Cancellation Cambridge and AGM 2020

We very much regret to announce that due to the Corona Pandemic we have to cancel our congress in Cambridge.
The AGM 2020 will take place online on 22 August 2020. Our diplomats will receive a link to participate.
We are now planning our meeting in 2021 and will announce the location and exact date shortly.
Until then we wish you all the best!

VAHL Award 2020


In these challenging times, we are pleased to present the VAHL Research Award!

The Veterinary Academy of Higher Learning (read more about VAHL) offers this award for the best promising research project of a resident of the ECVSMR.


Applications are welcomed in the field of small animals and equines, and the award recipients in each category will personally receive 250.- €.


  • Addressed group: Residents of the ECVSMR
  • Submissions must be in the form of an abstract of no more than 500 words. It should contain the scientific background of the project, the aims, hypotheses and methods.
  • Deadline for submission: June 30, 2020
  • Selection will be done by the Executive Board of the ECVSMR
  • Submit your abstract via






Tendinopathies in horses, dogs and humans – lessons learned when crossing species boundaries


Saturday, 22nd August 2020

Venue:  University of Cambridge West Road Concert Hall


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What awaits you?

Our program

A completely new approach to the topic of tendinopathies!

Our top speakers from the respective species will share their expertise and there will be ample opportunity to discuss issues common in these species but also differences in pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.


Cutting edge research

There will be a research forum where scientific abstracts of cutting edge research will be presented in short communications; abstract submission is open here


Take also the opportunity to visit the 11th IAVRPT Symposium >>


We will start the morning session with a talk on updates on the pathogenesis of tendinopathy, then we'll have three speakers (human, equine & SA) on diagnosis/clinical features & treatment of tendinopathy, followed by a panel discussion  'Tendinopathy - are we making any progress? What can we learn from other species?'.

In the afternoon, we will have an abstract session and then continue with a session on rehabilitation and physiotherapy of tendon injuries – again one speaker in each of the three species, followed by a panel discussion.

8.15-8.45 Registration

8.45 – Welcome
Morning session chaired by Dr Sue Dyson

9.00-9.40 Prof Stephanie Dakin ‘From horses to humans: inflammation in tendinopathy’
9.40-10.20  Prof Cathy Speed Diagnosis/clinical features and treatment of tendinopathy in the human athlete
10.20-10.50 – Coffee break
10.50-11.30 Dr. Jonathan Mclellan Diagnosis/clinical features and treatment of tendinopathy in the equine athlete
11.30-12.10  Dr. James Guthrie Diagnosis/clinical features and treatment of tendinopathy in the canine athlete
12.10-12.45 Panel discussion (Steph Dakin, Cathy Speed, James Guthrie, Sue Dyson) - Tendinopathies, are we making any progress? What can we learn from other species?
12.45-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.45 – Abstracts
14.45-15.05 Coffee break

15.05-16.05 Toby Smith Rehabilitation and physiotherapy of tendinopathy in the human athlete
16.05-16.35 Lowri Davies Rehabilitation and physiotherapy of tendinopathy in the canine athlete
16.35 -17.05 Dr Sue Dyson Equine rehabilitation after tendon injury – is there anything new?

17.05-17.40 Panel Discussion (Toby Smith, Lowri Davies, Sue Dyson and chair)


Professor Stephanie Dakin PhD BVetMed MRCVS, University of Oxford

Stephanie graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2003 from the Royal Veterinary College. After undertaking an internship specialising in equine orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust (Newmarket), she then spent 5 years in practice as an equine veterinary clinician. In 2008, Stephanie commenced a PhD at the RVC researching the role of inflammation in equine tendinopathy, which was successfully completed in 2012. To advance and translate her musculoskeletal research from horses to humans, Stephanie moved to the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2013. Stephanie is currently Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, a Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellow and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. She is also Chair of Directors of the Taught MSc in Musculoskeletal Sciences. Stephanie’s research focuses on identifying the mechanisms driving chronic inflammation and fibrosis in soft tissue joint disease, with a particular focus on tendinopathy and frozen shoulder. This work aims to discover novel therapeutic strategies to promote resolution of chronic inflammation and fibrosis in musculoskeletal disease.

Dr Lowri Davies, DACVSMR, graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992 and developed her interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation whilst working in specialist equine practice. In 2004 she established the SMART Referral Centre - the first specialised sports medicine and rehabilitation clinic for small animals in the UK. The clinics have a large, Europe wide client base and Lowri regularly lectures around the world. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2017 and is currently president of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine association. Lowri has also contributed to a number of texts on pain management and rehabilitation as well as authoring “Care of the Canine Athlete”.


