November 7


The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to present our annual continuing education program virtually! While we all miss the collegiality of an in-person meeting, ACVSMR remains dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs on important topics in sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as fostering research in the specialty.

In this first of five modules we will be focusing on evidenced-based medicine and research. Dr. Marti Drum, a leader in the field of rehabilitation, will start out the session by delivering the Keynote Address on the scientific evidence in equine and canine rehabilitation. Continuing this focus on research, the two winning abstracts from the ACVSMR competitive abstract program will be presented, showcasing some of the recent research in sports medicine and rehabilitation. High-quality research and evidence-based veterinary medicine is vital component in the advancement of all veterinary specialties. With this in mind we have invited three top-notch researchers to present topics on the development and evaluation of clinical research. These topics, while focusing on the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation will provide valuable information for Diplomates, practitioners, residents, and interns interested in advancing evidence based veterinary medicine across all specialties.

* This program has been approved for 5.25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Event Schedule

[ November 7 • 11:00 am-5:20 pm Eastern]

11:00 am – 12:15 pm EST

Keynote Address

Evidence-based Overview of the Principles and Practice of Veterinary Rehabilitation

Dr. Marti Drum DVM, PhD, DACVSMR

In the keynote address, Dr. Drum will present a review of the existing evidence of modalities and therapeutic exercise in animals.  Special attention will be given to how this evidence relates to current practices in veterinary rehabilitation, and what possible changes should be made to current practices based on this existing literature.

12:25 – 12:55 pm EST

Racehorse Inspiratory Muscle Strength Testing

2020 ACVSMR Scientific Abstract Award Winner – Equine

Dr. Laura Fitzharris BVSc, DACSVMR

The response of the equine respiratory muscles to training is largely unknown. The aim of this investigation was to measure inspiratory muscle strength in Thoroughbred racehorses. The objectives were to investigate whether there is a change in inspiratory muscle strength following conventional exercise training for National Hunt racing and following a period of inspiratory muscle training.

Click here to read short abstract.

1:05 – 2:05 pm EST

Building Evidence in Practice

Wanda Gordon-Evans DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Research is not just confined to academia and those in practice can participate in furthering evidence-based sports medicine and rehabilitation without disruption to the flow and efficiency of practice. The tips and tricks conveyed will include practical strategies in keeping track of outcomes and how purposeful practice can inform future cases and potentially allow substantial contributions to the literature, and therefore, the future of veterinary sports medicine.

2:05 – 2:35 pm EST


2:35 – 3:35 p EST

Statistical Hazards in Sports Medicine Studies

Richard Evans PhD, PSTAT

Data analysis and the interpretation of study results are critical aspects for understanding and improving the science behind veterinary sports medicine. But statistics can often be an intimidating prospect for both researchers and clinicians. Dr. Evans will discuss the common pitfalls in data analysis and interpretation that have contributed to the reproducibility crisis in science, where in most disciplines 60% of positive results cannot be reproduced in other studies. Specifically, he will show the warning signs: how measuring many outcome variables (e.g., all the ground reaction forces), tweaking inclusion/exclusion criteria, and using statistically vague hypotheses can increase false positive results. He will also show how to create a study that minimizes the chances of false positive results.

3:40 – 4:10 pm EST

Frequency and Types of Injuries Experienced By Dogs Competing in Agility Competitions

2020 ACVSMR Scientific Abstract Award Winner – Canine

Arielle Pechette-Markley DVM

Agility competitions have evolved to be more challenging, placing increased physical demand on canine athletes. Previous surveys assessing injury were conducted over 10 years ago. Our aim was to describe the frequency and type of injuries experienced by agility dogs, and to determine if there are breed differences in injuries experienced. We hypothesized that the prevalence of injury would be higher than previously reported, and that injuries to the shoulder and iliopsoas would be most common.

Click here to read short abstract.

4:20 – 5:20 pm EST

Evaluating the Evidence – The Data for Applying Musculoskeletal Regenerative Therapies in the Clinic


Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing field in both human and veterinary medicine.  Dr. Ortved will discuss the pre-clinical and clinical evidence for the use of regenerative medicine to treat canine and equine musculoskeletal injuries. Relevant literature will be presented with a focus on interpretation of results and application of evidence-based application of therapies in the clinic.

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Marti Drum


Dr. Marti Drum grew up riding and showing Thoroughbred horses which led to an interest in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation. She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006. Dr. Drum also received a PhD in Equine Orthopedics from the Colorado State University Equine Orthopedic Research Center in 2006 where her research focused on subchondral bone density mapping in racehorses and non-racing horses.

She began as faculty in the Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation Service at the University of Tennessee in 2006, and has developed a wide ranging background in rehabilitation and sports medicine, drawing from her experience with multiple species, including horses, camelids, pigs, sheep, chickens, avian/exotic pets, zoo animals and of course dogs and cats. In addition to teaching veterinary students at UT, she is also an instructor to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants enrolled in the University of Tennessee Certificate Program for Canine Rehabilitation. She became an ACVSMR diplomate in 2012 and is the current chair of the ACVSMR Exam Committee.

Dr. Drum’s research interests have involved Osteoarthritis, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Dr. Laura Fitzharris


Dr Laura Fitzharris graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 2012 and subsequently completed two equine internships at the University of Bristol and Donnington Grove Equine Vets. Laura returned to Bristol to undertake her residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2018. Following this Laura has undertaken a PhD investigating the response of the equine respiratory muscles to training and helped to develop the application of inspiratory muscle training and testing in horses. In addition, Laura is a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. Laura currently works as a Sports Medicine clinician at the Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Wanda Gordon-Evans


Dr. Wanda Gordon-Evans received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri in 2000. Following graduation, she completed a small animal internship at Kansas State University in 2001, then an orthopedic research fellowship at Iowa State University in 2002. She stayed at Iowa State University in a small animal surgery residency and completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Gordon-Evans became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006 and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015. She has held leadership positions in ACVS, VOS, and has served on the Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation. She has experience in orthopedics and rehabilitation in both research and clinics.

Dr. Rich Evans


Richard Evans, PhD, PSTAT, is biostatistician who  co-authored over 120 peer reviewed articles in the veterinary literature. He was an associate professor at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, founding editor of Veterinary Evidence, and is a past president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Dr. Arielle Pechette-Markley


Dr. Arielle Pechette Markley is a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Veterinarian at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center.  She earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 2010.  In 2018 Dr. Pechette Markley began working at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and helped to start a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation program.  She has also completed research in the field of canine agility injuries and has received funding from the Morris Animal Foundation for research on lumbosacral disease. Her special interests include biomechanics, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of sport-specific injuries in canine athletes, particularly in dogs competing in agility competitions.  Dr. Markley is currently a resident with the ACVSMR.

Dr. Kyla Ortved


Dr. Kyla Ortved is an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania in Kennett Square, PA. She received her DVM degree from the University of Guelph in 2006 and completed her large animal surgical residency training at Cornell University in 2010. Dr. Ortved became boarded with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Following her residency, Dr. Ortved went on to obtain a PhD in gene therapy for equine cartilage repair at Cornell. In February 2016, she became boarded with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the large animal surgery faculty at New Bolton Center in 2016 as an equine orthopedic surgeon and was named the Jacques Jenny Endowed Term Chair of Orthopedic Surgery in 2019. Her research program focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of equine osteoarthritis and developing gene and cell-based therapies to improve cartilage repair and prevent osteoarthritis.