American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)
is a national association of veterinarians and veterinary technicians
dedicated to improving the quality of life in animals through
physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Hosts Lecture Track at 6th
Annual STAAR Conference
Thanks to our sponsors (Partners
in Veterinary Therapeutics, Companion
Therapy Laser, Aratana and Chi
Institute), AARV is able to host a lecture track
at the 6th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic
Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR), to be
held April 24-26, 2015, in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Pre-symposium labs will be held April 22-23, and a new
one-day Equine Track is offered on April 23.
The AARV lecture track, entitled
"The Multimodal Approach to Today's Rehab Patient," will
be offered on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26.
include AARV board members Drs. Carolina Medina and Kristin
Kirkby Shaw, along with Dr. Felix Duerr and Dr. Gina
The AARV lecture track presentations
Can Surgery Help? The Rehab Therapist and Orthopod
Working as a Team
(lecture given Saturday, April 25 only)
Felix Duerr, DVM, DACVS, Dipl Am Coll Vet Sports Med & Rehab
Don't Miss this Diagnosis: Tips
and Tricks for Early Diagnosis of Canine Musculoskeletal
Felix Duerr, DVM, DACVS, Dipl Am Coll Vet Sports Med & Rehab
Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain
(lecture given Sunday, April 26 only)
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, DACVS, PhD, Dipl Am Coll
Vet Sports Med & Rehab
Acupuncture: Improve Pain Management
in your Rehab Patients
Carolina Medina, DVM, CVA, Dipl Am Coll Vet Sports
Med & Rehab
Updates on Canine CCL Research
Using Computer-Based Simulation
Gina Bertocci, PhD, PE, Endowed Chair, Biomechanics
Thank you to our sponsors for their
generous and ongoing support of the initiatives of AARV!
AARV members: have you taken the
AARV 2015 membership survey yet? You will not only be
registered to win a $25 Amazon or Starbucks gift card,
but you will also help ensure that the AARV Board of
Directors understands who the AARV members are and how
the organization can best support you. You only need
to take the survey once to be entered in the drawings
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 total funds available annually to support research
applications are $5,000. This is divided equally between
two available grants. The AARV Research Grant ($2,500)
is for clinical research related to the field of animal
rehabilitation. The Aratana Research Grant ($2,500) is
for research related to the field of veterinary rehabilitation
with the stipulation that the research must be in the
areas of pain management and/or stem cell therapy for
canine or feline patients.
Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2015. For
complete details, please see the Research
Grants page on the AARV website.
for Abstracts for NAVC 2016
At NAVC 2016, AARV will feature
the presentation of original scientific studies pertinent
to the science and practice of rehabilitation therapy.
Material is currently being considered for verbal presentation
(15 minutes) at AARV's track at NAVC. Reviews will
be performed by a minimum of two reviewers with final
approval by AARV's Board of Directors. All accepted
abstracts will be published in AARV's newsletter (February
Congratulations to M. Christine
Zink, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVP, Dipl. American College of
Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation,
the winner of the 2015 John J. Sherman III Award for
Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation.
presented at AARV's annual conference in January in
Dr. Zink obtained her
DVM and PhD from the Ontario Veterinary College. She
is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine where she teaches pathology and conducts AIDS
research. She also has a consultation business in canine
sports medicine and rehabilitation, and is the author
of several books and an exercise DVD on canine health. Dr.
Zink lectures nationally and internationally on the topic
of canine sports medicine. She was named 2009 Outstanding
Woman Veterinarian by the Association for Women Veterinarian
Foundation and her book, The
Agility Advantage, was voted Best Dog Publication
of 2008. Dr. Zink is also on the faculty of the
Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Thank you to Mars Petcare (formerly P&G Iams) for
your generous sponsorship of this award. We look forward to continuing our
relationship for the benefit of our profession, our colleagues, and rehabilitation
The John J. Sherman III Award for Excellence in the Field
of Veterinary Rehabilitation is named in honor of Dr. John Sherman,
a pioneer in veterinary rehabilitation medicine, who passed away in 2010.
At the AARV conference, 2015 AARV President Dr. Kristin
Kirkby Shaw also presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Rosemary
who finished her term as AARV president.
Dr. M. Christine
Zink (right) accepts the John
J. Sherman Award for Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation from
Marcie J. Campion, PhD, scientific
relations manager at Mars Petcare, at the American
Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians' annual meeting at NAVC in
LoGiudice (left) receives a plaque of appreciation for her term as 2014
AARV President from Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, the new AARV president.
Thank you to the members who
ran for this year's open Board positions and to the
AARV members who exercised their right to vote and
have their opinions heard.
Congratulations to Dr.
Kristyn Richardson on her re-election as Legislative Liaison.
to Dr. Jean Tuttle on her election as Secretary.
