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

Chris Zink I am excited to tell you about some of the changes we are making to our website and the behind-the-scenes database, which should make it easier for you to quickly get the information you need. With our new website, residents will be able to track and report their progress, and diplomates will be able to develop a profile and track their credits for recertification.

Here are some features of the new website and database:
  • Improved organization of webpages and web content within each page
  • Fully mobile-ready
  • Rich imagery
  • Online membership management - members will be able to update their own profile and picture
  • Credit card capability to pay dues, exam fees, job advertisements, etc.
  • Easy submission of job listings online
  • Online resident tracking and reporting
  • Online tracking of credits for recertification
We are very excited about the progress that has been made on this massive undertaking and expect it to be unveiled by the fall.

Reminder: The ACVSMR has a day of outstanding lectures planned October 18 in association with the ACVS Surgery Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada! We start the day with a keynote lecture and this is followed by the winners of our abstract competition - 3 equine and 3 canine. In the afternoon there are both equine and canine lecture tracks. This is the ONLY time during the year when we present CE offerings to ACVSMR diplomates of both the equine and canine persuasion. Come and join your colleagues for some great information and conversation!

As always, I am available if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Congratulations to Our Abstract Winners!winners 
Congratulations to the following individuals whose abstracts were selected for presentation at the ACVSMR Special Session at the ACVS Surgery Summit on October 18, 2019, in Las Vegas. Our thanks to all those who submitted abstracts as well as the reviewers from the Board of Directors and the Continuing Education Committee for their hard work in reviewing the abstracts.

1st place
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
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
2nd place
Internet survey of risk factors for injury in flyball dogs
Christina Montalbano, VMD, CCRP, CVA
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
3rd place
Treatment failure with use of autologous stromal vascular fraction cells for gracilis fibrotic myopathy in two German Shepherd dogs
Ilan Frank, DVM
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine

1st place
Water treadmill exercise alters limb joint range of motion, but prolonged water treadmill training does not alter on-land kinematics
Persephone Greco-Otto, BSc
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Calgary
2nd place
Effects of therapeutic ultrasound on carpal range of motion and lameness in osteoarthritic horses
Brady Stutzman, BS
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
3rd place
Long-term outcome in horses undergoing interspinous ligament desmotomy for overriding dorsal spinous processes
Kara Brown, VMD
University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center

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; Joe Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, 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

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.

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 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 Position 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.
Canine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation ACVSMR Residency, Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Burnsville, Minnesota - Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is offering an ACVSMR residency position in 2020. Located in the Twin Cities metro (ranked in the top 10 places to live in the US), this program aims for excellent clinical and technical competency. Research is also strongly supported. Our clinic sees over 45% sporting dogs. The resident will have training in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional procedures, (e.g. preparation/administration of PRP), and orthoses and prostheses (including modifying devices). Resident compensation includes health insurance, dues, and licensing fee. Registration and expenses are covered for continuing education. For more information, please email or visit

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. 
MAY - AUGUST 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
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

Pacific Veterinary Conference in Long Beach, California
June 21-24 - Lectures: Rick Wall
Topics: Localization of Pain and Dysfunction, Lameness and Ataxia, Modalities used in Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Canine Athletes and Core Body Strength, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - Trigger Points

CuraCore course in Fort Collins, Colorado
July 19-21 - Lectures/labs: Tara Edwards
Topic: Integrative Rehabilitation: Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease (CrCLD)

Workshop on Neurologic Diseases of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky
August 9-11 - Lectures/labs: Kevin Haussler, Sherry Johnson
Topics: Anatomy of Equine Axial Skeleton: From Nose to Tail; Rehabilitation of Horses with Neurologic Disease; Equine Chiropractics; Neuro vs. Lame Wet Lab

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
August 16-20 - Lectures/labs: Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing

August 30-September 1 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink, Janet Van Dyke
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 Internships
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Intern, Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) Group, Annapolis Junction, Maryland - This program is directed towards either individuals who are interested in expanding their fundamental rehabilitation and sports medicine knowledge, or looking to pursue a residency in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (traditional or alternative tracks). This program is designed to serve the successful applicant as a sub-residency, and enhance their qualifications and competitiveness for subsequent application to formal residency programs. This service places a strong emphasis on didactic training (surgical rounds, journal club, rehabilitation rounds) as well as support for clinical research. To learn more, see the VOSM Careers page. To apply, please email cover letter, CV and references to Alyse Carter,

Available Jobs
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:
Veterinary Acupuncturist / Veterinary Rehabilitation Practitioner, Sherman Oaks, California Full/Part-Time or Relief Veterinary Acupuncturist/Veterinary Rehabilitation Practitioner (CVA or CVA & CCRT/CCRP eligible or certified) Qualifications: Excellent client communication skills, minimum of 2yrs veterinary experience or veterinary internship completed and training/coursework/experience with acupuncture, pain management, orthopedics or rehabilitation therapy. Requires: DVM or VMD,State of CA license, DEA license. If you are interested in working with our dedicated and compassionate team, please send your resume to Dr. Joanne Bak at Pacific Animal Wellness Rehabilitation Center (PAW REHAB) is a state-of- the-art veterinary facility dedicated to physical rehabilitation therapy for pets.  
Full-Time Veterinary Rehab Technician, Sherman Oaks, California PAW REHAB (Sherman Oaks, CA) is seeking a full-time veterinary rehab technician. We are a veterinary clinic which specializes in physical rehabilitation and acupuncture for pets. 2+ years of veterinary clinical experience preferred - including: patient care, restraint, common animal diseases and veterinary medications. Applicant should also be knowledgeable in canine anatomy. We're looking for candidates who love client interaction and education. Should possess strong communication skills. RVT, CCRP, CCRA or VTS in rehabilitation or pain management is preferred. We offer competitive pay and benefits for full-time employees. Contact: Joanne Bak DVM, CCRT at  (818) 847-7299
Veterinarian - Rehabilitation Medicine, Kirkland, Washington - Seattle Veterinary Specialist, a BluePearl Veterinary Partner in Seattle, WA, affiliated with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, is seeking a full time rehab clinician (CCRT). Our hospital is looking to grow and develop a new service for our location. We have neurology and surgery on site and would like to expand case load to include referrals. We have a under water treadmill, cold laser, shock wave, rehab work space for land exercises, & currently have it staffed with a rehab (soon to be certified) technician. A clinician trained in acupuncture would be a plus! For more information, please visit our careers page at:
DACVSMR or Board-Eligible Candidate for Associate Clinician, Oneida, New York - Oneida Veterinary Associates, an ambulatory based equine practice, is seeking a DACVSMR or board-eligible (residency completed) candidate for a full-time Associate Clinician. The Associate would join the practice owner who specializes in reproduction with an additional strong focus in Internal Medicine and take over the lameness caseload. The practice serves one of the largest breeding farms in the Standardbred industry. A short-range goal is to build a small clinic/hospital. We offer an extremely competitive compensation package commensurate w/experience, along with paid vacation, CE stipend, full health benefits, malpractice insurance, professional membership dues, retirement, fringe benefits. An interest in ownership is desired, but not necessary. Interested and qualified candidates should forward a letter of intent, CV and three DVM/VMD references (at least one DACVSMR) to Dr. Michael Miller at
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
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.

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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