Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
August 2015 - In This Issue:
Picnic at 2015 VOS conference
VOS 2015 conference attendees enjoy the delicious slopeside picnic sponsored by Everost.

Greetings, VOS members!

We hope you are all having a memorable summer as it draws to a close and a new academic year kicks off. For some this may mean new residents and interns, for others it may mean sending children to school and for others still it may just be another turn of the seasons. In this month's newsletter we are excited to feature our two spotlight sponsors, Intrauma and Everost. We appreciate their continued support of our organization and encourage everyone to take a moment to get to know them better.

Dr. Katja LinWe are less than 6 months away from the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana. You can never start planning too early for this level of awesomeness so start by blocking off your schedules from February 27th - March 5th 2016 so you can join us at this beautiful location.

Katja Lin 
Communication Chair 

A poetic reminder to pay your annual membership dues from Katja Lin, Communication Chair! 


It's that time of year again

when graciously we ask you friend

to send your dues for membership

and so we do not crack the whip

please send it by September one

online or mail, both get it done

Should the amount be other than

Twenty five or one hundred and ten

Call to pay by credit card

or send a check, it isn't hard.

And if you can sign up a friend

They will thank you in the end!


To pay online, visit the VOS website at and go to the link to Pay Membership Dues. To pay by mail or phone, contact the VOS office at the address or phone number below.


VOS is up and running again after relocating. Please update correspondence accordingly.



Veterinary Orthopedic Society

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051  
(note that the telephone number differs from what was previously announced)


Our website and email address remain the same:





VOS 2016! 
Photo by Michel Tallichet, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
Photo by Mark Davidson, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
View the 2014-15 trail map. Courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
Big Sky Montana logo
Mark your calendar for the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana.

2016 VOS Conference 
February 27-March 5, 2016 
Big Sky, Montana

Save the dates, and plan to join us in 2016! Registration will open in the fall. 

Steve Petersen



Kenneth Bruecker

Past President


Rich Evans 

President Elect


R. Mark Daye



Katja Lin 



Janet Van Dyke

Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair


Andy Bathe

Scientific Program


Reunan Guillou

Scientific Program, Assistant Chair


Jonathan Suber



Matt Stewart



Cheryl Tano

Exhibit Chair


John Chandler

Director, Education Foundation


Richard "Dick" Lau

Assistant Director, Education Foundation 


Maralyn R. Probst

Executive Secretary


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2016 43rd Annual Conference

February 27-March 5, 2016

Big Sky, Montana

2017 44th Annual Conference
March 11-18, 2017
Snowbird, Utah 
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

We also encourage VOS members to attend the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology (ESVOT) annual conference. This year's ESVOT conference will take place September 10-12 in Milan. To register or receive more information, contact the ESVOT Secretary at +39 0372403509 or or

VOS has streamlined its advertising program for its 2015 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 in 2015? 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).
Registration is now open for companies wishing to exhibit. We have very limited exhibit space available, so we suggest registering ASAP. There are 3 remaining wet-lab time slots.

For more information, please contact VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke at .
The 2015 Exhibit Hall was busy during all breaks and several special events held there.
Call for Abstracts VOS invites practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large and small animal species to submit abstracts of novel studies in practical and scientific topics related to veterinary orthopedics and traumatology. Preference will be given to abstracts that have clinical relevance.

Papers addressing results of controlled retrospective and prospective clinical studies are strongly encouraged. Clinician investigators should also consider submitting innovative surgical techniques, or case reports describing unusual or difficult cases as these will be reviewed separate from the scientific abstracts; as will submissions for the Complications and Corrections session. 

Visit our Abstract Submission page to submit your abstract or learn more. Abstract submission closes on November 1.
Don't miss the application deadline for the Hohn-Johnson Research Award and the Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award.

Applications for the Hohn-Johnson Research Award ($40,000) and the Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award ($12,000) are due on October 1, 2015. Applications are accepted from those in private practice and academia alike, and offer an excellent opportunity to secure funding for novel, high-quality research. Whereas the Brinker Award is reserved for those in resident training, the Hohn-Johnson award is available to all VOS members, and can be the perfect source of financial support for new investigators.

For guidelines or to see previous projects, please use the links below: VOS also presents one or more Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Research Awards each year to residents submitting abstracts for presentation at the VOS Annual Conference. The awards allow the recipients to travel to the meeting to present their work.

