Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
April 2019 - In This Issue:
VOS past presidents
VOS Past Presidents Charlie DeCamp, Trevor Bebchuk, and Curtis Probst get ready for the next presentation at the VOS 2019 Conference at Breckenridge.
We're Working Hard to Improve the Value of Your VOS Membership
Dear VOS members,

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as president this year. I welcome your comments and suggestions on ways that we might improve the value of your VOS membership. As we noted in last month's newsletter, many of our sponsor companies have elected to provide VOS members with special annual discounts. Please be sure to check these out and to make your purchasing decisions with these generous companies in mind.

The VOS Board is already hard at work planning the 2020 conference at the beautiful Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mark your calendar now for February 1-8, 2020. This is always one of our most popular conference sites, and the updates that they have done since our last visit there in 2015 are fantastic! The Sun Valley Lodge and Inn underwent a 2-year, $70 million renovation, including all new rooms.

Improvements on the mountain have resulted in 380 acres of new terrain including wide-open bowls, gladed tree skiing, and deep chutes. For those who prefer groomed runs, a new 3400' extension to the popular Lower Broadway Run, including 18 new snow-making guns, is sure to please, as is the replacement of the oldest chair lift on the mountain with a new high-speed lift that will connect popular runs with the gondola and Roundhouse Restaurant.

Finally, many of the residents who took part in our Residents in Training session run by Wanda Gordon-Evans mentioned the challenges they face in completing research and the required publications. This was especially an issue for those residents working in private practices. You spoke, we listened! Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR (and current president of the ACVSMR), has spent more than 30 years conducting research and training PhD students at Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. She has created an online/interactive course for residents and interns titled Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research. VOS members get a 10% discount off of tuition, and residents who are VOS members get a 25% discount! For more information on this valuable course, please visit the Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course page.

Janet Van DykeAny questions or suggestions regarding VOS, please don't hesitate to reach out. I look forward to seeing all of you in Sun Valley in February! 
Janet Van Dyke
VOS 2020 Conference 
February 1-8, 2020     
Sun Valley, Idaho  
Save the dates, and join us next year in beautiful Sun Valley! Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations.
Abstract Deadline: Call for papers for the 2020 Conference will open on July 1, 2019, and close on September 15, 2019, for both podium presentations and posters.
Sun Valley logo
Sun Valley skiing
Photo: Tal Roberts, courtesy of Sun Valley Resort.

Janet Van Dyke
Jeff Godwin
Past President
Ross Palmer
President Elect
Cara Blake
Raviv Balfour
Past Treasurer
Jen Warnock
Nina Kieves
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair
José M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program
Caleb Hudson
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jason Syrcle 
Ashlee Watts 
Mich Powers
Exhibit Chair
Wanda Gordon-Evans
Director, Educational Foundation
Brenda Salinardi
Assistant Director, Educational Foundation 
Maralyn R. Probst
Executive Secretary


Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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2020 47th Annual VOS Conference 
February 1-8, 2020
Sun Valley, Idaho 

2021 48th Annual VOS Conference 
February 13-20, 2021
Big Sky, Montana  
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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 Jen Warnock, Communication Chair, at We will share responses in an upcoming newsletter article.
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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).
VCOT 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.

Learn more about VCOT.

All VOS members are qualified to subscribe to VCOT at a reduced yearly fee of $155. Without VOS membership, the cost would be $315.

VOS annual dues of $110 ($25 for Interns and Residents) must be paid to receive this rate. Subscription includes printed copies & online access to current issues and archive back to 1988.

Please note that individual subscriptions are limited to online access by one person only. PIN will be issued by publisher.

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

How to Subscribe 
You may now complete your VCOT subscription either online or by mail!
Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed.
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.

VOS 2019 Conference Certificate If you attended the 2019 Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, and signed in for CE credits, you should have received a CE certificate from the VOS office by email.
If you have not received one, please contact Maralyn Probst at

Please note that if you need CE credits for the state of New York, there is a $30 charge.
by Nina Kieves
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair

Discount symbols VOS is pleased to announce a partnership with several of our sponsors to offer VOS members some great discounts on labs and equipment throughout the year! Since last month, we have added an additional discount from BioMedtrix!

