American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
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Dear Colleagues:

Chris Zink As the season (summer or winter, depending on your hemisphere) draws to a close, I would like to remind you of some of the important activities and opportunities the ACVSMR has on the horizon.
  • ACVSMR Annual Educational Meeting! We hope to see you at the ACVSMR meeting to be held in conjunction with the ACVS Surgical Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada in October. The ACVSMR meeting will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 and will include a Keynote Lecture by President-Elect Mike Davis entitled From Deserts to Mountaintops: Exercise in Extreme Environments. This will be followed by a morning of outstanding scientific talks. The ACVSMR Business Meeting will be held at lunchtime. All ACVSMR diplomates and residents are welcome to attend; attendees will visit the exhibit hall for a complimentary box lunch and return for the business meeting. The afternoon session will consist of canine- and equine-specific lecture tracks. Come and join us!
  • All-New, Redesigned ACVSMR Website! We are proud to announce that we have almost completed the massive task of completely redesigning our website and developing a series of online membership functions. By Sept. 30 the new website will be up and running. What will be changed?
    • What you will see. The website will look more professional and will be much easier to navigate.
    • What you won't see. The website that you see is only a part of the new system being developed. There are also a number of behind-the-scenes functions that are designed to smooth credentialing, residency and membership activities. So, for example, there will be a new membership database that will allow you to easily search for colleagues and renew your annual membership online. You will also be able to submit information for the website and newsletter, such as residency listings and job postings, online.
    • In process. We are also working on digital solutions that will allow trainees to submit their annual reports and credentialing materials for the annual exam online, and will allow diplomates to submit their re-credentialing information online. We expect these functions to be operational by the end of 2019.
Kudos to our administrator Tesha Hoff and the many members of the Board of Directors and Committees who have helped her organize and create this new membership system. This has been a tremendous time commitment on the part of the ACVSMR with the goal of facilitating your membership experience.
  • We encourage you to not only "like" the ACVSMR Facebook page but also to participate in it by contributing a case study for discussion, or even by just asking questions or bringing up topics for discussion. Our Facebook group provides a free and convenient forum for education, practice tips and detailed discussion of complex or controversial cases, and we would like to see it being used to its full potential.
As always, your Board of Directors and Committees are always available to answer any questions you might have and to entertain suggestions for how to improve your experience as a veterinarian or allied professional interested in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. So if you need us, feel free to contact us!

All my best,
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Chris Zink, DVM, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Call for Abstracts abstracts

ACVSMR Annual Educational Meeting, hosted in conjunction with the ACVS Surgical Summit
Friday, October 23, 2020
Washington, D.C.

ACVSMR is dedicated to fostering research in sports medicine and rehabilitation topics by once again providing you an opportunity to present the results of your work at our special session at the annual ACVS Symposium. At least one author must be prepared to register for the conference and be available to present at their assigned time. Each prospective presenting author may submit a maximum of three abstracts for consideration.

Three canine and 3 equine abstracts will be selected for presentation based on the two-step process. An honorarium and single day registration will be provided to each of the winners which may be graduated based on their final rank.

Please download the abstract submission guidelines for complete details. Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Brown, CE Committee Chair, at

Submission Deadline: Midnight Pacific Standard Time, USA, January 31, 2020

Join Us October 18 for the ACVSMR Business Meeting and Lecture Track at the ACVS Surgery Summit in Las Vegasacvs 
ACVSMR Business Meeting and Lunch

The ACVSMR Business Meeting will be held Friday, October 18, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in conjunction with the ACVS Surgery Summit.

All ACVSMR diplomates and residents are welcome to attend. The ACVSMR education sessions will break for lunch at 12:30 pm, and attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibit hall for a complimentary box lunch (voucher required) and return for the business meeting.

ACVSMR Lecture Track phoenix 

ACVSMR is pleased to present its lecture track for its annual Educational Meeting on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the ACVS Surgery Summit in Las Vegas.

