American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
MARCH 2019
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE presidentmessage
Dear Colleagues:

Chris Zink It is a delight to be able to begin this month's president's message with good news. The results of the 2019 board certification examination are in, and we have 9 new members of the College. They are:

Equine Candidates
  • Mariana Castro Martins
  • Kylie Huxford
  • Sherry Johnson
  • Fernando Marques
  • Sybille Molle
  • Jessica Morgan
  • Tena Ursini
Canine Candidates
  • Tisha Harper
  • Serge Sawaya
Please join me in welcoming the new ACVSMR diplomates to the College.

This month, I'd like you to meet the Credentialing and Residency Committee. Ably co-chaired by Elizabeth Davidson and Rob Gillette, committee members include Janice Huntingford, Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro, Pilar Lafuente, Erin Contino, Judith Koenig, Dana Whitlock, Fran James, Michael Bell and Brittany Carr Benson.

This committee's tasks include establishing appropriate residency training requirements, preparing and disseminating information concerning the residency training for each certification practice category, monitoring candidate progress during residency training, and certifying candidate completion of their residency training prior to board certification examination. Essentially, the work of this committee has made it possible for each one of you to become an ACVSMR Diplomate.

The Credentialing and Residency Committee has had an especially onerous workload in the past year because there are 9 different sets of residency guidelines currently in existence. The changes in residency requirements were not of our choosing, but were imposed on the College over a number of years by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties. We are hard at work behind the scenes developing an online membership management system that will provide detailed information on residency requirements and will allow residents to report and track their activities online.

Despite these challenges, here are just a few of the recent accomplishments of this hard-working committee:

Credentialing Committee
  • Completion of Guidelines for Maintenance of Board Certification
  • Review of candidates for board eligibility
  • Response to numerous email inquiries regarding credentials (board eligibility, timelines, etc.)
Residency Committee
  • Revision of residency guidelines to improve readability and interpretation
  • Major revision of Resident's MasterLog template
  • Completed an Approved Journal List for resident publications
  • Annual review of resident training programs, a massive task with ~90 residents to review, about 50% of which required re-review after correction of major or minor issues
  • Review of program supervisors and their associated residents
  • Review and approval/disapproval of alternative residency applicants
  • Review of residency training changes (change of program director, change of primary practice/institution site of program, etc.)
  • Response to emails from current and prospective residents and residency program supervisors
A big thank-you to the Credentialing and Residency Committee! That is a lot of work for a small, dedicated team.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. I wish you all success and satisfaction in the coming month.

All my best,
Chris Zink_s signature 

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

ACVSMR Represented at the National SAVMA Symposium in March at UGAsavma

SAVMA Symposium logo The Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium is an annual gathering of veterinary students from across the country to enjoy an opportunity for fellowship, education and fun. Together with the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), the ACVSMR co-sponsored a lecture by ACVSMR diplomate Evelyn Orenbuch on Saturday, March 9, entitled "Your Options for a Career in Canine Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation."
In addition, the ACVSMR and AARV had a booth in the exhibit hall where students could ask questions, and obtain information about starting a VSMR club at their university, careers in VSMR and the path to becoming an ACVSMR diplomate. The goal is to reach students early and encourage interest in the field. Evelyn Orenbuch and Laurie McCauley represented ACVSMR at the booth.

Diplomates: Apply to Join the Examination and Credentials & Residency Committeescommittee

Volunteer The ACVSMR Nominating Committee is currently seeking applications from members interested in serving on the Examination Committee and the Credentials and Residency Committee. The terms of service are for 4 years. If interested in committee service, please contact Dr. Kevin Haussler (, Chair of the Nominating Committee, or for further information about the specific duties of the individual committees.

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 opens May 1, 2019. To learn more about the meeting, please click here.
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
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

10:35 am
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

11:00 am
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

11:25 am
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

11:45 am
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

12:10 pm
Scientific Abstracts - TBA

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-LA, DACVSMR; Joe Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR
No foot, no horse: where we've been, where we are, and where we need to be

2:15 pm
Exercise-induced gastritis in working dogs
Michael Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR
Use of bisphosphanates 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

Diplomates: Be Sure to Pay Your Annual Dues!dues 

ACVSMR Diplomates: Annual dues for all diplomates were due on January 1, 2019. If you have not already paid your dues, please do so now. 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.