PRACTICE: NOVEMBER 2014
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC)
The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is a 24-hour emergency and critical care center and referral specialty hospital located in Charleston, South Carolina.
In June, CVRC was awarded a Level I certification by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, one of only six in the United States and the only center in the Southeast to attain this distinction.
CRVC recently expanded its Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness department to offer innovations in specialized animal care. CVRC also recently began treating malignant tumors in dogs and cats with a sophisticated new modality, electrochemotherapy (ECT).
AARV has updated its printed memorial
cards with original new artwork by artist Carol Lavelle
of Hawaii. The new artwork, which was created for AARV,
features pawprints, hoofprints and footprints from a
variety of animals arranged in a heart.
cards may be sent to clients of your practice as an expression
of sympathy from your staff. The card indicates that
you have made a donation to AARV as a way of honoring
the life of their companion animal.
Visit the Products
order cards online with a credit card or check.
AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation
AARV has just released an updated
version of its summary of pet insurance
coverage for rehabilitation services. We believe this
information will be helpful to our members and their
To create this chart, we contacted
pet insurance companies to collect information regarding
coverage of rehabilitation services. Most of the companies
were enthusiastic to provide the AARV information about
their coverages. The AARV compiled the information received
and created a 2-page summary chart in PDF format.
Notes Available from the STAAR
AARV is pleased to provide
presentation notes from its lecture track at the
5th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal
Rehabilitation (STAAR), held April 25-27 in Florham Park,
addition to the pre-symposium labs and workshops that
have made this symposium so popular, this year's event
included a half-day lecture track presented by AARV and
sponsored by DJO
lecture track, entitled "What's on the Horizon?
Cutting-Edge Topics in Veterinary Rehabilitation That
Impact Your Practice Today," featured 4 great presenters:
Joan Coates, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neuro); our own Kristin
Kirkby Shaw, DVM, DACVS, PhD, Dipl. American College
of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pedro
Rivera, DVM, Fellow American College of Functional Neurology;
and Gina Bertocci, PhD, PE, Endowed Chair Biomechanics,
University of Louisville.
Dr. Shaw has made her presentation
notes and reference list available to AARV members.
Veterinary Rehabilitation: Where is the Evidence? Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
According to the Evidence Based
Veterinary Medicine Association, evidence-based medicine
is "the effort to place all medical decisions on the
strongest scientific proof (evidence) available." Although
physical rehabilitation is becoming an accepted means
of decreasing morbidity, speeding and improving recovery,
and enhancing quality of life in veterinary patients,
it is essential that an evidence-based approach be used
in order to critically evaluate and document the efficacy
of rehabilitation. Because it is a young discipline,
there is a paucity of clinical veterinary studies regarding
rehabilitation on which to base decision-making. Rather,
rehabilitation therapists must often turn to the human
literature and basic science principles when recommending
therapy. The purpose of this discussion will be to review
the available literature regarding physical rehabilitation
and the clinical use of common therapeutic modalities
in small animal patients. Discussion of pharmaceutical
interventions, acupuncture, othotic/prosthetics and regenerative
medicine is beyond the scope of this review.
Evidence for physical rehabilitation
in orthopedic patients Several
authors have documented significant improvement following
orthopedic surgery in dogs that participate in physical
rehabilitation programs compared to dogs that are cage
rested (1-4). The incorporation of physical rehabilitation
in to weight management programs significantly improves lameness and weight loss
in dogs (5,6).
The AARV lecture
track at STAAR drew a crowd to hear the four speakers.
Joan Coates, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neuro)
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, DACVS, PhD, Dipl. American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
DVM, Fellow American College of Functional Neurology
Gina Bertocci, PhD, PE, Endowed Chair Biomechanics, University of Louisville
an AARV Member
We invite veterinarians, technicians, allied
health professionals, and students to learn more about
AARV and the benefits of membership. As a registered
non-profit organization, AARV promotes education and
research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation.
Members attend continuing education programs offered
by AARV in conjunction with national veterinary meetings.
AARV offers members knowledge,
publicity, a way to speak out about issues, great continuing
education opportunities and discounts from AARV partner
We have adopted new membership
categories, effective November 2013. Dues are the same
for new and renewing members.
Veterinarian or industry professional:
Additional member from a practice
at which another veterinarian is already a
current AARV member: $65
Veterinary intern or resident:
Veterinary technician: $40
Allied health professional: $40
Student in veterinary, technician
or physical therapy program: Free
We are also now offering memberships
for multiple years! Join or renew for 2 years and guarantee
the same membership rate for both years. Join or renew
for 3 years and receive a 5% discount. Join or renew
for 5 years and receive a 10% discount.