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In this issue ... thank you to Royal Canin, SAVMA Symposium, CE Program, TurnRehabRed winner, Pennsylvania practice acts, APRVT officers, and more!
Dr. Jessica Bunch
President's Message

“In Like a Lion”

March has arrived!! I hope all of you are thawing out and ready for spring. It is almost surreal to think that it has been a year since we began our life changes and adaptations to COVID-19. But like this winter weather, I see the end in sight and am optimistic for the future ahead.

Thank you to all of you who joined us for our AARV-Royal Canin Virtual Continuing Education Forum that was held February 27th. This venture was the first for us, delivering CE content in an online format, and we feel it was a big success. We had a great day of excellent speakers, our grant winner presentations, student case competition winner presentation and the John Sherman Award presentation. Thank you to our excellent speakers for such great content. Additionally, I want to extend a huge thank-you to our industry partner, Royal Canin who was critical in making this event possible. Without their help, we could not have provided this quality RACE-approved CE opportunity. And a big shout-out to Dr. Jennifer Scata who was instrumental in planning as well as navigating us through the day and dealing with technical glitches.

Board members from AARV and ACVSMR will be working together to bring rehabilitation and sports medicine awareness to veterinary students at the upcoming SAVMA Symposium. The symposium is being hosted virtually this year by Kansas State University, March 13th-15th. We will have a joint virtual booth as well as sponsoring a lecture on sports medicine and rehabilitation. Student members, come stop by the booth, chat with us, send us your questions. We would love to visit with you.

Finally, if you are looking for more RACE-approved CE or just love to learn, ACVSMR will be hosting their final winter/spring Virtual CE Program event on March 13th. For more information visit
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Thank You to Royal Canin and Our Speakers!
A big thank-you to Royal Canin for their sponsorship of our AARV-Royal Canin Virtual CE Forum on Saturday, February 27. We are grateful for Royal Canin's support, which allowed us to offer 4.5 RACE-approved CE credits at no cost to participants.

Our thanks also goes out to all our speakers for their informative presentations and to everyone who attended our first-ever Virtual CE Forum!
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 Program for 2021
The American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) is offering its annual continuing education program virtually this winter and spring. The final module in their series will be offered March 13, 2021. For more information, visit
#TurnRehabRed Winner!

Congrats to our winners of the #TurnRehabRed contest, the team of Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine in Franklin, Tennessee! 

We were blown away by the color coordination and photo staging set-up in this loving photo between Maxx and his therapist Caitlin — and the "likes" agreed! 

A prize bundle will be heading to their clinic, and we’ll be sure to share photos of their winnings once received.

Stay tuned for more fun and seasonal contests from the AARV — and email if your clinic is hosting any fun contests or giveaways you’d like us to be involved in!

“You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello”

by Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison
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Just like the Beatles, we are excited to say hello to our newly elected APRVT officers and a fond goodbye to our former president. After years of endless hard work, Kristen Hagler, BS, RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRP, CVPP, OACM, CBW, VCC, is APRVT’s Immediate Past President. Still feeling new to this amazing organization, I will forever be impressed by the continuous energy and drive that Kristen always gives to me and the whole organization. She was a part of the big vision for the veterinary technician specialty that came to fruition and will continue to pave the path for so many entering the world of physical rehabilitation. I also witnessed Kristen stand up to secure the specific job skills for vet techs, which took courage. Kristen encompasses all the leadership points that make her a wonderful mentor, and I hope I can eventually begin to fill her shoes as the newly elected Vice President.

Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA, has transitioned from Vice President to President. Wendy currently is at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital, and previously worked with Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw to develop a rehab program there. She brings new ideas and experiences that will help grow the organization to higher levels.

We are extremely fortunate to have Melissa (Lis) Conarton, BS, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRP, CVPP, staying on as our Treasurer/Chief Finance Officer. Lis is currently at CARE Pet Therapy at the Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York. She is such a wealth of knowledge in many areas that contribute to the success of APRVT. It is hard to keep up with all the ways that Lis contributes to our veterinary profession.

We also welcome John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehabilitation), CVPP, CCRP, as our Secretary. John is a Senior Rehabilitation Technician at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota in Oakdale, Minnesota. His experience encompasses so many areas of interest that help broaden the scope of references that benefits our members.

I am very excited to be the new Vice President working with these wonderful colleagues. We all are going to work hard to provide our members with the best support and advancement in physical rehabilitation.
Wendy Davies
A Note from Wendy Davies, APRVT's New President
I am happy to be coming on board as President of the APRVT. I have an amazing group of dedicated veterinary technicians to work with to continue the progress we have made advancing the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation. I look forward to the challenges to come and also look forward to meeting new people and hearing new ideas. This is truly a great field to be a part of, and I am so proud to be able to help our patients live longer, happier and pain free lives.
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!
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 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 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

Focus on State Practice Acts: Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Practice act. In addition, the physical therapy practice act also protects the terms “healing arts” and “manual therapy,” however only in the definition of “healing arts” are they explicit in stating that the application is on humans. For other definitions, the term “individual” is used. There are no guidelines for animal physical therapy. Debating implications of the term “individual” as human or non-human is beyond the scope of this article.

In the Veterinary Practice Act, the diagnosis of physical conditions, use of apparati/manual techniques, and manipulation are considered in the definition of practicing veterinary medicine. An employee of a veterinarian can provide auxiliary or supporting assistance under responsible supervision of a licensed veterinarian as long as this does not include duties that require an understanding of animal science. NB: this also is not explicitly described. I would interpret this to mean that an allied healthy member who has training in animal physical therapy would be allowed to practice if a licensed veterinarian is on site.

The Pennsylvania acts are both quite vague. Also, the Physical Therapy Act broadly states that one cannot use “physical therapy," "physical therapist," "physiotherapy," "physiotherapist" or similar words. This broad terminology net and lack of guidelines provided for veterinarians is frustrating and leaves much open to interpretation. It is advised that veterinarians practicing physical therapy on animals should use the term veterinary or animal physical rehabilitation.

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
AARV Now Has 907 Articles of Interest in Its Database!
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AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 907 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest for all of 2016 through March 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.
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 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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Interested in submitting a classified ad or becoming a sponsor?

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 Applicants should submit letter of interest and current resume, including references, to

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 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 For more information about the practice visit

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.
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