Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
A Publication of ACVSMR


President's Message

Join us January 19 for the ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track at VMX

Student Webinar Series

ACVSMR Logo Apparel

ACVSMR Online Journal Club

Grant Opportunity for ACVSMR Alternative Track Residents

Recent Diplomate Publications

And More...

President's Mesage

Dear colleagues;

It is hard to believe that my term as president of the ACVSMR is coming to a close, but the reality is that this will be my last President’s Message. The world certainly looks very different from 12 months ago, but I am happy to say that your College remains on solid footing. That we’ve managed to weather this storm of viral RNA is in no small part to the quality of the members of the College, including our committee members and the Board of Directors. I am grateful to all of them for their hard work.

We’ve got a few items on the calendar in the coming months that merit some attention. First, from October 20-22 the Board of Directors will be conducting a virtual strategic planning retreat. This was originally scheduled as an in-person event back in May, then an in-person event immediately prior to our scientific and general membership meeting in October, and then as a virtual event when that meeting was cancelled. The goal of this retreat is to set priorities and plan the growth of the College for the next 5 years. All of you had an opportunity to complete a survey several months ago, and the results of that survey (approximately half of our members responded) are being used to frame the discussions scheduled a few weeks from now. The draft strategic plan will be completed within a month or two after that.

Immediately following those discussions, we will have our general membership meeting via Zoom at the same time as originally scheduled (noon eastern time on October 23). A link will be sent to everyone shortly before that meeting. The purpose of that meeting will be to provide a comprehensive summary of the past year and upcoming year of the College, and will include reports from each of the standing committees as well as the Board. Someone will be monitoring the Zoom chat feed so that members can ask questions during the meeting.

Finally, we will have our scientific meeting on November 7. The lineup for the meeting is very similar to what was originally planned for our in-person meeting, but like so many other organizations, we are forced to do this via webinar due to restrictions on public gatherings. While we will be somewhat hampered in our ability to socialize, I can assure you that the quality of the presentations is in no way diminished.  Early registration has been robust, and hopefully everyone will be able to attend either live or through the archived recordings on our website.

It has been my pleasure and an honor to serve as president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and I hope you will welcome and support our next president Dr. Nina Kieves with at least the same amount of support (if not more) as you’ve provided me over the past year.


Michael S. Davis, DVM PhD Dipl ACVIM, ACVSMR
Professor and Oxley Chair in Equine Sports Medicine
Director, Comparative Exercise Physiology Laboratory
College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
"Don't let the fear of failure prevent you from trying to succeed."

Join Us January 19 for the ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track at VMX in Orlando, Florida

ACVSMR is pleased to present its canine lecture track on January 19, 2021, at VMX in Orlando, Florida. Click here to learn more and register for VMX. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 -
ACVSMR Canine Lecture Track
8:00 am
Stifle Controversies: From TPLO to Orthotics and More!
Felix Duerr Dr. med. vet., MS, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
Carolina Medina DVM, DACVSMR

9:55 am
An Orthopods Interpretation of the Rehabilitation Exam
Felix Duerr Dr. med. vet., MS, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
11:00 am
Challenging Hind Limb Lamenesses: Would You Have Made the Diagnosis?
Felix Duerr Dr. med. vet., MS, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
11:50 am
Lunch break
1:45 pm
Pain Management for the Rehabilitation Patient
Carolina Medina DVM, DACVSMR
2:50 pm
Soft Tissue Injuries of the Pelvic Limb
Carolina Medina DVM, DACVSMR
4:00 pm
Contemporary Topics in Osteoarthritis
Felix Duerr Dr. med. vet., MS, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
Carolina Medina DVM, DACVSMR


