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Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Kevin HausslerAs I end my term as president of the college, I would like to outline a few of the accomplishments of the last year that were made possible by the efforts and dedication of our Board of Directors, committee chairs and committee members, as well as input and activity from many of our Diplomates.

From a college recognition level:
  • Achieved full recognition as a specialty college by the Veterinary Specialty Organizations Committee (formally known as American Board of Veterinary Specialties, ABVS)
  • Resolved a long-running legal dispute regarding the use of the ACVSMR name and the creation of our organization that went to the level of consideration by the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Won a trademark dispute with the US Patent Office over the ownership of the ACVSMR name
From a college planning perspective:
  • Initiated the process for development of strategic planning for the college
  • Went through the initial phase of revising and creation of a focused mission statement that appeals to the wide interests and activities of the college membership
  • Conducted a college-wide survey regarding the feasibility of a stand-alone meeting
  • Conducted a college-wide survey for comments on the proposed revised mission statement
  • Developed standardized annual committee reports and the need for annual budgets from committees for board review and approval
  • Moved from bi-monthly to monthly Board of Directors meetings to better serve the needs of the college and committee activities
From a college operation perspective:
  • Hired a new Administrative Assistant for the college
  • Elected a new secretary for the college
  • Elected a new treasurer for the college
  • Elected a new ABVS alternative representative for the college
For continuing education:
  • Planned and delivered a successful day of education at the World Veterinary Rehabilitation Summit in Knoxville with financial support from generous donors and exhibitors at the symposium
  • Revised and finalized a corporate sponsorship prospectus for funding continuing education
For examination content:
  • Continued refinement and development of examination question creation and delivery
For residency training:
  • Currently, over 90 residents in the traditional or alternative residency training programs with ongoing reviews of training logs and credentials for examination
For outreach:
  • Revised and created a new college brochure for distribution to interested parties
  • Re-activation of the ACVSMR site on Facebook
  • Created an Instagram account for the college
  • Recognition of the needs and plans for assisting the development of student organizations at veterinary medicine institutes
There are many other planned activities and items for continued development, such as updates and revisions to our Bylaws, that the Board and Committee chairs will be working on in the upcoming months. We will provide more of these details at this month's annual meeting on October 26 in Phoenix. Please stop by the Annual Business meeting if you are in town for the ACVS meeting or ACVSMR special session.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to have served as president of the ACVSMR. As a college, we have cleared some major hurdles this year and I am very excited for the future of the college as we begin to implement more of our strategic aims over the course of the next few years.

We have great leadership across all committees and the Board. I encourage everyone to become involved in college activities as we continue our growth and recognition as a specialty college.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Chris Zink as the incoming president for 2018-19.

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Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Join Us October 26 for the ACVSMR Business Meeting and Lecture Track at the ACVS Surgery Summit in Phoenix
ACVSMR Business Meeting and Lunch

The ACVSMR Business Meeting will be held Friday, October 26, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with the ACVS Surgery Summit. The Membership Business Meeting will take place starting at 12:45 pm in room 228 A/B.

All ACVSMR diplomates and residents are welcome to attend. The ACVSMR education sessions will break for lunch at noon, and attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibit hall for a complimentary box lunch (voucher required) and return for the business meeting by 12:45 pm.

ACVSMR Lecture Track phoenix 

ACVSMR is pleased to present its lecture track for its annual Educational Meeting on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the ACVS Surgery Summit in Phoenix.

Registration for the ACVS Surgery Summit is now open! To register online, please click here.
Friday, October 26, 2018 - ACVSMR Special Session
8:00 am
Keynote: Pathophysiology of tendon and ligament injury and healing
Lauren Schnabel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

9:30 am

ACVSMR Scientific Abstract Session Sponsored by
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10:15 am
Efficient concentration of plasma and insulin-like growth factor with a polyacrylamide bead device
Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

10:35 am
Dietary and management risk factors for injury in agility dogs
Jennifer Poplarski, DVM

11:00 am
Case-control comparison of horses with the clinical and radiographic diagnosis of cervical facet arthropathy

11:25 am
Surface electromyography of the vastus lateralis, biceps femoris, and gluteus medius in sound dogs during stance, walking, trotting and specific physiotherapeutic exercises
Hannah McLean, DVM

11:45 am
Retrospective analysis of adverse reactions associated with 230 allogenic administrations of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in 164 horses
Tena Ursini, DVM

12:10 pm
Effect of targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on canine post-operative hemilaminectomy: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial
Lelani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR

12:30 pm
Lunch - ACVSMR Business Meeting

ACVSMR Canine Track Sponsored by 
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ACVSMR Equine Track Sponsored by 
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1:45 pm
Tissue response to training and exercise
Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Update on use of orthobiologics in the horse

2:15 pm
Training the juvenile athlete - what can we learn from horses
Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Proximal superficial digital flexor tendonitis: focus on the carpal canal
Betsy Vaughan, DVM, DACVSMR