Registration for the ACVS Surgery Summit is now open!
To register or learn more about the meeting, please click here.
ACVSMR residents are eligible for the resident rate for the ACVS Surgery Summit. Please select that option at registration.  
Friday, October 18, 2019 - ACVSMR Special Session
8:00 am
Keynote: From deserts to mountaintops: Exercise in extreme environments
Michael Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR

9:30 am

ACVSMR Scientific Abstract Session
10:15 am
Treatment failure with use of autologous stromal vascular fraction cells for gracilis fibrotic myopathy in two German Shepherd dogs
Ilan Frank, DVM

10:35 am
Long-term outcome in horses undergoing interspinous ligament desmotomy for overriding dorsal spinous processes
Kara Brown, VMD

11:00 am
Internet survey of risk factors for injury in flyball dogs
Christina Montalbano, VMD, CCRP, CVA

11:25 am
Effects of therapeutic ultrasound on carpal range of motion and lameness in osteoarthritic horses
Brady Stutzman, BS

11:45 am
Estimation of concentrations of 3-acetyl-11-keto-b-boswellic acid and 11-keto-b-boswellic acid in Boswellia serrata supplements formulated for humans and pets
Erin Miscioscia, DVM, CVA

12:10 pm
Water treadmill exercise alters limb joint range of motion, but prolonged water treadmill training does not alter on-land kinematics
Persephone Greco-Otto, BSc

12:30 pm
Lunch - ACVSMR Business Meeting

ACVSMR Canine Track  
ACVSMR Equine Track
1:45 pm
SMR year in review - Research and hot topics in sports medicine and rehabilitation
Samuel Franklin, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR; Felix Duerr, DVM, MS, Dr. med. vet., DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR
No foot, no horse: where we've been, where we are, and where we need to be
Sarah Sampson, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR

2:15 pm
Exercise-induced gastritis in working dogs
Michael Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR
Use of bisphosphonates in athletic horses
Michael Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR

2:45 pm
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) in the working dog: Awareness and atraumatic disease management
Bovine sports medicine
Michael Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR

3:15 pm

4:00 pm
Heat injury in the working dog: considerations, conditioning, and performance
Effects of swimming on cardiorespiratory function in horses
Samantha Franklin, BVSc, PhD, DACVSMR

4:30 pm
Acclimatization of the canine athlete
Rider effects on respiratory function
Samantha Franklin, BVSc, PhD, DACVSMR

5:00 pm
Diagnosis and management of injuries of the digit - the conservative approach
Jennifer Brown, DVM, DACVSMR
Ski asthma and respiratory immune function in horses
Michael Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR

5:30 pm
Surgical management of injuries of the digit
Exercise-induced arrhythmias in horses
Samantha Franklin, BVSc, PhD, DACVSMR

ACVSMR Instagram page Send Us Your Photos for Our New ACVSMR Instagram Account! instagram

We are pleased to announce that we have started our Instagram account under the name VSMR.official. Load the application Instagram on your smart phone, and then like our publications.

More over, we need your stories and pictures. Since Instagram is made to have a more visual content, you can send a small video clip or a couple of pictures with 2 to 5 lines of text to explain your case, announce a meeting, or also share some fun pics of your everyday practice.

We welcome your ideas and posts about sports medicine and rehabilitation, and we ask that you also direct your clients to this account for additional information.

Please send your photos, stories and ideas for posting to Philippe Benoit at as Instagram Coordinator for ACVSMR.

ACVSMR Facebook page We've Changed Our Facebook and Instagram Posting Rules facebook

To encourage members to provide material for our Facebook page and Instagram account, the rules for publishing on these sites have been changed. Now we allow authorship notice on these media, the name of the publisher and his or hers affiliations can be mentioned.
This is a great way to publish a little case report or add some photos of a rehab process with a short explanation while gaining acknowledge in the community for this work! You can then add the post from the ACVSMR site to your social media to show you are an established member of ACVSMR.
We are pleased to have more than 3,900 followers on Facebook. If you have not done so already, please like the page and link to your business page.  
Posts can be send to Rob van Wessum at for Facebook and Philippe Benoit at for Instagram. 

Diplomates: Be Sure Your Email Address Is Currentemail

Email is our main way of reaching the membership, and we want to make sure we can contact you about membership and other issues directly affecting you, as well as news from the College. We do not give your email out to third parties.