Student Webinar Series

The Student Webinar Series is the best way to educate the next generation of veterinarians about the value of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation as a specialty in our profession.  The PR&M committee will continue to offer a webinar every other week alternating between canine and equine focused topics.  But, in order for this to continue to succeed, we need help from ALL the ACVSMR Diplomates.  If you have not already offered to do a webinar, please contact me, Evelyn Orenbuch, at so that we can get you on the schedule for 2021.
We still want more students to sign up on our email list!!  Please reach out to all the students at your university! Students need to register their email at: We had a good response after the last newsletter but we still have less than 600 students on our list.  That’s not much when you are looking at all of the US and Canada as well as a bunch of other countries around the world.
Below is the list of webinars from September going forward.  Note the open dates in 2021.
  • Sept 9 - Regenerative Medicine in Canine Sports Med by Sarah Love
  • Sept 23 - Treatment and Rehabilitation of Distal Limb Injuries in the Sport Horse by Rick Mitchell
  • Oct 8 - Canine Shoulder and Elbow Conditions with Arthroscopic Findings: How Can Rehab Help? by Anke Langenback
  • Oct 19 - The Biomechanics of the Equine Foot - How Foot Shape and Shoes Affect Injury and Rehabilitation by Kim Henneman
  • Nov 6 - Pain Management within the Rehab Plan: A Focus on non-pharmaceutical modalities by Matt Brunke
  • Nov 18 - Equine Taping by Sybille Molle
  • Jan 14 - Functional anatomy and its application to common canine musculoskeletal injuries and issues by Meghan Ramos
  • Jan 27 – wearable technologies available and how they can improve/assess/aid equine fitness (official title coming) by Carrie Schlachter
  • Wk of Feb 8th – open – Canine
  • Feb 23- Training the Equine Respiratory System by Laura Fitzharris
  • March 10 – Nutrition in Sporting Dogs by Joe Wakshlag
  • Wk of Mar 22 – open – Equine
  • April 6 at 8pm - Functional and Clinical Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thoracic Limb by Pedro Rivera
  • Wk of April 19 – open – Equine
  • Wk of May 3 -  open – Canine
  • Wk of May 17 (date TBD) – MRI Basics for the Equine Athlete by Sarah Gold
Thank you to everyone who has helped with the Student Webinar Series!!!

ACVSMR Logo Apparel

ACVSMR has partnered with Lands End to provide various apparel and accessories, all with the ACVSMR logo! Logo apparel is available to ACVSMR members only and members receive discounted pricing based on being an organization under the AVMA umbrella, so our pricing reflects the volume discounts created by the AVMA’s agreement with Land’s End. You can put our logo on just about anything Land’s End sells, and there are options for customizing the thread color for the desired contrast with the garment color.

Face masks are coming soon to our storefront once our logo is set up with Land's End.

Turn around time is 10-14 business days shipped directly to you, with additional fees for rush orders.
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ACVSMR Online Journal Club

ACVSMR Diplomates and Residents: The ACVSMR Online Journal Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm Eastern. Here are the dates for the 2020 Journal Club:
  • October 13, 2020 05:00 PM
  • November 3, 2020 05:00 PM
  • December 1, 2020 05:00 PM
If you would like to take part, please send an email to Dr. Matt Brunke to receive the Zoom link.

Grant Opportunity for ACVSMR Alternative Track Residents

One $5,000 grant is available to alternative track residents (AARV membership required) co-sponsored by the AARV and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). Grant submissions must have a focus related to the field of veterinary sports medicine/rehabilitation AND pain management in either the equine or canine track. Grant winners have two years to complete their research and must be available to present their research findings in 2023. For more information, please see the Grant Opportunities page on the AARV website in the Members Area.

Grant submission deadlines:
  • September 15 - First call for grant submissions
  • October 15 - Second call for grant submissions
  • November 15 - Final call for grant submissions
  • December 1 - Grant submission deadline
  • January 15 - Decision notified to authors
  • 2023 - Presentation of study results

Opportunity Knocks ... It's Time to Open the 'Social Media' Door

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.


Send Us Your Photos and Success Stories!

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!

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!

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.

Recent Diplomate 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.

D. von Pfeil, C. Horstman (2020) Development of a novel fracture fragment stabilization system for minimally invasive osteosynthesis and in vitro comparison to traditional Kern bone reduction forceps. American College of Veterinary Surgery.

