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

Chris Zink The 5 ACVSMR Committees and the Board of Directors are hard at work behind the scenes making the College work for you. They spend countless hours taking care of current college business and planning for the future.

Current Committee Activities

1. Examination Committee
  • Preparing for the ACVSMR board examination to be held Feb. 6-9 in Fort Collins, Colorado. This involves gathering new questions in all 3 categories (core, equine, canine), vetting them for their appropriateness, and predicting the difficulty of each question using the Angoff method.
2. Continuing Education Committee
  • Planning the ACVSMR Special Session to be held in conjunction with the ACVS Surgery Summit October 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. See call for abstracts below.
  • Inviting and scheduling speakers and associated ACVSMR events such as the annual general meeting
3. Residency & Credentials Committee
  • Assessing Annual Resident Reports (there are 90 to evaluate this year), including critical evaluation of the logs of all training requirements for all trainees and sending reports to each trainee.
4. Nominating Committee
  • The committee is seeking names of individuals for nomination to the Examination Committee. If you are interested in serving, please contact Dr. Kevin Haussler at
5. Public Relations and Marketing Committee
  • Establishing student clubs at veterinary schools
  • Contacting previous and current supporters of ACVSMR programs to discuss how the College can effectively serve their needs in response to their contributions
Board of Directors activities include:
  • Progressing toward registering the ACVSMR mark
  • Preparing a survey to make some minor changes to the by-laws. Note: in the coming months you will receive a survey regarding these changes. The most important requested change in the by-laws will be the adoption of a revised ACVSMR mission statement. Please vote on this and the other by-law changes. We MUST have a quorum of ACVSMR Diplomates voting in order to effect these by-law revisions.
  • Preparing for recertification of Diplomates. Each Diplomate must recertify every 8 to 10 years. Make sure you continue to update your CV and, in particular, keep track of all ACVSMR-related activities.
Call for Abstracts for the ACVSMR Surgical Summit:
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. Three (3) equine and 3 canine abstracts will be selected and honoraria awarded to the winners. Please download the abstract submission guidelines for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Brown, CE Committee Chair, at Abstracts are due January 31, 2019.

In closing, I thank all of the members that have given countless hours of their time to guide the College during 2018.

During this holiday season, I would like to wish all of you a season of peace and comfort with family and friends. I look forward to a 2019 filled with growth and opportunities for all of 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

Diplomates: Pay Your Annual Dues by January 1stdues 

ACVSMR Diplomates: Your 2019 ACVSMR Diplomate dues in the amount of $350 are now due. An email notification was sent to each diplomate in early December.

To pay your dues online using either PayPal or credit card, log into your ACVSMR account at this address:

Please use the e-mail address that this message was sent to for logging in. If you need to retrieve your password, there is a link there that will allow you to do that. Once you have entered the Diplomate Area, use the 'Pay Now' button to begin the payment process.

When you are finished, PayPal will e-mail you a receipt for your records. You also will be able to print out an invoice showing your payment was received from the Diplomate Area.

Late Payment of 2019 Annual Membership Dues:
If payment is received between January 2 and March 31, 2019: Please Pay $400 (US)
If payment is received between April 1 and May 31, 2019: Please Pay $700 (US)
If payment is not received before June 1, 2019:
· Individual will be placed on inactive diplomate status.
· In order to return to active diplomate status, the individual will be required to pay all outstanding past and current annual membership dues, plus an additional membership reinstatement fee of $200 (US).

Thank you for your prompt attention to your 2019 ACVSMR dues payment. Please contact with any questions.

Join Us January 22 for the ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track at VMX in Orlando, Floridavmx

VMX logo ACVSMR is pleased to present its canine lecture track on January 22, 2019, at VMX in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -
ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track
8:00 am
Where does it hurt?: a case-based approach to lameness diagnosis
Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
David Lane, DVM, DACVSMR

9:15 am

9:55 am
Prevention and treatment of athletic injuries
Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

10:55 am
Treating back pain - it's more than just drugs and crossed fingers
David Lane, DVM, DACVSMR

11:45 am
Lunch break

1:45 pm
Spinal Surgery: When to cut, when not to cut, and the grey area
Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

2:45 pm
Acupuncture and spinal deficits, what do we know so far?
David Lane, DVM, DACVSMR

3:35 pm
Afternoon break

3:55 pm
$&!^ flows upstream: a look at secondary back pain
Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
David Lane, DVM, DACVSMR

Call for Abstractsabstracts

ACVSMR Annual Educational Meeting, hosted in conjunction with the ACVS Surgical Summit
Friday, October 18, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
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. Three (3) equine and 3 canine abstracts will be selected and a honoraria awarded to the winners.
Please download the abstract submission guidelines from the ACVSMR website. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Brown, CE Committee Chair at
Abstracts will be due January 31, 2019.

