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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.


Attend the AARV Lecture Track at NAVC 2016

Plan to attend the AARV Lecture Track on Monday, January 18, 2016, 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.


Win an Apple Watch!
As a special bonus, one lucky AARV member who is attending the noontime annual AARV Membership meeting at NAVC on January 18, 2016 will win a new Apple Watch! Attend the annual membership meeting for lots of great information and a chance to win an Apple Watch.

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Win an Apple Watch

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

8:00-9:15 am   Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT, and
Preventive Medicine Through Injury Recovery to Keep Dogs Working and Playing

9:55-10:45 a.m.   Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT
Preventing Dehydration: Lessons from Professional Canine Athletes

10:55-11:45 a.m.   Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT
Health Hazards and Rehabilitation of Dogs that Play or Work Too Hard

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.   Mars Petcare logoLunch Meeting with John Sherman Award Presentation to Rosemary LoGiudice. All members and interested parties are welcome. There will be a drawing for an Apple Watch!

1:45-2:35 p.m.   Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT
Rehabilitation of Working Dogs: Modifying Physical Modalities for this Group

2:45-3:35 p.m.   Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT
Rehabilitation of Working Dogs: Modifying Manual Therapies for this Group

3:55-4:10 p.m.   Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SBA, CCRA
Defining the Veterinary Technician's Role in Physical Rehabilitation

4:15-4:30 p.m.   Leilani Alvarez, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM
AARV Winning Abstract Presentation
Survey of Referring Veterinarians' Perceptions and Reasons For Referral to Rehabilitation Facilities

4:35-4:50 p.m.   Andrea Henderson, DVM, MS, CCRT, CCRP
AARV Winning Abstract Presentation
Effect of a Core Conditioning Program on Lumbar Paraspinal Area, Asymmetry and Pain Score in Military Working Dogs with Lumbosacral Pain
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
Photos from the 2015 STAAR Symposium

Thanks to our sponsors (Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics, Companion Therapy Laser, Aratana and Chi Institute), AARV hosted a lecture track at the 6th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR), held April 24-26, 2015, in Florham Park, New Jersey.

The AARV lecture track, entitled "The Multimodal Approach to Today's Rehab Patient," was offered on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Speakers included AARV board members Drs. Carolina Medina and Kristin Kirkby Shaw, along with Dr. Felix Duerr and Dr. Gina Bertocci.

The AARV lecture track presentations were:

  • When 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 Disease
    Felix Duerr, DVM, DACVS, Dipl Am Coll Vet Sports Med & Rehab
  • Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain Management
    (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!

For more information, download the STAAR 2015 flyer or visit the STAAR Conference website.


Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics

Companion Therapy Laser logo

Aratana logo

Chi Institute logo

  Drs. Felix Duerr, Gina Bertocci and Carolina Medina at STAAR
The AARV lecture track at STAAR included speakers Dr. Felix Duerr (top left), Dr. Gina Bertocci (top right), and Dr. Carolina Medina (bottom).

Cocktail party at STAAR
Guests at STAAR enjoyed a tropical cocktail party. Above, from left: Ellen Noll and Sarah Fowler from Respond Systems, Nancy Doyle, DPT, and Dr. Janet Van Dyke, DACVSMR.

Drs. Janet Van Dyke, Julia Tomlinson, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, Peter Jenkins
From left: Dr. Janet Van Dyke, DACVSMR, Dr. Julia Tomlinson, DACVS, DACVSMR, Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DACVS, PhD, DACVSMR, and Peter Jenkins, president of SpectraVet.
Take the AARV Membership Survey

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 all year.

Please go to the Membership Survey page to get the link to the survey (log-in required).


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 Orlando, Florida.

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 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, 2015 AARV President Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw also presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, who finished her term as AARV president.


  Dr. Chris Zink receiving award
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 Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice and Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice (left) receives a plaque of appreciation for her term as 2014 AARV President from Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, the new AARV president.
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
AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation Services

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 clients.

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.

Download the AARV Pet Insurance Summary (PDF)

  Pet insurance summary chart
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.


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
  • 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.

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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