Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation News
A Publication of ACVSMR


President's Message

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

Greetings to my fellow ACVSMR Diplomates;

I hope you are all staying healthy and happy – this little pandemic sure can turn our lives upside down. But we are smart and resourceful (proof of that being in all of those letters appended to our names) and we will persevere.

I want to reach out to each and every one of you to take just a moment of your time to cast your vote on the by-laws amendment that was recently sent out to you. As you know, the most important mission of our College (indeed, any specialty college) is to establish the standards and procedures for determining who merits recognition as a specialist in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. Those standards and procedures include a certifying examination. The technology and science of conducting such examinations have evolved since our by-laws were originally drafted. Our Exam Committee has kept pace with these developments, but now they need the help of our membership to ensure that our certifying examination remains a state-of-the-art assessment tool for critically evaluating our candidates. Certain aspects of our certifying examination are currently spelled out in our by-laws, and in some instances those specifics hinder the ability of the exam committee to develop and deliver the certifying examination. As a result, they have proposed, and the Board of Directors has endorsed, two changes: first, the sections of the by-laws detailing the specific construction of the exam will be deleted. Currently, the by-laws REQUIRE the exam to be made up exclusively of multiple choice questions (200 covering core knowledge and 200 covering species-specific knowledge). But the world is not exclusively multiple-choice, and such wording precludes the Exam Committee from taking full advantage of the current technology that facilitates a wide variety of alternative question formats. By deleting these sections, the Exam Committee will be able to be more creative in constructing the exam, allowing them to create questions that more effectively test the candidates’ knowledge. Second, the remaining sections will be edited to split the species-specific examination into a knowledge-based assessment and a new section on assessment of clinical reasoning and patient management. This latter section would be constructed using mock cases and test the candidates’ abilities to work through diagnostic and therapeutic processes while explaining and justifying their decisions. Each of these species-specific sections would have to be passed independently (as well as the core knowledge section) in order to pass the examination.

It is important to also note what would NOT change. Specifically, the overall duration of the examination would not change, nor would the rubric for what is covered on the exam and the process for notifying the candidates of the recommended review materials. The process for determining the pass points for each section of the exam, and the appeals process would also not change. These processes, which are consistent with the standards and procedures of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, would remain as written in our by-laws. The intent of the amendment is to allow the Exam Committee the flexibility to improve upon our certifying examination as technology and assessment standards evolve.  So please take a moment to vote.

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."

Student Webinar Series

The PR&M committee is dedicated to helping grow our college and the best way to do that is to educate the next generation of veterinarians about the value of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation as a specialty in our profession. We have created an ongoing series of webinars given by YOU, our diplomates and residents, of VSMR topics. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and effort in this monumental task so far.

We are offering a lecture every 2 weeks alternating between Canine and Equine topics using Zoom Webinar as our platform. Students need to register their email with us at: Please share this with ALL the veterinary students you know!! Tara Edwards is keeping track of those students and we currently have a list of over 400 that have shown interest. Every webinar so far has reached capacity for registrations.

The list of webinars past and future through the end of this year is below. We will need more speakers for 2021. We will be sending out a request in September for more Dips and Residents to participate. Be prepared to say YES to the request or better yet, reach out to us now and let us know your webinar topic. Contact me, Evelyn Orenbuch, at
  • April 27 - Mobility Examination of Small Animals by Tara Edwards
  • April 29 - Horse Lameness, From Stifle to Foot by Cooper Williams
  • May 21 - Introduction to Canine Sports Medicine by Chris Zink
  • June 2 - Introduction to Equine Back Problems by Philippe Benoit
  • June 17 - Canine Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and its use in Rehabilitation by Pedro Rivera
  • June 29 - Equine Ultrasound in Rehabilitation by Kate Chope
  • July 14 - Foundational Physical Fitness for the Working/Sporting Dog (and companion animal, too!) by Brian Farr
  • July 27 - Recognizing Sacroiliac Disease During Lameness Exam by Rob Van Wessum
  • Aug 11 - Neurologic Rehabilitation by Jan Huntingford
  • Aug 24 - Sports Medicine as an Equestrian Team Vet by Andy Bathe
  • 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

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:
  • September 1, 2020 05:00 PM
  • October 6, 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.

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.

Please note, due to COVID-19 all previously published presentations may have been cancelled or postponed.

Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research
May 25-August 10: Weekly Zoom Meetings
Canine Rehabilitation Skills Module
July 7-August 18: Weekly Zoom meetings

Canine Rehabilitation Nursing Module
August 13-September 17: Weekly Zoom meetings
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

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

ACVSMR residencies and internships can 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

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