The Equine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (C.E.R.P.)







Dr. Steve Adair, MS, DVM


  • 1986 - 1989, Large Animal Surgical Residency, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1984, DVM Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1980, Master of Science Veterinary Microbiology, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1978, Bachelor of Science Microbiology, Auburn University

Board of Certification

  • Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Sprots Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) - 1993

University Appointments

  • 1997 - Current - Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Knoxville, TN
  • 1991 - 1997 - Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Knoxville, TN
  • 1989 - 1991 - Assistant Professor - University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Knoxville, TN

Practice Experience

  • 1997 - Current - Associate Professor, University of Tennesee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Deartpment of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • 1989 - 1997 - Assistant Professor, University of Tennesee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Deartpment of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • 1986 - 1989 - Large Animal Surgery Resident, University of Tennesee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Deartpment of Rural Practice
  • 1984 - 1986 - Associate Veterinarian, Monticello Large Animal Clinic, Lake Charles, LA

Clinical Interests
General interest in musculoskeletal problems of the equine.  Primary interest in equine laminitis.

Research Interests
Microcirculatory blood flow and its relationaship in the development of laminitis.

Selected Works of Henry S. Adair, III







































Jennifer Brooks, PT ,MEd, CCRP, CERP


  • Russell Sage College, B.S. in Physical Therapy, Tryo, NY  1985
  • Rivier College, Masters in Education, Nashua, NH  1995

Board of Certification

  • Certification of Equine Rehabilitation practitioner University of Tennessee, The College of Veterinary Medicine and Division of Outreach & Continuing Educaiton, Knoxville, TN  June 2006


  • Member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Orthopedic Section, APTA
  • Animal Physical Therapy - Special Interest Group, APTA


Jennifer Brooks, PT, CCRP, CERP, has been practicing PHysical Therapy for 25 years.  Her human practice has focused on outpatient orthopedics.  In 2000, she turned her focus of combining her professional skills towards her hobby of equine enthusiasts into a life long dream of treating horses.

She has attended numerous equine courses, culminating her educational pursuits by receiving her Certification as an Equine Rehab Practitioner (CERP) in 2006 from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.

She started her equine PT practice, Equine Rehabilitation Services, LLC, treating equine clients in the New England area.

In, 2008 she published 2 articles in the Orthopedic PHysical Therapy Journal on the topics of treatment protocol for stifle dysfunction.  She has presented clinics, and lectures regarding the practice of Equine Physical Therapy and Stifle Dyfunction at the annual APTA conferences in 2009 and 2010.  

On the state level, Jennifer has worked with the NH Veterinary & PT licensing boards to develop House Bill 1525 to allow PTs to work in collaboration with veterinarns.  This bill recently passed 1/1/2010 allowing licensed PTs, to practice on animals with in the state of NH, under veterinarian referral.

This past year, Myhre Equine Clinic, brought Jennifer on as a valuable asset to their rehabilitation team.  They felt it is important that a licensed PT be part of their team to complement their medical and surgical approaches with phsical therapy practices that have been known and researched to assist humans.


  • Numerous local Equine and 4H Clubs throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts from '06 to current on:
    • "What can Equine Physical Therapy do for my Hourse?"
    • "What is Animal/Equine Physical Therapy?"
    • "Stifle Dysfunction:  Evaluation and Treatment"
    • "Case Studies:  Variety of PT Treatment"

  • "Stifle Clinic:  Evaluation and Treatment"  (3 hours) to Mason Area Neighbor Equestrians, October 2008.

  • Veterinary and Physical Therapy 5th International Symposium, Poster Presentation of Equine Stifle Dysfunction and Treatment:  Case Study. Minneapolis, MN, August 2008

  • Hesser College, Physical Therapy Assistant Program, Manchse4ter, NH, "What Can Physical Therapy offer Animals:  Our Expanding PRactice" January 2009

  • APTA Combined Sections Annual Conference, Animal Special Interest Group Seminar, presented on Equine Stifle Dyfucntion and Treatment, Las Vegas, NV - February 2009.
  • Myhre Equine Clinic, Annual Veterinarian Symposium, Rochester, NH:  "Physical Therapy Interventions for your Horse" and "Body Mechanics for Veterinarian Technicians:  Prevention of Injury"  February 2009





Marti Drum, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRP, CERP

Dr. Drum grew up riding and showing Thoroughbred hourses which led to an interest in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation.  She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006.  Dr. Drum also received a PhD in Equine Orthopedics from the Colorado State University Equine Orthopedic Research Center in 2006 where her research focused on subchondral bone density mapping in racehorses and non-racing horses.

Dr. Drum is the primary supervising clinician for the Small Animal Rehabilitation service and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Drum has a widely varied background, drawing from her experiences with PHysical Rehabilitation in multiple species, including horses, camelids, pigs, sheep, chickens, avian/exotic pets, zoo animals and of course dogs and cats.  Dr. Drum's current research interest involve Osteoarthritis.  Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. 




Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD


  • Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Course, 2006
  • Animal Chiropractice Certification Course, 1993

Research Interests

  • Investigating causes and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries
  • Developing objective assessments techniques of back pain and stiffness
  • Evaluating normal back movement and conservative (non-surgical) management of back problems and sacroiliac joint disorders
  • Clinical research in the areas of veterinary chiropractic, acpuncture, physical therpay modalities, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation


  • Graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed s small animal intership in Sacramento, CA
  • Attended Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and completed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certification.
  • Began a private veterinary chiropractic practic fro both equine and small aninal patients in 1992.
  • Attended the University of California-Davis to pursue a Ph.D. in spinal anatomy and pathology in Thoroughbred racehorses.
  • Post-doctorate training at Cornell University involving evaluation of normal back mobility, back muscle pain and spinal flexibility in horses.
  • Directed the newly formed Integrative Medicine Service at Cornell University which provided chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy services to both small and large animals.
  • Currently, Assistant Professor at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center and is involved in research into the objective assessments of pain and initiation of chriopractic, acupuncture and physical therapy-rehabiltiation research for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.


