members! February hosts Valentine's Day, a time for roses, wine, chocolate, and love. The AARV wants to see how you incorporate the color red into your rehabilitation photos. Get creative! Do you have holiday decorations up in your gym? Does a patient always use their favorite red ball during a hydrotherapy session? Did your rehab team accidentally all wear red socks on the same day? Do you only use red pens while you study for vet school finals? The heart-filled sky is the limit; simply show us how you can #TurnRehabRed!
Competition rules:
  • The contest begins on Friday, 2/5/21 at 8:00 am (CST) and ends on Friday, 2/26/21 at 8:00 pm (CST).
  • Post a picture of an animal/staff member/building area where a red item is obviously displayed or explained.
  • Your image must be posted after the start and before the finish of the contest.
  • To be eligible to win you must be following the @rehabvets account on the platform the photo/video was submitted (Instagram/Facebook).
  • The photo must be from an AARV member account or a clinic account where at least one employee is an AARV member.
  • 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/or use the hashtag #TurnRehabRed in your caption.
  • The image with the most "likes" will win a TBD prize basket!
  • Note: AARV will comment on the image to confirm your submission in the contest. If you don't see a comment from @rehabvets, then please reach out to us at socialmedia@rehabvets.org. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with Instagram or Facebook.

Senior Moments

by Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison
Peanut content as can be
Our pets will become seniors as a part of the inevitable aging process. More patience is needed to assist these animals through daily activities. You add injury or chronic conditions, and mobility is even more challenged. Not all dogs are considered seniors at the same age but it will happen eventually.

There are well-documented studies on the aging of humans that are mirrored in our pets. We know the basics such as cognitive changes, muscle atrophy, cartilage mass losses, decreased metabolism, and cardiac output to name a few. Multiple disease processes can increase the signs of a senior pet including osteoarthritis. Treatment of these concurrent issues is the main goal. Ultimately to help maintain the quality of life as they progress to the geriatric years.

We know some typical things that are easy modifications and changes. Some are small but can make a huge difference. Add to that communication as a key to improve owner compliance.

Here are some of my special tips.
  • Orthopedic beds are great but watch that they aren’t too high on the sides that our seniors can’t get in and out.
  • Dogs can get a little anxious so try a Thundershirt, lavender plug ins, Rescue Remedy in the water and other aromatherapies..
  • Accidents happen so trimming the hair around the butt can help them stay cleaner.
  • Avoid trimming already worn down nails on pelvic limbs digits 3 and 4.
  • Ask owners what temperatures they gravitate towards such as tiled floors even in the cooler months or sunny areas even in the hotter days. Those are the temperatures that feel good for them.
  • Decreased appetites can be improved by smelly toppings like low-sodium chicken broth, grated Parmesan cheese, and simply warm the food for 6 seconds.
  • Trim the hair in between the pads of the feet to improve traction
  • Trim the long nails to avoid the shift of the spatial positioning of the body
  • Overall stimulation by brushing in a reverse direction of the hair
What do you have to add to the list? I welcome your “senior moments.”
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.
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

Focus on State Practice Acts: Colorado

by Theresa Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM(N), CCRP
Legislative Liaison
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 Colorado Physical Therapy Practice Act. Both the Physical Therapy Practice Act and the Veterinary Practice Act indicate that a physical therapist may practice on animals when within their scope of practice AND with veterinary medical clearance.

The Veterinary Practice Act also cites the Massage and Chiropractic acts such that massage therapists and chiropractors who have training in animal massage and animal chiropractic care can perform their services on animals with appropriate training and veterinary medical clearance. Additionally, veterinarians who are trained in massage and/or chiropractic can perform these services.

The term ‘veterinary’ cannot be used to describe chiropractic or massage therapy unless being performed by a licensed veterinarian. A chiropractor or massage therapist must say “animal chiropractic therapy” or “animal massage therapy.”

