American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
Drs. Michael Davis and Chris Zink
Incoming ACVSMR President Michael Davis accepts the president's gavel from outgoing President Chris Zink at the ACVSMR Annual Meeting October 18th in Las Vegas.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE presidentmessage
Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Michael Davis I hope this message finds all of you well and thriving, both professionally and personally. As the new president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, I would like to bring all of you up to speed on the most recent news within the College.

First and foremost, we just completed our annual scientific program as an ACVSMR-branded track within the ACVS Surgery Summit in Las Vegas. The scientific program included half-days of canine and equine specific scientific presentations as well as presentations of our top-rated scientific abstracts. In addition, our annual general membership meeting was held during our track. For those that were unable to attend, I will highlight some of the news here:
  1. We thanked the members of our Board of Directors that were completing their terms, and welcomed new members of the Board. Dr. Kevin Haussler, who served as ACVSMR president from 2017-2018, stepped down from the Board as he completed his term as past-president. That office is now filled by Dr. Chris Zink, and Dr. Elizabeth Davidson has stepped into the office of ACVSMR vice president. Dr. Nina Kieves moved from vice-president to president-elect, and will take over from me in a year at our meeting in Washington DC. We also thanked Dr. Rob Gillette for his service as canine regent (as well as his many years of service in helping start our College) and welcomed Dr. Sarah Love to the Board as the new canine regent.
  2. Our next meeting will be at the ACVS Surgery Summit in Washington DC on October 23, 2020. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Marti Drum, and our canine and equine programs have been filled and approved by the BOD. However, we have NOT filled the scientific abstract program - that will be filled early next year with abstracts submitted by YOU by January 31, 2020. As in the past, abstracts will be reviewed by the Continuing Education Committee and the top three abstracts within each species-track (canine or equine) will be selected for presentation and awarded cash prizes. NEW FOR THIS YEAR is that abstract winners will receive complimentary registration to the meeting, compliments of ACVSMR.
  3. The Board of Directors have approved several changes to the ACVSMR by-laws, and now these changes must be submitted to the general membership for ratification. The changes range from minor changes in wording that simply keep our by-laws current with the regulatory structure of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties to important changes in the structure and function of our various committees. Also included in these changes is the revision of our College mission statements. As many of you may recall, several months back we conducted a membership survey on revising our mission statement, and using the feedback obtained through those surveys the BOD crafted a simplified mission statement that we feel will be instrumental in helping define our place in the veterinary profession, both in the eyes of our fellow veterinarians as well as the general public. A poll will be issued next month using the same mechanism as our elections for new board members, so keep an eye out in your inbox for this electronic ballot. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT that everyone cast their vote to ensure that our by-laws reflect the wishes of our membership.
  4. The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation achieved full recognition by the AVMA in April, 2018. During the initial 8 years, our leadership focused on developing our training and certification programs and meeting the ABVS/AVMA requirements for full recognition, while most other activities necessarily received a lower priority. Having cleared that very important hurdle, we now have the ability to look further into the future. To that end, the BOD is in the final stages of planning a retreat for the purpose of formulating a strategic plan for our College. Our goal is to establish a set of priorities and a plan for acquiring and allocating resources to meet those priorities, all with the thought of establishing a unique and meaningful identity for our College within the veterinary profession. The first stage of that strategic plan will be to reach out to you - the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - to find out what YOU believe should be the highest priority. When that survey arrives in your in-box, please give it some thought and be sure to respond.
It is my honor to serve as president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for the next 12 months, and look forward to working with all of you to advance both our College and the veterinary profession.

Michael Davis's signature  

Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Congratulations to Our Scientific Abstract Award Winners!winners  
Congratulations to the following scientific abstract award winners who presented during our October 18th annual meeting:
Canine - 1st Place Presentation
Erin Miscioscia, DVM, CVA, University of Florida: "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"
Equine - 1st Place Presentation
Persephone Greco-Otto, BSc, University of Calgary: "Water treadmill exercise alters limb joint range of motion, but prolonged water treadmill training does not alter on-land kinematics"
Dr. Mike Davis and Dr. Erin Miscioscia
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Erin Miscioscia
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Persephone Greco-Otto
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Persephone Greco-Otto
Canine - 2nd Place Presentation  
Christina Montalbano, VMD, CCRP, CVA, University of Florida: " Internet survey of risk factors for injury in flyball dogs"
Equine - 2nd Place Presentation  
Brady Stutzman, BS, Michigan State University: "Effects of therapeutic ultrasound on carpal range of motion and lameness in osteoarthritic horses"
Dr. Michael Davis with Dr. Christina Montalbano
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Christina Montalbano
Dr. Michael Davis and Mr. Brady Stutzman
Dr. Michael Davis and Mr. Brady Stutzman.
Canine - 3rd Place Presentation
Ilan Frank, DVM, Colorado State University: " Treatment failure with use of autologous stromal vascular fraction cells for gracilis fibrotic myopathy in two German Shepherd dogs"
Equine - 3rd Place Presentation  
Kara Brown, VMD, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center: " Long-term outcome in horses undergoing interspinous ligament desmotomy for overriding dorsal spinous processes"
Dr. Michael Davis with Dr. Ilan Frank
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Ilan Frank
Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Kara Brown
Dr. Kara Brown and Dr. Michael Davis 

