In this issue ... legislative liaison election, call for grant proposals, treasurer nominations, student case report competition, APRVT Summit schedule, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message


As I mentioned in last month's newsletter, there are several important upcoming CE events this summer. The combined World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit and 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is right around the corner, starting at the end of this month. The consecutive summit and symposium will showcase the collaboration between veterinary technicians/nurses, physical therapists and veterinarians. The event will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues as well as gain perspectives, tips and techniques from others in our field.

The first portion of the event will be the World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit which takes place on July 30th and 31st. On the 30th, canine, equine and ACVSMR laboratory sessions will be held. On the 31st, there will be three concurrent sessions: the APRVT summit, the joint AARV/ACVSMR summit and the PT summit. We are excited to be co-hosting with ACVSMR and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future. From August 1st through the 3rd will be the International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy during which there will be many interesting breakfast rounds as well as lectures.
We hope that you can join us for the event. There will be several AARV board members attending, so please stop by and say hello. Also, don't forget to introduce yourselves to and thank our sponsors - PulseVet, Respond Systems and The Honest Kitchen - who will have booths set up during the AARV summit. See you in Knoxville!
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And speaking of saying howdy, we will also have a booth at the AVMA convention in Denver. Stop by and show your support.

Lastly, keep in mind some dates that are rapidly approaching. You can find further information in this newsletter!
  • July 15th - The first call for grant proposals for two research grants. We have two $2,500 grants this year, one sponsored by Purina and one by the AARV. Important dates for these grants are as follows:
    • July 15th - 1st call for grant proposals
    • August 15th - 2nd call for grant proposals
    • September 15th - final call for grant proposals
    • September 30th - deadline for all grant proposals
    • October 31st - notification of grant winner!
  • August 15th - Voting for the position of Legislative Liaison on the AARV board of directors will close.
  • September 1st - The AARV board of directors needs YOU! The position of treasurer will be opening up starting in January 2019 and nominations are due by September 1st.
  • October 1st - We are extending the deadline for the Royal Canin-sponsored student contest and the new deadline is October 1st!

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT
One More Volunteer Needed for the July AVMA Convention!

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by Amber Ihrke
AARV Membership Chair

Hello, AARV members ... please join me in Denver for the AVMA Convention July 13th-17th, 2018.

If you would be willing to spend 6-8 hours at the booth during the conference, the AARV will pay for your convention registration! We are looking for one more volunteer to help staff the booth. Please email me at aihrke@integrativepetcare.com if you are interested. I look forward to seeing everyone in Denver!

Vote for Legislative Liaison Board Position

Vote! Three candidates have been nominated for the open Legislative Liaison position on the AARV board of directors. The nominees are:
  • Jennifer Hennessey-Bremseth, DVM, CVJ, (CAPM, CCRP, CCMT)
  • Theresa E. Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP, MRCVS
  • Megan VanGundy, RVT, CCRA
AARV members, don't forget to vote! Watch for an email mid-July with a link to the ballot and links to each nominee's CV and letter of intent. Voting will close on August 15, 2018. The results will be announced in the September 2018 newsletter.
Call for Grant Proposals

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AARV has established a competitive annual awards program to add to the evidence base for veterinary rehabilitation by providing grant funds to highly meritorious applications. We encourage individuals to submit grant proposals that advance the science of canine and/or equine rehabilitation.

The AARV will offer two grants in 2018, one sponsored by AARV and the other sponsored by Purina. Each grant is worth $2,500 and will be granted to an AARV member to perform research related to the field of animal rehabilitation. The Purina Research Grant is reserved for research related to the field of small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2018 and should follow the format described below. Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and announcement of the awards will be made on October 31, 2018.
Applicants must be AARV members.
Grant proposal submission guidelines are detailed on the AARV website. Please submit your grant proposal for review and/or questions to Dr. Megan Ridley at mridley@ethosvet.com.

