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In this issue ... Spotlight Practice, On a Mission, Maryland practice acts, join our speaker registry, thank you to our mentors, Articles of Interest, and more!
Dr. Jessica Bunch
President's Message

Happy May Day

May is a bittersweet time of year when you work in academia. We say congratulations and good-bye to our 4th year veterinary students as they head out into the world of veterinary medicine as new doctors. Well done, Class of 2021; it has been a challenging year and you persevered. We welcome you to the profession and wish you the best.

But even after graduating, the learning never ends. We continue to grow as we learn from our patients, our challenging cases, our colleagues, continuing education opportunities, and new research. And as our profession grows, so does our need for clinical research. Are you interested in knowing more about current research in rehabilitation? Don’t forget to check out our Articles of Interest Database which is updated monthly with the newest rehabilitation and sports medicine related research.

Interested in getting more involved in research and want to help continue to advance evidence-based medicine in rehabilitation? Every year AARV, along with our sponsors, offers multiple grants supporting clinical research in rehabilitation. Stay tuned as we are currently updating the grant section of our website and will soon begin sending out the call for grant submissions over the next several months.

Happy May Day to all. Enjoy the spring, the sun, and don’t forget to take a few moments for yourself to stop, relax, and enjoy the flowers.
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation

Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation (FVR) is a standalone veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine facility located in DeLand, Florida. The practice was established in July of 2018 by Dr. Lisa Mason, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVPP. Dr. Mason, Managing Veterinarian, graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and went on to attend the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Chi Institute to obtain certificates as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Veterinary Acupuncturist, respectively. Additionally, in 2020 Dr. Mason completed the IVAPM’s certification program to become a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Dr. Mason now leads a team of seven that complement her expertise with broad-reaching skillsets. The rehabilitation team includes chiropractor John Humbert, DC, CCRA, CAC, fitness trainer Caitlyn Canada, CCFT, and massage therapist Natalie Herrick, CCMT.

On a Mission

by Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison
It is the Mission of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) to provide assistance in veterinary physical rehabilitation, encouraging veterinary professionals and colleagues to further their education, while improving the quality of animals’ lives.
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A mission statement is a formal summary of the aims and values of an organization. If we look at the mission statement of APRVT, what does it mean?

The Committee on Veterinary Specialties has specific guidelines for each VTS discipline. In order to have formed APRVT's VTS in Physical Rehabilitation, there had to be a group of exceptionally qualified experts in the field with a minimum of 7 years of experience and 75% of their time spent in the field. In combination with NAVTA, the requirements are to have electing officers, written constitution and by-laws, credentialing packet, written exam, study material and other documents for the academy.

Since its inception in 2017 and the recognition as a VTS Academy, it has continued to follow this mission statement. These expert vet techs from the academy strive to provide top-level skills for those interested.

Follow APRVT’s Facebook page and the website for CE opportunities, even during the pandemic.

Are you considering pursuing a VTS or just want more information about rehab? The academy will make every effort to assist the vet tech to locate RACE-approved CE seminars and events that are related to physical rehabilitation. Patient care standards should model those described by AARV. This includes pain scores and documenting patient trends at each visit. The vet tech should report any changes to the veterinarian and educate the owner about how to assess pain at home.

Individuals need to follow state and regional laws as they pertain to physical rehabilitation. Through the mission statement, individuals can be successful as veterinary technicians and ultimately improve the quality of animals’ 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.

Focus on State Practice Acts: Maryland

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 Maryland Physical Therapy Practice act. There are no guidelines for animal physical therapy/rehabilitation.
Interestingly, neither the Physical Therapy Practice Act nor the Veterinary Practice act define the job (physical therapy or practice of veterinary medicine) but they define the person (physical therapist and veterinarian), see below.
In the Veterinary Practice Act, there are explicit provisions that acupuncture may be performed by a non-veterinarian, if the individual has appropriate training and communicates appropriately with a prescribing/diagnosing veterinarian. No such provisions exist for canine rehabilitation, chiropractic, or other complementary care. Additionally, the Veterinary Practice Act forbids technicians from practicing without veterinarian supervision.
Without explicit information, but based on the guidelines that do exist, non-veterinarian practitioners may be able to practice on animals if they have both animal training and practice under a veterinarian (on-site).
The other interesting thing to note is that the Maryland Physical Therapy Act includes the term “rehabilitation technician.” As such, veterinary technicians with rehabilitation certification would be wise to specify “veterinary rehabilitation technician” or include the species “canine rehabilitation technician.”

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
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
AARV Now Has 918 Articles of Interest in Its Database!
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AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 918 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest for all of 2016 through April 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?

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

Animal Osteopathy, Online Program
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, email or call 833.201.3456.

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

Sports Medicine and Rehab Specialist or Rehab Veterinarian, Commerce, Michigan
MedVet Commerce is seeking a Sports Medicine and Rehab specialist or an experienced Rehab Veterinarian (DVM with CCRP/CCRT and also CVA) to lead our well-established rehab department. The highly skilled rehab team consists of a licensed technician with Rehab certification (LVT, CCRP) and 1 well trained therapist, and is supported by internal referrals from 3 neurologists and 1 surgeon. Who you are: The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes. It is important to be team oriented and dedicated to excellent communication with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. For more information about MedVet, please visit our website at or to submit a confidential CV, please email Carolyn Luther, DVM at

Veterinary Sports Medicine Specialist or Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Chicago, Illinois
MedVet Chicago is seeking a Sports Medicine and Rehab specialist or an experienced Rehab Veterinarian (DVM with CCRP/CCRT/CVMRT and also CVA) to join our well-established rehab department. The rehab department is led by a DACVSMR, CCRP, CVA and is supported by both internal referrals (13 other specialty services including 5 surgeons and 3 neurologists) and a strong outpatient case load. The highly skilled rehab team consists of a CCRP and 6 additional therapists. For more info: To apply contact Dr. Carolyn Luther at Interested in joining the MedVet family but don't see a listing where you want to live? Email me! Come as you are. MedVet is an equal opportunity employer.

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
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