American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Board of Directors

The Organizing Committee of ACVSMR elected the current Board of Directors on October 13, 2009.

Robert L. Gillette

Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Robert Gillette is the Director of the Animal Health & Performance Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. His general research interests are in the area of orthopedics, biomechanics, and muscle physiology of the canine and equine athlete. His specific research interests are in the areas of performance injury prevention, lameness, rehabilitation, and muscle conditioning.

Dr. Gillette's clinical interests include working with athletic and working dogs; breeding programs, training regimens, conditioning programs, and injury prevention for performance dogs; canine sports medicine problems, including medical related performance problems, injury repair, rehabilitation, and reconditioning; and equine soundness and injury prevention.

Dr. Gillette received his D.V.M in 1988 from Kansas State University. He also earned an M.S.E. Biomechanics in 1998 from the University of Kansas.

Robert A. Taylor, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Past President

Linda Blythe

Linda Blythe, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR
President Elect

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Dr. Linda Blythe did all her veterinary training at University of California Davis, including a DVM in 1974, large animal internship in 1975 and a PhD program in Comparative Pathology in 1979. She was then recruited to start the new veterinary college at Oregon State University in 1978 and has remained there for her entire academic career because Oregon is just a wonderful place to live and work.

Her research focus initially was on the nervous system of the horse. She mapped the cutaneous innervation of the fore and hindlimbs using neurophysiological instrumentation. Discovery of temporohyoid osteoarthropathy and the role of vitamin E in equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy were hallmarks of her research in horses. Dr. Blythe then turned her attention to the needs of greyhounds, both racing and retired and was the lead author on two textbooks, Care of the Racing Greyhound and Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound, as well as a number of research articles on these dogs.

Excited by what she learned about rehabilitation of animals while on sabbatical leave in Australia, she organized the First International Veterinary Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in 1999, which has continued every two to three years in either the USA or Europe. Dr. Blythe was on the organizing committee for establishment of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as a board certified specialty in the AVMA.

Her first love though is working with students, teaching neuroscience and canine sports medicine. She has twice received the Norden Teacher of the Year Award and also the OSU Burlington Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010, she was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame.

Robert L. Gillette

Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Vice President

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Dr. Hilary Clayton graduated as a veterinarian and worked in a mixed veterinary practice for two years before becoming returning to academia to complete a PhD. She was a faculty member with responsibilities for teaching and research at veterinary colleges in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Canada before moving to the US in 1997 as the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Clayton’s research focuses on equine sports medicine, especially biomechanics and conditioning of sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse. She uses a variety of equipment, including motion analysis, an array of force plates, a saddle pressure mat, rein tension sensors and electromyography, to analyze the horse’s gaits and movement patterns and the response to different types of tack, equipment and riding styles. Recently, she has focussed her research efforts on performing evidence-based research to measure the effects of physiotherapeutic techniques in horses. She has published six books (Conditioning Sport Horses, Colour Atlas of Large Animal Applied Anatomy, Equine Locomotion, The Dynamic Horse, Clinical Anatomy of the Horse, Activate Your Horse’s Core) and many scientific manuscripts and magazine articles.

Dr. Clayton is a Past President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine. She is Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and is a member of the US Equestrian Federation’s Dressage Committee. She has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame. She has competed in a variety of equestrian sports including eventing, show jumping, combined driving and polo. She currently shows dressage horses up to the Grand Prix level and has earned the US Dressage Federation’s gold, silver and bronze medals.

Kevin Haussler

Kevin K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Kevin Haussler is an Assistant Professor at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and is involved in research into the objective assessment of pain, spinal-related disorders and the initiation of chiropractic and physical therapy/rehabilitation research for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.

His research interests are investigating the causes and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries; developing objective assessment techniques of back pain and stiffness; evaluating spinal movement and the conservative (non-surgical) management of back problems and sacroiliac joint disorders; assessing spinal conformation in horses as it relates to saddle fit; and clinical research in the areas of veterinary chiropractic, physical therapy modalities, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Dr. Haussler graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a small animal internship in Sacramento, California. To further his training in the conservative management of spinal-related disorders, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and completed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certification. In 1992, he began a private veterinary chiropractic practice for both equine and small animal patients.

He also attended the University of California-Davis to pursue a Ph.D. in spinal anatomy and pathology in thoroughbred racehorses and completed post-doctorate training at Cornell University involving the evaluation of normal back mobility, back muscle pain and spinal flexibility in horses. While at Cornell, he directed the newly formed Integrative Medicine Service which provided chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy services to both small and large animals.

