February 22 - 24, 2019

David L. Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons- Small Animal

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals.

Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition he is the founder and CEO of Dycus Veterinary Consulting. 


90 min lecture:
A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Currents Trends for the Management of Osteoarthritis

60 min lectures:
Brace Yourself: The Role of Orthotics in the Management of Cruciate Disease
Hip Dysplasia: Treatment from the Young to the Old
Common Orthopedic Soft Tissue Injuries of the Forelimb
It Happens to the Best of us: Orthopedic Complications and How to Address Them
I Started Rehabilitation Therapy, but my Patient Isn’t Doing so Well: Identifying Complications during the Post-Operative Period
Regenerative Medicine in Orthopedics: A New Approach to an Old Problem


Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA
Certified in Rehabilitation, Pain Management and Acupuncture

Dr. Brunke is a native New Yorker, growing up in Queens. He received his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, graduating in 2004.

He received his certification in rehab in 2008 from the University of Tennessee CCRP program. He is also certified in pain management (IVAPM) and acupuncture(Chi Institute). He incorporates these into his athletic patients, as well as his hospice/palliative care services.

Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He just completed his residency requirements for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and sat for boards in January 2018.

He works at VOSM (Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group), and lives in the Washington DC area. Penny his 4 year old pit bull running buddy/ training partner and Adelaide the 3 year old Newfoundland.


90 min lectures:
Intro to rehabilitation - How to start a rehab practice, get trained, and what a rehab doctor does

60 minute lectures:
Rehab for CCL dz (in place of sx, instead of sx, and in the brace)
Rehab for hip dysplasia (from young and old in place of surgery and following an FHO)
Lasers in Vet Rehab
Loco-Regional anesthesia
Care of the down dog


Caribe Hilton

Getting There

Airport Distance:  15 minutes from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport

Driving Directions: Take 1st exit to the right: Baldorioty Expy #26 W. Follow approx 7 mi. until the end. Continue on Munoz Rivera #25, cross Dos Hermanos Bridge go through traffic lights. Follow road around the corner and the Hilton will be on the right.

Lecture Schedule

February 22
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

February 23
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

February 24
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


Early Bird Fee (booked 90 days ahead): $725
Regular Fee (booked less than 90 days ahead of time) : $795


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