2:45 pm
Training the juvenile athlete - what can we learn from humans
Ultrasound for diagnosis and monitoring of stress fracture in racehorses
Betsy Vaughan, DVM, DACVSMR

3:15 pm

4:00 pm
Surgical approach to common calcaneal tendon injuries
Peter Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
The role of ultrasound in diagnosis and management of fetlock lameness
Betsy Vaughan, DVM, DACVSMR

4:30 pm
Conservative approach to common calcaneal tendon injuries
Peter Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
Diagnosis and treatment of neck and back issues in the horse - part 1

5:00 pm
Biomechanics of the canine shoulder
Diagnosis and treatment of neck and back issues in the horse - part 2

5:30 pm
Biceps tendinopathy - to cut or not?
Peter Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
Panel: Challenging Neck and Back Cases
Omar Maher; DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR; Alison Morton, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR; Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR

Call for Speakers: Colorado Veterinary Medical Association 2019 Conventioncvma

CVMA logo The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association invites you to submit your session proposals for CVMA Convention 2019, to be held September 12-15, 2019, in Keystone, Colorado. The program is designed to provide CE opportunities to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other professionals in the industry where information on critical and emerging issues in animal health and welfare can be presented and examined.
Education is designed into six tracks: Agricultural Animal, Beyond Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Equine, Exotics/Wildlife/Zoo Animal, and Small Animal.
The deadline to submit proposals is October 31, 2018.  
For complete details, please see the CVMA announcement

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.

Dr. Hilary Clayton Awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeonsclayton 

Dr. Hilary Clayton Congratulations to ACVSMR Diplomate Dr. Hilary Clayton who has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. The award was made for meritorious contributions to knowledge and is the highest status of membership in the college. The main objective of the new Fellowship is to advance veterinary standards by providing a resource of independent knowledge for the benefit of the veterinary profession.

Dr. Cynthia Otto Named Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Yearotto 

Dr. Cynthia Otto Congratulations to ACVSMR Diplomate Dr. Cynthia Otto who has been named the 2018 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Otto is the founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Michael J. Topper, president of the AVMA, presented the award to Dr. Otto in July at the 2018 AVMA Convention in Denver.
"The commitment and passion Dr. Otto has shown in her day-to-day work that explores and supports relationships between working dogs and their owners shows how highly she values the connections that exist between people and the animals with which we share our planet," said Dr. Topper.
The Bustad Award is one of three American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Animal Welfare and Human Animal Bond Excellence Awards sponsored and funded by Merck Animal Health. It is presented to an AVMA member veterinarian in recognition of their outstanding work in preserving and protecting the human-animal bond.

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.
Combined Diagnostic Imaging Internship and Residency Training Program in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado - A combined 1-year diagnostic imaging internship and a 3-year residency in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation is being offered by the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. The diagnostic imaging internship will focus on equine sports medicine issues and will include acquisition and interpretation of radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, CT and MRI studies under direct supervision of a boarded veterinary radiologist. Successful completion of the internship is required for advancement into the residency training program. Initiation of the residency is dependent on finalization of funding. Please see this link for the full advertisement: 
Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice at the Southwest Symposium
Diplomate Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice presented on rehabilitation and the use of Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) in rehabilitation and sports medicine September 21-23 at the Southwest Veterinary Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Janet Van Dyke at WSAVA
Diplomate Dr. Janet Van Dyke lectured at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress that took place September 24-28 in Singapore.

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 Janet Van Dyke 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. 
OCTOBER 2018 - JANUARY 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. Janet Van Dyke at These lectures qualify as continuing education for diplomates pursuing recertification.

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Westminster, Colorado
October 12-14 - Lectures/labs: Felix Duerr
Topic: Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation
National Veterinary Congress in Moscow, Russia
October 19-20 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke
Topics: What is Canine Rehabilitation and Why Should I Add it to My Practice? Introduction to Physiotherapy Terminology and Manual Therapies, Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise, Introduction to Physical Modalities, Rehabilitation of Pediatric Canine Disorders, Physiotherapeutic Evaluative Techniques
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
October 19-23 - Lectures/labs: Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing
October 19 - Lectures: Sherman Canapp, Debra Canapp
Topic: Regenerative Medicine: Current Uses in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine + The Importance of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
ACVS Surgery Summit in Phoenix, Arizona
October 24-27 - Lectures/labs: Ben Ahern, Mary Sarah Bergh, Matt Brokken, Debra Canapp, Sherman Canapp, James Carmalt, Ryland Edwards, Noel Fitzpatrick, Wanda Gordon-Evans, Nina Kieves, Denis Marcellin-Little, Laura Peycke, Rich Redding, Bryan Torres 
Topics: See the ACVS Surgery Summit website for topics and schedule
See also ACVSMR lecture track presentations above  
October 27-28 - Lectures/labs: Kirstin Bubeck, Andris Kaneps, Rosemary LoGiudice, Pedro Luis Rivera 
Topic: Functional Knowledge, Crucial and Relevant to Improve on Patient Outcome 

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 3-7 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

