In this issue ... Healing Oasis grant winner, Technician Week contest, three grant applications due, CARE website, Texas practice acts, APRVT speaker, and more!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
President's Message

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to our first ever Technician Case Report grant winner Renee Yacoub, CVT, CCRP, CCRVN. She won the Healing Oasis-sponsored award with her submission "Rehabilitation following Biceps Brachii and Supraspinatus Tendinopathies in a 5-year-old Havanese." Renee will present this case at the Healing Oasis convention in November of this year. We look forward to hearing all about Miles the Havanese!

We also have three other grant opportunities that are currently underway! Please be aware of the following deadlines for submissions and visit our Grant Opportunities page for all the details.
  • AARV-sponsored grant of $2,500 - present findings at VMX 2021. Deadline September 30th, 2019.
  • Purina-sponsored grant of $2,500 - present findings at VMX 2021. Deadline September 30th, 2019.
  • Royal Canin-sponsored Veterinary Student Case Report Grant - win a free trip to VMX 2020 to present your case. Deadline October 1st, 2019.
Be on the lookout for the first call for the Alternative ACVSMR Residency grant for $5,000. This grant is open to those pursing board certification in sports medicine and rehabilitation through the non-traditional path.

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

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Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT (Chiropractic), CVPP

Congratulations to the Winner of the Healing Oasis Rehabilitation Technician Case Report Grant!

Renee Yacoub
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Congratulations to Renee Yacoub, CVT, CCRP, CCRVN, who has been selected as the winner of the Healing Oasis Wellness Center Rehabilitation Technician Case Report grant. Her winning case report is entitled "Rehabilitation Following Biceps Brachii and Supraspinatus Tendinopathies in a 5-Year-Old Havanese." Read her case report here.
Renee will present her winning case report at the 2019 Healing Oasis Conference, to be held November 1-3, 2019, at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She also will receive a $1,000 grant applied to registration, transportation, and lodging for the conference. The conference theme is "Integration and Understanding: The Missing Links To Recovery."
Renee received a BS in Zoology in 1998 and worked as a veterinary technician for more than 10 years in New York City. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee with Northeast Seminars and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Renee is currently pursuing her Canine Massage Certification through Canis Bodyworks. Currently she works at Integrative Pet Care in Chicago.
For more information about the remaining AARV grant opportunities, please visit the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the AARV website.
Thank you to Healing Oasis Wellness Center for its continued sponsorship of AARV! 
National Technician Week Contest!

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We want to feature your most meaningful rehabilitation case story and give you prizes!

The AARV understands and appreciates the integral role all certified rehabilitation technicians play on a daily basis for patients and doctors.

Is there a rehab case that was especially rewarding, challenging, or different in some way? In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, the AARV wants to hear your rehabilitation tech stories; the winner will receive paid registration to VMX 2020, a donation to their chosen charity, and social media shout-outs!

First celebrated in 1993, National Veterinary Technician Week takes place October 13-19, 2019. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians' contributions, and honor their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.

Please contact our Technician Liaison Sandy Gregory with your case story before September 30 to be considered (Maximum word limit: 500). Please provide a photo/headshot and your professional accreditations.
Reminder: Two $2,500 Grants Available to All AARV Members. Apply by September 30th!

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There are two $2,500 grants available to all AARV members. One grant is sponsored by Purina and the other by the AARV. Grant submissions must have a focus related to the field of veterinary sports medicine/rehabilitation. Grant winners must be available to present their research findings at VMX 2021.

Grant submission deadlines:
  • September 15: Final call for grant submissions
  • September 30: Grant submission deadline
  • October 31: Decision notified to authors
  • VMX 2021: Presentation of study results
For more information about the Grant Submission Format, please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website.
Reminder: Apply for the Royal Canin Student Case Report Grant by October 1st! royalcaningrant

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Calling all veterinary students! Are you interested in winning a trip to the 2020 VMX Expo in Orlando, Florida, January 18-22, 2020?
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 in a United States or Canadian veterinary school during the 2019-2020 academic year, be a member in good standing of the AARV (student memberships are free!) and be able to attend the VMX 2020 Conference. To be considered, a case report pertaining to physical rehabilitation MUST be submitted by October 1, 2019, 11:59 pm PST. 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 2020 VMX Conference (reimbursement up to $1,500). The selected student will present their case report as a 15-minute podium presentation during the AARV lecture track.
Case Report submission deadlines:
  • October 1: Case report submission deadline
  • October 15: Decision notified to authors
  • VMX 2020: Presentation of study results
For more information, please see the Grant Opportunities page in the Members Area of the website or contact our University Liaison Jessica Bunch at
Thank you to Royal Canin for their continued support of our future veterinarians.
New Website Launched to Help You Care for Dogs With OA

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Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE, was recently launched by AARV past-president, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR. The mission of CARE is to improve the health and well-being of dogs by educating those who care for them. provides free, evidence-based educational resources for veterinary professionals and dog owners caring for dogs with osteoarthritis (OA).

