Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
A Publication of ACVSMR

February 29, 2020


President's Message

Diplomates: Apply to Join the Examination Committees

Diplomates: Be Sure to Pay Your Annual Dues

Have You Liked the Right Facebook Page?

Opportunity Knocks...Open the Social Media Door

Upcoming Diplomate Presentations

Available Positions

And More...

President's Mesage

Dear Fellow Specialists:

Earlier this month, the Exam Committee conducted the annual certifying examination for our College in Ft. Collins. The examination is in many ways the culmination of a year-long process in which the relevant scientific literature is scoured by the committee members, new exam questions are written, reviewed, proof-read, and scored for difficulty, and old questions are retired from service. As many of you may know – writing questions for an examination that is as technically demanding as ours is not easy, and the exam committee members receive specific training in how (and how not) to write a question for that exam. (This is part of the reason that the Board of Directors voted to remove exam question writing and reviewing from the Maintenance of Credentials points rubric starting in 2020.) The examination is then compiled out of the database of questions based on a computer algorithm that simultaneously ensures an even distribution of topics spanning the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation while also ensuring that the level of difficulty of the examination as a whole is set to an ideal level for optimal discrimination of successful candidates. This year, the exam committee took on the added challenge of constructing short-answer questions as 25% of the equine- and canine-specific examinations in order to better assess the ability of candidates to assess cases and construct a rational treatment plan. Under the leadership of Dr. Marti Drum (the chair of the exam committee), the 2020 examination went well and this month we welcomed 10 new members to the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Also in February, the Board of Directors approved the process for members to develop ACVSMR Consensus Statements. All of you have published original articles relevant to the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, and each of these articles contains both factual information as well as some amount of interpretation representing the opinions (and potential biases) of the authors. These articles and the scientific evidence contained in them form the foundation of our specialty, but often these articles are limited in scope due to the original data contained in the article. An ACVSMR Consensus Statement provides an opportunity for a collection of topic experts to provide our College and the rest of the scientific community with a comprehensive summary of a given topic, including all viewpoints that are supported by evidence and highlighting the areas of a topic that remain contentious or unresolved. By achieving these goals, an ACVSMR Consensus Statement also helps highlight our College as the leading authority in our field. A consensus statement is not a trivial undertaking, and we anticipate only one or two such projects being approved during any given year, but we encourage our members to consider tackling such a project. The guidelines for the process can be found on our website:

Best wishes and success from the ACVSMR Board of Directors.

Best Regards,

Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSMR
President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation®

Diplomates: Apply to Join the Examination Committees

The ACVSMR Nominating Committee is currently seeking applications from members interested in serving on the Examination Committee. The term of service is for 4 years. If interested in committee service, please contact Dr. Chris Zink (, Chair of the Nominating Committee, or for further information about the specific duties.

Diplomates: Be Sure to Pay Your Annual Dues

ACVSMR Diplomates: Annual dues for all diplomates were due on January 1, 2020. If you have not already paid your dues, please do so now.  

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: Dues will be $400 (US)
  • If payment is received between April 1 and May 31, 2020: Dues will be $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.

Have You Liked the Right Facebook Page?

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.

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.

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 Current

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!

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.

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.

WVC Oquendo Center – Las Vegas, Nevada
March 3-4
Stifle Stabilization Lectures/Labs – Kenneth A. Bruecker

WVC Oquendo Center – Las Vegas, Nevada
March 5-6
Advanced TPLO Lectures/Labs – Kenneth A. Bruecker, Steven Petersen

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Coral Springs, Florida
March 21-25
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation - Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR; Janet Van Dyke DVM, DACVSMR

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado
March 23-25
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy – Kenneth A. Bruecker

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Wheat Ridge, Colorado
April 3-5
Clinical Orthopedics in Canine Rehabilitation- Felix Duerr, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR

Sports Medicine Workshop - Annapolis Junction, Maryland
April 17
Sherman Canapp, Jr

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Coral Springs, Florida
April 18-22
Canine Rehabilitation Skills Module - Patrice Mich, DVM, DACVAA, DACVSMR

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Coral Springs, Florida
April 24-26
Canine Rehabilitation Applications Module -  Patrice Mich, DVM, DACVAA, DACVSMR

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Velm, Belgium
May 11-15
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation -  Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR; Janet Van Dyke DVM, DACVSMR

Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Velm, Belgium
May 16-18
Canine Sports Medicine -  Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR

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:

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Residencies:

The Animal Medical Center
Colorado State University

University of Florida

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Internships:

Colorado State University
University of Florida
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

Current Job Openings

Commerce, Michigan - Posted 12/31/19

Sports medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist
Boise, Idaho - Posted 12/27/19

Sports Medicine / Rehabilitation Specialist
Buffalo Grove, Illinois - Posted 10/2519

Recent 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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