A.S. Kallerud, C.T. Fjordbakk, E.H.S. Hendrickson, E. Persson-Sjodin, M. Hammarberg, M. Rhodin, E. Hernlund (2020) Objectively measured Movement Asymmetry in Yearling Standardbread Trotters. Equine Veterinary Journal DOI: 10.1111/evj.13302

M. Tijssen, E. Hernlund, M. Rhodin, S. Bosch, J.P. Voskamp, M. Nielen, F.M. Serra Braganςa (2020) Automatic detection of the break-over phase in horses based on hoof-mounted inertial measurement units. PlosOne

M. Tijssen, E. Hernlund, M. Rhodin, S. Bosch, J.P. Voskamp, M. Nielen, F.M. Serra Braganςa (2020) A method for automatic hoof-event detection in horses based on hoof-mounted inertial measurement units. PlosOne

A. Byström, H. M. Clayton, E. Hernlund, L.Roepstorff, M. Rhodin, F.S. Bragança, M. T. Engell, R. van Weeren, M. A. Weishaupt and A. Egenvall (2020). Asymmetries of horses walking and trotting on a treadmill with and without a rider. EVJ.

J. Winther Christensen, S. Bathellier, M. Rhodin, R. Palme, M. Uldahl (2020). Increased rider weight did not induce changes in behavior and physiological parameters in horses. Animals, 10(1), 95;
M. Connysson, M. Rhodin and A. Jansson (2019) Effects of horse housing system on energy balance during post-exercise. Animals, 9 (11), 976;
A. Egenvall, A. Byström, L. Roepstorff, M. Rhodin, M. Weishaupt, R. van Weeren, H. Clayton. (2019) Withers vertical movement asymmetry in dressage horses walking in different head-neck positions with and without riders. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.

F.M. Serra Bragança, C. Roepstorff, M. Rhodin, T. Pfau, P. R. van Weeren and L. Roepstorff (2019) Quantitative lameness assessment in the horse based on upper body movement symmetry: The effect of different filtering techniques on the quantification of motion symmetry. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control.
E. Persson-Sjodin, E. Hernlund, T. Pfau, P. Haubro Andersen, K. Holm Forsström, M. Rhodin (2019). Effect of meloxicam treatment on movement asymmetry in riding horses in training. PlosOne.

C. Ekstrand, U. Bondesson, E. Giving, M. Hedeland, C. Ingvast-Larsson, S. Jacobsen, M. Löfgren, L. Moen, M. Rhodin, T. Saetra and B. Ranheim (2019). Disposition and Effect of Intra-Articularly Administered Dexamethasone on Lipopolysaccharide Induced Equine Synovitis. Acta Vet Scand. Jun. 20;61(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s13028-019-0464-2.

Effect of multiday exercise on serum hormones and metabolic substrate concentrations in racing sled dogs; M.S. Davis, K.W. Hinchcliff, K.K. Williamson, E.C. McKenzie, C.M. Royer; Comparative Exercise Physiology: 16 (3)- Pages: 197 - 205;

E. Bruno, S. Canal, M. Antonucci, M. Bernardini, F. Balducci, V. Musella, M. Mussoni, G.Spinella
Perilesional photobiomodulation therapy and physical rehabilitation in post-operative recovery of dogs surgically treated for thoracolumbar disk extrusion
BMC Vet Res. 2020; 16: 120. 
Published online 2020 Apr 25. doi: 10.1186/s12917-020-02333-3

Cokelaere, S.M.; Vindas Bolãnos, R.A.; Both, S.K.; Vullers, M., Korthagen, N.M.; van Weeren, P.R.; de Grauw, J.C. (2020). Nanofracturing: a new technique for bone marrow stimulation in equine cartilage repair, Pferdeheilkunde, 36 (2), pp. 100 - 106. 
Canine Lameness. Duerr FM, editor. Contributions by Duerr, FM; Kiefer, KM; Kieves, NR; Lambrechts, NE; Marcellin-Little, DJ; Torres, BT; von Pfeil, DJF; Wall, R.  John Wiley and Sons publisher, 2020.

