In this issue ... congrats to grant winners, new board members, and student winner, research abstracts due Dec. 1, VMX 2019, APRVT review course, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

Congratulations to Grant Winners and New Board of Directors Members!

A huge thank-you to all who submitted grant proposals this year! Our first ever veterinary student grant winner is Blair Hooser from Purdue University. Blair is a member of the veterinary class of 2021 and she will be presenting her case study, "Rehabilitation Following a Femoral Head Ostectomy and Total Hip Replacement on a Bengal Cat," at the AARV annual meeting at VMX in Orlando in 2019. Blair's travel expenses and attendance at VMX will be sponsored by Royal Canin. Thanks so much to Royal Canin for supporting our student members!

Congratulations are also in order for the two $2,500 grant proposal winners. We had several grant submissions, and after a blinded vote by non-grant-submitting board members, we are happy to announce that Dr. Andrea Henderson and Dr. Cara Blake are the winners. One of the grants was sponsored by the AARV and the second by Purina. Dr. Henderson will be conducting a study entitled "The Effects of Physical Conditioning on Military Working Dog Performance." Dr. Blake's research will be "How Cavaletti Pole Height Affects Weight/Load Distribution During Therapeutic Exercise in Dogs." We are very excited to hear the results of their research at VMX 2020.

As a reminder, grants are available yearly to AARV members. This is a huge membership perk, and we encourage you to start preparing for next year's grants. Part of the AARV's mission is to support research that we can incorporate into practice. Help us promote this type of evidence-based medicine by performing your own study. And have it sponsored!

We have one remaining grant for 2018. The AARV-sponsored grant of $5,000 is still available for non-traditional ACVSMR residents. All submissions are due by December 1st, and the winner will present their research at VMX 2021. This deadline is right around the corner!

I'd also like to congratulate our three new BOD members who will be starting in 2019. Kathleen Neforos will be our new Membership Chair. Dr. Tari Kern will be our new Treasurer, and Sandy Gregory will be our new Technician Liaison. We're excited to welcome them aboard.

As always, please contact the AARV board if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT

ACVSMR Alternative Path Residents: Submit Your Research Grant Abstracts by December 1

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The AARV is excited to announce that we are sponsoring a $5,000 research grant for AARV members that are ACVSMR Alternative Path residents. Applicants must be AARV members and research must be related to the field of animal rehabilitation. Abstracts must be submitted by December 1, 2018. Two copies of the abstract should be submitted, one with all requested information and authors' names and one blinded without authors' names, institutions, etc. Abstracts will be voted upon by the AARV board of directors and the winner will be announced on January 15, 2019. Research will be presented by the author during the AARV lecture track at VMX 2021. Please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website for complete details. 

Congratulations to Our Student Case Report Competition Winner!

by Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA 
University Liaison
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Blair Hooser
Blair Hooser
We are pleased to announce the winner of our first AARV Student Case Report Competition sponsored by Royal Canin. Blair Hooser, a veterinary student at Purdue University, was selected as our winner with her case report titled "Rehabilitation Following a Femoral Head Ostectomy and Total Hip Replacement on a Bengal Cat." Blair has won an expenses-paid trip to the 2019 VMX Conference in Orlando, Florida, and will present a synopsis of her case report during our AARV lecture track. See below for more about Blair and her interest in rehabilitation. Thank you to Royal Canin for sponsoring this competition and its continued support in the field of rehabilitation research and education.
Blair Hooser is currently a second-year student at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of several student organizations and is the Outreach-Chair-Elect for the Purdue therapy animal club, Pets for People, and President-Elect of the Student Chapter of the Society for Theriogenology.

This past summer, Blair was a Summer Research Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Kari Ekenstedt investigating canine genetics. She has recently received a grant from the Theriogenology Foundation to perform another canine genetics research project in Dr. Ekenstedt's laboratory during the summer of 2019.

Outside of class, Blair is the Community Outreach Chair of the Greater Lafayette Kennel Club (GLKC) and an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Ambassador. This summer, her club was the first in the nation to receive the AKC Public Outreach award. She is also an agility instructor for the GLKC and a project leader for the local county 4-H dog project. Blair trains her own dogs, papillons and border terriers, in agility, conformation, obedience, rally obedience, and therapy work.

Based upon years of experience training and competing her own dogs, she has focused on the need for rehabilitation specialists to treat injured canine athletes and help trainers and owners prevent injuries. Following graduation, Blair intends to specialize in theriogenology and rehabilitation services for performance canines.
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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
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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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 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 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 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 November Articles of Interest include 14 journal articles on topics ranging from sonoelastographic features of canine ligaments to gene therapy, canine amputees, amino acid supplementation, and equine back pain. 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.
Take the APRVT Review Course

by Dawn Hickey, LVMT, VTS (Physical Rehab), CCRP, CVPP, CCFT
AARV Technician Liaison

The APRVT review course is a 4-week course designed to be a study guide and review for veterinary technicians interested in pursuing a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation prior to taking the VTS exam. It will provide 6 hours of RACE-approved CE credits for veterinary technicians.
Click here for the link to the class. If you are a member, it will prompt you to sign in and then will direct you to the course page. Membership to VSPN is free; please be aware that the process of verifying your credentials for membership may take a few days.
  • Week 1 (Real Time Session November 7): Behavior
    Presenter: Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)

  • Week 2 (Real Time Session November 14): Assessment and Management of The Physical Rehabilitation Patient
    Presenter: Jennifer Panko, RVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), OCMC, CAPMC

  • Week 3 (Real Time Session November 28): Rehab Physical Modalities, Manual Therapies and Adjunctive Treatments
    Presenter: Deana Cappucci-Lorentz, BS, LVT, CCRVN, CCMT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)

  • Week 4 (Real Time Session December 5): Nutrition and Assistive Devices
    Presenter: Sandra Dowd, BA, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRP, CSMP
Don't forget that your letter of intent for the 2020 application for a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation is due January 1, 2019. Go to our website to view instructions and expectations at Good luck to those of you who have sent in a LOI and pre-application for 2019! The deadline for your final application documents is December 31, 2018.
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!

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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 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 or visit for more information.



Rehab Full Time Vet Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, a growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida looking for a full to part time CCRT/veterinarian to join our team! Competitive salary, health care and benefit packages available. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space for rehabilitation services. Our three doctor, one PT/CCRT practice office also offers acupuncture, veterinary medical manipulation (animal chiropractic), massage, Chinese herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, homotoxicology, flower essences, and routine wellness services. For more information, please contact Dr. Jenna Hauck at or visit us at



Rehab Tech Needed in Growing Holistic Practice, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Growing holistic specialty practice in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida is looking for a part or full time rehabilitation technician or assistant. Ideal candidate should be CCRA certified, but we will also consider a CVT with on the job training, or a CVT with a strong interest in rehab as we have CRI instructor on staff. We have a dedicated 1000 sq ft space with a fully equipped rehabilitation facility including UWTM and laser. We also offer other integrative therapies including acupuncture and chiropractic. Contact or visit our website for more information.

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