AARV Events

AARV's Fall 2023 Virtual CE Event

October 28, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 28 for AARV's fall continuing education event focusing on Geriatric Rehabilitation! This event will be FREE to AARV members!

This three-hour event will present and explore rehabilitation plans in geriatric companion animals. The event will address physical exercises, strategies, and devices.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Amber Ihrke, DVM, DAVCSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CVPP, past AARV president: "Rehabilitation of the Geriatric Patient – You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks"
  • Kirsten Haeusler, PhD, CCRP, Animal Rehabilitation Specialist: "Enhancing Canine Mobility with Wimba Vets Orthosis: A Revolution in Veterinary Rehabilitation"
  • Amber Ihrke, DVM, DAVCSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CVPP: "Non-pharmacologic Pain Management for the Geriatric Patient"

Note: This event has limited capacity.


Learn About Our Speakers

Kirsten Haeusler, PhD
Animal Rehabilitation Specialist

Kirsten Haeusler is an animal rehabilitation expert with extensive academic and professional achievements. Her journey began in 2004 with an Animal Science degree from the University of Hohenheim. Fueling her passion for animal behavior, she earned a Ph.D. in the same field in 2006.

In 2008, Kirsten became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee, marking the start of her remarkable career. As a self-employed professional, focussed on evidence-based therapies, collaborating with esteemed vet clinics in Stuttgart, she started to transformed the field. Kirsten's dedication to learning is evident in her pursuit of further education, both in the vet rehab field but also in the human field.

Her expertise earned recognition in 2016 with a part-time research role at the University of Cambridge, contributing to the study of shockwave therapy and gait analysis for dogs. In 2019, she collaborated on a study with the University of Jena, evaluating trotting on pressure-sensitive treadmills versus overground trotting, emphasizing scientific rigor.

In 2021, Kirsten initiated a multicenter canine gait study – Gangwerkenwicklung – with Prof. Martin Fischer of the University of Jena. Her contributions continually push the boundaries of animal movement and rehabilitation.

Recognized by the IAVRPT, Kirsten's legacy as a research and practice pioneer is firmly established. Her journey showcases unwavering dedication to animal well-being through innovative rehabilitation techniques.


More details about this event are coming soon!









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