It’s s new year and the academy of physical rehabilitation veterinary technicians is excited! We have received six applications from qualified candidates, which is validation of a need in our specialty for additional credentialing for expert veterinary technicians. Each of them has worked extremely hard with their veterinarian mentors and asked very good questions to help the class of 2019. We thank you and best of luck, we hope hi see you at the examination in Las Vegas in August,
The pre-application deadline has also passed and we look forward to working with the future class of 2019. For those who are still considering joining in future application cycles, make sure to read the updated version of the Academy bylaws which will be released after our first annual business meeting at VMX-NAVC in Orlando, Florida. Will you be there? We will!
What’s happening at VMX-NAVC?
VMX-NAVC Convention Hall:
Finally, we can’t thank our sponsors enough for their support. Please read for more about how Assisi loop and Respond Systems veterinary laser is helping a Pigmy Goat named Windy in our Blog posting recover from extensive burn wounds - Windy is breezing through healing with these modalities!
Signalment: Burn wounds to the dorsum of her coat secondary to wildfire
Medications: topical cream - Animal Scents
Therapeutic Modalities: Low level laser therapy (Respond Systems 2400VS, 500mW, 808nm and Assisi Animal Health tPEMF 2.0 20cm loop
Therapeutic laser every 2-3 days until healing, 2-3 Joules per cm2, frequency 172pps-584pps)
tPEMF q4-6 hours until healing observed
Summary: Windy presented for therapeutic laser services to assist in healing the large wound on her back. She was severely burned by a wildfire and remained in the care of a veterinarian for 4 weeks prior to presentation who performed initial wound management. Oral medications included Meloxican PO SID (mg/kg not discussed as patient's oral medications were being managed by the large animal veterinarian). It was recommended for Windy to start Gabapentin 10mg/kg PO q8-12 hours for pain and to check with her primary care provider but owner declined. The wound is kept covered by a blanket after application of over the counter topical cream (Animal Scents) and cleaned with baby wipes BID. When possible the wound is left without a covering to allow air to it. When covered, the blanket also served to protect Windy's back from the other goats in the household from jumping on her back. At the time of this writing Windy is receiving therapeutic laser every 2-3 days and tPEMF at least SID (up to TID when possible) and will continue until healed. We have seen remarkable progress since starting treatments December 14th, 2017.
We are thrilled that you are as excited about the field of Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation as we are! Keen technicians, such as yourself, often comment "I am interested in rehab as a career option. Where can I learn more? How do I get started?" Hopefully this blog provides clear answers and the resources needed to embark on a journey towards becoming a Credentialed Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician and insight into the role and mentorship required to provide patients and owners with safe, effective physical rehabilitation.
Currently there are three institutions offering certification in Canine Rehabilitation in North America
NorthEast Seminars, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Tennessee offers credentialed veterinary technicians the designation of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and certificate programs in Osteoarthritis Case Management, Pain Management, and Nutrition.
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute has courses in both Coral Springs, Florida and Broomfield, Colorado and offers credentialed veterinary technicians the designation of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) The Healing Oasis Wellness Centre offers courses in Sturtevant, Wisconsin offers credentialed veterinary technicians the designation of Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy (CVMRT)
Currently there are two institutions offering certification in Equine Rehabilitation in North America: The University of Tennessee offers The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CERP) in cooperation with Colorado State University Orthopedic Research Center and The Animal Rehabilitation Institute in Loxahatchee, Florida offers credentialed veterinary technicians the designation of Certified Equine Rehabilitation Assistant (CERA)
The role of The Credentialed Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician is clearly defined in The APRVT Code of Ethics found on our website homepage www.aprvt.com
The veterinary technician credentialed in veterinary physical rehabilitation should strive to promote the advancement of rehabilitation in veterinary medicine, increase public awareness regarding veterinary rehabilitation, promote the development of credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians in veterinary medicine and further the professional growth of credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians by encouraging education focused on veterinary rehabilitation
The veterinary technician credentialed in veterinary physical rehabilitation will make every effort to work under the supervision of a credentialed rehabilitation veterinarian. In those states or regions where no credentialed rehabilitation veterinarian is readily available for consultation, the rehabilitation credentialed veterinary technician will, in accordance with individual state practice acts, work under the direct supervision of a state licensed veterinarian who has an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and has seen the patient recently. In addition, the rehabilitation credentialed veterinary technician shall consult with a veterinarian who has a VCPR regarding therapeutic rehabilitation protocols.
Patient care standards should model those described by the American Academy of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) and credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians shall strive to follow those standards by documenting patient trends, including pain scores, at each visit. Any changes in patient pain scoring shall immediately be communicated to the veterinarian with the VCPR. Under direction of the rehabilitation veterinarian or the veterinarian with the VCPR, the credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technician will teach the client how to assess their pet’s pain.
Credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians are not to diagnose, prescribe, or perform procedures that are considered to be the practice of veterinary medicine; and will obey all individual state and regional laws and regulations pertaining to the field of veterinary physical rehabilitation. In addition, credentialed veterinary technicians shall participate in annual continuing education in the field of veterinary physical rehabilitation or pain management. In those states or regions where continuing education is mandatory for veterinary technician state licensure, at least half of the hours required by the state shall be in veterinary physical rehabilitation or pain management.
We strongly encourage all technicians with an interest in Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation to join The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians as a Veterinary Technician Member.
We strongly encourage credentialed technicians to explore our website www.aprvt.com join our mailing list by submitting their email address on our website, to learn about the credentialing requirements, and what they can do to start preparing for the examination process.
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Jenn Panko, APRVT Communications and Information Technology Chair, traveled to Colchester Connecticut to join The Wizard of Paws and Toto Fit Team to assist with the practical component of The Gold Level Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer Program. The teaching team was comprised of Dr. Debbie Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP, Dr. Matt Brunke, DVM, CVRPP, CVA, CVPP, Maureen Connors, PTA, CCRP, and Jenn Panko RVT, CCRP, OCMC, CAPMC. This event was coordinated by Martha McCormick, The Bernese Mountain Dog and #purple #TotoFit Queen and Dedicated Professional Canine Fitness Trainer! Here is a sneak video peek behind the scenes:
1. Dr. Matt Brunke working with students through examination, assessment, and palpation sessions with wonderful dog Penny!
2. Safely increasing the balance and strength challenge for the dog who is able to do advanced core training. Some innovative exercises shared with the CPCFT Workshop attendees who watched and felt first-hand how intensely this elevated exercise works a dog's muscles. Dr. Debbie's "Wobble Bridge"
Thanks, Noelle Nerat Chaltry of No Limits Canine Fitness for sharing this photo of KARA, Martha's, Bernese Mountain Dog
3. Dr. Matt Brunke explaining safe and logical progression of a core strengthening and balance program.
We are excited to be celebrating The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) #AnimalPainAwarenessMonth.
........and we want to know what you are going to "tech" about it?
Tech about it?
Earl's Treatment Plan: