Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
August 2016 - In This Issue:
VOS 2016 Conference participants enjoy time on the slopes at Big Sky Resort in Montana.


In last month's newsletter I wrote that the cost of VOS conference meeting rooms is mitigated when attendees reserve resort accommodations through Penny Smith, VOS' travel agent. Penny is one of four people VOS pays for services (the other three are Maralyn Probst, Meggan Brovege, and Heidi DeCamp). Penny does far more for VOS than organize travel and rooms. She works behind the scenes as an event organizer, using her long experience in the ski resort industry to negotiate prices for food, conference rooms, and lift tickets, and generally smooths the way for VOS.

Penny starts the meeting planning process with Maralyn and the VOS board three years or more before the actual meeting date. The preparations for a meeting start in full about one year before the conference begins, at a site visit to the next year's location: Last March, Penny, her husband architect Bill Smith, Maralyn, and I visited Snowbird, Utah, the site for the 2017 meeting, for three days. Bill designs the exhibit hall layout, mapping out a jigsaw puzzle of table sizes to help Maralyn accommodate exhibitors' needs and wants while assuring a politically correct juxtaposition of competing products. He also plans the arrangement of chairs and tables in the lecture hall and makes sure we have enough seating.

Rich EvansPenny and Maralyn take the lead roles at the site visit, and since Penny usually knows several people at the site, she liaisons with the resort staff and attends planning meetings. For example, Penny, Maralyn and I spent four or five hours meeting with Snowbird facilitators planning the conference menu. Penny suggested food choices off a long list provided by Snowbird, Maralyn kept an eye on costs, and I did my best to look presidential.

The modest amount that VOS pays Penny (I assume some trickles down to Bill, who volunteers his services) is for her conference organizing duties, which are in addition to her travel agent duties. Like all the people who help organize the VOS conference, she pulls double duty.
Rich Evans, PhD
VOS President
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Save the date for the 2017 VOS Conference in Snowbird, Utah, and be sure to join us next year!

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

Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations.

For questions or travel reservations, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of, at or 800-525-7547, ext. 3420. 


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Skiing in Snowbird_ Utah
Photos courtesy of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.

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   


Our website and email address remain the same:






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VOS Fall 2016 Board Meeting
October 5, 2016
Seattle, Washington

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.

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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



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



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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).
September 1 graphic VOS members: Membership dues invoices for 2016-17 were mailed in early July. Remember that your membership dues are due September 1. You may pay your dues online through the VOS Store or mail your check to the VOS office. Please see the Join VOS page on the website for complete information.
44th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference 
March 11-18, 2017 at Snowbird, Utah
by Reunan Guillou and José Garcia-Lopez
VOS Scientific Program Chair and Assistant Scientific Program Chair

We invite practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large animal, small animal, and exotic 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. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes and followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Posters must fit within the 4' (height) x 4' (width) area provided.

Call for papers will open on August 15th, 2016 and close on November 1st, 2016 for both podium presentations and posters. Visit the Abstract Submission page on our website for complete instructions about submitting an abstract.

Submission categories will be:
  • Clinical/Scientific Studies

  • Case reports: a maximum of three novel or interesting cases
The Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Award was established to recognize outstanding resident abstract submissions to the scientific program. At least one recipient per year will be awarded up to $1,500.00 towards expenses to attend and present their abstract at our annual meeting. Only individuals currently in a residency training program or within 2 years of completion of a formal residency program are eligible. The abstract submission may only be of studies conducted during the residency program. All abstracts being submitted for consideration of this award must indicate so on online submission form.
For more information, please contact:
Reunan Guillou, VOS Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
Jose Garcia-Lopez, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
Wanted poster graphic 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 Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at to tell us how these awards have helped you.
Online survey on tabletAugust 7, 2016

Dear Colleagues:
Last month we launched a survey on the preferred technique of small animal surgeons and VOS members to treat the Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Deficient Stifle. The response rate was good. Results will be shared once the project has been finalized. We would like to thank all participants very much for their time and providing input.

Dirsko von Pfeil, Mathieu Glassman, Michael P. Kowaleski, Loic M Dejardin
and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society
VOS is pleased to welcome Dr. James P. Stannard as the Jacques Jenny Lecturer at the VOS 2017 Conference, to be held March 11-18, 2017, in Snowbird, Utah.

Dr. James P. Stannard James P. Stannard, MD, is chair of orthopedic surgery and J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine

He serves as medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, a 117,000-square-foot facility which opened in May 2010 as the region's most comprehensive orthopedic surgery center. Because of growing patient needs, construction is underway on a $40 million, four-story expansion to the facility, scheduled for completion in 2017.

