With Keynote Speakers:
DR CHRIS ZINK
DVM PhD DACVP DACVSMR CCRT CVSMT CVA
Chris Zink is a specialist in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation with additional certifications in canine rehabilitation, acupuncture and chiropractic. She is the award-winning author/editor of five books and a DVD on canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, including Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the first textbook on the subject. Dr. Zink helped establish the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as one of the newest specialties in veterinary medicine and has been a member of its Board of Directors and served on its committees since its inception in 2010. Dr. Zink teaches canine sports medicine and rehabilitation to veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians throughout the world through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She was named Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation in 2009 and won the John J. Sherman III Award for Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation in 2015.
As a canine sports competitor, Dr. Zink has put over 100 titles on her dogs in agility, obedience, rally, conformation, tracking, hunt tests, barn hunts and nose work. She currently competes with a Golden Retriever, Hobby, and a Norwich Terrier, Helix.
DR CAROLINE ADRIAN
PT, PhD, CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Carrie received her BS in Biology in 1994 from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from North Georgia College in 1999. She received her PhD in Canine Biomechanics, the first degree of its kind in the country, from Colorado State University, with a research focus related to motor control and the canine stifle. She was among the first to be certified as a canine rehabilitation practitioner from the University of Tennessee and served as faculty member in the certificate program until 2004. Carrie has participated in a number of continuing education seminars on animal rehabilitation, both as a participant and lecturer since 1998, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of veterinary rehabilitation. She is a contributor to several textbooks including Animal Physiotherapy, Canine Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Veterinary Clinics of North America and The Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians. She is the past vice president for the animal special interest group within the American Physical Therapy Association. Carrie is the director of rehabilitation services for VCA Animal Hospitals and directs the physical therapy department at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado.
DR MATT BRUNKE
DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA
Dr. Matt Brunke was born and raised in Queens, NY. He attained his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, he did his clinical rotations at Purdue University and began practicing in upstate NY in 2004. He was the first veterinarian in the capital district to be certified in canine rehab (CCRP, through the University of Tennessee) and oversaw a rehab practice from 2007 to 2012. He is also certified in pain management and acupuncture. Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He has a special interest in palliative care and canine athletes. He is also working on his credentials for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. When not at work he can be found outside training for triathlons and marathons. He finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2015 and is back in training again. Penny, his two-year old pit bull, is his running buddy and training partner.
DR DEIRDRE CHIARAMONTE
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, CCRT, CVA
Owner: NYC Mobile Vet
Deirdre Chiaramonte is a graduate of the class of 1986 then received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts in 1997 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center from 1997-1998. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004 after completing a small animal internal medicine residency at The Animal Medical Center. She was a staff Internist and the Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Unit until 2012. She is the owner / operator of NYC Mobile Vet, a boutique house call practice in NYC.
Dr. Chiaramonte is certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Current interests are in the fields of canine rehabilitation, obesity and geriatrics. She is a member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants Committee, Delta Society Advisory Board, and a past president of The New York City Veterinary Medical Association. She is the Director of Clinical Studies at Assisi Animal Health. She has lectured at CVC Baltimore, CVC Kansas City, CVC San Diego, ACVC Atlantic City, Veterinary Professional Quest, WVC Las Vegas, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars and International Veterinary Seminars, VetVine, and several state veterinary medical associations.