Thank You to Our 2019 Abstract Awards Sponsor!sponsors   
Nutramax logo Our sincere thanks to our sponsor Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences for sponsoring the abstract awards. We appreciate your generous support!

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

ACVSMR Instagram page Send Us Your Photos for Our New ACVSMR Instagram Account! instagram

We are pleased to announce that we have started our Instagram account under the name VSMR.official. Load the application Instagram on your smart phone, and then like our publications.

More over, we need your stories and pictures. Since Instagram is made to have a more visual content, you can send a small video clip or a couple of pictures with 2 to 5 lines of text to explain your case, announce a meeting, or also share some fun pics of your everyday practice.

We welcome your ideas and posts about sports medicine and rehabilitation, and we ask that you also direct your clients to this account for additional information.

Please send your photos, stories and ideas for posting to Philippe Benoit at as Instagram Coordinator for ACVSMR.

ACVSMR Facebook page We've Changed Our Facebook and Instagram Posting Rules facebook

To encourage members to provide material for our Facebook page and Instagram account, the rules for publishing on these sites have been changed. Now we allow authorship notice on these media, the name of the publisher and his or hers affiliations can be mentioned.
This is a great way to publish a little case report or add some photos of a rehab process with a short explanation while gaining acknowledge in the community for this work! You can then add the post from the ACVSMR site to your social media to show you are an established member of ACVSMR.
We are pleased to have more than 4,000 followers on Facebook. If you have not done so already, please like the page and link to your business page.  
Posts can be send to Rob van Wessum at for Facebook and Philippe Benoit at for Instagram. 

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!

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. 
NOVEMBER 2019 - JANUARY 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.

November 1-3 - Lectures/labs: Leilani Alvarez, Hilary Clayton, Rosemary LoGiudice, Sarah Love, Roland Thaler
Topics: How to Prevent Common Sports Injuries; Novel Therapies That Promote Recovery; Nutrition and Supplements for the Sporting Dog; General Principles of Using Exercise for Conditioning and Rehabilitation; Proprioceptive-Based Techniques; A Link For Integrating Diagnostics To Recovery: Understanding Musculoskeletal Ultrasound I and II; Exercise and the Immune System; Conditioning in Canine Athletes; Longevity: Mobility in Geriatrics; Introduction and Review of Equine Regenerative Medicine; Selection and Application of Regenerative Medicine Modalities; Regenerative Medicine Case Presentation with Discussion

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 2-6 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
November 6-10 - Lectures/labs: Rosemary LoGiudice, Pedro Rivera
Topic: Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy Certification Program (Module 4 of 5) 

Translational Medicine Institute  in Fort Collins, Colorado
November 8, 2019 - Lectures:    Wayne McIlwraith
Topic: Adaptive Design Workshop

Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
November 8-10 - Lectures/labs: Chris Zink
Topic: Canine Sports Medicine

November 8-9 - Lectures/labs: Kim Henneman
Topics: Ultrasounding Not-So-Common Anatomical Areas (Equine), Understanding Injury & Biomechanics (Equine), Fascia & Injury: Palpation & Stretching (Equine), Diagnosing Soft Tissue Injuries (Canine), Canine Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography (with Japanese translation)
November 13-15 - Lectures: Kenneth Bruecker 
Topics: Lameness: Forelimb - Diagnosis and Management; Lameness: Hindlimb - Diagnosis and Management; Orthopedic Complications; Complex/Unusual Orthopedic Cases: How Would You Manage?
Healing Oasis Wellness Center course in Sturtevant, Wisconsin
November 21-24 - Lectures/labs: Pedro Rivera  
Topics: Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy (Module 4 of 4)  
VetPD course in Ocala, Florida
November 22-23 - Lectures/labs: Steve Adair
Topic: Rehabilitation for Lower Limb Tendon & Ligament Conditions  
Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in Coral Springs, Florida
January 25-29 - Lectures/labs: Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
Topic: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation 

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 October 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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