Qualified resident abstracts are chosen based on predetermined criteria by a panel of judges. The award(s) are given to help offset the cost of attending the conference to present their research. Awards are provided by the generous funding of the sponsors and are limited.  
In 2015, the Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards were sponsored by AO Vet North America, Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos and the VOS Past Presidents. Each year, up to seven resident abstracts are chosen for this award.
Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick
At the 2015 conference, Noel Fitzpatrick demonstrated the new "Speaker Timer Device," designed to "explode" when the red light glows.
In this issue, we are featuring two key sponsors of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. We will have more sponsor profiles in upcoming issues. To submit your company's information for a Spotlight profile, please contact VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke at
intrauma SPOTLIGHT ON ...

Intrauma logo Location: Torino, Italy; U.S. office: Hoboken, New Jersey
What year was the company started?
Intrauma was founded in 2006 and is based in Rivoli, near Turin, in Piedmont Italy.
What products / services does your company offer? 
Intrauma designs and manufactures the FIXIN range of locking plates, which has been in clinical use since 2007.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
Intrauma is committed to ongoing research and development of both materials and manufacturing processes, in collaboration with experienced veterinary orthopedic surgeons, to provide the highest quality implants and to simplify today's approach to veterinary orthopedics.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve? Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
Intrauma recently launched a new series of micro locking implants worldwide that have been very helpful in treatment of orthopedic and trauma surgeries in Toy breeds.
Visit the Intrauma website to learn more.

Intrauma plate and screws.
everost SPOTLIGHT ON ...

Everost logo Location: Sturbridge, Massachusetts
What year was the company started?
2012, Harry Wotton started his first company in 1997 (Securos).
What products / services does your company offer? 
Everost offers ground-breaking implants focusing on bioabsorbable materials and next-generation metallic implants. Board-certified surgeons have mechanically and clinically evaluated our innovative new implant systems. These implants include Xorption TTA, Freedom Lock and Liberty Lock TPLO, EverZip Laterial Suture, AdapTTA TTA, EverVisc Hyaluronic Acid and our EverGraft bone substitute materials.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
Everost is dedicated to advancing science, safety and innovation. Although the company is only 3 years old, the founders (Harry Wotton and Darroll Wotton) have more than a combined 30 years of experience in the design, manufacturing, education and support in veterinary orthopedic surgery (Harry Wotton was the founder, president and solo design engineer at Securos for 15 years). Harry Wotton holds numerous United States and United Kingdom patents for his innovative contributions in veterinary medicine. Everost and their clinical advisors are committed to providing animals with renewed vitality.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
After the founders of Everost left the company they founded in 1997 (Securos), they were challenged with re-inventing themselves, as well as creating an entire catalog of new innovative products. During a forced two-year non-compete, the founders of Everost needed to not only innovate but also figure out how to be relevant in a market saturated with orthopedic companies. Through dedication, perseverance and a committed clinical team, Everost has had a very successful three years and the market has welcomed their products with open arms. 
Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
Everost will be expanding its line of bioabsorbable implants to include distal radius plates, TPLO plates, interlocking nails, a variety of specialty plates and trauma plates. There is also a strong focus on a new system for elbows, Plateless TPLO implants, arthroscopy instruments and expanding our line of biologics .

Visit the Everost website to learn more.
President Steve Peterson (second from left), his children, Jace and Josie, and Past President Trevor Bebchuk .
The Veterinary Orthopedic Society's State of the Industry talks provide an opportunity for our valued sponsors to share with the membership interesting scientific research, clinical data or information about new treatments, developments, and/or techniques. These should be presentations with scientific merit rather than commercials.

Presentations will be 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions. The time limit will be adhered to strictly. PowerPoint files (or PDFs of these files) must be submitted to the Sponsor Chair ( 14 days in advance for review by the Chair and the Session Moderator. This ensures suitability and enables time for any necessary revisions. Late submissions may result in loss of the preferred time slot for presentation.
Board-Certified Surgeon - Coral Springs Animal Hospital Coral Springs Animal Hospital is seeking a Board Certified Surgeon. Coral Springs Animal Hospital, established in 1977, is a general, specialty, and emergency/critical care hospital open 24/7/365 located near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hospital moved into a brand new 38,000 square foot building in November 2008.

Coral Springs Animal Hospital was featured as "Hospital of the Year" in the March 2012 issue of Veterinary Economics. In 2015, it was named the AAHA Referral Practice of the Year as well as the PetPlan Practice of the Year.

To learn more, please see the complete job posting

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

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

AO Vet Principles in Small Animal Fracture Management

VOS 2015 conference sponsors

VOS 2015 Conference exhibitors