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.
Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Henderson, the winner
of the 2014 IAMS-John J. Sherman III Award for Excellence in the Field
of Veterinary Rehabilitation. presented at AARV's annual conference in
January in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Andrea Henderson received her
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Her
passion for working dogs led her to join the U.S. Army
Veterinary Corps. She has been an active duty officer
for eight years and currently holds the rank of Major.
In July 2011, Dr. Henderson began a residency in canine
sports medicine and rehabilitation at the University
of Tennessee in Knoxville, of which she is currently
in her third year. She is concurrently pursuing a Masters
of Science with a focus in Kinesology with plans to graduate
in 2014. After graduation, she will return to the Department
of Defense Military Working Dog Center in San Antonio
to oversee and expand the sports medicine and conditioning
programs for the military working dogs. Dr. Henderson
has specific interests in therapeutic laser applications
in healing and nerve regeneration, perioperative multimodal
analgesia, and conservative management of degenerative
lumbosacral stenosis in Military Working Dogs.
Thank you to 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 veterinary medicine.
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, President Dr. Rosemary
LoGiudice also presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Janet Van
2013 AARV president.
Dr. Andrea Henderson
(center) accepts the IAMS-John J. Sherman III Award from Marcie
J. Campion, PhD, scientific relations manager at IAMS (left). At right
is Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, president of AARV.
Van Dyke (right) receives a plaque of appreciation for her term as AARV
President in 2013 from Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, the 2014 AARV President.
Your Calendar for the 5th Annual STAAR Symposium!
The 5th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic
Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR) promises to
be a great CE experience once again. This event takes
place in beautiful Florham Park, New Jersey, on April
In addition to the
pre-symposium labs and workshops that have made this
symposium so popular, this year will have a half-day
lecture track entitled, "What's
on the Horizon? Cutting-Edge Topics in Veterinary Rehabilitation
That Impact Your Practice Today."
This lecture track,
presented by AARV and sponsored by DJO Global, features
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.
Mark your calendar for this great
event. We hope to see all of our members there!
an AARV Member
We invite veterinarians 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
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: $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
Veterinary student graduating this year: $50
Veterinary or technician student graduating next year
or later: 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.
Integrative Pet Care (IPC) is dedicated
exclusively to the physical rehabilitative therapy, fitness,
and holistic wellness needs of pets. Founded in Chicago in 2005
by Dr. Julie Mayer with Kellee Joost and Stacy Nigrelli, Integrative
Pet Care has since, under the watchful eye of Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice
(currently AARV President-elect) and Mr. Ed Heil, grown to three
locations, five veterinarians (Drs. Rosemary LoGiudice, Megan
Ridley, Arlene Rodriguez, Amber Ihrke, and Deanne Zenoni), four
animal rehabilitation therapists, two physical therapists and
a physical therapy assistant along with a paraprofessional support
team of people dedicated to operations and patient services.
AARV? "I believe strongly that organized veterinary medicine
is the 'glue' that holds our profession together. Through
AARV membership, like-minded veterinarians can work
together to promote the importance of proper veterinary
rehabilitation care and ensure appropriate advocacy.
Sharing of information and current trends and research
in veterinary rehabilitation is an important service
provided to AARV members. The AARV provides a focused outlet to
disseminate information to our colleagues and the public about
veterinary rehabilitation and its benefits when performed appropriately."
— Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CAC
Summary of Pet Insurance Rehabilitation Services Coverage
AARV contacted pet insurance companies to collect information regarding coverage of rehabilitation services. We believe this information will be helpful to our members, especially when asked by clients.
Most of the companies were enthusiastic to provide the AARV information about their coverages. The AARV compiled the information received and created a summary chart, which you can find by clicking here.