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.
Letter to the California Veterinary Medical Board
August 31, 2015
Veterinary Medical Board
1747 N. Market Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95834
To the Members of the California Veterinary Medical Board,
The Board of Directors of the American Association of
Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) are writing on behalf
of the AARV membership in regard to the Notice of Proposed
Regulatory Action Concerning Animal Rehabilitation, § 2038.5 of Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations,
Division 20.Veterinary Medical Board, Article 4 of the
California Code of Regulations.
Within the proposed addition to § 2038.5 is a provision
in 2038.5(2)(B) requiring direct supervision of PTs/RVTs
by a licensed veterinarian for any animal rehabilitation
(AR) treatment. The AARV Board understands that the reasoning
for this decision by the California Veterinary Medical
Board is to increase safety for the consumer and their
Rehabilitation veterinarians are fortunate to be a part
of a skilled collaboration among many different professionals.
The AARV supports animal rehabilitation teams composed
of a referring veterinarian, certified rehabilitation
veterinarian, physical therapist certified in veterinary
rehabilitation, and credentialed veterinary technicians
certified in veterinary rehabilitation. This team provides
the most complete care within the veterinary rehabilitation
The AARV Model Standards for Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation
Practice (enclosed), outline the composition of a veterinary
rehabilitation team, recommended educational standards
and continuing education requirements, as well as the
role each person plays within that team. Also outlined
is the communication necessary for an effective and successful
team that prioritizes patient safety, maximizes successful
outcomes, and ensures public confidence in rehabilitation
The AARV Board of Directors proposes
that § 2038.5 not be
approved as currently written. Rather, the AARV Board
recommends that the California Veterinary Medical Board
consider implementing language that urges veterinarians
to obtain rehabilitation certification and choose appropriately
trained and certified PTs/RVTs for their animal rehabilitation
team. The AARV Board believes that through this approach
the appropriate safety and quality will be ensured for
pets and the consumers seeking veterinary physical rehabilitation
services. The AARV Board is willing to be of additional
AARV Board of Directors
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).
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.
The AARV lecture track presentations
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
Felix Duerr, DVM, DACVS, Dipl Am Coll Vet Sports Med & Rehab
Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain
(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!
The AARV lecture
track at STAAR included speakers Dr. Felix Duerr (top left), Dr. Gina
Bertocci (top right), and Dr. Carolina Medina (bottom).
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.
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.
the AARV Membership Survey
AARV members: have you taken the
AARV 2015 membership survey yet? You will not only be
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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
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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
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
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
who finished her term as AARV president.
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
LoGiudice (left) receives a plaque of appreciation for her term as 2014
AARV President from Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, the new AARV president.
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.
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
order cards online with a credit card or check.
AARV Summary of Pet Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation
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
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.
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
We have adopted new membership
categories, effective November 2013. Dues are the same
for new and renewing members.
Veterinarian or industry professional:
Additional member from a practice
at which another veterinarian is already a
current AARV member: $65
Veterinary intern or resident:
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.