Please help us out by taking a moment to log in to the Diplomate Area of our website to make sure your preferred email address is listed in our system and your contact information is up to date. Thank you!

Help Build a Resource Library for Veterinary Students! library

The public relations committee of ACVSMR is hoping to develop sports medicine and rehabilitation student clubs in veterinary schools. We are conducting a survey of all U.S. veterinary schools and are planning to establish contact with advisors of existing clubs. In addition, we will be reaching out to faculty at the remaining schools offering assistance in developing student clubs.
For our organization to be most beneficial to these student clubs, we are now requesting that ACVSMR diplomates help us to create a library of resource materials. These can include case reports (canine and equine), webinars, and videotapes of clinical conditions with diagnosis, etc. We will make these resources available to student club advisors for use in club meetings, crediting those who have supplied the resources.
We expect interest to be high and are hoping that you will support us in this effort by helping to build our library. Please contact Dr. Linda Blythe, Thank you!

Ski Patrol Magazine Dr. Kim Henneman to Edit New Column on Avalanche Dog Sports Medicine 

Diplomate Dr. Kim Henneman will be editing a new quarterly column in Ski Patrol Magazine, published by National Ski Patrol, on avalanche dog sports medicine topics. To suggest a topic regarding "avi" or wildland search and rescue (SAR) dogs, please contact Dr. Henneman. The audience for the column is dog handlers and potentially their veterinarians.

Send Us Your Photos and Success Stories! photos

Send us photos from your activities! Have you been involved in a recent canine or equine competition? Do you have a success story about a patient to share? Did you recently present at a sports medicine or rehabilitation-related conference?

Help us spread the word about rehabilitation and sports medicine by sharing photos and success stories of your activities! Please send your photos with captions and success stories to We will acknowledge you and/or your practice in the credits of each photo. Thank you!

Send in photos to ACVSMR

ACVSMR model release form Model Release Form
We also have created a model release form that your clients can sign to give permission for ACVSMR to publish their photos.

Download the model release form.

Please email completed forms to Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at

Join the ACVSMR Speaker Registry! speakerregistry
Thank you to the ACVSMR members who have volunteered for our speaker registry. We invite all interested members to register so that we are able to recommend canine and equine speakers for upcoming meetings.

If you are interested in joining the speaker registry, please send an email to Dr. Jennifer Brown, chair of the Continuing Education Committee, at with your contact information and topics of interest. 
AUGUST - NOVEMBER 2019 presentations
Diplomate Presentations in the Next 90 Days  
Diplomates: Please send details of any upcoming lectures and workshops that you will present to our newsletter editor Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at These lectures qualify as continuing education for diplomates pursuing recertification.

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
August 22-25 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy (Module 1 of 4)

August 30-September 1 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink, Janet Van Dyke
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

VetPD course in Ocala, Florida
September 6-7 - Lectures/labs: Erica McKenzie
Topic: Equine Muscle Conditions - Diagnostics, Therapeutic Strategies & Performance Enhancement

VetPD course in Snohomish, Washington
September 6-7 - Lectures/labs: Andris Kaneps
Topic: Sports Horse Medicine & Orthopedics

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
September 6-10 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristen Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

AOVet masters course in Glendale, Arizona
September 11-13 - Lectures/labs: Mary Sarah Bergh, Kenneth Bruecker, Nina Kieves, Denis Marcellin-Little, Steve Martinez, Dirsko von Pfeil
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine Traumatology

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 11-15 - Lectures/labs: Rosemary LoGiudice, Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy Certification Program (Module 2 of 5) 

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
September 12-14 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 19-22 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy (Module 2 of 4)

VOSM course in Largo, Florida
September 20 - Lectures/labs: Sherman Canapp, Debra Canapp
Topic: Advanced Treatments in Canine Forelimb Conditions

PennVet Working Dog Practitioner course in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 20-22 - Lectures/labs: Matt Brunke
Topics: Rehabillitation and Sports Medicine Examinations on Various Working Canines (Military, Guide Dogs, Etc.)

