Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
April 2017 - In This Issue:
Skier at Snowbird
A skier chooses between two runs at the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
A Great Week of Snow and Science at Snowbird!

I hope everyone has recovered from a great week of snow and science at the Snowbird meeting. Thanks to Rich Evans, Maralyn Probst, and the board for a fantastic meeting. If you were unable to attend, let me bring you up to speed on changes in the VOS board. We thanked Steve Petersen and Jan Van Dyke for their service on the board for the last few years. We also welcomed two new board members, Nina Kieves as Exhibit Chair and Jeff Godwin as President Elect. The VOS Foundation had some changes as well. John Chandler completed his term as Director, Dick Lau moved into the Director position from Assistant Director, and Wanda Gordon-Evans has been selected as Assistant Director. I'd like to personally welcome these great individuals to the VOS board.
The board heard you loud and clear at the Business Meeting when several people shared their concerns over the dates of the next scheduled VOS meetings. Due to changes in other professional meetings, we were forced to shift our meeting later in the ski season. Our travel agent Penny Smith has contacted the resorts and the 2019 and 2020 meetings have been rescheduled earlier in the season. The 2019 meeting will be at Breckenridge February 9-16, and the 2020 meeting will be at Sun Valley February 1-8. Thank you, Penny.
Alan CrossAnother date to keep in mind is October 4-6, 2018. This is the date of the World Veterinary Orthopedic Congress. This event happens every 4 years and alternates between U.S. and European host cities. The 2018 WVOC will be in Barcelona and should be spectacular. We are currently forming an ad-hoc committee to help with organization on our end. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Maralyn.
I think that is it for now. It is not too soon to be thinking about 2018 in Snowmass. I hope to see everyone there.
Alan Cross

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Even though we just wrapped up the 2017 Conference, we're already looking forward to next year!
VOS 2018 Conference 
March 10-17, 2018   
Snowmass, Colorado 
Save the dates, and be sure to join us next year in Snowmass! Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations.  

For travel questions, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of, at or 800-233-2300, ext. 3420.

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Photo courtesy of Snowmass Tourism.
Alan Cross and Rich Evans
VOS incoming President Alan Cross (left) presents outgoing President Rich Evans with a plaque in appreciation of his service.


Alan Cross
Rich Evans
Past President
Jeff Godwin
President Elect
Raviv Balfour
Katja Lin 
Cheryl Tano 
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair
Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program
Jos├ę M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jonathan Suber
Matt Stewart
Nina Kieves 
Exhibit Chair
Richard "Dick" Lau
Director, Education Foundation
Wanda Gordon-Evans 
Assistant Director, Education Foundation 
Maralyn R. Probst
Executive Secretary


Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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

2019 46th Annual VOS Conference 
February 9-16, 2019
Breckenridge, Colorado

2020 47th Annual VOS Conference 
February 1-8, 2020
Sun Valley, Idaho 
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We are looking for advice to pass on to those who are interviewing for their first jobs as surgeons. If you have any advice as someone that has recently interviewed for their first job or has had to interview people for their first job, please email Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at We will share responses in an upcoming newsletter article.



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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).
When you make a payment at the VOS Store, you may also donate online to the VOS Educational Foundation. We have set up donation amounts of $50, $100, and $250 or you may make a donation of any amount by choosing the custom donation option. Donations to the VOS Educational Foundation are tax deductible.
Recipients of the Bloomberg Resident Research Award
Recipients of the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award and sponsor representatives gather for a group lunch. Kneeling, from left: Jessica Leasure, Daniel Davis. Standing, from left: Steve Fox of Securos, David Suarez-Fuentes, Albert Tsang, Sylvester Price of Merial, Andrew Kazanovicz of Securos, John Chandler of the VOS Education Foundation, Mike D'Angelo of Orthomed, Deandra Owen, Jennifer Godfrey, and Carla Appelgrein.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award:
  • Dr. Carla Appelgrein - Kinetic Gait Analysis of Agility Dogs Entering the A-Frame
  • Dr. Daniel Davis - Variability of the Position of the Greater Trochanter: Implications for Femoral Preparation during Canine Total Hip Replacement
  • Dr. Jennifer Godfrey - Effect of Regional Limb Perfusion Volume on Concentrations of Amikacin Sulfate in Synovial and Interstitial Fluid Samples from Anesthetized Horses
  • Dr. Jessica Leasure - Inter- and Intra- Observer Variability of Radiography and Computed Tomography for Evaluation of Zurich Cementless Acetabular Cup Placement Ex Vivo
  • Dr. Deandra Owen - Incidence of Radiographic Patellar Tendon Thickening Following Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy Using Three Methods of Joint Inspection
  • Dr. David Suarez-Fuentes - Comparison of Outcome Following Semitendinosus Tenotomy Performed Under Standing Sedation Versus General Anesthesia for the Treatment of Fibrotic Myopathy in Horses
  • Dr. Albert S. H. Tsang - Changes in the Flexor Tendons Following Injury: An Ex-Vivo Study Using an Ovine Tendinopathy Model
Our sincere thanks to all the sponsors of these awards. The endowed Bloomberg sponsors are: AO Vet North America, Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos, and VOS Past Presidents. Arthrex was an annual sponsor this year for the seventh Bloomberg award.
Congratulations to the winners of our "best" awards and our research grant recipients!