Selected Publications

  • Engeli E, Yeager AE, Erb HN and Haussler KK. Ultrasonographic technique and normal anatomic features of the sacroiliac region in horses. Vet Radiology and Ultrasound 2006; 47 (4): 391-403.
  • Haussler KK, Erb HN. Mechanical nociceptive thresholds in the axial skeleton of horses. Equine Vet J, 2006; 38 (1): 70-75.
  • Haussler KK, Erb HN. Pressure algometry for the detection of induced pain in horses: a preliminary study. Equine Vet J, 2006; 38 (1): 76-81
  • Engeli E, Haussler KK, Erb HN. Development and validation of a periarticular injection technique of the sacroiliac joint in horses. Equine Vet J, 2004; 36 (4): 324-330
  • Ross C, Haussler KK, Kenney JD, et al. Frontier medicine: The future and integrative medicine. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice–Advances and the Future in Equine Veterinary Medicine, 2001; 17 (2): 351-377
  • Haussler KK, Bertram JEA, Gellman K, Hermanson JW. Segmental in-vivo vertebral kinematics at the walk, trot, and canter: A preliminary study. Equine Vet J Suppl, 2001; 33: 160-164.
  • Haussler KK, Bertram JEA, Gellman K, Hermanson JW. Dynamic analysis of in vivo segmental spinal motion: An instrumentation strategy. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol, 2000; 13: 9-17
  • Haussler KK. The anatomy of the thoracolumbar vertebral region. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice–Back Problems, 1999; 15 (1): 13-26
  • Haussler KK. Osseous spinal pathology. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice–Back Problems, 1999; 15 (1): 103-112.
  • Haussler KK. Chiropractic evaluation and management. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice–Back Problems, 1999; 15 (1): 195-209
  • Haussler KK, Stover SM, Willits NH. Pathology of the lumbosacral spine and pelvis in Thoroughbred racehorses. Amer J Vet Res, 1999; 60 (2): 143-153
  • Haussler KK, Stover SM. Stress fractures of the vertebral lamina and pelvis in Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J, 1998; 30 (5): 374-381
  • Haussler KK, Stover SM, Willits NH. Developmental variation in lumbosacropelvic anatomy of Thoroughbred racehorses. Amer J Vet Res, 1997; 58 (10): 1083-1091.







Andris Kaneps, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Andris Kaneps is a surgeon, lameness diagnostician, and clinical practitioner at the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, NH. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his Master’s degree as he completed his Equine Surgery Residency. He completed his doctorate at the University of California-Davis in 1994. Dr. Kaneps is board-certifed by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves on this new specialty group's Board of Directors.

Dr. Kaneps gained his sport horse practice experience in Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. He served as a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at both the Oregon State University and The Ohio State University and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis.

An author of multiple scientific articles, Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (Saunders 2004) and Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007). With Dr. Steve Adair at the University of Tennessee he developed the curriculum for and teaches in the certification program for equine physical therapy that results in the designation Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP).

Dr. Kaneps specializes in equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance issues and rehabilitation therapy.


Chris Kawack, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Chris Kawcak is making pioneering advances in equine musculoskeletal disease and injury research. Dr. Kawcak is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes, such as the injuries sustained by Barbaro and Eight Belles.

Kawcak works to accomplish these goals through several areas of research. He's looking for ways to diagnose joint disease and microscopic joint injuries before they develop into more serious injuries. Kawcak focuses on finding ways to improve three-dimensional imaging techniques and methods using MRI, CT scan and X-ray. 

He is working with researchers in biomedical engineering on biomechanical models that show the joint and how the animal uses a leg, and they've developed a computer simulation of risk factors specific to each horse, such as the shape of the joint and the abnormal stresses that can result in the joint from this. Horses with significant fetlock damage seemed to have abnormally shaped condyles which appears to cause abnormal forces within the joint to predispose the animal to injury. Kawcak hopes that looking at joint shape model can give veterinarians information to determine the chance of a fracture, and help veterinarians and horse owners make the best decisions for the health and well-being of the horse. 

Kawcak and the team at the university's Orthopaedic Research Center also are using imaging to understand physiological characteristics that may lead to catastrophic fractures.

Kawcak is also spearheading a collaborative effort to better monitor limb use in equine athletes through wireless technology. By working with a private company, the group is testing an inertial sensor that can be placed on the horse's leg to monitor its limb use in real time, and detect any changes that might lead to lameness. At this stage, the lameness would be in its early stages and treated more effectively. 

Other focuses of the research group at the center include:
  • Using gene therapy to improve cartilage healing
  • looking at the use of stem cell therapy for soft tissue healing
  • Testing new medications and therapies
  • Studying racetrack surfaces for clues into whether or not specific surfaces cause injuries or help to prevent injuries
  • Investigating integrative therapies to improve the field of equine rehabilitation
While work is conducted specifically in the best interest of the horse, similar problems in humans may one day benefit from research and clinical cases at CSU. 

Kawcak is also an equine surgeon who focuses mainly on orthopaedic injury and surgery. He is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He holds the Iron Ranch Rose Chair.