Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
April 2016 - In This Issue:
VOS 2016 conference attendees enjoy the slopes at Big Sky Resort in Montana.


One of the perennial challenges facing VOS is communicating effectively with our members during the year. Communications Chair Katja Lin does a great job with the monthly e-newsletter, but we'll put more information on social media. So like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@vosdvm) because you are going to want to keep up with the awesome program being prepared for the next meeting in Snowbird, Utah, March 11-18, 2017. The Jacques Jenny Lecturer is Dr. James Stannard; he's a knee trauma specialist at University of Missouri and a retired officer from the 82nd Airborne Division.

Don't worry about the late meeting date. Snowbird averages 41 feet of light lake-effect snow. A lot of that will still be there March 11, and I'll tweet photos of people skiing at Snowbird in July!

Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for updates on the VOS Educational Foundation. The VOS board will try and do a better job of letting you know how that money is spent, and how your donations help the VOS mission of improving the specialty of orthopedics.

Rich Evans I didn't hear of any major orthopedic injuries among VOS members at Big Sky this year. Big Sky always has our highest attendance. This year, a new record was set and that record is in part thanks to Steve Petersen and Andy Bathe who put together an outstanding program. Andy's off the board now, but Steve has one more year on the board, and I'm sure he'll help work some more magic at Snowbird.
Rich Evans, PhD
VOS President
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VOS 2017!
We may have just wrapped up our 2016 conference, but plans are already underway for the 2017 VOS Conference in Snowbird, Utah.

2017 VOS Conference 
March 11-18, 2017  
Snowbird, Utah    

Visit the Snowbird website

Save the dates, and be sure to join us next year! Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations. 

Snowbird logo

Aerial tram at Snowbird resort
Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.
VOS incoming President Rich Evans (right) presents outgoing President Steve Petersen with a plaque in appreciation of his service.

Rich Evans
Steve Petersen
Past President
Alan Cross
President Elect
Raviv Balfour
R. Mark Daye
Treasurer (Consultant)
Katja Lin 
Janet Van Dyke
Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair
Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program
José M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jonathan Suber
Matt Stewart
Cheryl Tano
Exhibit Chair Advertising/Publicity
John Chandler
Director, Education Foundation
Richard "Dick" Lau
Assistant Director, Education Foundation 
Maralyn R. Probst
Executive Secretary


The VOS office moved last year. Please update correspondence accordingly.



Veterinary Orthopedic Society

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   


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2017 44th Annual VOS Conference

March 11-18, 2017
Snowbird, Utah

2018 45th Annual VOS Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass, Colorado

2019 46th Annual VOS Conference 
Breckenridge, Colorado
Stay tuned to our website, our newsletter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
VOS members are eligible for a discounted subscription to the Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT) journal. VCOT is the official journal for 11 organizations, one of which is VOS.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. If you wish to subscribe or renew your subscription, please download the VCOT form and return it to the VOS office with your payment.

Subscriptions include 6 issues and usually start with Issue 1 or Issue 4, depending on payment date. If you have questions about VCOT subscriptions, please contact Maralyn Probst at



VOS has streamlined its advertising program for its 2016 email newsletters. 


Advertisers may choose to place an ad for one billing cycle, which covers three newsletter issues, or select a discounted annual package, which covers nine newsletter issues.


VOS is now offering vertical banner ad space in addition to horizontal banner ad space. Horizontal and vertical banner ads are available in two sizes (single-height or double-height), and each ad may be linked to the advertiser's website homepage or other web page.


A maximum of 15 horizontal and 2 vertical advertising spaces are available in each issue, and priority is given to annual advertisers.


To receive more details about the advertising program, please contact Janet Van Dyke



VOS members: We'd like to receive your news about recent publications, job opportunities, speaking engagements, etc. for publication in our email newsletter and website.


Please send your news items with photos if possible to

Are you a speaker at an upcoming conference? Know of a cool seminar or workshop you think our members would want to attend? Whether it is you, a fellow member or one of your hardworking residents, let us help spread the word. Shoot an email to and include your name, the title of your talk, date, location and link (if available).

