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.
PRACTICE: JULY 2016
Equine Performance Specialists
Dr. Kerri Belsito recognized her passion for rehabilitation in high school — she would gravitate toward the poor performing horses and even bought a horse from an auction and nursed him back to health and into work. She started her own practice in 2002 in Colorado and began focusing on Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The farm facility was opened in 2005 by Dr. Belsito and the AquaPacer water treadmill was added in 2008. The practice is proud to offer digital radiology and ultrasound, access to regenerative medicine and performance dentistry. At the current time, we are the only veterinary-managed equine rehabilitation facility in Colorado, and we pride ourselves on collaborating effectively with other veterinarians and referral centers in the best interest of the horse.
AARV Member: Kerri A. Belsito, DVM, MBA, Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians, Rehab/Physiotherapy-ARI, Health Coach-IIN
Interested in Research? Submit a Grant Proposal!
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 Research Grant ($2,500)
is for clinical research related to the field of animal
Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2016. For
complete details, please see the Research
Grants page on the AARV website.
Call for Abstracts!
Every year at NAVC, AARV features 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 2 reviewers and final approval by AARV's Board of Directors. All accepted abstracts will be published in AARV's newsletter.
The abstract submission deadline is September 15, 2016.
Members: Download Our Updated Free Brochure for
Your Clients and Colleagues
AARV's updated brochure "Why
Should You Choose a Rehabilitation Veterinarian?" is
now available as a free download for members.
The brochure is a high-resolution PDF that may be printed
and distributed to clients and colleagues to help explain
the benefits of working with a rehabilitation veterinarian.
The brochure also may be customized with your practice's
contact information on the back panel.
To download the PDF, go to the
Resources page in the Members Area (log-in required).
AARV Memorial Cards
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.
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
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 have updated our fees for multi-year memberships. We are now offering a larger discount for members joining or renewing for 3 years. Join or renew for 3 years and pay only for 2 years! Fees for 1-year memberships remain the same.