At, you will find two "sides" to the website: the Dog Owner site and the Veterinary Professional site. All information is free, but as a veterinary professional, you will need to sign in to get access to materials designed specifically for you. Here you will find tools to help you with every step of arthritis management, from OA screening tools and physical examination forms to comprehensive information to help with developing a treatment plan. You will find overviews of developmental orthopedic diseases, dosing guidelines for pain medications, calorie trackers, lifestyle and home modification tips for clients, and much more. There are downloadable forms and educational videos that can be shared with clients, which will hopefully save you time in your day by providing trusted information that clients can read at home after your consultation. You will also find tools that Dr. Kirkby Shaw uses in her own practice to help with client compliance, including nutrition trackers, activity logs, and daily journals. There is an extensive reference library with links to each article on PubMed. Finally, provides a direct link to AARV to help veterinary professionals and dog owners find a rehabilitation professional near them.

Visit to become a free, lifetime member, and please share the site with colleagues and clients.
ACVSMR Residents: Interested in a Study Group?

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Hello, ACVSMR residents! We may be starting a second study group for ACVSMR residents if there is enough interest. Our first group has nine residents and had been a great success in helping to share the workload needed to tackle the ACVSMR board exam as well as being a support system during the residency. If you have an interest in being part of a group, please email Amber Irhke, AARV president, at
Are You Willing to Be a Mentor to Students?

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by Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT, CVA  
University Liaison 
Attention, AARV members: Are you interested in furthering and influencing the field of veterinary rehabilitation? How about making an impact on a student's (veterinary, technician or physical therapy) future career? There are many students who are interested in rehabilitation and sports medicine, but have no idea how to get started or simply want to know more.
The AARV is attempting to create a database of certified rehabilitation veterinarians, technicians, and physical therapists who are willing to mentor students or allow them to shadow at their clinic.  
If this is something that interests you and you would like to make an impact in a student's future career, please contact our university liaison, Jessica Bunch, at  with questions or to add yourself and clinic to our database. 
Tripawds Foundation Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehabilitation Reimbursement!

Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab
Now Taking Applications for Tripawd Rehab Reimbursement

"Just let your dog be a dog," our veterinarian advised when our dog Jerry lost a front leg to osteosarcoma. If only we had known about the importance of rehabilitation therapy! Today, the Tripawds Foundation that Jerry inspired is educating pet parents with new amputees so they never have to learn the hard way like we did, through the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab.

Sadly, most Tripawd parents still do not know of the importance of seeing a credentialed rehabilitation practitioner. We are trying to change that, by getting Tripawd parents through your clinic doors as soon as possible after surgery. When they do, their first visit is on us!

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors who support the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab, the Tripawds Foundation will grant up to $200 in reimbursement to any member who visits a certified animal rehabilitation therapist for a first-time evaluation. Anyone can qualify; this is not a need-based grant.

"This experience showed me that going to rehab is a critical step in aftercare for any amputee. It taught me why my dog is uncomfortable, where he is uncomfortable, and exactly how to fix it so he can live a pain-free, quality life," says Piper's mom, a recipient.

We want more Tripawds to experience the benefits of rehabilitation therapy and appreciate your letting clients know about this valuable program.
Got questions? Contact Tripawds Foundation today. We are here to help you help Tripawds everywhere. Stay tuned for additional AARV and Tripawds Foundation partnerships!
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Animal Rehabilitation Center of Northern Michigan

Long Lake Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital with a modern facility that uses the latest technological advancements. It employs a professional and caring team, and also includes a dedicated rehabilitation department, the Animal Rehabilitation Center of Northern Michigan. Located in Traverse City, Michigan, Long Lake was bought in July 1998 by Jeff and Lisa LaCross. The mission of Long Lake Animal Hospital upon opening was to provide both their clients and pets with the very best in veterinary services and to offer information and services that will provide for the long-term health and happiness of their patients while always staying up to date with industry advances.