Dr James Guthrie, BVM&S CertAVP(GSAS) DipECVS MRCVS, Senior Surgeon, RCVS & EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Dr James Guthrie graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2010 and was awarded as the best student of his class in veterinary orthopaedics. He then completed a one-year rotating internship. Following this, James spent two years working in a small animal hospital in Berkshire where he obtained the RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

In 2013, James joined Fitzpatrick Referrals as a duty vet and completed a one-year surgical internship. Following this, James stayed at Fitzpatrick Referrals to pursue his goal of becoming a specialist surgeon and completed a three-year residency programme in small animal surgery. James became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2018, becoming an EBVS® and RCVS recognised specialist in small animal surgery. On the day his surgical residency finished, James commenced an ACVSMR residency in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation; which is due to be completed summer 2020. James has also studied towards and is awaiting examination for the RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. James works as a senior surgeon at Fitzpatrick Referrals seeing orthopaedic and sports medicine patients.


Sue Dyson qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1980. Following award of a Thouron Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, she completed an Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at New Bolton Centre. She then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania, before returning to Great Britain to take a position in clinical orthopaedics in the Centre for Equine Studies of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. Sue ran a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance, attracting clients from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe for 37 years. From 2019 she has worked as an independent consultant. Sue was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for a thesis entitled ‘The Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Lameness in the Horse’ and the RCVS Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics by examination. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Helsinki and is recognised as a ‘Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics’ by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Sue is an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Sue is co-editor, with Mike Ross, of Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse and co-author of Clinical Radiology of the Horse and Equine Scintigraphy. She has published more than 300 papers in peer reviewed journals concerning lameness and diagnostic imaging and has lectured worldwide. Sue is a former President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is currently veterinary advisor to the Saddle Research Trust. Sue is also a rider, and has produced horses to top national level in both eventing and show jumping. Sue holds the Instructors and Stable Managers Certificates of the British Horse Society (BHSI).

Toby Smith, MSc MMACP, MCSP, CSCS, Technical Lead Physiotherapist, English Institute of Sport

Toby is a physiotherapist with over 25 years if clinical experience. He qualified in 1994 from the University of Brighton and has an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has over 15 years experienced working in elite sport. He is currently a technical lead physiotherapist at the English Institute of Sport and previously worked for British Athletic for 10 years. He has attended numerous International Athletics championships as a member of the medical support team for British Athletics and has been member of TeamGB therapy staff at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic holding camps. He was lead physiotherapist on the British athletics endurance program in the London Olympics. He currently works with all level of athlete and has supported numerous athletes to medal success at the Olympic games, World and European championships. He is also actively involved in post graduate education and is a visiting lecture on the Queen Mary’s University and University of Brighton MSc Sport medicine programs.

Dr Jonathan Mclellan BVMS (hons) MRCVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

Dr McLellan grew up working on farms throughout his native Scotland and knew from an early age which path his career would take. He graduated with honors from the University of Glasgow (UK) Veterinary School and undertook a surgical internship working with board certified surgeons at FHB Equine Hospital in Ocala. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed research articles and continues to pursue his research interests, specifically training-related injuries and rehabilitation. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has a special interest in challenging lameness diagnostics and the rehabilitation of sports-injuries. He offers consultancy services to FEVA through his business Infield Equine and, outside of his busy work schedule, he spends time with his family and enjoys golf, tennis and soccer (whenever time permits).

Prof Cathy Speed


Abstract submission

The abstract submission is open >>

ECVSMR abstract call.docx
Microsoft Word Document 21.5 KB



We are pleased to announce that the best two abstracts will be awarded with the VAHL-Award (read more >>)

Fees and registration


Early bird

 After June 20th

Late registration


190 £

290 £

340 £

Non members

270 £

370 £

420 £

Residents /Interns

150 £

250 £

300 £


100 £

150 £

200 £


Registration is open at our conference homepage >>


The conference will take place in the University of Cambridge West Road Concert Hall, which is the largest conference facility within the University.


More information to accomodation can be found  here >>


For information regarding the sponsoring please contact:

Organising Committee

Barbara Bockstahler, Frances Henson, Annamaria Nagy, Zoran Vrbanac


We will gladly answer your questions - please contact us: