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of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Announces New
Board-Certified Diplomates for 2018
The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation welcomed 16 new diplomates following the board certification examination held January 18-20, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Five new diplomates were certified in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, and eleven new diplomates were certified in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. The new diplomates are as follows:
Brittany Carr Benson, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Matthew Brunke, Annapolis Junction, Maryland
Veronica Devall, Calgary, Canada
Christopher Frye, Ithaca, New York
Tom Gibson, Guelph, Canada
Laura Fitzharris, Bristol, UK
Nicholas Kleider, Langley, Canada
Raphael Labens, Wagga Wagga, Australia
David Levine, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Meghann Lustgarten, Cary, North Carolina
Shawn Mattson, Rockyview County, Canada
Solange Mikail, Cotia , Brazil
Jillian Mills, Redwood City, California
Erin Shields, Rockyview County , Canada
Sarah Boys Smith, Newmarket, UK
William (Wes) Sutter, Lexington, Kentucky
ACVSMR Achieves Full Recognition
The ACVSMR reached a significant milestone at the annual American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) meeting held March 2-3, 2018, in Schaumburg, Illinois. The ABVS is the committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that sets standards for, advises and recognizes veterinary specialties. After review of our request for full recognition and the annual and five-year reports submitted in November 2017, the ABVS voted to recommend that the AVMA recognize ACVSMR as a fully recognized veterinary specialty. That final step will be made by the AVMA Executive Board in April.
When the ACVSMR reached provisional recognition in 2010, our specialty had the full rights and responsibilities of a veterinary specialty and we proceeded to develop and grow our College. During the past eight years, the College has provided annual reports to the ABVS listing the demographics, new developments, challenges and other details of our College, and has responded to requests for modifications made by the ABVS, ultimately resulting in full recognition.
Now that ACVSMR is fully recognized as a veterinary specialty, our most important work continues - providing specialist care in sports medicine and rehabilitation to our clients as well as integrating treatment with other specialists and primary care veterinarians. We continue to advance our residency training programs, research efforts and continuing education opportunities. With our outstanding Diplomates, and with ACVSMR achieving full recognition, our future is securely established.
Our thanks to Dr. Andris J. Kaneps, who has worked closely with the ABVS to help us achieve this milestone.