In this issue ... congrats to our new legislative liaison, call for board nominations, grant submissions, animal pain awareness month, APRVT class of 2018, and more!
Megan Ridley
President's Message

Call for Grant Submissions and Board of Director Nominations

Back to school! After a lovely and hopefully restful summer, we leap into fall and all things gain momentum, even in the rehab world. We have several dates quickly approaching to be aware of so mark your calendars, get your grant writing going, plan your rehab CE for 2019, and consider making an impact in your field by serving on the AARV board.

There are four grants that are still up for grabs. Please note the following deadlines for submissions and dawdle no longer! See the Grant Opportunities page on our website for more details.
  • AARV-sponsored grant of $2,500 - present at VMX 2020 - deadline September 30th
  • Purina-sponsored grant of $2,500 - present at VMX 2020 - deadline September 30th
  • Student grant - free trip to VMX 2019 - sponsored by Royal Canin - deadline October 1st
  • AARV-sponsored grant of $5,000 for non-traditional ACVSMR residents - present at VMX 2021 - deadline December 1st
We have two past grant winners who will be presenting at VMX 2019 during the AARV track on January 21st (save the date!). Follow in their footsteps and present your research to your peers. Dr. Theresa Pancotto's project (sponsored by the AARV), Post-Operative Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation for Reduction of Stifle Edema in Canine Patients Undergoing TPLO, will be presented as will Dr. Jennifer Repac's. Dr. Repac's grant was sponsored by Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips and is titled Effect of Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips on Lameness Scores and Client Specific Outcome Measures After Canine TPLO.

In other news, the AARV board of directors thanks you for your votes and is excited to announce that Dr. Theresa Pancotto will be the AARV Legislative Liaison starting in January 2019. We are all very excited to work with Dr. Pancotto.

There are openings for several other positions that will start in 2019 so send in your nominations. Nominations for Treasurer, Membership Chair and Technician Liaison will now all be due by October 1st and will be voted on by the entire membership. The position of PT Liaison will also be due by October 1st and will be voted on by the board. Feel free to contact current board members to learn more about their duties.

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

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Congratulations to Our New Legislative Liaison!

Congratulations to Theresa E. Pancotto, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP, MRCVS, who was elected in August as our new Legislative Liaison. Dr. Pancotto will begin her term in January 2019. 
Nominations for Treasurer, Membership Chair, Technician Liaison, and PT Liaison Due October 1st!
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AARV is now accepting nominations for several positions on its board of directors. The Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Technician Liaison positions are three-year terms beginning January 1, 2019. The PT Liaison position is a one-year term beginning January 1, 2019. 
To read brief descriptions of these positions, please visit the AARV website.
Nominations are due October 1, 2018. To submit a nomination or learn more, please contact Dr. Andrea Henderson, AARV secretary, at
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

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). 
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 Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
AARV Announces a New Research Grant for ACVSMR Alternative Path Residents acvsmrgrant

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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. 

Animal Pain Awareness Month

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by Jenn Panko, RVT, CCRP, OCMC, CAPMC
AARV Communications Director 
September is #IVAPM Animal Pain Awareness Month! We want to see and share our members #animalpainawarenessmonth posts! Mention us on Instagram @rehabvets or on Facebook @American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and we may share your post! Don't forget our hashtags #AARV #rehabvets and to add #IVAPM and #animalpainawarenessmonth to your posts!
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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; Jenn makes 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 September Articles of Interest include 15 journal articles on topics ranging from feline carpal ligament anatomy to implantation of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-derived neural network tissue. 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
Congratulations to the APRVT Class of 2018!

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

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The APRVT would like to welcome our new VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) members this fall!
Ashleigh Fairfield
Sandy Gregory
Dawn Hickey
Kelley Meyer
John Nielsen
Kirsten Oliver
Attaining this recognition is truly a high honor, joining a growing group of like-minded individuals as a Veterinary Technician Specialist. The APRVT is so proud of everyone and their accomplishments, and we cannot wait to see what everyone achieves in their journey.

An Academy designates veterinary technicians receiving recognition as a specialty and is restricted to credentialed veterinary technicians, who must complete a formal process of education, training, experience and testing to qualify.

The APRVT would like to extend a tremendous THANK YOU for the hospitality of the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for making the examination process and hosting absolutely seamless. The attendees were treated to pre-game stress relieving video games. We are in this wonderful journey together in veterinary medicine, and the generous support from industry leaders really helps make veterinary technicians feel appreciated. 
Nominations Are Open for Technician Liaison
The Technician Liaison position on the AARV Board of Directors is up for nominations for the 2019-2022 term! If you are interested in the position or nominating a qualified technician, please contact Dawn Hickey at Here are the position duties and requirements:
Technician Liaison - The duties and term of service of the Technician Liaison shall be as follows:
  • Represent the veterinary technician membership of the AARV.
  • Bring technician-specific input/needs/concerns to the Board and participate in discussions.
  • Encourage and increase technician membership and participation in the AARV.
  • Report the activities (continuing education, etc.) of rehabilitation technicians to the Board.
  • Make continuing education recommendations applicable to technicians to the Board
  • Attend and participate in monthly AARV Board of Directors meetings as well as the Annual Meeting.
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 Nashville, Tennessee

Animalia is seeking a full-time veterinary rehabilitation technician. An ideal candidate would already have experience working in a veterinary rehab setting with certification, a pending certification or strong interest in obtaining certification would also be considered. Services include UWTM, LTM, therapeutic laser/ultrasound, TENS/NMES, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. We offer competitive salaries, uniform and CE allowances, health insurance, and personal pet care discounts. We are located on a 7-acre campus in the heart of Middle Tennessee, just south of Nashville, a beautiful and ever-growing area. Please send resume and cover letter to



Animal Rehab Assistant, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

We are a growing animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation facility in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. We have a position available for a Rehab Assistant. Our ideal candidate is a veterinary technician, certified or trained in companion animal rehabilitation. This position is approximately 28 hours per week including some evenings, but we expect these hours to become full time. Some weekend work is required for promotional activities. If you are excited by being part of a team to help grow a new and emerging business, please send your resume to Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre at



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.


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

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