Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
December 2016 - In This Issue:
Snowboarder at 2016 Conference at Big Sky
A VOS 2016 Conference attendee enjoys snowboarding at Big Sky Resort in Montana.
A Few Reminders for the End of the Year!

Dear VOS Members,
I think we should all take a moment to be grateful for the life choices that led us towards veterinary orthopedics and away from dealing with dogs vomiting up bits of colorful tinfoil that smell vaguely of chocolate mint. I certainly am. I just want to remind you of a few things yet to do this year amidst the holiday madness:
  • Snowbird is looking to be amazing this year. Conference dates are March 11-18, 2017. Make sure you get your time off requests in.

  • Early bird registration for the annual conference ends December 18th. Click here to register online at the VOS Store.

  • All your travel needs can be met easily and conveniently by visiting the VOS Snowbird travel website or contacting Penny Smith at

  • Dr. Katja LinCheck out the preliminary VOS 2017 Conference Program now posted on our website.

  • Start getting into shape to hit the slopes! The ski/snowboard race is on, and this year we are going to add an extra layer of competition by adding the mentor/resident race.
So enjoy the rest of the year, eat lots, and spend a little extra time with family and friends. Happy Holidays from all of us at VOS!
Katja Lin
Communications Chair

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VOS 2017 Conference 
March 11-18, 2017  
Snowbird, Utah
To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 18, 2016 and also secure your lodging through VOS.
Register for VOS 2017 Conference

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Skiers at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Photos courtesy of Snowbird Ski and 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


Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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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.


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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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 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? 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).
Auction graphic by John Chandler
Director, VOS Education Foundation

The VOS Educational Foundation Night will include a silent auction again this year. The silent auction is the primary fundraiser for the VOS Educational Foundation. Money raised by the silent auction helps fund VOS travel fellowships and research awards. Over the past two years, the silent auction has been extremely successful, and the VOSEF thanks everyone that has participated.

We are currently looking for donations from the VOS membership and sponsor companies for the silent auction. Many of the past auctioned items have been donated by VOS members and have included Apple products and vacation home stays.

If you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact VOSEF Director John Chandler ( or Maralyn Probst ( Be sure to mark Wednesday, March 15 on your calendar, and attend Foundation Night!
Registration is now open for the 44th annual VOS conference in Snowbird, Utah, March 11 to March 18, 2017. Those dates are later than usual, but don't worry about the snow. Snowbird gets lake effect snow from the Great Salt Lake, and hardcore skiers ski into July, sometimes.

Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Snowbird, Utah is a fantastic location for the VOS conference. With 169 runs spanning over 2,500 acres, it is a winter paradise. It is well known for its fresh supply of Utah powder and with the recent upgrades to the chalets and RFID ticketing system, everything is in place for a smooth and enjoyable week of skiing and snowboarding. There are a variety of activities off the mountain as well, such as snowmobiling, fly fishing, shopping and a world class spa.
Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Snowbird is near the Salt Lake City, Utah airport. Book your lodging by starting at the 2017 Conference page on the VOS website, which gives you an extra registration discount and prevents VOS from incurring extra charges for conference space. If you have questions about lodging or travel, please contact our travel agent Penny Smith at

James Stannard, MD 
We have an exciting conference planned. James Stannard, MD, is the
Jacques Jenny Lecturer. Dr. Stannard is chair of orthopedic surgery and J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He also serves as medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, the region's most comprehensive orthopedic surgery center. Dr. Stannard has served as a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Board of Directors and is a trustee of the AO Foundation. He has been a visiting professor and invited lecturer at universities throughout the world. In 2008, his book Surgical Treatment of Orthopaedic Trauma received the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Excellence in clinical medicine from the Association of American Publishers. Dr. Stannard also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Knee Surgery and is a retired officer from the 82nd Airborne Division.

VOS preliminary conference programOur preliminary VOS 2017 Conference Program has just been released! We are still making some minor changes to the program, so please check our website in a week or two for the final version.

We will repeat the popular, expanded, equine program this year with two full days of speakers and abstracts geared towards equine locomotion, gait analysis and orthopedics, fracture repair and complications that will run parallel to the small animal lectures. Confirmed speakers include sports medicine and equine locomotion expert Dr. Hilary Clayton and orthopedic experts Dr. Alan Nixon and Dr. Jeffrey Watkins. Topics to be covered will include lameness biomechanics, rehabilitation strategies for the axial skeleton, rider effect during lameness examination, orthopedic surgery and trauma, regenerative medicine, fracture repair and complications.

We will be running panel discussions on these areas in addition to keynote presentations and scientific abstracts, so there will be plenty of time for small group discussion with key opinion leaders.

There will be a special panel on complications and corrections consisting of our colleagues and mentors to remind us that to be a surgeon is to be human.

