ECVSMR Scientific meeting 2021

The ECVSMR scientific meeting will take place on 27 February 2021. Due to the pandemic, we will meet online and experience an exciting programme together.


Chair: Roger Smith and Renate Weller

9.00 - 9.15 Welcome

9.15 - 10.00 Stephanie Dakin - From horses to humans: inflammation and tendinopathy

10.00 - 10.10 Break

10.10 - 10.55 Cathy Speed - Human tendinopathies: the art, the science of diagnosis

10.55 – 11.00 Break

11.00 – 12.30 Scientific presentations

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and Poster presentation

13.30 – 14.00 Roger Smith – pathogenesis of tendinopathy in horses

14.00 - 14.30 Jonathan McLellan - Diagnosis of tendinopathy in the equine athlete

14.30 – 14.45 Break

14.45 – 15.45 Debra Canapp– Whats new in pathogenesis and diagnosis of tendinopathy in the canine athlete

15.15 - 16.00 Panel discussion

16.00 Close

Our speakers

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. Debra Canapp began her journey in sports medicine and rehabilitation with her certification in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Loxahatchee, Florida in 2005. She has since continued an exclusive career working in small animal sports and rehabilitation medicine. In order to expand the rehabilitative services offered to VOSM's patients, Dr. Canapp became certified in the art of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006.

In 2007 she further enhanced VOSM’s rehabilitative portfolio when she received her certification in stem cell therapy, a practice that has shown promise in returning our injured canine companions and athletes to their prior function. In 2010-2011, Dr. Canapp pursued studies and advanced training in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and is currently utilizing this tool, as a leader in the small animal field, diagnostically and therapeutically through ultrasound-guided regenerative medicine injections. In 2012, Dr. Canapp obtained the next level of expertise in her field by becoming board certified in the new American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

For the past 8 years, Dr. Canapp’s exclusive area of interest, clinical work, lecturing and research has revolved around sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy, specifically canine sports-related injury, sport rehabilitation and performance. She has completed advanced courses in canine rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine, orthopedics and stem cell therapy. Currently she is practicing sports medicine, acupuncture, musculoskeletal ultrasound and rehabilitation at VOSM.

Dr. Canapp is active in teaching rehabilitation medicine to visiting veterinary students, rehabilitation therapy certification candidates, and veterinarians. She is also engaged in several clinical trials involving sports medicine and rehabilitation and reviews for scientific veterinary journals and grant committees. Dr. Canapp has been published and lectures on the subjects of osteoarthritis, sports medicine, regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and rehabilitation therapy at national and international continuing education meetings. Dr. Debra Canapp, along with her husband, Dr. Sherman Canapp, currently lecture both domestically and abroad on the subjects of orthopedic injuries in the sporting/working dog and the current rehabilitation techniques used to treat them.

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).


RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Professor of Equine Orthopaedics

 Department of Clinical Sciences and Services, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment as Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is also a Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In 2016, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected to president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017. He divides his time between running a specialist orthopaedic referral service within the Royal Veterinary College, where he is involved in lameness diagnostics, imaging and orthopaedic surgery, and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, diagnostics for tendon and ligament disease, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans. He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons.

Call for abstracts

The organisers of the 2nd Scientific Meeting of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ECVSMR) invite the submission of abstracts for consideration for oral or poster presentations.

All Abstracts will be reviewed by the ECVSMR 2021 Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee will select oral and poster presentations among the submitted Abstracts and notify the authors.

Abstracts should be submitted by email:

The deadline for Abstract submission is January 25th 2021.

Abstract submissions are limited to 250 words, excluding title, author, and institution information and should be submitted as a one-page, single-spaced Word document. The title should be at the top of the abstract in bold font followed by a complete list of authors including relevant degrees, department, and medical institution. Please identify the presenting author(s) with an asterisk (*). Bibliography should not be part of the Abstract.

Submitted papers must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Abstracts that have been submitted to another conference or meeting are eligible as long as they will not be presented prior to the ECVSMR Conference

At least one author must be registered for the conference and available to present at their assigned time.

Posters will be available online for viewing throughout the duration of the meeting, and it is expected that authors(s) will be available to answer specific questions during announced poster session time.

VAHL Award 2021


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 or scientific abstract 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: January 25th 2021
  • Selection will be done by the Executive Board of the ECVSMR
  • Submit your abstract via with the subject "VAHL Award 2021"


Sponsorship options for the 2021 online ECVSMR Conference



1.    Main sponsor of the event – 500 euros

-          Display of logo during the opening and closing sessions of the conference

-          A three-minute video during the conference

-          Display of logo on the ECVSMR Conference website, in the proceedings and on the screensaver displayed during breaks

2.    Sponsor the panel discussion – 300 euros

-          Display of logo during the panel discussion

-          Display of logo on the ECVSMR Conference website, in the proceedings and on the screensaver displayed during breaks

3.    Sponsor a lecture – 250 euros

-          A one-minute video before your sponsored lecture

-          Display of logo on the ECVSMR Conference website, in the proceedings and on the screensaver displayed during breaks

4.    Sponsor the poster session – 200 euros

-          Display of a slide during the announcement of the poster session

-          Display of logo on the ECVSMR Conference website, in the proceedings and on the screensaver displayed during breaks

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