This new program is a great perk for our VOS members, and we could not do it without our fantastic sponsors! Please consider what our sponsors do for VOS whenever making a purchase, even during the year, not just at the conference! We want to thank them for their on-going support and hope you will too by choosing them as your preferred vendors!

Current Sponsor Offers
For complete details about these discounts, please see the Sponsor Discounts page on the VOS website.

Sponsors, please contact Nina Kieves if you'd like to partner with VOS!
Foundation Night
Comedian Andy Hendrickson entertains the crowd at Foundation Night at the VOS 2019 Conference.
by Wanda Gordon-Evans
Director, Educational Foundation  
The 2019 Foundation Night was a success raising more than $9,000 for new and ongoing programs. There are 4 essential components making this night work. First, there is no Foundation Night without sponsorship. The excellent food and comedic stylings of Andy Hendrickson were made possible by Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics ( Canine Rehabilitation Institute; OrthoPets; Owl Manor Veterinary; Pulse Veterinary Technologies, LLC; and Respond Systems). Second, a huge thanks goes out to all of those members and companies donating to the auction. Third, a special thanks goes to Maralyn Probst, Meggan Brovege, Heidi DeCamp, and Brenda Salinardi who helped with set-up, tear-down, and money collection. Last but not least, thank you to all of the silent auction participants and foundation donors.

Your contributions help fund the grant programs (Hohn-Johnson and Brinker Awards) and 2 travel grants to VOS for interns and students to attend VOS. The VOS Educational Foundation (VOSEF) also partnered with AO North America Vet to present the Resident in Training Session at the VOS Symposium. The VOSEF board continues to look forward to future possibilities for promoting orthopedic education and research.
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.
Colleagues enjoy catching up at the VOS 2019 Conference.
VCOT Open cover Did you know that Thieme, the publisher of the Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT) journal, started an open-access companion journal called VCOT Open last year? VCOT Open publishes review articles, original research as well as case reports concerning the various aspects of veterinary clinical and comparative orthopaedics and traumatology. 
All articles in VCOT Open are made freely available for all to read and download. 
Please see the VCOT Open page on the Thieme website for more details.
Our sincere thanks to these generous companies who provide the support needed to make our annual conference possible. Please keep our sponsors and exhibitors in mind as you make purchasing decisions and remember who has helped you remain current on the science of veterinary orthopedics.
The Veterinary Orthopedic Society Board of Directors wishes to recognize the generous support of our sponsors:
Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites.
VOS Past Presidents
Pearl of wisdom VOS members: Do you have a surgical tip or trick you have figured out, or pearls of wisdom you would like to share? The VOS newsletter wants to get you published and share your wisdom! Send your name and practice location, and your pearl of wisdom, and any helpful photos or images, and we will publish it in the VOS newsletter. At the end of the year, the VOS member who submits the best bit of wisdom will win a $100 discount off the conference registration for the 2020 VOS meeting. Send your entries to
VOS members and non-members are encouraged to post classified ads in the VOS newsletter and website. Please send us your job openings, residencies, internships and other notices so we can help publicize these opportunities to the veterinary orthopedic community.

VOS members: Classified ads are free and will be posted for 3 newsletter issues. Please contact the VOS office at if you wish to renew your ad.

Non-members: The fee for non-members is $135 for text ads and $150 for ads with a logo. Ads will be posted for 3 newsletter issues. (Non-members are also encouraged to join VOS and post their ads for free!)

Each classified ad is limited to 100 words and should include a web link or email address so applicants 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).

Please submit all classified ads to Maralyn Probst, Executive Secretary, at All classified ads are subject to board approval.


