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     Roland Thaler, VMD
   Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Certified Member,
   International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathologists

Roland Thaler VMD

Dr. Roland Thaler is a 1986 graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thaler completed his internship at the Delaware Equine Center, Cochranville, Pennsylvania in 1988.

Dr. Thaler gained his sport horse practice experience while remaining on staff at the Delaware Equine Center and later as an associate at Edelson-Thaler Equine Associates in Manheim, PA. In 1999, Dr. Thaler relocated to Metamora, MI, where he is the owner of Metamora Equine PC.

Always an early adapter of new technologies and advancing skill sets in imaging through his dedication in continuing education, Dr. Thaler became a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology in 2009 where he remains active as a participant and instructor.

While working in clinical practice Dr. Thaler maintained research exposure by contributions in equine lung morphology modeling, histamine challenge protocols, RVI trials, investigation of PSGAG “flares,” patent of equine distal limb flexion device and data collection for gait asymmetry measurement. Those research models and published papers laid the groundwork for the later achievement of board certification as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine Rehabilitation in 2012.

Dr. Thaler is currently an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently active in the establishment of a residency program in Sports Medicine which is slated to begin in 2014. In addition, Dr. Thaler is the equine clinical instructor of Baker College Veterinary Technician Program. Dr. Thaler frequently gives presentations to various organizations from local 4-H clubs to international veterinary and farrier organizations.

Dr. Thaler recently authored several chapters to the newly published textbook titled “The Equine Tendon in Health and Disease”. He is currently in preparation of authorship of other scientific manuscripts on the subject of sports medicine.

Continuing Education

International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathologists (I.S.E.L.P.) offers a comprehensive program of advanced education in the field of equine lameness’s and osteoarticular, musculotendinous and nervous pathology, covering the different parts of the locomotor system of the horse.

Dr. Thaler has been an ISELP member since 2005; he has attended (~22) ISELP modules from 2005 through 2013 conducted by Jean-Marie Denoix DVM, PhD to gain accreditation as an ISELP Certified Member. Dr. Thaler became an ISELP Certified Member in 2009.

Regenerative Stem Cell Introduction and Orthopedic Use Credentialing Course: Feb 22, 2011

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
The ACVSMR was developed to meet the unique needs of athletic and working animals and all animals in need of rehabilitation. Objectives are:

  1. To establish and maintain credentialing and certification standards for veterinary practitioners who excel in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
  2. To identify, develop, foster, and maintain veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation specialty credentialing and ethical standards.
  3. To promote the improvement of scientific professional practice standards and the advancement of professional knowledge and competency, by self-assessment and examination to be determined, and to facilitate the continuing education of veterinary practitioners.
  4. To identify Diplomats to the public, other professionals, professional organizations, government agencies and representatives, and other appropriate individuals and bodies.
  5. To seek and foster cooperation and contacts with other organizations that relate to veterinary medicine, and to collaborate in matters of common interest, including the advancement of high standards and methods in the art and science of veterinary practice.
  6. To collaborate with universities and other educational institutions to encourage and promote the development of graduate veterinary science programs, with particular emphasis on residency training for clinical practice.

Speaking Engagements

Roland Thaler VMD: Speaking Engagements

May 2014: ISELP Hands-On Lecture & Wet Lab Instructor
“ISELP hands-on course to teach equine practitioners interested in
learning additional techniques in a small group atmosphere”

Hagyard Equine, Lexington, KY

February 2014: Featured Speaker and Roundtable Panelist
“Stem Cell Therapy: Understanding the Foundation of Healing
And “Rehabilitation of Tendon Injuries: When to Put The Cart
After The Horse”

International Hoof-Care Summit Cincinnati, OH

December 2013: Presenter of Innovation in Ultrasound
“This event is centered on a philosophy of sharing innovation
for the advancement of ultrasound in equine sports medicine”

AAEP VetImaging Symposium: Ultrasound – Visualization and Beyond Symposium Nashville, TN

February 2012: Featured Speaker
“Dealing With High Suspensory Ligament Injuries” and
“Tackling Injury-Specific Shoeing Needs”
International Hoof-Care Summit Cincinnati, OH

September 2012: Featured Speaker
“Injuries in the Performance Horse”
Northeast Assoc. of Equine Practitioners Pittsburgh, PA


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