Healing Oasis Wellness Center seminar in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 20-22 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: Ancillary Procedures to Improve on Spinal Manipulative Therapy Outcome

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
September 27-28 - Lectures: Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

September 27-29 - Lectures/labs: Matt Brunke
Topics: Canine Manual Therapy (Modules 3 and 4) Including Massage, Joint Mobilization, Palpation

VetPD course in Ashland, Virginia
October 4-5: Lectures/labs: Elizabeth Davidson
Topic: Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse

University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars courses in Raleigh, North Carolina
October 5-9: Lectures/labs: Matt Brunke
Topics: CCRP Rehab Course Modules 3 and 4 on Physical Agent Modalities and Therapeutic Exercise; Designing and Implementing a Rehab Program

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
October 9-13 - Lectures/labs: Rosemary LoGiudice, Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy Certification Program (Module 3 of 5)

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Westminster, Colorado
October 11-13: Lectures/labs: Felix Duerr, Leilani Alvarez
Topic: Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation

ACVS Surgery Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada
October 16 - Workshop/dry lab: Kenneth Bruecker, Steven Petersen
Topic: Limb Alignment Osteotomies to Manage Patella Luxation
October 16 - Workshop: Sherman Canapp
Topic: Advanced Canine Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine
October 19 - Lectures: Sherman Canapp, Debra Canapp
Topics: Orthobiologics for the Treatment of Tendinopathies: Evidence Based Medicine (S. Canapp), Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Monitoring Tendons Treated with Orthobiologics (D. Canapp)

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
October 24-27 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy (Module 3 of 4)

Companion Regenerative University in Annapolis Junction, Maryland
October 25 - Lectures/labs: Sherman Canapp
Topic: Sports Medicine Workshop

Vet PD course in Stillwater, Minnesota
October 26-27 - Lectures/labs: Carol Gillis
Topic: Ultrasound of the Mid-Distal Limb & Stifle for Equine Practitioners

VetPD course in Ringoes, New Jersey
October 26-27 - Lectures/labs: Betsy Vaughan
Topic: Ultrasound of the Equine Upper Limb, Neck, Back & Pelvis

November 1-3 - Lectures/labs: Leilani Alvarez, Hilary Clayton, Rosemary LoGiudice, Sarah Love, Roland Thaler
Topics: How to Prevent Common Sports Injuries; Novel Therapies That Promote Recovery; Nutrition and Supplements for the Sporting Dog; General Principles of Using Exercise for Conditioning and Rehabilitation; Proprioceptive-Based Techniques; A Link For Integrating Diagnostics To Recovery: Understanding Musculoskeletal Ultrasound I and II; Exercise and the Immune System; Conditioning in Canine Athletes; Longevity: Mobility in Geriatrics; Introduction and Review of Equine Regenerative Medicine; Selection and Application of Regenerative Medicine Modalities; Regenerative Medicine Case Presentation with Discussion

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 2-6 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristen Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
November 6-10 - Lectures/labs: Rosemary LoGiudice, Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy Certification Program (Module 4 of 5) 

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 8-10 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

November 8-9 - Lectures/labs: Kim Henneman
Topics: Ultrasounding Not-So-Common Anatomical Areas (Equine), Understanding Injury & Biomechanics (Equine), Fascia & Injury: Palpation & Stretching (Equine), Diagnosing Soft Tissue Injuries (Canine), Canine Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography (with Japanese translation)

Available Positions

Diplomates: Please send us details of any job opportunities, residencies, or internships at your facility. Please limit all postings to 100 words or less and submit them to our newsletter editor Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at

Note: All postings will be listed for 3 months and then removed unless we are notified that a posting should be repeated. Please notify us if a position is filled.