Board-Certified Surgeon, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital is looking for a board-certified surgeon, with a minimum of five years' experience, and a special interest and/or advanced training in orthopedics.
Our 36,000 square-foot hospital is home a premier level 1 emergency and specialty center. The surgery department consists of 5 surgeons and is equipped with 5 surgical suites, a full complement of Stryker and Surgical Direct scoping equipment, New Generation locking fracture and TPLO systems, Ligasure, digital radiography with monitors in each surgical suite, fluoroscopy, 64 slice CT and a 1.5T MRI.
Interested candidates can send their CV to Dr. Jennifer Brisson, DVM, DACVR, Associate Medical Director, at


Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University has a one-year visiting assistant professor position available May 1, 2019. A background check is required for employment by the University. For details,
Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Boarded or Residency Trained Surgeon, New England Animal Medical Center (NEAMC), West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
The New England Animal Medical Center (NEAMC) in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts seeks a boarded or residency trained surgeon to join our growing team. Interest to help drive residency program welcomed.
Our fully equipped teaching facility includes 24/7 ER, Board Certified Specialists in Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology and a 6-doctor General Practice. Full time position includes a generous salary, full benefits, paid time off, sick leave, CE, professional dues/licensure, 401k and employee pet care benefits!
Come join our progressive, collaborative and amazing hospital that cultivates your growth as a clinician! For information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Veterinary Surgical Specialists
Veterinary Surgical Specialists seeks a Surgeon to expand our team! We are a thriving specialty practice serving the Northwest region's referring veterinary community and pet owners. Our team of specialists includes radiologists, surgeons, internist, clinical pathologist and a dermatologist. After hours/weekend care is provided at our emergency clinic staffed with six emergency veterinarians. We are a tight-knit collegial group who work collaboratively to provide outstanding services to our community.
We offer competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, short/long term disability, 401K, CE allowance, professional licensing, professional liability insurance, and association dues.
For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (NIVES), Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (NIVES) in Fort Wayne, Indiana seeks a surgeon to join our team!
We are committed to providing state-of-the-art orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic, thoracic and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Modern operating rooms, advanced equipment and dedicated technical staff ensure high quality, progressive care. We are the largest AAHA hospital in Northern Indiana and the only Level II Certified Critical Care facility in the state with specialties in Surgery, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine, Feline practice, radiology telemed consult and an experienced ER & critical care team.
For information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, REACH Veterinary Specialists, Asheville, North Carolina
REACH Veterinary Specialists in Asheville, NC seeks a Surgeon to join our growing team. Our goal is to provide the best emergency and specialty veterinary care possible. We have a family friendly atmosphere and focus on great communication and team building.
We are looking for a positive minded team player with a commitment to practicing current and innovative medicine, who will collaborate closely with other specialists as well as with our amazing support team to provide comprehensive and high-level care to our patients.
Competitive compensation, benefits package and signing/relocation bonus offered. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists
Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) is seeking a surgeon to join our growing team!
We complement a variety of progressive specialty teams at multiple locations including internal medicine, cardiology, emergency/critical care, neurology, ophthalmology and dentistry. Our state of the art referral only practice is equipped with digital radiography, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, Tate elbow replacement, Synthes, NGD, and SOP plating systems, THR (CFX, BFX, and Helica), and TPLO / TTA instrumentation to support orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological cases. Practice high quality surgery and medicine in a busy collegial atmosphere. Excellent compensation and benefits package. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital, Massachusetts
Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in Massachusetts seeks a Surgeon for our growing team! Our thriving Specialty practice provides 24-hour emergency and specialty services including Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Critical Care. We are a tight-knit collaborative team providing surgical services to our referring veterinary community and emergency department caseload.
We offer advanced imaging (CT and fluoroscopy), digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, ventilators, complete in-house lab, wireless telemetry, I-stat, full blood services and more.
Competitive compensation/benefits package including 401k, CE, health, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, moving stipend and potential signing bonus. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Small Animal Surgeon, City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery logo City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery is seeking an additional small animal surgeon or small animal surgery residency-trained individual for our practice in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota.
We are a "lifestyle" oriented, primarily mobile practice. There is no weekend, evening, or on-call duty. Additionally:
  • Generous compensation package
  • Surgeon plans his or her own availability
  • Dedicated personal technician
  • A "surgeon-managed/owned" practice
  • Base hospital for consultations, arthroscopy and non-mobile procedures
The ideal candidate is personable, and is skilled at soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
Contact Dr. Scott Hammel at: or 612-247-5280


