JUNE 2021 | NEWS & UPDATES
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In this issue ... Rehab Technician and Veterinary Student Case Report Grants, Spotlight Practice, Arkansas practice acts, speaker registry, mentors, and more!
Dr. Jessica Bunch
President's Message

It's the Beginning of Grant Season!!

Happy June, everyone. June brings the beginning of many things: first day of summer, summer breaks and vacations, and outdoor recreation. As the weather improves and I see more dog owners out walking, running and playing with their dogs, I am reminded of a fun fact. A 2019 study in Scientific Reports demonstrated that dog owners are four times more likely to meet current physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week than people who do not own dogs.

June also brings the beginning of our calls for grants and cases. AARV’s mission statement is To advance the art and science of veterinary rehabilitation through education, advocacy and a commitment to research.” We strive to improve the practice of veterinary rehabilitation by promoting and supporting clinical research. This month we are pleased to announce the first call for our Rehabilitation Technician Case Report Grant (sponsored by Healing Oasis) and our Veterinary Student Case Report Grant (sponsored by Royal Canin). A huge thanks to Healing Oasis and Royal Canin for their support with these opportunities.

Stay tuned for more grant announcements in the coming months. Don’t forget to check out our website (rehabvets.org) for more information as we update our grant requirements and dates.
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA
TECHNICIAN CORNER

Attention, Technicians! Apply for the Healing Oasis Rehabilitation Technician Case Report Grant by August 15th!
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 2021 Healing Oasis Conference. The conference will be held November 5-7, 2021, at the National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, Illinois. The conference theme is "Inflammation: The Boogieman of Recovery and Rehabilitation."

Requirements to be considered for the grant:
  • Be an AARV/APRVT member in good standing or an approved APRVT pre-applicant with AIN number.
  • 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, 2021.
  • Case report must be submitted to the following address: technician@rehabvets.org.
  • 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 2021.
 
Case Report submission deadlines:
July 1: Second call for submissions
August 1: Final call for submissions
August 15: Submission deadline
September 1: Decision notified to winner
November 5-7, 2021: 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.
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.
AARV/Royal Canin Student Case Report Competition! 

by Molly Flaherty, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CAC, VSMT, CVPP
University Liaison
Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2022 IVAPM conference in Denver, Colorado, April 3-5, 2022?

We are excited to announce the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) has again partnered with Royal Canin to offer an outstanding opportunity for veterinary students with an interest in physical rehabilitation. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a United States or Canadian veterinary school during the 2021-2022 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the IVAPM 2022 conference.
 
To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by December 1st, 2021, 11:59 pm EST. 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 2022 IVAPM conference (travel reimbursement awarded up to $1,500). The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.
 
For more information, please visit our website or contact our University Liaison, Molly Flaherty at university@rehabvets.org. Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians!
SPOTLIGHT PRACTICE

Integrative Pet Care

Established in 2005, Integrative Pet Care (IPC) is a stand-alone veterinary rehabilitation facility in the heart of Chicago. With two underwater treadmills, two class IV lasers, two class IIIb lasers, TENS/NMES units, therapeutic ultrasound, a Piezo shockwave, and a spacious gym, we are well-equipped to treat a large variety of both orthopedic and neurologic cases. In addition, IPC is in the forefront of training veterinary professionals in the field of animal rehabilitation. We are an internship site for students enrolled in canine rehab certification courses from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and the University of Tennessee. Prior to the pandemic, IPC hosted approximately 30 to 40 interns annually for additional training and certification completion. Also, we hosted University of Illinois veterinary students for annual wetlabs in order to expose them to the field of rehab. We look forward to welcoming students back in our facility in late 2021 and to further expanding our training program.
 
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Focus on State Practice Acts: Arkansas

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

Interpretation
“Physical therapist” and like terminology are protected by the Arkansas Physical Therapy Practice act. There are no guidelines for animal physical therapy/rehabilitation. As such veterinarians should use the term “physical rehabilitation” or “canine/equine rehabilitation.”

The Veterinary Practice Act includes animal chiropractic and acupuncture in the definition of ‘the practice of veterinary medicine,’ which means they are to be performed by licensed veterinarians. However, there are explicit provisions that chiropractic work may be performed by a non-veterinarian-chiropractor, if the individual is under immediate supervision of a licensed veterinarian. No such provisions exist for acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, or other types of complementary care. Licensed veterinary technicians can do perform these tasks if directed and supervised by a licensed veterinarian AND the technician has training and/or certification in that area.

Thus in reading the practice acts, allied health members other than chiropractors are not allowed to practice on animals. Because the precedent has been set with animal chiropractic work, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture may not be far behind or they may need to be petitioned for by those who live and work in Arkansas.
 

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.
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
AARV Now Has 928 Articles of Interest in Its Database!
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AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 928 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest for all of 2016 through May 2021 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.
Calendar
Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), Healing Oasis, Northeast Seminars/University of Tennessee, 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, Northeast Seminars/University of Tennessee, 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.
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CLASSIFIED AD

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California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is adding to our growing team!
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CLASSIFIED AD

Veterinary Rehabilitation Assistant – CCRA or Equivalent
Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation, a VROMP partner practice, is a small animal rehabilitation-only veterinary clinic in DeLand, Florida! We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who is eager to learn, dedicated to serving clients with “red carpet” treatment and can multi-task in a busy practice.
You must be friendly, patient, and enjoy working with dogs. The role requires gathering patient histories, assisting with consultation notes, providing gentle restraint, developing home exercise plans (with guidance), client communication and performance of certain therapies. Must work Tuesday-Saturday.
Serious inquires by email only to Carrie McCord at flvetrehab@gmail.com.
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Study Animal Osteopathy! The International Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Osteopathy (Canine Stream) is an online study offered by London College of Animal Osteopathy. Graduates earn the qualification of an Animal Osteopath, with a specialization in canine osteopathy. This program, developed for DVMs/VMDs, teaches osteopathic examination, evaluation and treatment skills applicable to dogs, but the principles can be applied to other small animals. Clinical skills are taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO, AO, over eight online learning units focused on the specific body regions. To learn more visit www.animalosteopathycollege.com, email info@aosteocollege.com or call 833.201.3456.
CLASSIFIED AD

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.
Contact Tracy Skellen at tracy@pathwayvets.com.
CLASSIFIED AD

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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TIER 1: EDUCATION & RESEARCH SPONSORS
Healing Oasis: 5% discount for AARV members on continuing education seminars 
To redeem Healing Oasis discount: Contact Healing Oasis for details
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Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI): 10% off most continuing education courses
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