The area of rehabilitation medicine quickly became of interest to Dr. LaCross after opening Long Lake. It has been a steady increase in her focus and development, and she is now a CCRT and cVMA. Although their regular practice is still very much a part of their daily activities, they enjoy growing and learning new therapies. The Animal Rehabilitation Center was added onto the hospital in 2011, which gave them a beautiful therapy floor, a spacious consult room, boarding rooms, and an underwater treadmill. The rehab wing has a separate waiting area and is set up so it can operate smoothly throughout the day without interruption from the main hospital.
Continue reading about the Animal Rehabilitation Center of Northern Michigan ...
Focus on State Practice Acts: Texas

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

Now that all of the AARV links to practice acts are updated, 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" is a protected term in the state of Texas covered by the Physical Therapy Practice Act. Within either chapter, there are no specific provisions addressing animal "physical therapy" or physical rehabilitation and the definition of "physical therapy" is not exclusive to humans. Recommendations to veterinarians who wish to practice physical medicine in the state of Texas include using terminology such as "physical rehabilitation" or "physical medicine."

In Texas, practice of chiropractic and musculoskeletal manipulation must be performed by a licensed veterinarian or a non-veterinarian employee under direct or general supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The definition of Holistic Medicine includes "applied kinesiology" and must be performed by a veterinarian. The terminology of "physical rehabilitation" is not utilized in the practice act or rules. However, based on interpretation of the combined documents, physical rehabilitation should be performed by a licensed veterinarian. Some therapeutic exercises may be performed by a non-veterinarian employee with direct or general supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

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801.151 (c.2) ensure that alternate therapies, including ultrasound diagnosis and therapy, magnetic field therapy, holistic medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and laser therapy, are performed only by a veterinarian or under the supervision of a veterinarian

Rules Pertaining to the Practice of Veterinary Medicine
RULE §573.14 Alternate Therapies--Chiropractic and Other Forms of Musculoskeletal Manipulation (a) Definition. For the purpose of this rule, animal chiropractic and other forms of musculoskeletal manipulation (MSM) are systems of therapeutic application of mechanical forces applied manually through the hands or any mechanical device to treat and/or alleviate impaired or altered function of related components of the musculoskeletal system of nonhuman animals. Animal chiropractic and other forms of MSM in nonhuman animals are considered to be alternate therapies in the practice of veterinary medicine. (b) Treatment using animal chiropractic and other forms of MSM. Animal chiropractic and other forms of MSM may only be performed by the following. (1) A licensed veterinarian. (2) A non-veterinarian employee or an independent contractor. A non-veterinarian employee or an independent contractor may perform these procedures on an animal under the direct or general supervision of the veterinarian if the conditions in paragraph (1)(A) - (C) of this subsection have been met.

RULE §573.17 Alternate Therapies--Holistic Medicine (a) Definition. For the purpose of this rule, holistic medicine means: the practice of veterinary medicine that believes in a blend of alternative and, if need be, conventional approaches of treatment in an effort to develop a system of complementary medicine to treat the whole patient. In practice, it incorporates less conventional methods such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, and applied kinesiology, with more conventional methods, such as 28 modern drugs, surgery and diagnostics.

No veterinarian may allow a non-veterinarian employee or other agent to perform holistic medicine in the treatment of an animal patient.

PT Rules 2019
453.001 (4) "Physical therapist" means a person who is licensed by the board as a physical therapist and practices physical therapy. The term includes a hydrotherapist, physiotherapist, mechanotherapist, functional therapist, physical therapy practitioner, physical therapist specialist, physical therapy specialist, physiotherapy practitioner, kinesiotherapist, physical rehabilitation specialist, and myofunctional therapist.

(6) "Physical therapy" means a form of health care that prevents, identifies, corrects, or alleviates acute or prolonged movement dysfunction or pain of anatomic or physiologic origin

341.9 (B) "voluntary charity care" means physical therapy services provided for no compensation as a volunteer of a charitable organization as defined in §84.003 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Charitable organizations include any bona fide charitable, religious, prevention of cruelty to children or animals, youth sports and youth recreational ..."

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 Has 484 Articles of Interest in Its Database!

AARV's searchable Articles of Interest Database has expanded to include 484 articles! The database now includes Articles of Interest from January 2017 through August 2019 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 AARV Secretary Dr. Andrea Henderson for preparing the articles for the database. 
We've Updated Our Pet Insurance Summary!

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AARV has just released a newly updated version of its summary of pet insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, current as of July 2019. Please see the updated Pet Insurance Summary chart on the AARV website. The Pet Insurance Summary is available as a printable PDF. Our thanks to AARV Industry Liaison Dr. Pedro Rivera for coordinating this update. 
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Check the AARV Calendar for Upcoming Events

Want to learn which courses are coming up at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), Healing Oasis, 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, 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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We want to feature YOU, AARV member! 
Your new accreditation, training course completion, announcement, board exam, etc. could be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages if you let us know!