Available Residency Positions residencies

ACVSMR is pleased to share news of available residency positions. Please see our Available Positions section below for additional information about internships and jobs.
Small Animal ACVSMR Residency Position, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado - Colorado State University is offering a residency position to qualified DVMs seeking greater exposure to and expertise in the discipline of sports medicine and rehabilitation. The successful candidate must have completed, or be currently receiving training in a rotating small animal internship or equivalent. Duties of the small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation resident will include supervised clinical assignments, research, and DVM student teaching. Participation in weekly case presentations, journal clubs and daily case rounds will be expected. For successful completion of the residency program, two publications in the area of rehabilitation/sports medicine are required. The resident will be expected to present their research at a major conference (travel funding provided). Residency training will follow the guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and emphasize completion of requirements for successful submission of certifying credentials. Further details can be found here. Please email Dr. Duerr with questions about the program.
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation ACVSMR Residency, Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) Group, Annapolis Junction, Maryland - VOSM invites applicants for an ACVSMR Resident under the guidance of our ACVSMR diplomates with the support of our board-certified veterinary surgeons. This program is directed toward applicants who have successfully completed a small animal rotating internship. While the residency program places a strong emphasis on didactic training (rounds, journal club, book club, rehabilitation rounds), it also provides ample support for clinical research and publication. Part of our requirements for the residency program includes writing and publishing two peer reviewed articles on a self-chosen topic. The ACVSMR Residency program at VOSM also has strong support for out-rotations at local universities and a local human sports medicine and regenerative medicine center to fulfill the 20 weeks of immersion required in diagnostic imaging, surgery, internal medicine, neurology, and pain management. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) site, For more information and questions, please contact Alyse Carter,

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!

ACVSMR Facebook page Follow ACVSMR on Facebook! facebook

Have you checked out the ACVSMR Facebook Page?

We are pleased to have more than 3,300 followers on Facebook and are working hard to have a busy and active page. We welcome your ideas and posts about sports medicine and rehabilitation, and we ask that you also direct your clients to this page for additional information.

If you have not done so already, please like the page and link to your business page. Please send photos, stories and ideas for posting to Rob at as Facebook administrator.

Save the date graphicSave the Date for the 2019 Examination exam2019

The 2019 examination for board certification will be held February 6-9, 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado. More details will be posted as they become available.

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!

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. 
DECEMBER 2018 - MARCH 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.

December 15 - Lecture: Michael S. Davis
Topic: Gastroenterology of Working Dogs

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
January 12-16 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

VMX Conference in Orlando, Florida
January 19 - Lectures: Cynthia M. Otto
Topics: Canine Down! Emergency Field Medicine for Working Dogs; How to Build a Detection Dog; A National Detection Dog Breeding Cooperative: Addressing the National Shortage of Detection Dogs
January 20 - Lectures: Janice Huntingford
Topics: Geriatric Pain Management - Pharmaceuticals and Beyond; Where Is the Pain? How to Improve Your Orthopedic and Lameness Examination and Find Out Where They Hurt; Pain Prevention and Treatment in the Canine Athlete
January 22 - Lectures: Wanda Gordon-Evans, David Lane
Topics: See ACVSMR lecture track presentations above
February 1-4 - Lectures: Michael S. Davis
Topic: Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine in Working Canines, with Additional Hands-on Classes on Wilderness Mushing

Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio 
February 22 - Lectures: Janice Huntingford
Topics:   Integrative Pain Management for DJD ; The Role of Laser in the Treatment of Pain; Exercise Therapies for Pain Control in Dogs and Cats; Out of the Box Pain Management ; Using Integrative Medicine to Improve Treatment of Neurological Disease
February 22-23 - Lectures/labs: Carol Gillis
Topic: Mid-Distal Limb and Stifle Ultrasound for Equine Veterinarians
February 23 - Lectures: Janice Huntingford
Topics: Rehab for the Non-Rehabilitation Practice; Where is the Pain? How to Improve Your Orthopedic and Lameness Examination, Find Out Where They Hurt; The Role of Laser in the Treatment of Pain
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
February 23-25 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
March 16-20 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
March 22-24 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

