In this issue ... ACVSMR resident grant winner, SAVMA Instagram competition, Articles of Interest database, VMX 2019, Tech Corner on aging pets, and more!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
President's Message

Looking Forward to an Amazing 2019!

Happy 2019! Veterinary rehabilitation is a rapidly expanding field, and I am excited and honored to be the AARV president for this year. I would first like to recognize our outgoing board members - Tammy Perkins Johnson, Dawn Hickey, and Cara Blake - for their years of service and hard work and a very special thanks to our outgoing president Megan Ridley for her outstanding leadership in 2018. The AARV would also like to welcome our newest board members, Tari Kern as our treasurer, Katie Neforos as our membership coordinator, Sandra Gregory as our technician liaison and Theresa Pancotto as our legislative liaison.

The first item on the AARV agenda is the VMX conference in Orlando. On January 21st, we will sponsor an entire day of rehabilitation and sports medicine lectures. During the lunch break, we will have Blair Hoosier, our student grant winner, present her case study, have our annual meeting on the goals of the AARV for 2019, present the John C. Sherman award to Dr. Pedro Rivera, the APRVT will give us their annual update and lots of raffles prizes! So, grab some lunch and come join us with your ideas and feedback - we are your association and we want to hear from you. In addition, the AARV will also have a booth in the exhibit hall ... stop on by and introduce yourself!

Congratulations are in order for our first-ever ACVSMR resident grant winner, Dr. Leslie Eide. Dr. Eide will present her research on the "Effects of Strength and Conditioning Exercises on Canine Flyball Performance" at VMX in 2021. This was our first year to offer this grant, and we are excited for this opportunity for those members who are pursuing board certification with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

Starting in 2019 is the launch of our searchable database for our articles of interest. Now, you will be able to search for a specific topic or author. This was a requested feature from our membership and we are very happy to make it a reality. Finding information will now be that much easier.

As always, we are profoundly grateful for our generous educational sponsors - Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips, The Honest Kitchen, Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics, PulseVet, Purina, Respond Systems, and Royal Canin - and we hope to continue to foster these important relationships.

Please reach out if there is anything this association can do for you, and I look forward to an amazing 2019.
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Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT (Chiropractic), CVPP

Megan Ridley
Past President's Message

Happy 2019!

It's been an honor serving as the AARV President in 2018. We've had a busy, successful year, and I'm excited to continue working with the Board in 2019. Dr. Amber Ihrke will be taking over the reins as Prez. Please join me in welcoming her into her new role.
I would like to thank the outgoing Board members Dr. Cara Blake, Dr. Tammy Perkins Johnson and Dawn Hickey. Their dedication and hard work have been invaluable. I'd also like to welcome our new board members Katie Neforos (Membership Chair), Dr. Theresa Pancotto (Legislative Liaison), Dr. Tari Kern (Treasurer) and Sandra Gregory (Technician Liaison). We're excited to have them on board.
We accomplished a lot in 2018! We had an unprecedented four grants, a membership perk which we are very proud of: Purdue University veterinary student Blair Hooser won an all-expenses paid trip to VMX 2019 sponsored by Royal Canin to present her case study; Drs. Andrea Henderson and Cara Blake each won a $2,500 grant (sponsored by AARV and Purina) and they will present their research at VMX 2020; and lastly, Dr. Leslie Eide won our newest, AARV-sponsored $5,000 grant for an alternative track ACVSMR resident and will present her research at VMX 2021. We had a large presence at three conferences - VMX, AVMA and the World Summit. And lastly, our membership numbers skyrocketed.
Thanks so much for being such active AARV members and for helping us achieve these goals! I look forward to even more accomplishments in 2019. Don't forget to give us feedback! Our goal is to serve our members and make them proud to call themselves AARVers.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Eide!

Dr. Leslie Eide
Please join us in congratulating AARV member Leslie Eide, DVM, CCRT, as the first-ever winner of AARV's $5,000 research grant to an alternative track resident of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Eide will be presenting her research on the "Effects of Strength and Conditioning Exercises on Canine Flyball Performance" at VMX in 2021, and we couldn't be more excited for her results.
We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for AARV members who are pursuing board certification in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
AARV Veterinary Student Members: Enter Our SAVMA Instagram Competition!

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Calling all AARV students! Are you going to the 2019 SAVMA Symposium this year? Interested in winning up to $500 to help pay for travel expenses? Have an awesome picture of an animal exercising or competing in a sport? AARV wants to help you by sponsoring an Instagram photo competition.  
Competition rules:
  • The contest begins on 1/5/19 at 8:00 am (EST) and ends on 1/17/19 at 8:00 pm (EST).
  • Post a picture of an animal exercising or competing in a sport on Instagram.
  • Your image must be posted after the start and before the finish of the contest.
  • The photo must be from an AARV student member who is currently enrolled in veterinary school.
  • Only one submission per student and no reposts.
  • 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 use the hashtag #SAVMA in your caption.
  • The image with the most "likes" will win up to $500 in reimbursement for travel expenses (see eligible expenses below) to the 2019 SAVMA symposium at the University of Georgia.
  • In order to receive reimbursement, receipts will need to be provided. Expenses eligible for reimbursement include symposium registration, travel to the symposium (flight, gas, etc), lodging, rental car and/or food.
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 info@rehabvets.org with your Instagram tag and the date of your submission so we can find it. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with Instagram.
Search the New AARV Articles of Interest Database!

AARV is excited to announce the launch of its searchable Articles of Interest Database, available to AARV members in the Members Area of its website.
The database starts with articles from the July 2018 Articles of Interest and contains approximately 100 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 2010-2018 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 will continue 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.
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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
12 noon-1:30 pm
AARV Annual Meeting, including:
Blair Hooser, Student Case Report Winner - "Rehabilitation Following a Femoral Head Ostectomy and Total Hip Replacement on a Bengal Cat"
Amber Ihrke, DVM - AARV President Update for 2019
APRVT Update
Awards and Raffles
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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Call for Photos and News!

Are you attending a conference or meeting? Please share your photos with us! 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 info@rehabvets.org so we can share your news with the #rehabvets community via our social media outlets.
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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 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.
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 info@rehabvets.org to schedule your time to shine as the AARV Spotlight Practice.
Connect with the AARV on LinkedIn!

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Welcome in the New, But Don't Ignore the Old
by Sandy Gregory, M Ed, RVT, CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison

The majority of patients we see for rehabilitation will have neurological, orthopedic, or other various conditions or injuries. It's the aging ones that we don't see enough of. Aging isn't a disease but a process of multiple changes with the organ systems. Every pet will age. Every pet will have metabolic and physical differences. No matter what we see them for, we can help as they go though the aging transitions.
While we are familiar with the therapeutic exercises, consider postural and environmental assistance. "Sit up straight while you eat your dinner!" is what our parents always told us. During the couple of minutes it takes to eat breakfast and dinner, this is a perfect chance for good posture with some muscle memory for support. Stacking the limbs under the joints, neutral spine and a raised food bowl, allows for that corrected stance.
  1. Go around to each limb, slightly picking it up off the ground and hold for a couple of seconds. Repeat a few times while continuing to support the trunk. This will help to even out the weight distribution and assist in strengthening the limbs.
  2. "Cat stretches" will help lengthen and stretch the spinal muscles. Start by placing your fingers interlaced under the chest. Slowly move your hands along the ventral chest and abdomen toward the tail while gently lifting up. This provides quick results to those lordotic spines.
  3. Finish with a few gentle nudges to the hips to engage some core stability and muscle contraction to hold that stance.
Making some environmental changes can have a huge, positive impact on an aging pet.
  1. One consideration is to raise the food and water bowls. Simply placing it between the elbow and shoulder level can help distribute the weight more evenly through the limbs. Especially taking some stress off of the elbows and cervical.
  2. Older pets should be provided with nonskid surfaces while eating or moving about the house. Proprioception deficits and decreased strength makes them have to work harder just to stay on their feet.
  3. Minimize the use of stairs by providing ramps. Stair work requires more flexion and extension than pets might be able to do with comfort. Ramps allow them to go at a stride that is comfortable to them while keeping their confidence.

Look at the feet too.

  1. Long hair between the pads of the feet can create less traction.
  2. Nails that are too long will throw off their balance and alignment. Dogs have to shift their weight back to accommodate for the longer nails.
The more we can provide assistance in properly getting them on their feet, the more they will age with grace and confidence.
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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, 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 jobs@bevsvt.com or visit bevsvt.com for more information.


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