Available Residencies and Internships

No residencies or internships are currently posted. Additional internships and residencies in sports medicine and rehabilitation may be listed at

Available Jobs
Sports Medicine / Rehabilitation Specialist, Commerce, Michigan - MedVet is seeking sports medicine/rehabilitation specialist to join our Commerce, MI hospital. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast paced environment and is dedicated to practicing the highest quality care. MedVet is one of the largest employee owned and veterinarian led multispecialty and emergency practices in the country and offers the opportunity to become a shareholder. Dedication to our mission, strategy and core values of Teamwork, Leadership and Compassion are the priorities of our organization and allow us to deliver true collaborative care. Visit or send a confidential CV to: Dr. Barbara Lightner,, 614.506.6288.
Sports Medicine Specialist / Experienced CCRT Clinician, Syracuse, New York - We are looking for a Sports Medicine specialist (or experienced CCRT clinician) to direct our CARE (Complementary and Animal Rehab Essentials) center, expand upon our current pain management therapies, and bring new modalities of care to upstate, NY. The CARE center is privately owned and was built in 2013 alongside the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY, a 24hr ER/specialty practice in Syracuse, NY. Current services provided include acupuncture, spinal manipulation, laser therapy, trigger point release, water treadmill therapy, therapy pool, PT work, pain management. Please visit or contact Maureen Luschini ( to learn more about us. Residents welcome to apply!
DACVSMR or Board-Eligible Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Shoreline, Washington - SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center is growing! SOUND is partners with Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center and proudly locally owned and operated. Together we are the premier orthopedic, sports medicine and rehabilitation center in the Pacific Northwest. Join a staff of 4 rehab DVMs, including 2 DACVSMR, 7 DACVS (two are double boarded), one PT, 2 certified rehab techs and 6 rehab assistants. Equipment includes CT, diagnostic ultrasound, needle and traditional arthroscopy, 3 different PRP systems, ESWT and a full rehab gym with 2 UWTM. Our team culture is outstanding and there is no place more beautiful to live. Compensation is competitive and includes full health benefits, generous CE and vacation time, and more. For more information please email
Department Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ithaca, New York Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences. The successful candidate will be a board-certified veterinarian (DVM or equivalent); recognized for research, clinical, and teaching excellence; leadership; scholarship; have a sound vision for the future of the department; and the skill to lead and advance a clinical and research-oriented department. Application review will begin on July 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For full position details and to apply, visit:
Credentialed Technician with CCRP/CCRA Certification, Stamford, Connecticut Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (Stamford, CT) seeks a credentialed technician with CCRP/CCRA certification (or desire to work towards it). We are a dynamic SMR Service fully integrated into a VECCS Level I Specialty facility. The SMR caseload includes in-hospital ICU/ER cases, orthopedic surgical post-ops, Neurologic cases, all specialty in-house referrals and busy outpatient appointments. We service pets, athletes, and working animals! UWTM, all modalities, CT/advanced diagnostics, and acupuncture service. This candidate will focus on client/patient relationships, directly provide care under the direction of our board-certified SMR Specialist, collaboratively coordinate schedules, and provide rehabilitation plan instructions to clients. Please email
Medical Director (DVM, ACVSMR) *Signing Bonus*, Northern Virginia Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation (VSCR), a full-service physical rehabilitation and pain management practice in Northern Virginia, seeks an experienced full-time Medical Director. Requirements: DVM with 5 years + experience, Diplomate ACVSMR preferred and CCRT or CCRP certification, with a minimum of 3 years of experience if not ACVSMR diplomate. This position based in Vienna, VA with additional coverage in Leesburg and Winchester. Competitive salary, paid CE, generous benefits package that includes health/vision/dental, 401(k); paid vacation; ** signing bonus of $5,000! ** Apply online here:
Recent Publications publications 
Diplomates and residents, please send your recent publication information to Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at so we can announce it here.

E. Persson-Sjodin, E. Hernlund, T. Pfau, P. Haubro Andersen, K. Holm Forsström, M. Rhodin (2019). Effect of meloxicam treatment on movement asymmetry in riding horses in training. PlosOne,

C. Ekstrand, U. Bondesson, E. Giving, M. Hedeland, C. Ingvast-Larsson, S. Jacobsen, M. Löfgren, L. Moen, M. Rhodin, T. Saetra and B. Ranheim (2019). Disposition and effect of intra-articularly administered dexamethasone on lipopolysaccharide induced equine synovitis. Acta Vet Scand. 2019 Jun 20;61(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s13028-019-0464-2.

To see publications from previous months, visit the Publications page of our website.
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