December 2020 Module

December 19th Virtual Program

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.

* These programs has been approved for continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval for attendees who participated in the live sessions.


Fundamental Principles of Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Tissue Healing: Clinical Applications

Kristin Kirkby Shaw DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR

Rehabilitation specialists must understand the phases of tissue healing as they relate to assessment and treatment of patients in their care. This presentation will review the physiology of musculoskeletal tissue healing. Additionally, the presentation will present 4 fundamental principles of rehabilitation that should be applied as rehabilitation programs are developed for veterinary patients. Rehabilitation following canine cranial cruciate ligament surgery will be used as the example for these principles.

Equine Respiratory Muscles: Exercise, Training and Performance

Kate Allen BVSc, PhD, FHEA Cert EM(IntMed), DACVSMR, MRCVS

This session will cover aspects of equine and comparative exercise physiology and sports medicine, and will focus on the role of the respiratory muscles in exercise limitation in both health and disease. The role of the upper airway musculature in the development of upper airway obstructions will be discussed. In addition, the role of the respiratory pump musculature will be covered, including a review of respiratory muscle fatigue and its effect on exercise tolerance. Current knowledge on training of the respiratory muscles will be discussed.

Scientific Abstracts: Optimizing the Presentation and Delivery of Early Research Findings


This talk addresses the essential elements found in excellent oral and written research abstracts. There will be a focus on how to best optimize the word count and time you are given to make the greatest impact with your abstract. The key components of the abstract will be reviewed, visual and oral organizational processes highlighted, various ways to display data compared, and common pitfalls discussed. Attention to common questions asked of presenters after giving their research abstracts will be reviewed.

Stem Cells and Point-of-Care Biologics for the Treatment of Tendon and Ligament Injuries: Methodology and Novel Intervention Strategies

Lauren Schnabel DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR

The focus of this talk is on the methodology used to treat tendon and ligament injuries in horses and dogs with stem cells and point-of-care biologics. A brief review of tendon and ligament biology will be provided as well as a brief overview of the rationale behind the use of stem cells and biologics (full regenerative medicine primer to be delivered by Dr. Kyla Ortved previously) before discussing treatment methods and timing. Important points on the preparation/harvest of bone marrow and blood for generation of stem cells and point-of-care biologics will be covered as will storage of the products and delivery via intra-lesional and intra-synovial injection as well as regional limb perfusion. The use of ultrasound guidance will be discussed as will the novel intervention strategies of navigational ultrasound imaging and Tenex.

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw


Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw is a small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist whose career has focused on bridging the gap between these two disciplines, with specific emphasis on treatment of arthritis. Kristin received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003. She also completed a small animal surgery residency, MS and PhD at the University of Florida. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 2009 and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Kristin is a managing partner and surgeon at Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center in Seattle and Medical Director of the rehabilitation department, SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. She is also a primary instructor for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. In 2019, Kristin founded CARE – Canine Arthritis Resources and Education ( to provide evidence based resources and tools for veterinarians and pet owners caring for dogs with arthritis.

Dr. Kate Allen


Dr. Kate Allen is Senior Lecturer in Equine Sports Medicine and is responsible for the clinical services at the Equine Sports Medicine Centre at the University of Bristol. Dr. Allen’s research interest is primarily the management of diseases that affect athletic performance and in particular the diagnosis, cause and management of dynamic upper respiratory tract obstructions. Dr. Allen undertook a clinical residency in equine sports medicine at the University of Bristol. Subsequently she completed a PhD entitled ‘Development of an evidence base for the study of dynamic palatal dysfunction in thoroughbred racehorses.’ Dr. Allen was heavily involved in the development of overground endoscopy and is very experienced in clinical exercise testing both in the field and on the high-speed treadmill. Her current research interests are to evaluate the role of the respiratory muscles in performance limitation.

Dr. Jane Manfredi


Dr. Manfredi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College (Prince Edward Island, Canada), and spent time in a private mixed large animal private practice and at two Chicago racetracks before completing a large animal surgical residency at the University of Minnesota. She completed a PhD at Michigan State in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology and became boarded in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation before joining the faculty. Her research interests include osteoarthritis, rehabilitation of the performance horse, and metabolic syndrome. She has a passion for mentoring veterinary students and residents in research.

Dr. Lauren Schnabel



Dr. Lauren Schnabel is an Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery at NC State University and is also an Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State University. Dr. Schnabel completed her DVM at Cornell University and her internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. She then returned to Cornell as a postdoctoral fellow in the Orthopedic Laboratories of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Alan Nixon where she performed research on tendon and ligament repair. Dr. Schnabel completed her surgical residency at Cornell from 2006-2009 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2010. She then completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Fortier on the immunologic properties of stem cells. Dr. Schnabel moved to NC State University in 2013 to both work in the equine hospital and build her own independent research laboratory. Both her clinical and research work are focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols. In 2015, Dr. Schnabel became a Diplomate of the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) and also started a new ACVSMR Residency Program at NC State, which she is the director of. To date, she has published over 45 peer-reviewed publications, given invited presentations nationally and internationally, and has received both external and internal funding for her research work. In 2019, Dr. Schnabel was named an NC State University Faculty Scholar for her success in clinical work, research, teaching, mentorship, and community outreach efforts. She was also recently awarded the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

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