Best Research Podium Presentation: Exposure to Donor Bone Protein Induces Tolerance in Massive Cortical Allograft Recipients - Dr. Kaitlyn McNamara
Best Clinical Podium Presentation: Outcome and Complications Following Stabilization of Coxofemoral Luxations in Cats Using Mini Tightrope® System - Dr. Sebastian Knell
Best Bloomberg Presentation: Effect of Regional Limb Perfusion Volume on Concentrations of Amikacin Sulfate in Synovial and Interstitial Fluid Samples from Anesthetized Horses - Dr. Jennifer Godfrey
Best Research Poster Presentation: The Effect of Cyclic Axial Loading on Fixation Wire Tension in Single Ring Circular External Skeletal Fixator Constructs - Dr. Riley Shugg
Best Clinical Poster Presentation: The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Osseous Healing in Dogs Treated with Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - Dr. Samuel Franklin
Hohn Johnson Research Award: Long-term Fate of Decellularized Allografts Used for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Dogs: A Clinical Trial -  Dr. Jeffery Biskup
Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award: Determination of Optimal Torque for Cortical Bone Screw Fixation in Equine Third Metacarpal Bone  - Dr. Jennifer Whyard
Congratulations to the winners of the Acetabular Cup!

Women's winner: Becky Stanclift
Men's winner: Thomas Medl
Acetabular Cup ski race
Acetabular Cup ski race
sponsorsWe could not host our annual conference without the incredible support we receive from our friends at these generous companies. When making purchasing decisions, keep in mind who has helped you to remain current on the science of veterinary orthopedics!
Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites.
VOS Past Presidents
VOS members, did you know that you can now post classified ads for free in this VOS newsletter? Please send us your job openings, residencies, internships and other notices so we can help publicize these opportunities to the veterinary orthopedic community.

Each classified ad is limited to 100 words and should include a web link or email address so readers may respond directly to you. Ads also may include a small logo (please submit your logo as a JPG, PNG, EPS or PDF file with your text).

Non-members are also welcome to submit classified ads for the newsletter. The fee for non-members is $135 for text ads and $150 for ads with a logo and includes posting the ad for 3 newsletter issues. (Non-members are also encouraged to join VOS and post their ads for free!)

Please submit all classified ads to Maralyn Probst, Executive Secretary, at All classified ads are subject to board approval.
Attention, past Bloomberg and Hohn-Johnson award winners: VOS wants you! We want to tell your story. How did winning the award help you with your career? How did you add to the body of science in veterinary orthopedics? Email Dr. Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at to tell us how these awards have helped you.
VCOT journal cover 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.

The VCOT journal offers two types of subscriptions to VOS members:
Premium member subscription - $141: Printed copies & online access to current issues and archive back to 1988.
Standard member subscription - $129: Printed copies & online access to the current issues and 9 years archive.

VOS annual dues of $110 ($25 for Interns and Residents) must be paid to receive these rates. Please note that individual subscriptions are limited to online access by one person only. PIN will be issued by publisher.

This year, we are offering a way to subscribe online to the VCOT journal with an online subscription form on our website and online payments through the VOS store. You may also download and complete a paper form and send in a check or credit card payment if you prefer. Please see the Subscribe to the VCOT Journal page on our website for complete details.

If you are subscribing or renewing, please be sure to provide your PREFERRED MAILING ADDRESS on the online order form or paper order form. The VCOT journal will be sent to the preferred mailing address listed on your order form.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. 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


Surgeon, VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, West Los Angeles
VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center is seeking a Surgeon to join our multi-doctor team of board-certified specialists.
Candidates should have a strong interest in soft tissue, orthopedic, spinal and minimally invasive surgeries as well as an interest in the teaching and training of the resident and interns.
Located in West Los Angeles, VCA ASEC is the largest veterinary surgical group in Southern California with five individual operating rooms, digital radiography with fluoroscopy, a 16-slice GE helical CT scanner, C-arm with digital subtraction, Arthrex tower for all minimally invasive general and orthopedic procedures.
If interested, email

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