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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.



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 Dyke, 2013 AARV president.


  Dr. Andrea Henderson receiving award
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.

Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice and Dr. Janet Van Dyke
Dr. Janet Van Dyke (right) receives a plaque of appreciation for her term as AARV President in 2013 from Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, the 2014 AARV President.
Mark 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 25-27, 2014.

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.

To learn more, download the symposium flyer and registration form or visit

Mark your calendar for this great event. We hope to see all of our members there!

  STAAR flyer 2014
Become 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 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 veterinarians 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
  • 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.

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!

*As an added bonus, we are offering a free Help'EmUp Dog Harness to the 60th veterinary technician member to join AARV!

Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice of IPC


Integrative Pet Care (IPC) – Veterinary Rehabilitation, Fitness, and Conditioning
Chicago, Hanover Park and Homer Glen, Illinois

AARV Members:
Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CAC; Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT; Arlene O. Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT; Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA

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.

Why Join 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

Read more about Integrative Pet Care on our Spotlight Practice page.

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.

AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Rehabilitation Coverage

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