Foundation Night will be Wednesday evening in conjunction with the poster session. This event brings recognition to the VOS Foundation and is the Foundation's primary fund raiser. This year we will continue the silent auction, and will again have many wonderful items ranging from Apple products to surgical equipment to beach house stays. The money raised goes toward funding VOS travel fellowships and research awards. The poster session, dinner, drinks, and the silent auction will be followed by a performance by the hilarious and inspiring comedian Derrick Tennant.
This year's kids' Foundation Night party, for ages 3 and up, is hosted by VOS, has a circus theme and will be professionally run by Camp Snowbird. Let VOS entertain the little ones while you visit the poster session, catch up with old friends and enjoy the comedian's performance.
Children and teens with ski race medals
Children and teens receive medals for participating in the 2016 VOS ski race at Big Sky.
by Dick Lau
Assistant Director, VOS Education Foundation

The ski race has been a part of VOS since the society's beginning. It was originally just a fun race with makeshift obstacles like hay bales and crossed slalom poles. The winners won the "Acetabular Cup." Later, as resorts worried more about accident liabilities, it became a NASTAR race. The original purpose was to encourage family fun together and for members and families to meet informally at the start, finish and picnic. All ages racing together, Moms and Dads racing sons and daughters, grandparents racing grandchildren, and parents proud of their very fast teenage racers add to the fun. More recently the income from the race has helped fund awards from the VOS Education Foundation. An important, fun, component was added during the world congress as international teams competed as well as individuals. Where else can you race against a tall guy in pig costume, or a banana?

In this year's ski race, we will add an additional category called "Mentor vs. Resident." Challenge a mentor (or another colleague) on the slopes like he or she challenges you in the OR and win some serious bragging rights.

I personally look forward to the race each year, hoping to race at least until I'm 90, and no, that is not next year.
VOS 2017 Conference slide Are you speaking at a meeting in the months ahead? Communication Chair Katja Lin has created a PowerPoint slide that you can insert into your presentation to promote the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.

Download the slide from the VOS website.

After you have downloaded the slide, insert it into your presentation, and invite your listeners to join you at our upcoming conference!
Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium Proceedings cover Thirty top sports medicine and rehabilitation veterinarians from across the country came together for the Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium, held September 30-October 1 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri. 
The goal of the symposium was to share ideas, present the latest research, and brainstorm innovative ways to work together. The group also shared ideas with Purina veterinarian and research scientists, and took part in panel discussions with competitors of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals and AKC Master National Retriever event, which coincided with the symposium. They offered competitors tips on nutrition, training and conditioning, and rehabbing from injuries.

Event coordinator RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, Purina Senior Veterinary Communications Manager, says, "Purina has been a proud partner of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation since its inception. It's exciting to witness new relationships being formed as a result of the symposium, with great discussions and provocative questions being asked and a laser focus on increasing the level of care of canine athletes and active pet dogs."

Continue reading about the Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium ...
VOS members receive a 10% discount on CRI's upcoming online clinical research course  
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute is excited to offer VOS members a discounted rate for its Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course beginning in January. This online course lasts 10 weeks and prepares you to begin research immediately. Our pilot group of veterinarians attended this online course this summer and already have grants written and pilot studies completed.

The instructor for the course is Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, who has more than 35 years of experience doing research and training post-docs as a department chair at Johns-Hopkins Medical School.

The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication will be covered. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This online course will take place over 10 weeks and be limited to 15 students. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

To register at a 10% discount or learn more about the course, please visit the Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course page.
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.
Sponsors and exhibitors: Have you reserved your ad space in the VOS 2017 Conference Proceedings? Don't miss your opportunity to get your message in front of conference participants. To reserve your space or get more information, contact Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair, at
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 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!


Rotating Internship, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
FHA, a state of the art hospital, has offered training to veterinary graduates for over 30 years. We provide interns with a solid foundation appropriate for general practice, emergency medicine or advanced training. FHA provides each intern with a designated mentor. Learning opportunities include wet labs, didactic rounds, journal clubs, M&M rounds, daily cage-side rounds, access to a large print and online library, and primary case responsibility (with support).  Contact (specify rotating internship in subject). Please visit , our Facebook page or the program description at VIRMP's website for more information!


Surgical Internship, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
Friendship Surgical Specialists provides specialty surgery coverage at Friendship Hospital for Animals, a state of the art general practice, emergency, and referral hospital. This internship is designed to provide surgical and academic training. The goal is to match for a surgical residency. The surgical intern will gain valuable operating room experience, initially working under close supervision by Drs. M. Glassman / D. von Pfeil, and eventually through primary emergency surgeon responsibility and operating independently. Contact: and Topic-line: Specialty Surgery Internship. Please visit and our Facebook page for more information!


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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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.