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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.

NAVC logoJoin AARV on February 6 at NAVC 2017

We are excited to announce the AARV Lecture Track on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the North American Veterinary Community Conference in Orlando, Florida. We have planned a full day of presentations on leading-edge topics. All NAVC attendees are welcome to attend the AARV Track. To register, please visit the NAVC website.

Smart watch imageWin an Apple Watch or Similar Gift!
As a special bonus, AARV will be holding a drawing at the AARV annual meeting at noon on February 6th. One lucky AARV member in attendance will be eligible to receive a new Apple Watch or similar gift!

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Program Chairman: Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR
Moderator: Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS

8:00-9:15 am   Michelle Powers, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
Wendy Davies, CVT, CCRA

Got injury? Who's your team?

9:55-10:45 a.m.   Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR
Non weight-bearing to sound: Practical tips

10:55-11:45 a.m.   Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR
Muscle strengthening programs: What's the next step?

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.   Royal Canin logoLunch meeting with John Sherman Award Presentation to Leilani Alvarez. All members and interested parties are welcome. AARV will be holding a drawing for an Apple Watch or similar gift for all members who are present.

1:45-2:35 p.m.   Constanza Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
Static and dynamic posture in dogs, can physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques change it?

2:45-3:35 p.m.   Constanza Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
Relation between conformation and gait in dogs: biomechanics analysis and musculoskeletal health implications

3:55-4:10 p.m.   Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR
Clinical Brief: Manual muscle strength testing in dogs

4:15-4:30 p.m.   Constanza Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS
AARV-Sponsored Grant Winner
Clinical Brief: Postural sway parameters in dogs undergoing physical rehabilitation: A feasibility study

4:35-4:50 p.m.   Aratana logoKyle Martin, MS, DVM
Aratana-Sponsored Grant Winner
Clinical Brief: Inertial measurement units to objectively assess outcome in dogs undergoing cranial cruciate ligament repair


Affiliated Veterinary Specialists

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS) are regional specialty referral hospitals serving the Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia areas. Hospital staff members are committed to providing outstanding veterinary medical and surgical services for your pet in partnership with your family veterinarian. Our team offers advanced medical, surgical, and rehabilitation services for a wide range of conditions.

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists has grown from a single board-certified veterinary surgeon to a group of board-certified veterinary specialists and a rehabilitation department. Since opening our doors in 1997, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists has been at the forefront of the veterinary specialty profession providing innovative, state-of-the-art medical and surgical techniques acquired from their multiple years of additional training. This additional experience provides an unparalleled expertise and proficiency in specialty medicine, maximizing the care of your pets and success of their recovery and outcome.

We offer cutting-edge therapy options, including underwater treadmill therapy, LASER therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, neuromuscular stimulation/TENS treatment, land treadmill, Game Ready therapy, heat therapy, balancing/core strengthening, and stance analyzer.

Our rehabilitation team includes our full-time practitioner, Carla Rodrigues, DVM, CCRP; our part-time rehabilitation therapist, Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; and Teresa Green, our committed and dedicated rehabilitation technician.

Read more about Affiliated Veterinary Specialists on our Spotlight Practice page.

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS)

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS)

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists
Jacksonville, Orange Park, Gainesville, and Daytona Beach, Florida

AARV Members:
Carla Rodrigues, DVM, CCRP
Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT

Top photo, from left: Dr. Carla Rodrigues and Teresa Green, rehabilitation technician. Bottom photo: Dr. Jennell Appel.


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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