Ambulatory Surgical Referral Practice for Sale, Metro Washington DC / Baltimore / Northern Virginia
Owner retiring after 30 years : Includes all equipment and instrumentation
Will stay on to transition
2 ½ - 3 DAY WEEK : HIGH NET > $300,000
Certified Technician if desired
Excellent Hospital Base
Contact :


Board-Certified Surgeons or Individuals Who Completed Surgery Residency Training, BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners is seeking board-certified surgeons or individuals who have completed surgery residency training. FT and Locum opportunities are available. BluePearl has a sole focus on specialty and emergency care and is one of the largest private employers of veterinary specialists. With more than 70 hospitals stretching from the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest to the skyscrapers of the Northeast to the sandy beaches in the Florida coast, we have an opportunity where you want to be!
For more information, please email Dr. Sonja Olson at
BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details, go to


Small Animal Orthopedic Surgeon, West Los Angeles, California
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is seeking applications for a small animal orthopedic surgeon. Preference will be given to candidates who are board-certified. Our staff includes 52 veterinarians with specialists in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, behavior and rehabilitation/integrative medicine.
Preference will be given to individuals with a strong interest and demonstrated competency in orthopedic surgery including joint replacement and arthroscopic procedures. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, 401K retirement plan, health insurance, paid vacation and compensation for continuing education.
Please send curriculum vitae to Dr Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS, E-mail:


Surgeon, Asheville, North Carolina
Make your move to Asheville, NC !!
Asheville is referred to as an art colony, Foodtopia, and a healing resort along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it.
Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Asheville are looking for a surgeon to work a 4 day work week with a multi-specialty team, CT, radiology and great equipment for MIS and scoping. This is a great team in a great location.
To learn more forward your CV to: Patrick O'Keefe, LVT:


Surgeon, Dallas, Texas
We are currently seeking a surgeon at DVSC in Dallas, TX, a Compassion-First network hospital.
Join a staff of 13 surgeons working a great schedule.
Compassion-First Pet Hospitals provides a platform for your dreams by valuing individuality and innovation at the practice level, while recognizing the power and promise of collaboration.
Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas-Ft. Worth is the 4th largest in the USA. You'll find everything a big city has to offer alongside plenty of outdoor activity and bar-b-que!
To begin your journey send a CV to:
Patrick O'Keefe, LVT: 973-986-0620


Entrepreneurial Experienced Surgeon Opportunity, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Join us in Fredericksburg, VA where you can be the hero. The rDVM community needs you to manage a large caseload for them. No on call, 4 day week, generous compensation and a dynamite surgical staff. 24/7 ER, Rehab with underwater treadmill and more.
Fredericksburg is a great community steeped in history, within an hour of any outdoor activity you enjoy. An hour from D.C., Charlottesville (UVA) and Richmond, VA.
If this matches the next step on your career path, contact me for more info.
Patrick O'Keefe:


Small Animal Surgeon, Boston Area Hospital
Boston West is seeking a small animal surgeon to join our Emergency and Specialty Referral hospital in Natick, MA.
Located close to Boston, Boston West offers a highly collaborative culture that strives for excellence, is optimistic, collaborative, and supportive.
Boston West is a 10,000 square foot open concept facility with two surgical suites equipped for general soft tissue, orthopedic surgeries, and minimally invasive surgeries. We are also equipped with digital radiology, ultrasound, and on-site CT. MRI and fluoroscopy capability are available at our in-network hospital 20 miles away.
To find out more about this opportunity or to apply, click here.

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