Jon Frederic Dee, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Regent (Canine)

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Jon Frederic Dee, DVM, is a partner and staff surgeon at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. He is also a Courtesy Clinical Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Ohio State University. Dr. Dee earned his DVM degree from Auburn University in 1966. He was a teaching intern at Washington State University and in 1974 he earned his master’s degree in surgery while at Colorado State University. Dr. Dee does research on the pathogenesis and repair of injuries, including racing injuries, in all companion animals and sporting dogs, such as greyhounds. He specializes in orthopedic injuries of the extremities.

Dr. Dee has received numerous awards, including the A.V.M.A. Practitioner Research Award in 1986, the A.A.H.A. Practitioner of the Year Award, Southeast Region, in 1991 and the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus of Auburn in 2001. Dr. Dee has written many journal articles and is co-editor of the textbook Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery. He has been on the editorial review boards for Veterinary Surgery, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Journal of Small Animal Practice. He also speaks both nationally and internationally at meetings and symposia.  Most importantly, he enjoys fly fishing.

Andris Kaneps

Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Regent (Equine)

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Dr. Andris Kaneps is a surgeon, lameness diagnostician, and clinical practitioner at the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, NH. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kaneps completed his Master’s degree and Equine Surgery Residency in 1981 at The Ohio State University. He completed his doctorate at the University of California-Davis in 1994.

Dr. Kaneps gained his sport horse practice experience in Minnesota, Oregon, California, and New England. He served as a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University and The Ohio State University and at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis.

An author of multiple scientific articles, Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (Saunders 2004) and Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007). With Dr. Steve Adair at the University of Tennessee he developed the curriculum for, and teaches in, the certification program for equine physical therapy that results in the designation Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP).

As a member of the organizing committee of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Kaneps was part of the collaborative effort that resulted in AVMA recognition of this new veterinary specialty. He is a charter Diplomate of the organization, serves as a Regent on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the curriculum/examination committee.

Dr. Kaneps specializes in equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance issues and equine physical treatment.

Wayne McIlwraith

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Regent (Equine)

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Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith holds the positions of University Distinguished Professor, Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopedics and is Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University. He consults world-wide in equine orthopedic surgery, and has received national and international recognition for his contributions to orthopedic surgery and joint research. He is the author of four textbooks and has authored or co-authored over 400 refereed publications and textbook chapters, as well as presenting over 500 seminars, both nationally and internationally to equine practitioners, veterinary specialty groups and at human orthopedic meetings.

Dr. McIlwraith received his veterinary degree with distinction from Massey University in New Zealand in 1971 and did his surgical residency at Purdue University, as well as MS and PhD degrees in the area of joint disease (arthritis). He is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Veterinary Orthopaedic Society.

His honors include honorary doctorates from the University of Vienna (1995), Purdue University (2001), Massey University in New Zealand (2003), and the University of Turin (2004) and as well as being made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to learning in 1995. He received the Tierklinik Hochmoor Prize at Equitana, Essen, Germany for international contributions to equine orthopedics (1993), the Schering-Plough Award for Equine Applied Research for outstanding research work in equine locomotor disorders (1995), and the John Hickman Award for Equine Orthopaedics from the British Equine Veterinary Association (1997). He was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2005 and was the Frank Milne lecturer (lifetime contribution award) from AAEP in 2005. Dr. McIlwraith was designated University Distinguished Professor in 2009, the highest recognition Colorado State University awards for outstanding accomplishments in research and scholarship.

M. Christine Zink

M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Diplomate ACVSMR
Regent (Canine)

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Dr. Zink is a Professor and Director in Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She also is President of Canine Sports Productions and a Veterinary Sports Trainer at Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group.

Dr. Zink received her DVM (summa cum laude) in 1978 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She also earned a PhD from the University of Guelph in 1985 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 1988.

Dr. Zink consults with owners of canine athletes on a variety of sports medicine-related subjects including, retraining for performance after injuries/surgery, techniques for training and competing with dogs that have developmental/genetic disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia, gait analysis, and lameness evaluation.

Dr. Zink teaches the Canine Sports Medicine course for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. From 1993 to the present, Dr. Zink also has presented more than 100 two-day Coaching the Canine Athlete® seminars in the US, Canada, South Africa, Japan, and Australia.

Her research interests include canine gait and gait analysis in performance dogs, relationship of structure to canine performance, and effects of gonadectomy on structure and behavior of performance dogs.

In 2009, Dr. Zink was named AWVF’s Woman Veterinarian of the Year. She also received the DWAA Maxwell Award in 2005 for Best Series in an All-Breed Magazine and the DWAA President’s Award for Best Dog Publication of 2008. Dr. Zink has been featured in articles in Dog Fancy and Dog World magazines.


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