2019 NC Equine Sports Medicine Symposium

The Organizing Group

  The organizing group – we call ourselves Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Educational Team – CESMET - organized in early 2016 due to our diverse interests in Equine Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation, Podiatry and Education. Each of us have been or are directly connected to advanced competition horses. We have organized 2 annual meetings with featured speakers the likes of Drs. Gerd Heuschmann, Melissa King, Tracy Turner and Andrew van Eps. Any profits from our meeting(s) we want to go to equine oriented CVM scholarships and equine sports medicine and podiatry research. That is also why we have partnered with the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation.


The Group of Six:

Meghann Lustgarten, DVM, DACVR, DACVSMR

   Meghann Lustgarten, DVM, DACVR, DACVSMR earned her board certifications from the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2013 and from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2018. She has authored and co-authored multiple publications on musculoskeletal imaging in horses and has been an invited speaker at ACVS, ACVR, Duke and UNC. She currently provides consultation services for referring veterinarians in North Carolina.

Lauren V. Schnabel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Lauren V. Schnabel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR is an Assistant Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier.  She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s main clinical and research interests are in the use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases and in advancing equine rehabilitation protocols. 

Kirsten Tillotson, DVM, MS, DACVIM

         Kirsten Tillotson, DVM, MS, DACVIM has been a solo practitioner for the last 17 years in North Carolina after achieving board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2002. She has a strong interest in podiatry as well as the welfare of the whole horse. She has a small practice and enjoys taking horses for rehabilitation and sending them home a better horse. One of her goals is to be able to provide a service that is affordable to more than the upper level athlete.      

Robert Meyer, DVM

  I have been in Equine practice for almost 35 years now and have seen tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness in the horse. There are two areas I think have plenty of room for improvement. 

1-looking at the whole horse instead of just the affected joint or soft tissue that is injured. Podiatry, metabolic conditions and environment are all important factors that can affect the outcome of a treatment, but are often overlooked. 

2- carefully thought out rehabilitation after treatment or surgery is often limited to stall rest and hand walking. Equine sports medicine should look to human sports medicine and rehabilitation to help guide us in the future as their research and execution of rehab techniques has advanced at a tremendous pace. That is why I am interested to help organize meetings which can help raise the bar regarding sports medicine and rehabilitation!

Fernando Cardenas Jr. DVM

  When I became a veterinarian 

22 years ago the resources were not available to me to provide advanced rehabilitation to the elite equine athlete. I felt   compelled to learn more about it. At first I saw that is was an art more than   science. The equine athlete is no different than the human athlete. Injuries are inevitable. I am glad that veterinary medicine can offer what before was not really possible. Now that I have been practicing sports medicine and rehabilitation for over 10 years, I am very impressed with the results I have seen.      

Richard A. Mansmann, VMD, PhD. hon. DACVIM-LA

  Richard A. Mansmann, VMD, PhD. hon. DACVIM-LA is a 4th generation horseman and an equine practitioner from Santa Barbara and Raleigh who has published in several areas of equine health. He is currently a Clinical Professor Emeritus of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine directing their equine podiatry teaching program. He also provides consultation services for equine podiatry and training problems for veterinarians and farriers and their clients’ horses. Looking at the totality of the horse, and the influences of it’s rider, it’s trainer and manager are critical for the future of equine medicine and surgery. Getting this information out to equine health practitioners at a reasonable cost is also important.