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About Us

VSMRI is an industry leading partnership combining the expertise of Dr. David Dycus, Dr. David Levine with long-time educator Northeast Seminars. Courses draw from the expertise of our partners, Advisors, and Participants.

David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS

Dr. Dycus received his Bachelor of Arts from LaGrange College where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. While at LaGrange College, Dr. Dycus received numerous awards and scholarships from the science department, along with the prestigious Waights G. Henry award, which is given to the most outstanding graduating senior of the university. 

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at Mississippi State University, Dr. Dycus not only received multiple scholarships for outstanding academics, but also was actively involved with research. As a veterinary student, Dr. Dycus completed research projects focusing on Listeria spp. bacteria, and the healing properties of rat tendons. It was also during veterinary school that Dr. Dycus became involved with Nutramax Labs to begin studying the effects of oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. Upon graduation from Mississippi State University, Dr. Dycus completed a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University, and then returned to Mississippi State University to complete a three-year surgical residency. 

During his time as a surgical resident, Dr. Dycus completed his Master of Science with research focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis in the canine patient. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to repair ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus was able to participate in other research projects during his residency, such as using a rabbit model to study the effects of hypertension on the heart. He has had the opportunity to present his research both locally and nationally.  To remain on the cutting-edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Dycus is currently a staff surgeon in the department of orthopedics at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM). VOSM was one of the first veterinary subspecialties in the world focusing on orthopedics and sports medicine. The goal of VOSM is to provide cutting edge treatment to patients with orthopedic issues as well as continue to advance the field of veterinary orthopedic and sports medicine.” 


Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple veterinary journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. 

David Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, Diplomate ABPTS, CCRP, Cert. DN

Dr. Levine received a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of New England, a Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Boston University, and a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee where he also received his PhD.


Dr. Levine is a professor and the Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine and North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he is board certified as a specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is also certified in dry needling. His practice in canine rehabilitation is at VCA RIVER in Chattanooga.



Dr. Levine has been working and conducting research in animal physical rehabilitation since 1993 and is co-director of the University of Tennessee's certificate program in canine rehabilitation. He is a co-editor of multiple books, including Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats, and Gait Analysis: An Introduction. He has presented at over 100 conferences, and has lectured in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Levine has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals with over 100 publications. His latest research focuses on canine rehabilitation, clinical infectious disease, animal assisted therapy, and laser to improve muscle endurance. 

Northeast Seminars

Since its founding in 1981, Northeast Seminars has provided more than 4 million hours of Continuing Education to professionals in Animal and Human Health.

Northeast provides post doctoral professional credentials to thousands of professionals worldwide in partnership with world-class experts and educational institutions such as The University of Tennessee. We also provide RACE certified online Continuing Education through hundreds of hours of content and credential courses in Pain Management, Nutrition, Osteoarthritis, Emergency and Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Exotics, and more.

NES developed the first University backed credentialed courses in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRP), Equine Rehabilitation (CERP), Canine Fitness Training (CCFT), Canine Manual Therapy (CCMT), and more.

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