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AARV Conference at NAVC
NAVC 2013 :: JANUARY 19-23, 2013
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AARV AT NAVC 2012 :: PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
AARV AT NAVC 2012 :: RECAP
The annual AARV meeting took place on Monday, January 16th at the 2012 NAVC Conference in Orlando, Florida. There were over 200 lecture participants and AARV booth visitors. This included nearly 160 AARV members or potential members interested in rehabilitation veterinary medicine as an addition to traditional practice or as a separate area of focus and even specialization, with the establishment of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).
The AARV lecture tract started with Steven Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM (Neurology), CCRT discussing "Proprioception - Where are My Feet?". His presentation included much interesting and practical information, including that Dr. Steinberg noted there is a distinct difference between knuckling and proprioception deficits. He pointed out that a dog that knuckles does not always have proprioceptive issues.
M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR continued the morning lectures with "Understanding Canine Sports" and "Conditioning and Retraining the Canine Athlete". Dr. Zink included a number of videos throughout her lectures that helped to illustrate many of the various canine athletic and sports events included in her presentation. Dr. Zink emphasized that there are so many different activities in which a dog can participate that it is important for the rehabilitation veterinarian to be familiar with as many as possible to be able to effectively communicate with the owner and treat the patient. Without knowledge of what is being asked of the patient, it will be difficult to design an appropriate treatment and retraining program. In her second lecture, Dr. Zink discussed age appropriate training, strength versus endurance training, and weight management.
Participants in the AARV Business meeting were treated to a free lunch so that they did not have to miss anything. Our sponsors for the AARV Business meeting and lunch included Cutting Edge Lasers and OrthoPets. They each gave a 15-minute presentation. Great information!
Janet Van Dyke, DVM, CCRT, DACVSMR was awarded the IAMS/John Sherman Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine. She noted that the $2500 award would be used to offer rehabilitation classes to 3rd year veterinary students at Colorado State University.
AARV President, Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, CAVCA, CCRT, CVA (pending) enthusiastically updated attendees as to AARV activities, including the results of the Management Survey previously sent to AARV members, the AARV Standards of Practice, current plans to communicate with insurance companies regarding coverage of rehabilitation services, and the call for help with the AARV Legislative committee.
After lunch the lecture series continued with Dr. Orenbuch describing her treatment of the non-surgical back patient. Julia Tomlinson, BVSc (hons), MS, PhD, DACVS, CCRP, CVSMT discussed how she treats patients with elbow dysplasia. Next, each gave the history of how she started her rehabilitation practice.
The last lectures of the day included Dr. Steinberg's discussion of "Compressive vs Intra-axial Disease". In addition, Dr. Van Dyke presented: "Current Updates on the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation". She noted that the first ACVSMR credentialing examination will take place in May 2012 (applications for this first examination are closed). The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 ACVSMR credentialling examination is October 1, 2012. Dr. Van Dyke described three tracks available for ACVSMR residency including academic residency, non-traditional residency, and practice experience.
The day ended with a Question and Answer session involving audience participation.
The AARV Board of Directors thanks all of the speakers who helped to make the day a success. An exciting AARV lecture series is already being planned for the 2013 NAVC.
AARV looks forward to seeing you at the 2013 AARV program and meeting at NAVC and to you spreading the word of the opportunities that AARV membership makes available.
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