Based on terminology used not only in the Veterinary and Physical Therapy practice acts, but that used in the Chiropractic and Massage practice acts, a veterinarian should use the term “physical rehabilitation.” Although use of “veterinary physical therapy” or “animal physical therapy” is not explicitly addressed, since the term “physical therapy” is protected, its use by veterinarians should be avoided. Licensed physical therapists with appropriate training (as described in the practice act) and with veterinary medical clearance can perform “animal physical therapy.”

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.
AARV Now Has 870 Articles of Interest in Its Database!
Dog at computer
AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 870 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest for all of 2016 through December 2020 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, 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.
Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn!
Let's network! Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn by clicking on this link or the LinkedIn logo at right.
Interested in submitting a classified ad or becoming a sponsor?

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 rehabilitation veterinarians certified in both acupuncture and rehabilitation. We practice a combination of Eastern/Western medicine, in and out-patient rehabilitation and we team with physical therapists. Acupuncture experience is needed; rehabilitation training is preferred. Email Kristin.mcclure@nva.com to learn more!

Rehabilitation Technician, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Seeking Rehab Technician for Surgery/Rehab Center. Modalities include: Class 4 laser, acupuncture, e-stim, PEMF, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, massage. Position will assist in rehab evaluations and with all modalities listed above.

Certified Rehabilitation Nurse, Coral Springs, Florida
Coral Springs Animal Hospital located in Coral Springs Florida seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Certified Rehabilitation Nurse (CCRVN, CCRA, CCRP, CVMRT) to join our growing Physical Rehabilitation Department in our newly designed space. Knowledge and experience in sedation and anesthesia are required to monitor patients for MRI, CTs, radiographs and minor procedures. Experience handling exotics and wildlife is preferred, but not required. We offer the following modalities: laser therapy, TUS, shockwave therapy, PEMF, cryotherapy, manual therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, full equipment for therapeutic exercises, land treadmill, and underwater treadmill. Please send CV to dcappucci@coralspringsanimalhosp.com. For more information about the practice visit coralspringsanimalhosp.com.

Associate Veterinarian, Grayslake, Illinois
Generous Sign-On Bonus!!
TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation, located in Grayslake, Illinois, is looking for an Associate Veterinarian to join their Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine team.
We are highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are passionate about Rehabilitation and Integrative Veterinary Medicine. We are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible. We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet and giving them the same loving care.
We would love to talk with you about the opportunity to join our team at TOPS.
You take GREAT care of pets. We take GREAT care of you.

Veterinary Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists, Akron, Ohio; Commerce, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois
MedVet is currently seeking Veterinary Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Team at our emergency and multispecialty hospitals in Akron, OH, Commerce, MI, and Chicago, IL.
We are seeking individuals that are team oriented and have excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes.
Submit CV and letter of interest to: Carolyn Luther, DVM Manager, Medical Recruiting, Carolyn.Luther@MedVet.com
Come as you are. MedVet is an equal opportunity employer. We are also a drug-free organization, therefore employment with MedVet is dependent upon the passing of a drug screen and background check.
There are more positions listed at www.medvet.com/careers. Moving somewhere we don't currently have a posting? We still want to hear from you!

Rehabilitation Technician, Homer Glen, Illinois
Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen is seeking a rehabilitation technician to join our team. Rehab certification is encouraged, but for the right candidate we will cover the cost of certification. Candidates should be passionate about veterinary medicine and rehabilitation, work well in a group, and love to learn. IPCHG is a Rehabilitation focused clinic which includes acupuncture, VSMT, Hydrotherapy, Laser therapy, full exercise gym, and advanced diagnostics including musculoskeletal ultrasound and needle arthroscopy. For more information visit www.integrativepetcare.com. Submit your letter of interest and resume to kneforos@integrativepetcare.com.

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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Hudson Aquatic Systems: Receive a FREE Therapist Bench, a $332 value, with any new AquaPaws unit purchase.
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Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI): 10% off most continuing education courses
To redeem CRI discount: Register online for a continuing education course, and click on the "AARV Member Discount" button during Step 2 of Checkout to receive the discounted rate.
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