Dr. Stannard also serves as medical director of the Mizzou BioJoint Center, located at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Stannard helped develop a tissue preservation system to improve biological joint replacements. BioJoint surgery involves a biologic or "natural" surgical procedure to treat joint problems.
A 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Stannard received internship and residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and trauma fellowship training in Switzerland. Dr. Stannard completed 10 years of active service with the U.S. Army, including service as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He received an Army Commendation Medal twice, three Meritorious Service Medals, and Airborne wings from four different countries (USA, Germany, Honduras, and South Africa) before retiring at the rank of major in 1996.
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.

You may also make a donation online to the VOS Educational Foundation through the VOS store. 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.

VOS 2016 Conference participants meet with exhibitors.
VOS and the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology take turns hosting the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress, a massive gathering of veterinarians and allied professionals with an interest in orthopaedics. The next WVOC is October 4-6, 2018 in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference organizers from ESVOT have the reputation for running fabulous meetings, often incorporating local culture and culinary delights into the banquet. Mark your calendar and plan to travel to Barcelona for WVOC 2018!
Job interview 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.
VOS 2016 conference certificate The VOS office has emailed continuing education certificates to all VOS 2016 Conference attendees.

If you have not received your certificate, please email Maralyn Probst, VOS executive secretary.
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
spotlight SPOTLIGHT ON ...
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For more information, contact:
Arthrex Vet Systems
1370 Creekside Boulevard
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(888) 215-3740  
sound SPOTLIGHT ON ...

Unprecedented, Record-Breaking Installation in Veterinary Industry
Sound logo Sound™, the world's #1 Veterinary Digital Imaging and PACS company, announced in July the 1,000th installation of its widely heralded Sound SMART DR™ Digital Radiography Imaging System, setting a record in the veterinary industry since the introduction of the system two years ago.
"We are pleased to announce this Smart DR milestone and acknowledge the unprecedented achievement of 1000 small animal DR installations in less than two years," said Tom Jacobi, president of Sound. "SMART DR created a simple image acquisition workflow that our new users and upgraded clients love, but it's the consistency of the quality of radiographs which is responsible for the many accolades of the MUSICA images we hear about from veterinary radiologists, surgeons and boarded specialists."
MUSICA Intelligent Image processing is exclusive to Sound™ and delivers consistently high image quality, eliminating the need for patient and view-specific tuning files. Smart DR optimizes sharp bone and soft tissue detail in the same image, which results in consistent image quality patient-to-patient, view-to-view, and user-to-user. Sound's Smart DR refines the image experience with seamless integration from capture to cloud to review.
According to Dr. Bennett Fagin, DVM, ACVR, "The images from SMART DR are above and beyond the quality of any other images we see, and follow-up images are identical even when different techs are used. In my opinion, Smart DR is in a class by itself."
Blue Pearl's Imaging PACS administrator, Terry Besnier, RVT, says, "SMART DR is by far the easiest DR software we have found. Three steps and you're taking radiographs - it's that easy. We can train the staff in 15 to 20 minutes with the on-board help videos, so it's great for new technicians. In addition, Sound has 24/7/365 tech support and live chat on the system, so in one call or chat session you are taken care of."
To learn more about Sound SMART DR, please visit, or call 1-800-268-5354 option 1, to schedule a free demonstration.
About Sound
Sound™ of Carlsbad, California, is the veterinary industry's number one Digital Imaging and PACS Company, with uncontested leadership positions in Ultrasound, Digital Radiography, Imaging Education, and PACS Solutions. Sound is the exclusive provider of GE Ultrasound equipment for the veterinary market in the United States. Founded in 1996, Sound Technologies branded as Sound™ is a Division of VCA (NASDAQ: WOOF), and is dedicated to the field of veterinary imaging and education. More information may be found at


The VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is seeking applications for a small animal surgeon. Applicants should have a DVM or equivalent degree and be board certified or have recently completed a residency in surgery. We are referral center, primary care facility and teaching hospital with 24-hour emergency service. We have a staff of 49 veterinarians with specialists in 9 specialties.

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


Oakland Veterinary Referral Services (OVRS): Surgeon Position in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
OVRS stats: privately owned, VECCS Level I Status ACVECC-Provisional Veterinary Trauma Center, 24/7 small animal referral practice, on-site IDEXX satellite laboratory, blood bank, 4 surgical suites, 4 Slice CT Imaging
Our specialists: 3 Surgeons, 1 Behaviorist, 8 Emergency Doctors, 2 Criticalists, 3 Internists, 3 Dermatologists, 3 Oncologists, 2 Cardiologists, Alternative/Integrative Medicine
Benefits Include: Fully Paid Medical, Dental and Long-Term Disability Insurance, 401k Retirement Plan, Discounted Pet Care, Continuing Education Allowance, Reimbursement of Liability, Licenses, Specialty Dues, Generous Relocation Bonus
Contact Dr. Lucy Henney:  248-334-6877 or   |  

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