2018 IAVRPT Symposium, July 30 - August 3


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The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) are proud to present an exciting day of continuing education at the World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit hosted at the Knoxville Convention Center July 31, 2018. This international meeting will bring together veterinary professionals and other therapists practicing in the field of animal rehabilitation from around the world.

ACVSMR, as the specialist group representing the pinnacle of best practices in sports medicine and rehabilitation, has developed an exemplary lecture track which focuses on the science of sports medicine and rehabilitation for both the canine and equine athlete. The ACVSMR track will start the day of continuing education with the presentation of six scientific abstracts (3 canine and 3 equine).  To close the morning session, Dr Hilary Clayton will be lecturing about the unique biomechanics of quadrupedal gait in dogs and horses. In the afternoon, the meeting will split into canine and equine sessions to focus on species-specific topics related to the canine and equine athlete. 

AARV is an organization that supports the advancement of the field of animal rehabilitation by providing continuing education and sponsoring research. AARV’s morning lecture tract will consist of three scientific abstracts, and a panel discussion between a rehabilitation veterinarian, a rehabilitation technician, and a physical therapist, which will focus on each individual’s roles and various experiences in the field. The afternoon will be comprised of current literature about stem cells, tricks of the trade from a physical therapists perspective, using learning theory to improve rehabilitation, and geriatric rehabilitation.

The tracks will be held on July 31, 2018, the day after the pre-symposium laboratories at the Knoxville Convention Center, and will be in Rooms 200 A, B, and C.  Digital proceedings for both the ACVSMR and AARV lectures will be provided to all registrants of the track.  Continental breakfast will be provided before the start of the lectures and refreshments will be provided at all breaks.  There are many options for lunch around the convention center.  Add this track to your IAVRPT registration, or you can select our track on its own.




AVRPT Pre-Symposium Speakers and Topics - held on July 31, 2018


Plyometric Training in Dock Diving Dogs - John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP

Injury Prevention in Performance Dogs - Building Strength in Multiple Planes – John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP

Functional Anatomy - Muscles Used in Specific Sporting and Working Events and Effective Strengthening Exercises - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP

Behavior and Physical Rehabilitation - Using Behavior Knowledge to Reinforce Rehabilitation Success for Technicians. - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP

Complications in Physical Rehabilitation - Knowledge and Observational Skills Crucial to the Veterinary Technician. - Dawn Hickey, LVT, CCRP, CVPP

Client Education: It's Teachable! The Rules of Engagement: Tips for Improving Handler and Dog Interaction to Optimize Therapeutic Exercise Outcome. - Jenn Panko, RVT, CCRP, OCMC, CAPMC

VetRehabTechs: Make Rehab Happen! Technician Case Presentations

VetRehabGeeks: A Round Table Discussion with your Veterinary Technician Specialists in Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation - all of us, emceed by Jenn