Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
December 2018 - In This Issue:
Skiers at the VOS 2018 Conference at Snowmass
VOS 2018 Conference participants (from left) Dan Davis, Nina Kieves, Katja Lin, Steve Jones and Stephen Kalff add a dose of colorful flair to the Acetabular Cup ski race.
It's Snowing!
Dear VOS members,

The 2019 VOS meeting at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge is only 2 months away. It is promising to be a fantastic meeting, with perfect snow, cutting-edge scientific abstracts, and our Jacques Jenny Lecturer Dr. William G. Raasch. If you haven't registered yet, go to the VOS website to sign up for the conference and make your lodging reservations.
This meeting has something for everyone - morning and evening abstracts in small animal orthopedics, sports medicine, and large animal orthopedics; radiology rounds; a complications session; poster session; and the Bloomberg resident research session. From 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy, Owl Manor Veterinary, Arthrex Vet Systems, and Intrauma  are offering  some amazing wet labs. Check out all the details and register at the VOS 2019 Conference Labs page.  
Jennifer Warnock And finally, when you need a break, VOS has the traditional fun activities: Presidents Breakfast, mid-day slope side picnic, Acetabular Ski Race, and the evening banquet, all to enjoy good food and excellent company.
See you in Breckenridge!

Jen Warnock
Communication Chair

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

VOS 2019 Conference 
February 9-16, 2019    
Breckenridge, Colorado 
To receive a registration discount, be sure to 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 Resort photo
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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

P.O. Box 665

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 (



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.
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.

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.

by Jeff Godwin, President
Beaver Run Resort As we make our final conference plans, I would like to remind VOS members, exhibitors and other participants how important it is to book conference lodging through VOS. We need to meet a lodging minimum to guarantee our meeting room space, and our costs will increase if we do not reach this minimum.
Beaver Run has a variety of accommodations, including hotel rooms, studios, and larger units up to 4 bedrooms. To reserve your lodging, lift tickets and equipment rental, please visit our VOS Travel website. Please reach out to Penny Smith at if you have any questions about accommodations.
Final Payment Now Due!
Final payment for lodging / lifts/ transfers is due now! Please make your final payments by December 15, or Penny at will process your final payment to the credit card that you used for your deposit. To pay your final payment yourself, log into your account and go to Travel Plans, then Event Itinerary, and when you see the VOS Breckenridge itinerary, click on the Make a Payment button.
Penny also would like to remind all conference participants to send their flight information to her so she can be sure to have transfers at the desired times.
Gift basket with wine by Wanda Gordon-Evans
Assistant Director, Education Foundation

Last year, some of the items donated that were very popular included wine, continuing education, vacation homes, and ski wear. If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned or have questions, contact Maralyn Probst ( or Wanda Gordon-Evans (
VOS 2019 Preliminary Conference ProgramThe preliminary VOS 2019 Conference Program is now available. Please check the VOS website for future updates to the conference program.
VOS is pleased to offer several hands-on labs for our 2019 attendees. Labs will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge.

10_ off graphic Special Discount for Lab Participants!
Get 10% off your 2019 VOS Conference registration when you register for a conference lab!  Go to the VOS Store and enter the discount code "lab19" on the shopping cart or checkout page to apply this discount to your order. Lab and conference registration must be completed by January 11, 2019. Note that only one discount code may be applied to an order. The discount code does not apply to daily meeting registration fees, picnic, banquet and Foundation Night tickets, or continuing education certification fees. Lab registration will be verified separately after the conference registration is submitted.

VOS would like to thank Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy, Owl Manor Veterinary, Arthrex Vet Systems, and Intrauma for offering these wonderful lab opportunities for our members.

Please check our VOS 2019 Conference Labs page on our website for more details about each lab and the most up-to-date information. Space is limited. Register today!

Practical Applications of the Cannulated Compression Screw

Veterinary Orthopedic Implants logo Course Description: The headless compression screw (HCS/CCS) system is useful for situations when a lag screw or pin and tension band might be used. The system allows k-wires to be placed initially to facilitate reduction and simplify lag screw placement. The cannulated HCS/CCS is placed over the k-wire after drilling with a cannulated drill bit. There is no need to drill a gliding and a thread hole. The HCS/CCS can be placed much more quickly than pin and tension bands and is less likely to cause irritation. The HCS/CCS is also very useful in minimally-invasive surgical applications. The HCS/CCS system and plastic bone models will be used to repair a lateral humeral condyle fracture, femoral neck fracture, TTT with TPLO.

