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

Chris Zink It is my distinct honor to serve the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as its president for the next 12 months. I am truly impressed by the dedication of the many members that have given countless hours of their time to guide the College as we face challenges, make decisions, and keep the College vital and growing.

In particular, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the following outgoing members of the Board of Directors and various committees. It is impossible to count the number of hours that these individuals have voluntarily committed to the College in formal meetings, informal discussions, writing and reviewing reports and other activities. If any of you sees one of these individuals in person or contacts them in any other way, please give them your personal thanks for their contributions.

Board of Directors
Joe Spoo - Treasurer
Felix Duerr - Canine Regent
Erica McKenzie - Equine Regent
Julia Tomlinson - Past President

ABVS Representative
Andris Kaneps

Committee Members
Janet Van Dyke - Public Relations and Marketing Committee
David Frisbie - Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Wendy Baltzer - Nominating Committee
Julia Tomlinson - Nominating Committee
Joe Wakshlag - Credentials and Residency Committee
Timothy Lynch - Credentials and Residency Committee
Scott Reiners - Credentials and Residency Committee
Kim Henneman - Credentials and Residency Committee

In the previous President's Message, outgoing president Dr. Kevin Haussler listed the substantial work that has been accomplished during the past year by members of the Board of Directors and College Committees in the areas of College recognition, planning, and operations, as well as continuing education, examination content, residency training and outreach. I thank him for steadfastly guiding the ACVSMR during a period of substantial changes and challenges.

There are many other planned activities and items for continued development that the Board and Committee Chairs will be pursuing in the upcoming months. I plan to do my utmost to maintain our momentum as we grow the College, promote our mission, and refine our roles in the field of veterinary medicine.

I am always available to answer any questions or discuss any concerns regarding the ACVSMR. Please feel free to contact me.

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

Watch ACVSMR's Membership Meeting on Videovideo

Did you miss ACVSMR's 2018 Membership Business Meeting, held October 26 during the ACVS Surgery Summit in Phoenix? Watch a video of the meeting, and catch up on the latest news.

ACVSMR 2018 Membership Meeting
ACVSMR 2018 Membership Meeting

Congratulations to Our Scientific Abstract Award Winners!winners  
Congratulations to the following scientific abstract award winners who presented during our October 26th annual meeting:
Canine - 1st Place Presentation
Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR: "Effect of targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on canine post-operative hemilaminectomy: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial"
Canine - 2nd Place Presentation  
Hannah McLean, DVM: "Surface electromyography of the vastus lateralis, biceps femoris, and gluteus medius in sound dogs during stance, walking, trotting and specific physiotherapeutic exercises"
Canine - 3rd Place Presentation  
Jennifer Poplarski, DVM: "Dietary and management risk factors for injury in agility dogs"
Equine - 1st Place Presentation
Tena Ursini, DVM: " Retrospective analysis of adverse reactions associated with 230 allogenic administrations of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in 164 horses"
Equine - 2nd Place Presentation  
Judith Koenig, DMV, DVSc, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR: " Case-control comparison of horses with the clinical and radiographic diagnosis of cervical facet arthropathy"
Equine - 3rd Place Presentation  
Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR: "Efficient concentration of plasma and insulin-like growth factor with a polyacrylamide bead device"
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Leilani Alvarez
Dr. Leilani Alvarez with Dr. Michael Davis.
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Tena Ursini
Dr. Tena Ursini with Dr. Michael Davis.
Dr. Michael Davis with Dr. Hannah McLean
Dr. Hannah McLean with Dr. Michael Davis.

Thank You to Our 2018 Meeting Sponsors!sponsors   
Our sincere thanks to our generous sponsors: Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences for sponsoring the scientific abstract session and the canine track, and Bimeda for sponsoring the equine track. We are grateful for your support!
Nutramax logo  Bimeda logo 

Read Scientific Abstracts from the 2018 ACVSMR Special Session at ACVSreadabstracts 
The scientific abstracts presented on October 26, 2018, at the ACVSMR Special Session at the ACVS Surgery Summit have been published in a special supplement of Comparative Exercise Physiology. They are open access and available at the link below.

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 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.
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.

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!

ACVSMR Diplomates Present at Tufts University and Healing Oasis 2018 Convention
ACVSMR diplomates Kirstin Bubeck, Andris Kaneps, Rosemary LoGiudice, and Pedro Luis Rivera presented at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Healing Oasis Wellness Center 2018 Convention, held October 27-28 in North Grafton, Massachusetts. The topic of the convention was "Functional Knowledge: Crucial and Relevant to Improve on Patient Outcome."
Dr. Kirsten Bubeck and Dr. Andris Kaneps
Above, from left: Kirstin Bubeck discussed "Diagnosis, Management and Rehabilitation of Injuries Within the Hoof Capsule and Pastern Region in the Sport Horse" and "How to Clinically Approach Tough Rehabilitation Cases." Andris Kaneps presented "Practical Equine Rehabilitation Therapy," "Update on New Treatment Methods for Equine Joints," and "Equine Regenerative Therapy: Platelets and Stem Cells."
Below, from left: Dr. Bubeck discussed ultrasound findings and techniques with an attendee. The canine lab track included ample hands-on time for participants.
Equine and canine labs

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. 
NOVEMBER 2018 - FEBRUARY 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.

Africa Dressage Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa
November 24-25 - Lectures: Hilary Clayton
Topic: Biomechanical Analysis of Dressage Performance
November 30-December 1 - Lectures/labs: Sherman Canapp
Topic: Regenerative Medicine

December 8 - Lectures: Hilary Clayton
Topics: Structural and Functional Asymmetries of Horses; Comparison of Rider Stability in a Flapless versus Conventional Saddle

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 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
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 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

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 Fellowships

Clinical Fellowship in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Rural Practice, Corvallis, Oregon - Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a rotating Clinical Fellowship in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Rural Practice. Starting date for the position will be as soon as an acceptable applicant is identified, but no later than October 31, 2018, with an end date of June 30, 2019; extensions may be possible for an additional year. Minimum requirements include one year of large animal practice experience and successful completion of criminal history and motor vehicle background checks. Please contact OSU for a complete job posting. Direct application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae and three professional reference letters to Ms. Juli West at or fax (541) 737-6879 by September 14, 2018.

Available Jobs
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.

Tomlinson JE, Manfredi JM. Return to Sport after Injury: A Web-Based Survey of Owners and Handlers of Agility Dogs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1670676. [Epub ahead of print]
To see publications from previous months, visit the Publications page of our website.
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