Dr. Debra Canapp's ACVSMR Board Certification

Dr. Debra Canapp receives her American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Board Certification

Monday May 28, 2012

VOSM is proud to announce that on May 28, 2012, Dr. Debra Canapp, a founding principal of VOSM, became the third veterinarian at the practice to achieve board certification by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). VOSM is now the only practice in the U.S. with not one, but three, specialists board certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and is the only private practice with an official ACVSMR residency program.


ACVSMR specialists must endure a rigorous approval process before being recognized by the College. Applicants must demonstrate advanced training in the specialty, primarily focusing on teaching, research or practice before they are even allowed to sit for a thorough two-part examination.


Sports Medicine Not Just for People Anymore


The sports medicine specialty is vital to the health of our pets. Like people, an increasing number of pets are engaged in frequent, sometimes competitive, levels of activity. Intense athletic activity can lead to specific musculoskeletal injuries not commonly encountered in the general population. The clinical signs of these injuries can be subtle, and misdiagnosis and mistreatment is common by clinicians lacking in a complete understanding of the pathology and a heightened awareness of symptoms.


The VOSM Way


VOSM’s unique focus on veterinary sports medicine means our patients consistently receive the utmost care and attention to the needs and concerns surrounding the diagnostic, treatment and recovery processes. In fact, our doctors have more than a decade of training in sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy, have published numerous research studies in the field, and are actively performing clinical trials and research to continue leading the industry in veterinary treatment design and protocols related to orthopedics, sports medicine, and physical rehabilitation.


About Dr. Debra Canapp


Dr. Debra Canapp is a graduate from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (1998). While studying at Iowa State University, she conducted research on exercise physiology in the Department of Veterinary Physiology. During this time, she held two externships: small animal soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and equine medicine, surgery and field service. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is the chief practitioner and trainer for diagnostic ultrasound techniques at VOSM.