Important Grant Submission Deadlines

July 15, 2018 First call for grant submissions 
August 15, 2018 Second call for grant submissions
September 15, 2018 Final call for grant submissions 
September 30, 2018 Grant submission deadline
October 31, 2018 Decisions notified to authors
January 2020 Oral delivery with PowerPoint presentation at VMX 

For detailed guidelines, visit the Grant Opportunities page on the AARV website (member log-in required). 
Treasurer Nominations Due September 1st!
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AARV is now accepting nominations for the treasurer position on its board of directors. This position is a three-year term beginning January 1, 2019.
To read a brief description of this position, please visit the AARV website.
Nominations are due September 1, 2018. To submit a nomination or learn more, please contact Dr. Andrea Henderson, AARV secretary, at secretary@rehabvets.org.
AARV Student Members: Deadline for Royal Canin Student Case Report Competition Extended to October 1st
Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2019 VMX Expo in Orlando, Florida, January 19-23, 2019?

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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 at a U.S. veterinary school during the 2018-2019 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the VMX 2019 Conference.

To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by October 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST (note revised date). 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 2019 VMX Conference. The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.

For complete details about how to submit a case report and enter the competition, please log in to the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of our website. Completed case reports and any questions should be submitted to our University Liaison Dr. Jessica Bunch at jbunch@wsu.edu. Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
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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.
CRI Launches Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program

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Canine Rehabilitation Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its new Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program, which will teach acupuncture from the medical/physiological perspective rather than from the traditional Chinese veterinary medicine perspective.

The Acupuncture Program includes two required modules and one elective. Each module includes three days in the classroom and approximately 16 hours of online content.

Courses are open only to licensed veterinarians and will be held at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The initial set of courses will be limited to 20 students with 5 faculty members on site.

Registration is open for the first module, which begins October 5, 2018. Please see the Acupuncture Program page on the CRI website for more details and the dates of additional upcoming courses.

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; Jenn makes the rest happen!

Email jennifer@thespaw.com 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 jennifer@thespaw.com 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 July Articles of Interest include 13 journal articles on a wide variety of topics, including diagnostic imaging, low-intensity pulsed ultrasound, and postneedling soreness. 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.
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Interested in Conducting Clinical Research?

Are you interested in conducting clinical research but don't know where to start?
Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) has created a new online course to demystify clinical research for practicing rehabilitation therapists, interns and residents.  Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research  is taught by CRI faculty member  Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR who has spent more than 30 years doing research. 
The entire process from concept to publication is covered during the 10-week course. You will view online lectures, read assignments, and participate in an online live discussion with Dr. Zink each week. You will develop a research hypothesis that matches your interests and clinical caseloads, and then design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

There are students from the first course that are now collaborating on studies and have been awarded research grants.
AARV members receive a 10% tuition discount. If you have questions or are interested in registering for the next session, email CRI at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.
Don't Miss the APRVT Summit July 31st in Knoxville!

by Dawn Hickey
AARV Technician Liaison

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APRVT is pleased to present the lecture schedule for its Summit, coming up July 31 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The APRVT Summit is sponsored by Respond Systems, Inc. 
For more information, please see the IAVRPT Symposium website, the APRVT lecture schedule, and the speaker biographies
John Nielsen
John Nielsen
Plyometric Training in Dock Diving Dogs
John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
A review of various muscles involved in the propulsion of dock diving dogs and discuss multiple exercises useful for increasing jump height, distance, and speed. As there are few veterinary species references on this subject, many activities listed are extrapolated from human sports medicine. 
Dawn Hickey
Dawn Hickey
Functional Anatomy - Muscles Used in Specific Sporting and Working Events and Effective Strengthening Exercises 
Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT
There are multitudes of activities for canine athletes. From performance to sporting to working and each one requires special conditioning for certain parts of the body. The conformation and show dog needs defined muscles and good muscle tone. The sporting dog needs muscle strengthening specific to its sport. The working dog needs conditioning for the ability to perform in every scenario asked of him or her. This requires the therapist to have exceptional anatomy knowledge to build the correct muscles for every situation.
Injury Prevention in Performance Dogs - Building Strength in Multiple Planes 
John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
Various exercises will be discussed for developing muscle endurance in multiple planes of movement and review activities to improve core muscle strength, which, in turn, results in more efficient movement during competition.  Specific exercises for developing muscle endurance in performance animals are intended to increase strength and endurance in the three planes of motion.

Behavior and Physical Rehabilitation - Using Behavior Knowledge to Reinforce Rehabilitation Success for Technicians
Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT
Teaching foundation behaviors also improves the efficacy of rehabilitation by making exercises less difficult and more physiologically advantageous. Knowledge of animal communication, adequate preparation for each patient and familiarity of behavioral concepts all contribute to decreased fear and anxiety in the clinic and improve the physiologic value of each physical rehabilitation treatment.  
Jenn Panko
Jenn Panko
Client Education: It's Teachable! The Rules of Engagement: Tips for Improving Handler and Dog Interaction to Optimize Therapeutic Exercise Outcome
Physical rehabilitation is a unique area of veterinary medicine that requires the practitioner to simultaneously be a proficient, goal orientated provider of therapy, skilled communicator and empowering educator.  Mastering and applying competencies in communication and education can improve owner compliance, positively impact patient care, and improve therapeutic exercise outcomes.

Reversing Their World: Improving Body Awareness in Agility Dogs
John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP
Various exercises are being used for improving proprioception and spatial awareness in agility dogs. By challenging these dogs to walk in "reverse" and develop edge awareness, not only will they develop more body awareness of their body, they may become more efficient in their movement during competition.     
Complications in Physical Rehabilitation - Knowledge and Observational Skills Crucial to the Veterinary Technician
Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT
It is important for the technician to have excellent observation skills to ensure good, effective rehabilitation. There are so many things that can go wrong after a surgery or injury and most of the time, technicians are the ones who implement the veterinarian's treatment plan. It is critical to be able to note a change in gait or behavior that would indicate a problem and inform the veterinarian for reevaluation of the patient and revision of the plan.    
Did You Know?
The APRVT encourages a well rounded applicant by utilizing a points-based system as part of eligibility criteria for a VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). There are so many key components that a credentialed veterinary technician has in the specialty, and the APRVT wants to capture it! Prospective applicants are encouraged to earn points in multiple categories such as becoming an associate member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians or writing educational pieces for the public or colleagues. For further details, please see page 11 of the APRVT 2018 Application Packet located at www.aprvt.com.

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 Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, AARV Technician Liaison, to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Rehabilitation Technician, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is seeking an experienced Rehabilitation Technician to join our expanding rehab team. We have a well-established caseload, designated space, and offer UWTM, treadmill, Class IV laser, e-stim, therapeutic ultrasound, massage, exercise equipment. We have a very supportive veterinary and management team. Highly competitive salary (including bonus) and benefit package, including 4 day work week, health/dental/vision insurance, 401k, paid vacation, CE allowance and more! Prefer an individual with >1 year of experience as a rehabilitation technician, but will consider any excellent candidates. Relocation and travel assistance available for the right candidate(s). Send resume/cover letter to careers@charlestonvrc.com.


ACVSMR Board Certified or Residency Trained Clinician, Chicago, Illinois, and Commerce, Michigan
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is currently seeking a sports medicine/ rehabilitation specialist to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Team at our emergency and multispecialty hospitals in both Chicago, IL and Commerce, MI. 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. Please visit our website at www.medvetforpets.com. CV and letter of intent may be submitted to: Barbara A. Lightner DVM, DACVS, Director, Medical Talent Acquisition, barbara.lightner@medvetforpets.com, Direct 614-506-6288.


