Small Animal

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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A keynote address covers the pathophysiology of tendon and ligament injury in a “one-medicine” approach. A focus on advances in the art and science of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation including topics on the structural, physiological, medical, and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness. The latest research in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation is presented through original scientific abstracts. The session then splits into two species-specific seminars.

The small animal portion will focus on tissue response to training and exercise, what can be learned from the equine and human on training the juvenile athlete, and tendon injuries and their treatment in the tarsus and shoulder.

The equine portion will present current information on ultrasound, tendon injuries, and a panel discussion on challenging neck and back issues in the horse.


Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR

Director, Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine
The Animal Medical Center

The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY

Dr. Leilani Alvarez is the Director of Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and certified in veterinary acupuncture, canine rehabilitation and Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Alvarez graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center. She has been practicing veterinary rehabilitation for over 10 years and leads one of only 5 accredited traditional residency programs in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. In addition to running a busy rehabilitation practice, Dr. Alvarez is a frequent lecturer at local and national meetings, teaches interns and residents and has published articles in peer reviewed journals and books. Her research interests include neurologic rehabilitation, geriatric medicine, regenerative therapies and joint supplements.


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Chris E. Kawcak, PhD, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR

Colorado State University

Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ACVSMR
Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Services
Orthopaedic Research Center
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University

Clinical and research focus on diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic diseases in horses


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Judith Koenig, Dr med vet, DVSc, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor, Clinical Studies
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Judith Koenig, Dr med vet, DVSc, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
graduated 1996 from Vet med University Vienna
Large Animal internship OVC, fellowship at Oregon State, residency at Ontario Vet College, surgery boards in 2003, stayed at OVC since


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Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR

Skylos Sports Medicine

Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
Skylos Sports Medicine, Ellicott City & Frederick Maryland
Dr. Peter Lotsikas specializes in restoring function to performance and working dogs with sports-related injuries. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lotsikas graduated with a BS degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and a DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a general small animal internship at Kansas State University, followed by a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. He received his formal surgical residency training at Iowa State University. In 2015, Dr. Lotsikas founded Skylos Sports Medicine with his wife, Dr. F. Lotsikas, in Ellicott City, MD. Skylos provides a concierge level of client service with its comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation team. Skylos opened its second location in Frederick, MD in February of 2017, and continues to serve a growing patient population.

Dr. Lotsikas serves as a veterinary surgical consultant for Arthrex Vet Systems and is a national instructor in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Previously, he was on the medical education advisory board for Zoetis and has taught on behalf of Synthes Vet. He also served on the Board of the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and is currently the veterinary representative on the Oversight Committee for MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. In 2017, he was named the Maryland Distinguished Veterinarian of the year. He has contributed to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and recently served as section chief/author for the chapter on orthopedic disorders of the hind limb for the second edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Hannah T. McLean, DVM, CCRP

SACS Resident Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabiltation
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine


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Jennifer Poplarski, DVM

Resident, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cornell University

Dr. Jennifer Poplarski received her DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She then completed a rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank, NJ. Dr. Poplarski is currently a first year resident in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cornell University Hospital for Animals.


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Lauren V. Schnabel, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR-Equine

Assistant Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery
North Carolina State University

Dr. Lauren Schnabel, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS-LA, and Diplomate ACVSMR-Equine is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Schnabel grew up in New York where she enjoyed spending time around both sport horses and racehorses. After receiving her bachelor degree from Duke University, she attended Cornell University for her veterinary degree. She then completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital before returning to Cornell as a postdoctoral fellow in the 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 ACVS in 2010. She then completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Fortier on the immunologic properties of stem cells.

Dr. Schnabel began her position at NC State in 2013 working in both the equine hospital and her research laboratory. She specializes in the use of regenerative therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and has published and given lectures both nationally and internationally on platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate concentrate, and stem cells. In particular, her laboratory is focused on understanding the immunologic and immunomodulatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells. Such knowledge is critical for potential allogeneic “off the shelf” stem cell therapy which would allow us to treat patients at the time of diagnosis rather than having to wait several weeks to months to culture stem cells from that patient. Her laboratory is also actively investigating the novel use of platelet-rich plasma lysate for the treatment of infectious arthritis in collaboration with Dr. Tom Schaer at Penn Vet.

At NC State, Dr. Schnabel runs the Clinical Mesenchymal Stem Cell Culture Service and is developing the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service with Dr. Rich Redding and colleagues.


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Tena Ursini, DVM, CERP

Clinical Instructor
University of Tennessee

Tena Ursini, DVM, CERP is a a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completion of her degree, she performed internships at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, in Weatherford, TX, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington KY. She has just completed her residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Ursini will continue to pursue specialization in sports medicine and rehabilitation while completing her PhD in Equine Strength Training and Therapeutic Exercise at the University of Tennessee.


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Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation

The Woodlands, TX

• BS - Texas A&M University 1978
• DVM – Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine 1979

• Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner – University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine – 2005
• Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Myopain Seminars, Bethesda, MD – 2009

• Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation – 2015

• Animal Clinics of The Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX (Owner)– 1995 to present
• Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation, The Woodlands, TX (Owner) – 2004 to present
• Equine Veterinary Associates, Conroe, TX (Partner) – 1982 to 1991
• All Animal Veterinary Services, Conroe, TX (Associate) – 1979 to 1982

Local Veterinary Medical Association
• Montgomery County Veterinary Medical Association – 1979 to preset. Past-President

Texas Veterinary Medical Association
• Committees
o Practice Management Committee (Past Chairman) o Continuing Education
o Government Relations
o Integrative Therapies
• Task Forces
o Alternative and Integrative Therapies o Licensing of Veterinary Technicians
o Strategic Plan
• Board of Directors – 2007 to 2012
• Executive Committee
o Council Chair – Professional Advancement 2013 to 2017
• Chairman, Board of Directors – 2017-18
• President-Elect – 2018-2019

• Wife – Donna – 32 years
o Manager/Owner in family Manufactured Housing Development business
• Daughter – Bria
o Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia – Texas Christian University-Harris College of Nursing and
Health Services – 2015
o Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - 2015


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