Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
August 2018 - In This Issue:
VOS 2018 Conference attendees
Colleagues and friends raise a glass in celebration during a dinner at the VOS 2018 Conference in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
Make Plans Now for Upcoming Conferences!
Dear VOS members,

I hope you have been having a great summer. It is August already and I am looking forward to the upcoming World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress (WVOC) in Barcelona, Spain from September 12th-15th, 2018. The early registration deadline was August 10th, but if you are interested in going, you can still register on site. It promises to be a great meeting in a great location!

The VOS Annual Conference is a little earlier than usual next year, from February 9-16. The earlier dates should give us a little better ski weather, so that will be nice. Because of the earlier dates, we had to move our abstract submission deadline up to October 1st. We all love to hear great, new research so now is the time to review your current projects and plan a timeline that will allow you to get your abstract proposals in by the deadline. Don't let it sneak up on you!

Jeff GodwinOur meeting planner, Penny Smith, has announced her plans to retire after our 2021 meeting. That seems like a long way off, but we typically sign contracts 3 years in advance, so we will need to start planning our 2022 meeting soon. That also happens to be the year that the VOS will host the World Congress, so that is all the more reason to be figuring out what we are going to do soon. The VOS Board formed an ad-hoc committee consisting of Past-President Alan Cross, President-Elect Jan Van Dyke, and me to solicit proposals for providing services to our Society for that meeting. We are putting the finishing touches on our Request for Proposal, and will be sending it out soon, so that we can discuss proposals at our fall meeting. We will keep you, our members, informed as we carefully evaluate our options.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. Happy cutting! 

Jeff Godwin
Online registration is now open for the VOS 2019 Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado!

VOS 2019 Conference 
February 9-16, 2019    
Breckenridge, Colorado 
To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before November 30, 2018 and also secure your lodging through VOS.

We have also opened reservations for lodging, lift tickets and other transportation needs. To receive a discount on your registration, you must reserve your lodging with

Make lodging, lift ticket, 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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Breckenridge Ski School
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Photos: Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Jeff Godwin
Alan Cross
Past President
Janet Van Dyke
President Elect
Raviv Balfour
Jen Warnock
Cheryl Tano 
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair
José M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program
Caleb Hudson
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jason Syrcle 
Ashlee Watts 
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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2019 46th Annual VOS Conference
February 9-16, 2019
Breckenridge, Colorado

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.
VOS continues to offer advertising space in the electronically delivered 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 offers 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 Cheryl Tano (



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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).
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.
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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.

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.

September 1 graphic VOS members: Membership dues invoices for 2018-19 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.
46th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference
February 9-16, 2019 at Breckenridge, Colorado
by José M. García-López and Caleb Hudson 
VOS Scientific Program Chair and Assistant Scientific Program Chair 
Abstract submission for the VOS 2019 Conference is now open and will close Monday, October 1, 2018
at 11:59 p.m. HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone) for both podium presentations and posters. 
To learn more and submit an abstract, visit our Abstract Submission website for the VOS 2019 Conference.
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 opened on August 1, 2018 and will close on October 1, 2018 for both podium presentations and posters. See the link on the VOS website: for full details of abstract submission, formatting and regulations.
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.

The Student/Intern Research Award was established to recognize outstanding student or intern abstract submissions to the scientific program. Up to two recipients per year will be awarded (depending on abstract quality) up to $1,500.00 towards expenses to attend and present their abstract at our annual meeting. Only individuals currently in a DVM or Intern training program or within 1 year of completion of a formal internship or DVM program are eligible. The work must be performed as a student or intern. All abstracts being submitted for consideration of this award must indicate so on online submission form.

For more information, please contact: 
José M. García-López, VOS Scientific Program Chair
Email address: 
Caleb Hudson, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address: 
VOS 2019 Conference brochure The VOS 2019 Conference brochure is now available! Please download the brochure to learn more about the VOS 2019 Conference registration and accommodations in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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

VOS 2019 Conference promotional slideAre you speaking at a meeting in the months ahead? Advertising/Sponsor Chair Cheryl Tano has created a PowerPoint slide that you can insert into your presentation to promote the VOS 2019 Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado.