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.

Equine Regenerative Medicine and Orthobiologics Summit
October 5 - November 3, 2020 - LIVE on Mondays & Tuesdays
Presenters include: Dr. Philippe Benoit, Dr. Alicia Bertone, Dr. Sara Gold, Dr. Wayne Mcilwraith, Dr. Rick Mitchell, Dr. Kyla Ortved, Dr. Lauren Schnabel, and Dr. Cooper Williams

Ultrasound Imaging of the Neck and Back
September 30 - November 4
Dr. Philippe Benoit and Dr. Cooper Williams

Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy Postgraduate State-Approved Certification
  • Module I: Sept 10th - 13th, 2020
    Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice; Dr. Julia Tomlinson & Dr. Pedro Rivera
  • Module II: Oct 8th - 11th, 2020
    Dr. Julia Tomlinson & Dr. Pedro Rivera
  • Module III: Nov 5th - 8th, 2020
    Dr. Andris Kaneps, Dr. Julia Tomlinson and Dr. Pedro Rivera
  • Module IV: Dec 3rd - 6th, 2020
    Dr. Andris Kaneps, Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice and Dr. Pedro Rivera
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
September 24-October 29: Weekly Zoom meetings
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Canine Rehabilitation Skills Module
October 13-November 17: Weekly Zoom meetings

Canine Rehabilitation Applications Module
October 16-18: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Selected Topics in Canine Stifle Surgery Webinar
October 20
Dr. Dirsko von Pfeil

Scientific Abstract ePosters
  • von Pfeil DJF, Megliola S, Rochat M, Malek S, Glassman M. Transapophyseal percutaneous tibial tuberosity pinning: 25 cases (2017-2019).
  • von Pfeil DJF, Horstman C. Development of a novel fracture fragment stabilization system for minimally invasive osteosynthesis and in-vitro comparison to traditional kern bone reduction forceps.
  • von Pfeil DJF, Steinberg E, Dycus D. Arthroscopic biceps brachii tendon release for treatment of biceps tendon luxation in two apprehension police dogs.
Vet Rehab Summit
November 14
Integrating Kinesiology Taping into Equine Rehabilitation: A Sticky Connection - Dr Sybille MOLLE
Connections – Canine Structure, Injury Risk & Adaptations to Injuries - Dr. Chris Zink

Healing Oasis Wellness Center Conference
November 13-15
National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL; and Live Streaming)
  • Hilary Clayton, BVMS, Ph.D., DACVSMR, MRCVS
  • Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, Ph. D., DACVSMR
  • Andrea Henderson, DVM, MS, DACVSMR
  • Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT, FCoAC
  • Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR, FCoAC
  • Julia Tomlinson, BVSC, MS, Ph.D., DACVS, CCRP, CVSMT
Equine MSK Ultrasound course - Dr. Carol Gills. The course is 10 video lectures on MSK Ultrasound and Rehabilitation Strategies. The course is approved for 10 C.E. credits with RACE and lectures can be viewed in your time frame.
  1. Ultrasound of the Metacarpus/Metatarsus
  2. Transcuneal Ultrasound of the Podotrochlear Apparatus
  3. Ultrasound of the Shoulder and Elbow
  4. Ultrasound of the Stifle
  5. Ultrasound of the Digital Sheath
  6. Ultrasound of the  Forearm & Carpus
  7. Ultrasound of the Tarsus 
  8. Ultrasonography of the Back
  9. Use of sequential ultrasound to guide treatment and rehabilitation 
  10. The use of adjunctive therapies in tendon 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

Colorado State University - Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fort Collins, CO

ACVSMR residencies and internships can also be found by searching the VIRMP website. They are listed under "Residency" or "Internship - Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation." Residencies and internships were listed on the VIRMP website:

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 Sturt University, NSW, Australia
  • Tierklinik Haar Germany
  • University of Tennessee

Current Job Openings

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