Bruce and Janet Van Dyke
Bruce and Janet Van Dyke at Yellowstone National Park during the 2016 VOS Conference.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden death on March 16 of Bruce Van Dyke, the beloved husband of Dr. Janet Van Dyke, VOS board member and CEO of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Bruce attended many VOS conferences, including the 2016 conference in Big Sky, and was a dear friend of many VOS members.

Bruce and Janet met on Green Turtle Cay, an Out Island of Abaco in the Bahamas, a place they considered their home away from home for more than 25 years. Janet requests that any memorial gifts be directed to Every Child Counts, a non-profit organization that helps children in the Abacos with special needs. This was a cause that was near and dear to Bruce's heart.

Donations may be sent directly to Dr. Janet Van Dyke, 2701 Twin Oaks Way, Wellington, FL, 33414. Checks should be made payable to "The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau" with "Every Child Counts/Bruce Van Dyke Transitional Living Fund" on the memo line. Janet will see that the checks are hand-carried to the Bahamas so they get to Every Child Counts as soon as possible.

You can read Bruce Van Dyke's obituary at

Condolences may be shared in the online guestbook or mailed to Janet at the address above. Janet greatly appreciates the kind messages she has received from friends and colleagues.
KTVH news video

VOS was pleased to have the 2016 Conference in Big Sky featured on KTVH, the NBC affiliate from Helena, Montana. Read the news story posted on KTVH's website and watch this great report on the conference!

by Janet Van Dyke and Cheryl Tano
VOS Sponsor and Exhibitor Co-Chairs

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and exhibitors who helped to make the 43rd Annual VOS Conference a major success.

A special thank you goes to our 2016 Titanium sponsor, Aratana, for their ongoing support of VOS. We would also like to acknowledge those sponsors who helped us with our "special events" such as our registration reception ( Zoetis), ski race to support the VOS Educational Foundation ( BioMedtrix), the post-race picnic ( Everost), and Foundation Night ( Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics).

This year our proceedings were generously sponsored by NGD, and all abstracts will be published in VCOT, thanks to our friends at Nexvet Biopharma, PLC. Our Jacques Jenny Lecture series was once again supported by DePuy Synthes, our Sports Medicine series was made possible by Purina, and our equine lecture tracks were supported by Sound, Respond Systems, PulseVet, and HOSSO.

VOS also would like to thank OrthoPets, Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Arthrex Vet Systems, and Epica Medical Innovations for offering hands-on wet labs during the conference.

This conference could not take place without the generous support of all of our sponsors and exhibitors. We hope to see everyone back at our 2017 conference in Snowbird, Utah!

Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites. Scroll down to the end of the newsletter to view sponsor logos with links.

Endowed Sponsors
VOS Past Presidents
Annual Sponsor
Success Concepts Medical Books
Bloomberg award recipients and VOS board members (from left): Scientific Program Chair Andy Bathe, Bloomberg award recipients Elsa Ludwig, Adam Breiteneicher, Ellison Aldrich, Alexis Bilmont, Seth Bleakley, Alex Padron, Elizabeth Collar, and VOS outgoing president Steve Petersen.
by Andy Bathe and Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program Chairs

We had seven very strong recipients of the 2016 Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award again this year, with a good mixture of small animal and equine papers.

Recipients are:
Dr. Ellison Aldrich - Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Alexis Bilmont - Toulouse Cedex, France
Dr. Seth Bleakley - Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Adam Breiteneicher - College Station, TX
Dr. Elizabeth Collar - Philomath, OR
Dr. Elsa Ludwig - Blacksburg, VA
Dr. Alex Padron - Glen Allen, VA

There was an interesting mixture of studies, and all scored highly. Elizabeth Collar won the prize for her presentation on the association between third carpal bone porosity and fracture in racehorses.

We again thank all the sponsors for sponsoring one of the highlights of VOS each year. The endowed Bloomberg sponsors are: AO Vet North America,   Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos, and VOS Past Presidents. KYON was an annual sponsor this year for the seventh Bloomberg award.
by Matt Stewart 
Research Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Stover and her co-investigator, Vanessa Dahl, from the University of California-Davis, who were awarded the 2016 Hohn-Johnson Research grant to complete their project titled "Heel movement and hoof wall deformation with different length horseshoes applied to the hoof." Dr. Stover's study will address the influence that hoof trimming and shoeing practices have on fetlock joint function and risks for catastrophic injury.
Congratulations also to Dr. Megan Ann Mickelson and her supervisor, Dr. Peter Muir, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who received this year's Wade O. Brinker research award for their proposal titled "Variance associated with subject velocity and trial repetition during force platform gait analysis in a heterogeneous population of clinically lame dogs." This project will determine the influence of patient speeds on the information obtained from force plate analyses.