Licensed Veterinary Technician, Shoreline, Washington
Looking for an LVT to join our team! Our practice culture is supportive, inclusive, fun, and dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary rehabilitation. The ideal candidate would be rehab certified, but we will provide support for certification for the right individual. Join a team of 3 rehab veterinarians, one LVT/CCRP, 6 assistants, and a patient care coordinator. We are fully equipped with 2 UWTM, 2 lasers, large gym and treatment areas and provide regenerative medicine, advanced diagnostics/imaging and acupuncture. See full job description http://soundvetrehab.com/about-sound/join-our-team/ here.



CCRA, CCRP, CCRVN, LVT, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets is looking to add an enthusiastic full time, rehabilitation LVT (CCRP, CCRA, CCRVN or willing to complete certification in canine rehabilitation) to our team.
Candidates should be team players with experience in rehabilitation and enjoy working directly with clients and patients alike. Strong written and verbal communication skills and basic computer knowledge are essential. Prior dog training skills would be considered a plus.
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.



Rehab/Acupuncture Internship for Veterinarian, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Healing Paws Center is excited to welcome a Veterinarian for our Rehab/Acupuncture Internship! Are you interested in the veterinary field pet rehabilitation? Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Healing Paws Center is a stand-alone specialty veterinary rehabilitation clinic. Our Center consists of 5 exam rooms, canine gym with exercise equipment, underwater treadmill, Jog-a-dog treadmill, laser, and more! We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic FT/PT Veterinarian - preferred training/certification in acupuncture, chiropractic, and/or rehabilitation (CCRT, CCRP) - but will consider strongly motivated candidates with previous experience and desire to be trained! Learn more at www.healingpawsfl.com. Contact JessPetVet@gmail.com with resume & cover letter.



Rehabilitation Veterinarian - CCRT or CCRP, Charlotte, North Carolina
Steele Creek Animal Hospital and Companion Animal Rehabilitation Center is looking for a talented and devoted veterinarian to join our team. Our perfect team member would be rehabilitation and acupuncture certified. He/she would be passionate about rehabilitation while also enjoying general practice. We are well equipped for rehabilitation services offering water therapy, therapeutic ultrasound/NMES, shockwave therapy, laser, and PRP. We are underway with major renovations/expansion of our hospital to include a 1200 square foot rehabilitation center making this the perfect time to bring in new team members.
Email: PNYDVM@KeepingPetsHealthy.com



Canine Rehabilitation Technician (CCRA or CCRP), Charlotte, North Carolina
Steele Creek Animal Hospital and Companion Animal Rehabilitation Center is expanding! We are currently renovating our existing hospital and adding 1200 square feet for rehabilitation. We are looking for a passionate rehabilitation certified technician or assistant who also enjoys general practice to join our team.
Our hospital has offered integrative medical services including rehabilitation and acupuncture to in-house and referral patients since 2004. We are well equipped for rehabilitation services offering water therapy, therapeutic ultrasound/NMES, shockwave therapy, laser, and PRP. Great area to live with many recreational opportunities within easy reach.
Email: PNYDVM@KeepingPetsHealthy.com



Rehabilitation Professional, Riverhead, New York
Unique opportunity for an experienced Rehabilitation Professional to coordinate and manage a well-established (20+ year) canine rehabilitation department. Experienced technicians, DVMs or Physical Therapists considered.
Equipped with high-tech equipment:
  • Underwater & Land treadmills
  • Laser
  • Soundwave
  • Ultrasound
  • Many more rehab tools and options

Pet-centric, close-knit veterinary hospital with an established and consistent case load. Full-time with excellent salary and benefit package, paid vacation and many  perks. East End Veterinary Center is located in Riverhead, NY (gateway to the Hamptons). A member of the Compassion-First Pet Hospital network, collaborating with a multi-state network of highly trained and experienced veterinary specialists. To apply, contact Jana Davidson at jana.davidson@compassionfirstpets.com.  


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