Contact our Social Media Consultant Caitlin King with your milestones. You provide photos and details. We make the bragging rights to the AARV community happen!

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.
APRVT Committee Member John Nielsen Speaking on Conditioning for Dogs
by Sandy Gregory, M Ed, RVT, CCRA
AARV Technician Liaison

John Nielsen
John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehabilitation), CVPP, CCRP, past lecturer for IVARPT
John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehabilitation), CVPP, CCRP, is another popular speaker on animal physical rehabilitation. He is a member of APRVT's Credentialing Committee and Membership Committee. John serves as the senior rehabilitation technician in the Sport & Strength Department at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Oakdale, Minnesota.

John recently presented two day-long seminars geared towards helping performance dogs and their handlers recognize early signs of decreasing performance that warrant further evaluation by a veterinarian. The first seminar focused on helping local agility handlers identify changes in movement involving obstacles or their dog's speed necessitating further evaluation by a DVM.

The second seminar was focused on dock-diving dogs and the various ways they could become injured, whether from poor conditioning, unawareness from the handler or a combination of both.

Both seminars were well attended, involved lively interactions and great communication. All the attendees left with a different perspective of how their dog could benefit from additional conditioning as well as how not every decrease in performance is behavior related.

APRVT board members are always speaking at conferences. Please view our website for future dates in an area near you or even on line.

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 Sandy Gregory, M. Ed, RVT, CCRA, AARV Technician Liaison, at to submit an article (suggested length of 200-300 words) or suggest a topic.

Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital is seeking a rehabilitation veterinarian to join our well established, 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital. The ideal addition to this team will have a deep passion for client education and empathy, as well as a strong interest and belief in an evidence-based clinical approach. They will thrive in and foster an environment of collaboration, support for the individual as well as the entire hospital team, and patient welfare. This candidate will possess an unwavering commitment to the highest level of quality medicine as well as client service. If this describes you, then this is your hospital. Interested candidates can send their resume/CV and letter of intent to Dr. Chris Blum at


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 dedicated veterinarians certified in both acupuncture and rehabilitation. We practice a combination of Eastern and Western medicine, in and out-patient rehabilitation and we partner with physical therapists. It is an exciting and dynamic workplace with dedicated and experienced support staff. Our well-equipped facility includes underwater treadmill, therapy pool, large open gym for rehab and more.
To learn more about us visit For more information or to apply contact or 805-404-3581.


CCRP / CCRA / CVMRT, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Are you a CCRP/CCRA/CVMRT or enrolled to become certified, and are looking for a hospital that allows you to be part of the process? The Animal Therapy Center is looking to add more amazing talent to our rapidly growing practice. Our 5,000 sqft facility is located in PA, and offers sophisticated equipment. We are well-staffed with a FT veterinarian and strong support staff. Ideal candidates should have 2 yrs' experience in the veterinary industry.
For FT candidates:
  • w/CCRP/CCRA or already enrolled are eligible for a sign on bonus
  • Competitive wages, benefits package w/paid CE, health insurance, PTO and 401k
Interested candidates email:


DACVSMR or Board-Eligible Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Shoreline, Washington
SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center is growing! SOUND is partners with Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center and proudly locally owned and operated. Together we are the premier orthopedic, sports medicine and rehabilitation center in the Pacific Northwest. Join a staff of 4 rehab DVMs, including 2 DACVSMR, 7 DACVS (two are double boarded), one PT, 2 certified rehab techs and 6 rehab assistants. Equipment includes CT, diagnostic ultrasound, needle and traditional arthroscopy, 3 different PRP systems, ESWT and a full rehab gym with 2 UWTM. Our team culture is outstanding and there is no place more beautiful to live. Compensation is competitive and includes full health benefits, generous CE and vacation time, and more. For more information please email


Full-Time Rehabilitation Veterinarian, San Marcos, California
Veterinary Specialty Hospital - North County is seeking a full-time rehabilitation veterinarian to join our Emergency and Specialty Referral hospital in San Marcos, California.
We are looking for an experienced certified rehabilitation veterinarian who has excellent interpersonal skills, is interested in expanding/growing the department, can accomplish a high case load, and possesses strong time management skills.
Rehab Specific Qualifications:
  • Rehab Certification - CCRP, CCRT, CVMRT and/or DACVSMR
  • Acupuncture certification - CVA, CVAT, CVMA
  • Chiropractic/VSMT certification - CVC, CAC, CVSMT (ideal but not required)
  • Pain certification - CVPP (ideal but not required)
Interested candidates should send their CV to Dr. Chris Blum at

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