Congratulations to the following winners of other special awards!

Best Poster Presentation: Effects of Calcium Chloride and Thrombin Activation on Canine Platelet Activation, and Growth Factor and Cytokine Concentrations - Dr. Samuel P. Franklin, Watkinsville, GA

Best Research Podium Presentation: Comparison of Three Toggle Suture Constructs (TSCs) for Craniodorsal Hip Luxation in Dogs: An Ex Vivo Cyclical Biomechanical Study - Dr. Brian Saunders, College Station, TX

Best Clinical Podium Presentation: Frameless Stereotaxy for Vertebral Implant Guidance in Dogs - Dr. Fred Wininger, Creve Coeur, MO

Best Bloomberg Presentation: Third Carpal Bone Fracture is Associated with Focal Subchondral Bone Porosity in Racehorses - Dr. Elizabeth Collar, Philomath, OR

by Jonathan Suber 
Awards Chair

We had another successful ski race at Big Sky. The dual NASTAR course allowed for some good competition. The overall fastest time was Amber Acker-Sanborn. The fastest in the men's ski race was Dirk Siemers. For the kid's division, the fastest boy was Alex Kowaleski and the fastest girl was Katerina Garcia.

Congratulations to all the ski race winners! 
Overall Fastest Time: Amber Acker-Sanborn (18.54)
Women's First Place Ski Winner: Amber Acker-Sanborn (18.54)
Men's First Place Ski Winner: Dirk Siemers (19.90)
Children First Place Ski Winner
Girls: Katerina Garcia (26.32)
Boys: Alex Kowaleski (25.70)
Women's Snowboard Winner: Marti Drum (33.34)
Men's Snowboard Winner: Mike Harty (27.06)
Telemark Winner: Kal Incendy (27.14) 
Congratulations to three winners of contests held during or after the 2016 conference. The lucky winners are: 
  • Seth Mathus Ganz, who won $100 off the 2017 conference registration fee in a drawing of those who "liked" the VOS Facebook page

  • Kurt Schulz, who won a free registration for an upcoming conference in a drawing of those who completed the 2016 conference survey

  • Rich Evans, who supplied the winning caption "Baristas make great surgeons" in our photo caption contest
VOS President Rich Evans supplied the winning caption in our photo caption contest: "Baristas make great surgeons."
Graphic of VOS closing slideshow video

Have you seen the closing slideshow video from the VOS 2016 conference? Watch the video, now posted on the VOS Facebook page, and enjoy great memories from Big Sky! If you haven't already liked the VOS Facebook page, take a few seconds to do that to stay up to date on the latest news from VOS.


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Preference will be given to individuals with a strong interest and demonstrated competency in orthopedic surgery including joint replacement and arthroscopic procedures. A current curriculum vitae, letter of intent and the names of 3 references should be sent to: Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS, Chief of Surgery, VCA West Los Angeles at

Thank you to the following companies for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Is your company interested in advertising?
Contact Janet Van Dyke
for ad specifications and details.

AO North America ad
Aratana Therapeutics ad
DePuy Synthes ad

Thank you to the following companies for sponsoring the VOS 2016 Conference.


Canine Rehabilitation Institute logo Respond Systems logo PulseVet logo
Game Ready logo

Arthrex Vet Systems logo
DePuy Synthes logo
Elanco logo
New Generation Devices logo

Biomedtrix logo

AO Vet logo
Companion logo
Cutting Edge Laser Technologies logo
Dechra logo
Epica Medical Innovations
HOSSO Inc. logo
IMEX logo
InTrauma logo
Karl Storz logo
KYON logo
Medtronic logo
Nexvet logo
OrthoMed logo
Purina logo
Securos logo
Sontec logo
Sound logo
SpectraVet logo
TheraCell Vet logo
Veterinary Instrumentation logo
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