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

Please see the available residency postings listed above. Additional internships and residencies in sports medicine and rehabilitation may be listed at

Available Jobs
Full or Part-time Associate, Mobile Equine Practice in Northern California - Come do great work! Bring your high standard-of-care, willingness to learn, and a sense of humor. This 5 year-old ambulatory practice emphasizes sports medicine but also provides general care and on-call services; the owner is DipACVS/ACVSMR. Applicants should be independent, enthusiastic, and good communicators. Applicants must be graduates of AVMA-accredited schools and have a CA state license. The position begins January 2019 and is located in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Check out our website at Please send resume and cover letter to to apply.
Relief Equine Vet, Northern California - Relief equine vet wanted for 1-3 month period of employment in an ambulatory practice in the beautiful Bay Area. Come work Fri-Sat-Sun and then go hiking in the redwoods or see the sites of San Francisco for the rest of the week. Also a good position for individuals studying for specialty board exams. Shifts and scheduling are flexible, from 3-5 days per week with on-call duties. Work with/for a supportive ACVSMR colleague, with mentorship available if desired. This position could develop into a permanent position. Please send cover letter and resume to to apply.
Small Animal Surgeon, Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation, Springfield, Missouri - Seeking board-certified or residency-trained Surgeon to join our thriving, locally-owned veterinary hospital and rehabilitation facility in Springfield, Missouri. We offer: Competitive compensation, Sign-on bonus, Moving expense stipend, Health insurance, State-of-the-art surgical suites, In-house rehabilitation, including hyperbaric chamber, An engaged, experienced staff, No weekends or after-hours. We offer a great work-life balance in beautiful southwest Missouri. We're a practice that chooses to be positive, doesn't cut corners, and provides exceptional veterinary care. If you have great surgical and communication skills and are interested in joining our team, we'd like to talk. Send cover letter and resume to Kara Amstutz at
ACVSMR Board Certified or Residency Trained Clinician - MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is currently seeking a sports medicine / rehabilitation specialist to join the MedVet Rehabilitation Team at our emergency and multispecialty hospitals in both Chicago, IL and Commerce, MI. We are seeking individuals that are team oriented and have excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, clients, and the referral community. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast paced environment with a diverse caseload and enjoys collaborating with other specialists for best possible patient outcomes. Please visit our website at CV and letter of intent may be submitted to: Barbara A. Lightner DVM, DACVS, Director, Medical Talent Acquisition,, Direct 614-506-6288.
Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Veterinary Physiology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma - The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University ( is seeking applications for a tenure track position in Veterinary Physiology. Minimum qualification is a PhD, with DVM preferred. Responsibilities of the position will encompass research, teaching of systems physiology to professional and graduate students, and committee service which will not exceed 10% of the individual's effort. Comparative exercise physiology is a focus area of the department, with extensive infrastructure for research and teaching in the field of veterinary sports medicine. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 15, 2019 on the OSU Jobs website:
Faculty Position in Field Service - Equine Emphasis, Academic Clinician Track, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania - The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Clinical Studies - New Bolton Center invites applications for a faculty position in Field Service - Equine Emphasis, Academic Clinician Track. Interested candidates should access the website at Questions may be directed to Dr. Meagan Smith at Deadline for application is December 21, 2018 or until position is filled. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
Veterinarian with CCRT or CCRP Certification, Orange Park, Florida - BluePearl of Orange Park, FL (outside Jacksonville) is seeking a FT licensed veterinarian with CCRT or CCRP certification. We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented therapist who will continue to grow our rehabilitation department and work with our skilled specialty team that includes a certified rehabilitation technician. Expectations include diagnosing and managing individualized treatment plans, communicating directly with referring veterinarians, in-house surgeons and neurologists. Our rehabilitation department is equipped with therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic laser, land treadmill, underwater treadmill and other rehabilitation modalities. Our compassion team has Internal medicine, oncology, dermatology and ophthalmology readily available. Contact: Sonja Olson -
Assistant/Associate Professor of Equine Medicine (Field Service), Davis, California - The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California-Davis is recruiting for two Assistant/Associate Professors in Equine Medicine (Field Service). The complete position description and application can be found online at Applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses of four professional references, 4) an equity and diversity statement and 5) Authorization to Release Information Form. Please direct inquires to the search committee chair, Dr. Johanna Watson ( The University of California is an AA/EEO.

Recent Publications publications 
Diplomates and residents, please send your recent publication information to Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at so we can announce it here.
To see publications from previous months, visit the Publications page of our website.
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