New York VET! Conference in New York, New York
November 8 - Lecture: Sherman Canapp
Topic: New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Soft Tissue Injuries

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 9-11 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

November 12-16 - Lectures: Hilary Clayton
Topics: Collisional Mechanics in the Diagonal Gaits of Horses; Forehand Drop in Dressage Horses Walking on a Treadmill

November 16-17 - Lectures/Labs: Carol Gillis
Topic: Mid-Distal Limb & Stifle Ultrasound for Equine Veterinarians

November 17-18 - Lectures/labs: Sherman Canapp, Debra Canapp, Chris Zink
Topic: Sports Medicine Conference for Performance Dog Owners

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

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. Janet Van Dyke 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 Internships

Combined Diagnostic Imaging Internship and Residency Training Program in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado - A combined 1-year diagnostic imaging internship and a 3-year residency in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation is being offered by the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. The diagnostic imaging internship will focus on equine sports medicine issues and will include acquisition and interpretation of radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, CT and MRI studies under direct supervision of a boarded veterinary radiologist. Successful completion of the internship is required for advancement into the residency training program. Initiation of the residency is dependent on finalization of funding. Please see this link for the full advertisement:

Available Jobs
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.
Clinical or Tenure Track, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Equine Field Service, Auburn, Alabama - The Department of Clinical Sciences at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time Tenure-Track or Clinical Track position at the level of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Equine Field Service. Please review the complete advertisement and apply online at Applications must include a letter of intent stating professional goals, a curriculum vitae, and names and email addresses of three references. Please direct inquiries to the search committee chair: Jennifer Taintor (, Auburn University, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Teaching Hospital, 1500 Wire Road, Auburn, AL 36849-5540. Telephone: 334-844-4490.
EquiTom logo ACVSMR Equine Specialist, Lummen, Belgium - EquiTom is looking for a (registered) specialist ACVSMR.
At this world-class equine referral hospital in the centre of Europe the caseload consists mostly of high-level sport horses. At the new purpose built "orthopaedic centre" there is an under cover trot-up track, soft and hard surface lunge arenas and a stunning indoor arena. There are multiple examination rooms, a high quality ultrasound, UTC, DR. There is an imaging specialist for the in-house CT, MRI and scintigraphy.
EquiTom is a vibrant, busy and most of all happy place to work. Please check or contact
Experienced Equine Associate Veterinarian, Sydney, Australia - Randwick Equine Centre, Sydney's largest equine veterinary practice, is seeking an experienced sports horse veterinarian. The position will involve mostly sports horse ambulatory work, with some racetrack and pleasure horse work. The caseload includes a large number of dressage, eventing and show jumping clients and therefore the work has a strong lameness and diagnostic imaging bias. Ideally we would like another ACVSMR specialist to join the team but would also consider an experienced veterinarian with a keen interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
To apply or for more information please email or phone + 612 9399 7722.
Recent Publications publications 
Diplomates and residents, please send your recent publication information to us at so we can announce it here.

Clayton HM, Smith B, and Egenvall A. 2017. Rein tension asymmetries when riding a horse simulator. Comparative Exercise Physiology 13, 237-242.
Clayton HM, Hampson A, Fraser P, White A, and Egenvall A. 2018. Rider stability improves when riding in a flapless saddle versus a conventional saddle. PlosOne 13(6): e0196960. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0196960
Hobbs SJ, Robinson MA, and Clayton HM. 2018. A simple method of limb force vector analysis and its potential applications. Peer J 6:e4399. DOI 10.7717/peerj.4399
Nauwelaerts S and Clayton HM. 2018. Comparison of three methods to obtain subject-specific inertial properties in equine limb segments. Journal of Morphology 279, 997-1007. DOI10. 1002/jmor.20829
Uldahl M and Clayton HM. 2018. Lesions related to the use of bits, nosebands, spurs and whips in Danish competition horses. Equine Veterinary Journal DOI: 10.1111/evj.12827

Looney AL, Huntingford JL, Blaeser LL, Mann S. (2018). A randomized blind placebo-controlled trial investigating the effects of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) on canine elbow osteoarthritis. The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne, 59 9, 959-966.

Gamble L-J, Boesch JM, Frye CW, Schwark WS, Mann S, Wolfe L, Brown H, Berthelsen ES, Wakshlag JJ. Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5:165.

Gamble L-J, Frye CW, Hansen CM, Locasale JW, Liu X, Davis MS, Wakshlag JJ. Serum metabolomics of Alaskan sled dogs during endurance racing. Comparative Exercise Physiology, published online (article in press).

Kennedy KC, Martinez SA, Martinez SE, Tucker RL, Davies NM. Effects of low-level laser therapy on bone healing and signs of pain in dogs following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Am J Vet Res 2018; 79:893-904.

Lafuente P and Whyle C. A Retrospective Survey of Injuries Occurring in Dogs and Handlers Participating in Canicross. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2018 Aug 23. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1661390. [Epub ahead of print]
To see publications from previous months, visit the Publications page of our website.
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