After you have downloaded the slide, insert it into your presentation, and encourage everyone to join you at the VOS 2019 Conference!
Pearl of wisdom 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 best bit of wisdom will win a $100 discount off the conference registration for the 2019 VOS meeting. Send your entries to
WVOC logoDear VOS Membership,

The VOS/2018 WVOC Committee is continuing to prepare for the 5th World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain, September 12-15, 2018.

Presentation topics will include Feline Joint Disease, Canine Shoulder and Elbow Diseases, Fracture Management, Equine Orthopedics, Lumbosacral Disease, O ncologic Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System, Regenerative Medicine, Ligament and Tendon Surgery, and Musculoskeletal Research Advancements, to name just a few! Please go to for updates on the final program, information on registration, lodging and travel.
Finally, for those members who are scheduled to present at various veterinary meetings between now and the 2018 WVOC, please include this slide at the end of your talks to advertise for the upcoming WVOC. This practice has helped us to achieve maximum exposure for the Congress in the past!
WVOC slide 
(click on the image above to download the slide)
We hope you will consider attending what is expected to be a fantastic meeting, in a beautiful city and country, and at a most excellent time of the year! We also hope that we will have very good VOS membership representation at the Congress next year as well. Thank you all and please contact the VOS office at if you have any questions.
Your VOS/WVOC Planning Committee
Steve Martinez, Chair  
Dan Lewis 
Kurt Schulz  
Mario Cabrera  
Alan Cross  
Jeff Godwin  
Rich Evans   
VOS members in Belgium
Above: VOS members Janet Van Dyke, president-elect (far left), and Kristin Kirkby Shaw (third from left, back row) presented Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation for 5 days in May at Het Waterhof Canine Rehabilitation Centre in Velm, Belgium. Below: Janet Van Dyke and her team also presented Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation in July in Brisbane, Australia.
VOS member Janet Van Dyke in Australia
In this issue, we are featuring a key sponsor 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 Dr. Cheryl Tano, VOS sponsor chair.

Help _Em Up Harness logo Location:
Denver, Colorado
What year was the company started? Blue Dog Designs was launched in 2008 with the invention of the Help 'Em Up Harness®, the first full-body lifting device for dogs with impaired mobility and strength.
What products / services does your company offer?
Blue Dog Designs specializes in developing products for aging dogs, those recovering from surgery or who require rehabilitation.

The primary product in our line is the Help 'Em Up® Harness with our patented Hip-lift -- when dogs have difficulty moving because of muscle weakness, neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, injuries, or surgical repairs, the Help 'Em Up® Harness provides them with the extra help up they need to live active and healthy lives. It also helps to alleviate stress on your back and body for those who do the heavy lifting or moving of our large canine friends!

We also offer custom accessories for use with our Harness such as walking accessories, as well as specialty items including the Anti-Rotation device for Tripod dogs (to help hold the harness in place around the missing limb) and our Physical Therapy "PT" Adapter Kit (custom clips and cuffs to attach bands and other devices) for exercise therapy and rehabilitation in the harness.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
We are a small business that created our product for our dog Blue, hence the name of our company: Blue Dog Designs. Our tag line is Long Live Dogs!, as we have heard from many of our customers that our Harness helped to keep their dog by their side longer. We are a supporter of VOS and have participated in the annual conference as a Gold Consortium Partner for the past several years and have also contributed to the Educational Foundation.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
Read our reviews at on the Help 'Em Up® Harness and how it has helped dogs and other animals manage mobility issues from simply getting up off the floor to more challenging situations of recovering from injuries or recuperating from surgery.

Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
We look at the Help 'Em Up® Harness as an evolving platform to add new devices to in our line. Upcoming new products include tank straps for use in underwater treadmills that attach to the harness to help hold dogs up during hyrdo-therapy, along with cart straps that connect the harness to wheel carts to help hold dogs up and in place while walking with their wheels.

For more information and to watch demo videos on the harness in action visit We offer industry discounted pricing for practices who want to carry the harness and/or can provide you with brochures if you simply want to refer your patients to us for a Help 'Em Up Harness.

Help _Em Up Harness on Kona
The Help 'Em Up Harness®, the first full-body lifting device to assist dogs with mobility issues live more active and healthy lives.
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.


