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

Dr. Michael Davis Just a few items to report as we head into the holiday season. For those of you who were unable to attend the ACVSMR business meeting in Las Vegas last month, we have posted a video of the meeting on YouTube and included a link below. The video provides a concise and complete overview of the different activities of the College over the past year, as well as plans for the upcoming year. It also provides you with a list of all of the different committees and their members - very useful for when you have specific questions that are not answered by the materials on our new website. The video is only 24 minutes long, so an easy watch while drinking the first cup of coffee in the morning.

2019 ACVSMR Annual Meeting
2019 ACVSMR Annual Meeting video
As mentioned last month, the ACVSMR Board of Directors is planning to construct a strategic plan for the College in the next several months. We have retained Mr. Doug Raven as our strategic plan facilitator. Mr. Raven has helped numerous veterinary organizations in constructing strategic plans, and will be responsible for setting out the framework of the process, but not the strategic plan itself - that is up to the BOD and the College membership.

The process will follow the following (approximate) schedule: first, Mr. Raven will meet with the BOD by email and teleconference over the next month to get a general idea of the College's mission and history. He will then prepare a membership survey to solicit input from YOU (our members) on what you feel should be the priorities - both philosophical and tangible - of the ACVSMR over the next 5 years. He will also prepare a survey of the Board members to determine the specific strengths and challenges that the Board feels are most relevant in moving the College forward. All of this will be compiled into a plan for an intensive, single-day retreat that is scheduled for early May 2020. The members of the BOD will meet in person to develop a draft strategic plan, which will then be refined and formalized over the following month. We anticipate having a final strategic plan for the ACVSMR by late June, when it will be presented to the membership.

With all of that in mind, it is imperative that you think about what you want out of your College, and complete the survey when it hits your in-box early next year. The core functions of the College - specifically, its obligation to maintain a structure for training and certifying new specialists and recertifying existing specialists - will continue. But what ELSE do you want out of the College? Options include (but are certainly not limited to) things like a scientific journal specific to veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, a charitable foundation to support research in the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, and a recurring stand-alone meeting of our College to facilitate dissemination of scientific, technical, and practical knowledge in our field. Or you can recommend priorities that are somewhat less tangible - for example, should the College prioritize outreach and if so, which audiences: animal owners, veterinary students, veterinarians, other specialists, and/or industry stakeholders? We may not have the resources to accomplish everything, but robust input from our membership should help ensure that we do our best with this process.

On behalf of the ACVSMR Board of Directors, we wish all of you success and satisfaction as specialists of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation.

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Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Diplomates: Pay Your Annual Dues by January 1stdues 

ACVSMR Diplomates: Your 2020 ACVSMR Diplomate dues in the amount of $350 are now due. An email notification was sent to each diplomate last week.  

To pay your dues online with a credit card, log into your ACVSMR profile at
Please use the e-mail address that this message was sent to for logging in. Please email if you need your new password.

Late Payment of 2020 Annual Membership Dues:
If payment is received between January 2 and March 31, 2020: Please Pay $400 (US)
If payment is received between April 1 and May 31, 2020: Please Pay $700 (US)
If payment is not received before June 1, 2020:
· 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 2020 ACVSMR dues payment. Please contact with any questions.

Call for Abstracts abstracts

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

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

Three canine and 3 equine abstracts will be selected for presentation based on the two-step process.
We will be awarding the 6 winners (3 canine and 3 equine) a cash award and will reimburse for one day of registration for the ACVS Summit. Abstract awards will be as follows:
  • 1st place:  $300 award
  • 2nd place: $250 award
  • 3rd place:  $200 award
Please see the Call for Abstracts page on the website and download the abstract submission guidelines for complete details. Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Brown, CE Committee Chair, at

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

Join Us January 21 for the ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track at VMX in Orlando, Floridavmx

VMX logo ACVSMR is pleased to present its canine lecture track on January 21, 2020, at VMX in Orlando, Florida. Click here to learn more and register for VMX. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -
ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track
8:00 am
The Complexities of Shoulder-Based Lameness: From Diagnosis to Treatment
Juliette Hart, MS, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT
Steve Martinez, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

9:15 am

9:55 am
Elbow Dysplasia: What Surgery Can and Can't Do
Steve Martinez, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

11:00 am
Elbow Dysplasia: What Rehabilitation Can and Can't Do
Juliette Hart, MS, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT

11:50 am
Lunch break

1:45 pm
Carpal, Metacarpal, and Phalangeal-Related Lameness: When to Treat Surgically and Non-Surgically
Steve Martinez, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

2:50 pm
Orthopedic Braces in Your Practice: For What, When and Why?
Juliette Hart, MS, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT

3:40 pm
Afternoon break

4:00 pm
How Would I Manage This Thoracic Limb Lameness?
Juliette Hart, MS, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT
Steve Martinez, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

ACVSMR Facebook page Have You Liked the Right Facebook Page?facebookpage

A lot of folks claim to be specialists in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, but there is only one ACVSMR. Be sure that you have liked the ACVSMR Facebook page. Click here to be sure: ACVSMR.

ACVSMR Facebook and Instagram pages Opportunity Knocks ... It's Time to Open the 'Social Media' Doorsocialmedia

Will your case go viral on the ACVSMR's Facebook and Instagram pages?
Send your best stories, pictures, videos, case reports, happy notes of the day ... directly to the moderators.
Rob or Philippe will post your masterpiece and watch as your post gets shared and liked and reposted around the world.

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!

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 - FEBRUARY 2020 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
January 25-29 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation 
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
February 28-March 1 - Lectures/labs: Patrice Mich
Topic: Clinical Applications  

Available Positions

ACVSMR offers a classified section to advertise job, internship, and residency opportunities. Job advertisements will be included in 3 issues of the ACVSMR email newsletter and posted on the ACVSMR website for 3 months unless a shorter time period is requested. Ads are complementary for 3 months for ACVSMR diplomates and $75 for 3 months for non-members. ACVSMR diplomates must be signed into the website for the fee to be waived.

Please visit the ACVSMR Career Center on our website to place your ad.

Available Residencies and Internships

ACVSMR residencies and internships can be found by searching the VIRMP website. They are listed under "Residency" or "Internship - Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation." The following residencies and internships were listed on the VIRMP website in November 2019: 
Additional residency programs may be found by contacting universities and practices directly. Some of these programs are not part of the match process. Traditional residencies are available at the following institutions:

  • Cornell University 
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Circle Hippolian France
  • University of Florida
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of California Davis
  • University of Queensland
  • Liverpool UK
  • Charles Stuart 
  • Tierkliun Germany
  • University of Tennessee
Available Jobs
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 Diplomate Publications page of our website.
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