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.
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 3,700 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.

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. 
MARCH - JUNE 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.

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

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
March 21-24 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera, Rosemary LoGiudice
Topic: State-Approved Post-Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation (CVMRT) (2nd of 4 Modules)

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
March 22-24 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine
April 3 - Lectures: Sarah Love
Topics: Supplements for canine athletes: From the Elites to the Weekend Warriors; Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation: Beyond the Underwater Treadmill; Improving Mobility, Fitness and Longevity in Geriatric Patients; Effects of Exercise on the Immune System; Regenerative Medicine: Latest Research and Clinical Applications; Non-pharmacologic Analgesic Techniques
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
April 3-7 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera, Rosemary LoGiudice
Topic: State-Approved Post-Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) (4th of 5 Modules)
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
April 6-7 - Lectures/labs: Felix Duerr
Topic: Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Equine-Librium International Equine Symposium in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
April 10-14 - Lectures/labs: Kevin Haussler
Topics: Spinal Pathology, Introduction to Equine Manual Therapies, Spinal Treatment and Rehabilitation
AOVET North America course in Columbus, Ohio
April 11-14 - Lectures/dry labs: Mary Sarah Bergh, Nina Kieves, Denis Marcellin-Little, Steve Martinez, Dirsko von Pfeil
Topic: Principles in Small Animal Fracture Management 
AOVET North America course in Columbus, Ohio
April 11-14 - Lectures/labs: Kenneth Bruecker, Kimberly Agnello    
Topic: Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management with 1-Day Wet Lab 
AOVET North America course in Columbus, Ohio
April 11-14 - Lectures/dry labs: José M. García-López, Chris Kawcak
Topic: Advanced Techniques in Equine Fracture Management 
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
April 25-28 - Lectures/ labs: Pedro Rivera   
Topic: State Approved Post Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation (CVMRT) (3rd of 4 Modules)
CuraCore course in Fort Collins, Colorado
April 26-27 - Lectures/labs: Melissa King
Topic: Integrative Rehabilitation: Equine Principles and Practice
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
May 1-5 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera, Rosemary LoGiudice 
Topic: State Approved Post Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) (5th of 5 Modules)
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
May 2-4 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
May 17-19 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy - Intensive Review of Anatomy & Motion Palpation of the Cervical, Thoracic Region & Thoracic Limb
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
May 30-June 2 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera
Topic: State Approved Post Graduate Certification Program in Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation (CVMRT) (4th of 4 Modules)
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
June 9-13 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

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 Time and Part Time Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Technicians, Tampa, Florida - Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is seeking both a part-time and full-time veterinary rehabilitation technician. We are a growing sports medicine and rehabilitation practice dedicated to high-quality patient care. We have a broad caseload of sporting dogs covering many disciplines as well as pet dogs recovering from a variety of orthopedic and neurologic issues. We are offer all rehabilitation modalities (laser, ultrasound, underwater and land treadmill, etc) and therapies in our 1 year old facility. You can learn more about our practice at Please submit cover letter and resume to
Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor in Equine Ambulatory Medicine and Surgery, Woodstock, Connecticut - Tufts Veterinary Field Service invites applications for a clinical track Assistant or Associate Professor in Equine Ambulatory Medicine and Surgery. We seek an experienced equine practitioner proficient in lameness and general practice skills. Board certification or eligibility in a relevant specialty is preferred (ABVP, ACVIM, ACVS, ACVMSR). TVFS in Woodstock, CT is a clinical and teaching unit of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The position is available immediately. Submit applications electronically via Interfolio at Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Julia Wilkinson (
Rehabilitation Technician, Seattle - Join our growing team! Sound Veterinary Rehabilitation Center is a group of dedicated, passionate rehabilitation veterinarians, technicians, assistants and patient care coordinators that love our job! Our practice culture is supportive and inclusive, recognizing and valuing the skills and dedication of our veterinary technicians and staff. We offer full service rehabilitation, sports medicine and regenerative medicine services and are partners with the regions premier orthopedic surgery practice, Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle. Highly competitive salary and generous benefits. Must be CCRA/CCRVN/CCRP or eligible. Learn more here: Please submit a resume WITH COVER LETTER by email to
ACVSMR Board Certified or Residency Trained Clinician, Commerce, Michigan - 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 hospital in Commerce, MI. We are seeking an individual that is team oriented and has 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.
Equine Veterinary Nurse with Special Interest in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Qatar - Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC), a state-of-the-art equine referral center located in Qatar, is seeking applicants for a full-time position as Equine Veterinary Nurse with a special interest in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. A full range of diagnostics and treatments are offered at EVMC as part of the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation service. The successful candidate will support veterinarians in providing care to horses admitted to EVMC, such as assisting in the diagnosis of poor performance, lameness and upper airway dysfunction, as well as treatments and rehabilitation. Please submit CV and letter of intent to; deadline March 31st 2019.

Veterinarians and Vet Technicians for Holistic Veterinary Specialty Center, Washington DC Area - Looking for veterinarians and vet technicians interested in joining a team to develop a holistic veterinary specialty center in the greater Washington, DC area. Planning a full service general practice with added holistic modalities and adjunctive animal services. Promoting a unique, wellness, integrative, multimodal, healing center for small animal pet care. This is a very dynamic area with progressive, educated, multicultural people in exciting neighborhoods. Seeking practitioners to work collaboratively either full or part time. Optimism, compassion, dedication, professionalism, and potential outweigh current experience. Please contact Dr. Leanne Lipton at or 202-821-3893.

Veterinarian - Rehabilitation Medicine, Orange Park, Florida - BluePearl of Orange Park is seeking a full time 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; communicate directly with referring veterinarians, as well as in-house surgeons and neurologists. Our rehabilitation department is equipped with therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic laser, land treadmill, underwater treadmill and many other rehabilitation modalities. To learn more or to apply please go to

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery and Lameness - The Department of Large Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia invites applications for a Clinical Assistant/Associate Professorship in Large Animal Surgery. The position will be available April 1, 2019, but the starting date is negotiable. Apply at Direct inquiries to Kira Epstein ( 706 542 6326). Applications received by February 15, 2019 are assured full consideration. Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation or an interest in pursuing the aforementioned board certification is preferred. The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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.
Recent Publications publications 
Diplomates and residents, please send your recent publication information to Dr. Kenneth Bruecker at so we can announce it here.

M. Rhodin, A. Byström, L. Roepstorff, E. Hernlund, P. R. van Weeren, M.A. Weishaupt and A. Egenvall. (2018) Effect of different head and neck positions on kinematics of elite dressage horses ridden at walk. Comparative Exercise Physiology: 14 (2) - Pages: 69-78,

Anna Byström, Agneta Egenvall, Lars Roepstorff, Marie Rhodin, Filipe S. Bragança, Elin Hernlund, René van Weeren, Michael A. Weishaupt, Hilary M. Clayton. (2018) Biomechanical Findings in Horses Showing Asymmetrical Vertical Excursions of the Withers at Walk. PlosOne,

M A. Novoa-Bravo, K. J. Fegraeus, M. Rhodin, E. Strand, L. F. García, G. Lindgren (2018). Selection on the Colombian paso horse's gaits has produced kinematic differences partly explained by the DMRT3 gene. PlosOne,

A. Byström, L. Roepstorff, M. Rhodin, F. S. Bragança, M. T. Engell, E. Hernlund, E. Persson-Sjödin, R. van Weeren, M.A. Weishaupt and A. Egenvall. (2018) Lateral movement of the saddle relative to the equine spine in rising and sitting trot on a treadmill. PlosOne,

J. Vertz, D. Deblanc, M. Rhodin, T. Pfau. (2018) Effect of a unilateral hind limb orthotic lift on upper body movement symmetry in horses in trot. PlosOne,

A. Bergh, C. B. Gómez Álvarez, M. Rhodin, P. Gustås (2018). Head and pelvic vertical displacement in dogs with induced swinging limb lameness. Acta Vet Scandinavia,

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