VOI provides all equipment and materials for this course.
RACE approved credit hours. Certificate of Completion.

Course Instructors: Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS; Caleb Hudson, MS, DVM, DACVS

Registration: Click here to register for the Veterinary Orthopedic Implants lab.

Needlescope Application with Point of Care Biologics

Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy and Owl Manor Veterinary logos Course Description: Lead the way and learn the latest arthroscopic diagnostic surgical technique, "NeedleOscopy" and biologic intra-articular administration under visualization. The purpose of this wet lab is to familiarize veterinarians with the ease maneuvering a 1.2mm (18-gauge) needle arthroscope in a joint, processing autologous point-of-care devices, and applying autologous protein solution under visualization. The lab will focus on performing joint lameness diagnostics, blood processing through a newly available point-of-care device, and arthroscopic guided administration under visualization on canine cadavers.

Many advances in canine musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging have been made in the past years with the use of MRI and improved ultrasound machines. Unfortunately, many times radiographic images don't show the problem because they show very little soft tissue, which is a common cause of stifle soreness. The NeedleView scope modality has helped practitioners to improve the ability to obtain a definitive diagnosis so that they could determine the appropriate treatment plan. A complete joint exploratory and / or administration of an autologous protein solution can be performed in a few minutes without general anesthesia on a canine while the canine patient is sedated and the joint locally blocked. This procedure obviates the need for general anesthesia surgical procedure, but in some cases, routine arthroscopy is required. The procedure allows the surgeon to document intraarticular findings to determine the best course of treatment. Pro-Stride APS is a proprietary dual-device system whose output produces a concentrated solution of cells, platelets, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory proteins. The output of the device is all-natural (from the patient's own blood), has clinically demonstrated effectiveness, and is convenient (no incubation, <20-minute processing, ambulatory).

Course Instructors: Chad Devitt, DVM; Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM; and Sam Franklin, DVM

Registration: Click here to register for the Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy and Owl Manor Veterinary lab.

Canine Unicompartmental Elbow (CUE) for Elbow Dysplasia
Presented by Arthrex Vet Systems  

Arthrex Vet Systems logo Course Description: A focused laboratory for treating medial compartment disease in the canine elbow. This laboratory will include a combination of short, cutting-edge lectures focusing on product design, diagnosis of the disease, and treatment options, in addition to a dry lab and wet lab for each participant to get hands-on experience. 
Lectures will cover in detail the current and prior treatments for medial compartment disease, as well as product design and equipment, clinical studies, and surgical approach and debridement of the structures of the canine elbow.

Each participant will practice on a sawbones model to familiarize themselves with the equipment and proper placement of the implant before focusing on a cadaver specimen. Experienced and proficient instructors will guide each participant through the training session to ensure the participant has grasped the technique.

Course Instructors: Ian Holsworth, BVSc, Dip ACVS; Chuck Walls, DVM, Dip ACVS

Registration: Click here to register for the Arthrex lab.

Fracture Repair in Toy Breed Using FIXIN Micro and Mini System
Presented by Intrauma 

Intrauma logo Course Description: Participants attending this dry lab will get a comprehensive introduction to the FIXIN Micro system and its application in common toy breeds Fractures and more. Lectures include Fractures in cats, treatment of distal radius and ulna fractures in toy breed dogs and interactive case discussion. Hands on labs include comminuted tibia fracture repair and distal radius fracture repair on toy breed dry bones.

Course Instructor: Kenneth A. Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Registration: Click here to register for the Intrauma lab.

Breckenridge is famous for skiing, but it also offers a great variety of activities off the slopes. Be sure to save time in your schedule for these activities!

Dog-sledding  |  Snowmobiling  |  Cross-country skiing  |  Snowshoeing  |  Ice skating  |  Hockey  |  Fat biking  |  Sledding / tubing  |  Shopping  |  Wine-tasting  |  Saloon tour  |  Walking history tour  |  Sleigh rides  |  Breckenridge Gold Runner Alpine Coaster  |  Summit Ski Museum  |  Silverthorne Outlet Mall  |  Breckenridge Distillery tour  |  Winter fly-fishing  |  Gold mine tours  |  Pottery painting  |  Breckenridge Recreation Center  |  Breckenridge Backstage Theatre  |  BreckCreate (art and pottery classes)  |  Yoga classes  |  Spas  |  Scenic gondola ride

Gold Runner Alpine Coaster
Gold Runner Alpine Coaster. Photo: Carl Scofield, Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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 VOS members: 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 VOS member who submits the best bit of wisdom will win a $100 discount off the conference registration for the 2019 VOS meeting. Send your entries to
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.


