Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
December 2017 - In This Issue:
Father and son on the ski lift at Snowbird
Past President Rich Evans and his son Jack relax while riding the ski lift at the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
The VOS 2018 Conference at Snowmass Village Is Just Around the Corner!

Season's greetings, VOS members!

2017 is drawing to a close, and that means our annual VOS conference is just around the corner. Maybe this year will be the year you win the Biomedtrix Acetabular cup or get called up on stage to be hypnotized or get your tie cut because you do not understand proper VOS attire. You will never find out unless you register which you can do right now by clicking here.
Book all your travel needs, including airport transportation, lift tickets and lodging through Penny Smith at ( or by clicking here. This way you will not only get the best deal for yourself, but this also ensures that we all get the best deal for the group. For those of you who are flying, Denver International airport (DEN) and Aspen/Pitkin County Airports (ASE) are the two closest airports. For those of you who are planning to drive, use Google maps and be careful!

 Wondering what Snowmass has to offer? Here's a preview from the website:

Snowboarding at Snowmass "Winter is what Snowmass is known for, and deservedly so. The snow is light and plentiful, and the mind-boggling variety of terrain on the mountain's 3300 acres means you'll never get bored. There are cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks, and halfpipes for any skill level, as well as a world-famous ski school that can take any skier to the next level - whether it's your first time in boots, or you're an expert in the chutes. If you're not into downhill, there are miles of Nordic trails, as well as hot tubs and sunny decks."
Stay tuned for more information on the program, our speakers, and all the peri-conference events we have in store for you!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Katja Lin
Communications Chair

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Online registration is now underway for the VOS 2018 Conference in Snowmass Village, Colorado!

VOS 2018 Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, Colorado
To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 18, 2017 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

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

Alan Cross
Rich Evans
Past President
Jeff Godwin
President Elect
Raviv Balfour
Katja Lin 
Cheryl Tano 
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair
Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program
José M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jonathan Suber
Matt Stewart
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

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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2018 45th Annual VOS Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, Colorado

2019 46th Annual VOS Conference 
February 9-16, 2019
Breckenridge, Colorado

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



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).
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.
by Penny Smith, 
Book your lodging as soon as possible to get the dates and space you want at the best price!
Westin Hotel
The Westin
The Wildwood
The Wildwood
Just a reminder that the hotel lodging that we have at Snowmass Village is right at the Conference Center that VOS will be using. The Westin is the luxury hotel property, and the rates include the resort fees and taxes. The Wildwood is the value property that has a good location almost as close as the Westin but is more of a "motel atmosphere." They will have a continental breakfast included along with the taxes and resort fees at the Wildwood (also listed as Holiday Inn Express on the website).
Condominiums are very limited near the conference center - if you don't see anything that works on the website, please email me at However if you want to be conveniently located to the Conference Center, you will want to book the Westin or the Wildwood. They also have complimentary transportation from the Aspen Airport to the hotels.
Reserve today using this link: Make lodging, lift ticket, and travel reservations. 
Snowmass Village_ Colorado
by Wanda Gordon-Evans,
Assistant Director, Education Foundation 
A short message in verse from the VOS Education Foundation regarding Foundation Night:
We felt that the silent auction would be
More fun if we started to see
Things like gift cards and wine
Or places to dine
Contact Maralyn to answer the plea
We hope you will donate to the silent auction! Please email Maralyn at and tell her what you would like to contribute. 
Silent auction donation items
Abstract Submissions Due March 31, 2018
Dear VOS Membership,
WVOC logoThe VOS/2018 WVOC Committee is excited to let you know that the finishing touches are being made by the ESVOT 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, Lumbo-Sacral Disease, Onco Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System, Regenerative Medicine, Ligament and Tendon Surgery, Musculoskeletal Research Advancements; to name just a few! Please go to for updates on the final program, information on registration, lodging and travel.
Abstract submission instructions for "Open Communications" are also at and are included in the Call for Papers PDF below. Please note that the deadline to submit abstracts is March 31, 2018!
WVOC Call for Papers 
(click on the image above to open the Call for Papers PDF)
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 will keep you posted with any other developments or pertinent information regarding the 5th WVOC. 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. Take care and Happy Holidays!
Your VOS/WVOC Planning Committee
Steve Martinez, Chair  
Dan Lewis  
Kurt Schulz  
Mario Cabrera  
Alan Cross  
Jeff Godwin  
Rich Evans   
Sponsors and exhibitors: Have you reserved your ad space in the VOS 2018 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. Cheryl Tano, Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair, at
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.
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.

The VCOT journal offers two types of subscriptions to VOS members:
Premium member subscription - $149: Printed copies & online access to current issues and archive back to 1988.
Standard member subscription - $133: 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


Small Animal Surgeon, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center
Small Animal Surgeon needed to join our busy, state of the art hospital in the heart of Summerlin, a vibrant community nestled between Red Rock Conservation Area and the Las Vegas Strip. You will be joining four other surgeons at an established practice that has a 1.5 T MRI, a 16 slice CT scanner, two arthroscopy towers, fluoroscopy, rehabilitation and 6 operating rooms between two facilities. You will be part of a team that includes two internists, three oncologists, an anesthesiologist, cardiologist, neurologist, ophthalmologist and two criticalists. We offer a competitive compensation package. Interested parties should send their CVs to


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 is the largest private employer of veterinary specialists with a focus solely on specialty and emergency care. With 60 hospitals stretching from the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest to the skyscrapers of the Northeast, 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

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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.