Clinical Faculty in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, Colorado State University VTH, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Colorado State University VTH is offering an annually-renewable clinical faculty position in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. This special-appointment Clinical Instructor position is designed for ACVS board-eligible veterinarians as a minimum requirement, but preference will be given for ACVS/ECVS board-certified veterinarians. Fort Collins is a vibrant college town and an idyllic place to live.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Interested individuals should apply to the following link: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but for fullest consideration, submit application materials by August 13, 2018. Contact Ross Palmer at: (970.980.4162) or email for more information.


Cardiologist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
The University of Illinois is seeking a Cardiologist to join its faculty. The successful candidate must have a DVM degree or equivalent, and have achieved ACVIM- or ECVIM- Cardiology board certification or board eligibility. We are looking for a candidate who is a strong team player, and is interested in developing productive research, service, and/or teaching programs that can integrate with activities of other groups across the university's multidisciplinary collaborative research campus. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To view the full position and submit an application, visit:
The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled


Veterinary Small Animal Surgery at the Assistant or Associate Professor Level, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is seeking applications for a full-time, 100% Clinical or Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Small Animal Surgery. Qualifications include a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates with ACVS certification, advanced degree(s), a track record in scholarship, or prior research training. Salary is commensurate with experience/qualifications. To apply and view the full position announcement please visit:
The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled


Assistant Hospital Director - Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to fill a full-time, non-tenured, academic appointment for Assistant Hospital Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Assistant Director position provides assistance to the Hospital Director, simultaneously handling multiple tasks with critical deadlines. Qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree, and two (2) years of experience in the oversight of work teams or operations. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in Business. Salary is Commensurate with experience. To apply and view the full position announcement visit:


Bruce Pratt Endowed Chair of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, Auburn University
The Department of Clinical Sciences at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking qualified applicants to fill an endowed faculty position titled, the Bruce Pratt Endowed Chair of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. The successful candidate will enter a tenure-track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor depending on experience. The faculty member hired into this faculty position will have a national and/or international reputation in small animal orthopedic surgery.
Please see the complete advertisement and apply online at:
Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery/Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is seeking applications for a full-time, 100% Clinical or Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Small Animal Soft Tissue and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Qualifications include a DVM degree or equivalent and have completed residency training. Preference will be given to candidates with ACVS certification, advanced degree(s), a track record in scholarship, or prior research training. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply and view the full position announcement applicants should visit


Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center Small Animal Surgeon, Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center, Omaha, NE
Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center is searching for a motivated, energetic, team-oriented surgeon to join our team. Full time and locum opportunities are available.
Sirius Vet is the first clinic of its kind in Omaha, NE. We provide top notch orthopedic care to the over 1.5 million prospective clients and 300 plus veterinarians in the Omaha metropolitan area. Our state-of-the-art surgical center allows us to focus our case selection and provide superior treatment while "helping return four-legged athletes to their peak performance".
If you are interested in knowing more about Sirius Vet, check out or contact Dr. Chris Horstman at 402-934-1332 or


Boarded Surgeon, Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center, a privately owned, primary care, 24/7 emergency and specialty practice (established 1958) is seeking a boarded surgeon. OPVMC's busy surgery department has a diverse caseload. We have eighteen emergency/general practitioners and a surgery residency trained DVM; our boarded team consists of one surgeon, two internists, an oncologist, a behavior specialist, remote radiologist and clinical pathologist.
Our remodeled 22,000 sq. ft facility has digital radiography, endoscopy, cystoscopy, ultrasound, Cubex, onsite laboratory, CT and paper-lite EMR.
Signing bonus available!
If interested send CV to Kevin Kumrow, DVM,
For more information:


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 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 65 hospitals stretching from the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest to the skyscrapers of the Northeast to the sandy beaches of the Florida coast, we have an opportunity where you want to be!
BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details, go to


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

Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society!
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CSU August 2018 arthroscopic surgery courses

Is your company interested in display advertising in the Veterinary Orthopedic Society newsletter?
Contact Cheryl Tano for ad specifications and details.

Want to post a job opening or other classified ad?
Classified ads are free for VOS members and available for a fee to non-members.
See details above or contact Maralyn Probst , Executive Secretary, to submit your ad.