Tenure-Track or Clinical Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, University of Illinois
The University of Illinois is seeking a Tenure-Track or Clinical Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. The successful candidate must have a DVM degree or equivalent, and have achieved board certification or completed residency training with credentials accepted by the ACVS. Preference will be given to candidates with ACVS certification, advanced degree(s), a track record in scholarship, and/or prior research training. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Application deadline is January 2, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To view the full position and submit an application, visit:


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


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


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.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tenure-Track or Clinical Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Full-time, 100% (12-month basis) Tenure-Track or Clinical Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
The Small Animal Surgery program at the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a qualified surgeon to join our highly productive and dynamic group of specialists. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To view the complete job announcement and submit a candidate profile, please visit: by January 2, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Small Animal Orthopedic Surgeon, West Los Angeles, California
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is seeking applications for a small animal orthopedic surgeon. Preference will be given to candidates who are board-certified. Our staff includes 52 veterinarians with specialists in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, behavior and rehabilitation/integrative medicine.
Preference will be given to individuals with a strong interest and demonstrated competency in orthopedic surgery including joint replacement and arthroscopic procedures. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, 401K retirement plan, health insurance, paid vacation and compensation for continuing education.
Please send curriculum vitae to Dr Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS, E-mail:


Surgeon, Asheville, North Carolina
Make your move to Asheville, NC !!
Asheville is referred to as an art colony, Foodtopia, and a healing resort along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it.
Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Asheville are looking for a surgeon to work a 4 day work week with a multi-specialty team, CT, radiology and great equipment for MIS and scoping. This is a great team in a great location.
To learn more forward your CV to: Patrick O'Keefe, LVT:


Surgeon, Dallas, Texas
We are currently seeking a surgeon at DVSC in Dallas, TX, a Compassion-First network hospital.
Join a staff of 13 surgeons working a great schedule.
Compassion-First Pet Hospitals provides a platform for your dreams by valuing individuality and innovation at the practice level, while recognizing the power and promise of collaboration.
Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas-Ft. Worth is the 4th largest in the USA. You'll find everything a big city has to offer alongside plenty of outdoor activity and bar-b-que!
To begin your journey send a CV to:
Patrick O'Keefe, LVT: 973-986-0620


Entrepreneurial Experienced Surgeon Opportunity, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Join us in Fredericksburg, VA where you can be the hero. The rDVM community needs you to manage a large caseload for them. No on call, 4 day week, generous compensation and a dynamite surgical staff. 24/7 ER, Rehab with underwater treadmill and more.
Fredericksburg is a great community steeped in history, within an hour of any outdoor activity you enjoy. An hour from D.C., Charlottesville (UVA) and Richmond, VA.
If this matches the next step on your career path, contact me for more info.
Patrick O'Keefe:


Small Animal Surgeon, Boston Area Hospital
Boston West is seeking a small animal surgeon to join our Emergency and Specialty Referral hospital in Natick, MA.
Located close to Boston, Boston West offers a highly collaborative culture that strives for excellence, is optimistic, collaborative, and supportive.
Boston West is a 10,000 square foot open concept facility with two surgical suites equipped for general soft tissue, orthopedic surgeries, and minimally invasive surgeries. We are also equipped with digital radiology, ultrasound, and on-site CT. MRI and fluoroscopy capability are available at our in-network hospital 20 miles away.
To find out more about this opportunity or to apply, click here.


University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management
Professional duties include clinical service, clinical instruction of residents, interns; veterinary and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities also include didactic, small group and laboratory instruction. Candidates must have a DVM degree or equivalent, and have achieved board-eligibility or board certification in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia or the European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia to be considered. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To view the full job announcement and create a candidate profile: For full consideration, apply by January 30, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Illinois is an EEO/ADA/Disability employer.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. The position will be tenure-track or clinical-track depending on the candidate. A DVM or equivalent, and board certification/board eligibility by the ACVS or ECVS is required. Candidates with an MS or PhD in a related field are preferred for a tenure-track position. A complete job description is available at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Ambulatory Surgical Referral Practice for Sale, Metro Washington DC / Baltimore / Northern Virginia
Owner retiring after 30 years : Includes all equipment and instrumentation
Certified Technician if desired
Excellent Hospital Base
Contact :


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: Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

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