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The 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.



Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle

The Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle offers the largest comprehensive rehabilitation department in the state of Washington. We are proud to provide a service that epitomizes the practice standards set by the AARV: that of collaboration and communication between our surgeons, therapists, technicians, clients and referring veterinarians.

We have four board-certified surgeons who recognize the importance of rehabilitation for their patients and are always willing to discuss cases with the rehab team and referring veterinarians. Our two rehabilitation veterinarians, Leslie Eide, DVM, CCRT, ACVSMR Resident (PE Pathway), and Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, are accompanied by physical therapist Sunny Rubin, PT, CCRT; two LVTs, Vanessa Ormiston, LVT, CCRP and Liz Brown, LVT, CCRA; and a full-time rehab assistant, Mike Zylstra, VTA.

Our veterinarians directly oversee our technicians with all patient care. We see a variety of cases, including post-surgical, neurologic, and chronic pain management. While Dr. Shaw's primary focus (when she isn't being a full-time surgeon) is management of arthritis and orthopedic injuries, Dr. Eide is a true expert in the field of canine agility and sports medicine. She is highly competitive in canine agility with her own dogs, and after joining ASCS less than one year ago, Dr. Eide is quickly building a heavy case load in canine sports medicine, including providing fitness and conditioning programs to help dogs avoid injury.

Read more about Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle on our Spotlight Practice page.

Dr. Leslie Eide and Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw of Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle

Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle
Shoreline, Washington

AARV Members:
Leslie Eide, DVM, CCRT (top)
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR


AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation Services

AARV has just released a newly updated version of its summary of pet insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, current as of March 2016.

The Pet Insurance Summary is available as a 2-page printable PDF – please be sure to see both pages for complete information.

Download the AARV Pet Insurance Summary PDF (updated March 2016)

  Pet insurance summary chart
AARV 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 Why Should You Choose a Rehabilitation Veterinarian? brochure cover
Order 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.

These memorial 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 page to order cards online with a credit card or check.

  AARV memorial card image
Become 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 companies.

For more details about these benefits, please visit our Membership Benefits page.

We encourage all veterinary professionals to become members of AARV.



You may now join AARV or renew your membership online! Payments are accepted by credit card or check.


Dues are the same for new and renewing members.

  • Veterinarian or industry professional: $100
  • Additional member from a practice at which another veterinarian is already a
    current AARV member: $65
  • Veterinary intern or resident: $65
  • 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.

Go to Join AARV or Renew Online to sign up today.

Please contact AARV whenever you change any contact information (especially email) so that we are able to keep you current!

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