Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
February / March 2016 - In This Issue:
Snowboarder at Big Sky
A snowboarder at Big Sky goes airborne. Photo by Michel Tallichet, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.

Greetings!


There are 5,772 acres of powdered bliss waiting for you in just a few short weeks! The latest snow report shows 48" of snow mid-mountain and 70" of snow along the upper mountain.
 
For all of you procrastinators out there, the good news is that you still have time to register for the annual conference at Big Sky. Even better, below is a checklist to help all of you tie up loose ends. Check it out!
 
The conference schedule is a hot one this year. Our Jacques Jenny Lecturer is the esteemed Dr. Douglas Beaman from Portland, Oregon. We have an equine specific track that brings together a group of speakers that will tell you about the latest in orthopedics. There are small panel discussions on pain management and radiology rounds. And who wouldn't want to go to a talk called "Complications, Corrections and Acts of Desperation."
 
As for the other fun stuff, the ski race, comedy night, poster session and silent auction are all still on the menu. Let the kids have a night to themselves at the Kids Pizza Party Wednesday, March 2nd during Foundation Night. Please see the party flyer and preregister with Rich Evans at richard.bc.evans@gmail.com or 515-450-8218.
 
Last but not least, we have a huge exhibitor turn-out this year. VOS continues to be well sponsored by some of the biggest names in veterinary orthopedics. Survey your clinic and see what needs upgrading. Talk to management and let them know you are working on your capital expenses list. Don't forget your business cards to exchange with all the vendors.
 
I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon. I will be the one subtly trying to take pictures and videos of everyone with my phone.
 
Katja Lin
Communications Chair
Join Aratana for dinner and drinks on Feb 29
registerREGISTER NOW!
Time is running out to register for the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana!

2016 VOS Conference 
February 27-March 5, 2016 
Big Sky, Montana

Register for 2016 VOS Conference

You also may make reservations online for lodging, airfare, lift tickets and other transportation needs. To receive a discount on your registration, you must reserve your lodging with Ski.com.

Make lodging and travel reservations

For questions or travel reservations, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of Ski.com, at penny.smith@ski.com or 800-525-7547, ext. 3420.

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Photo by Lonnie Ball, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
View an interactive trail map. Courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
VOS 2016 CONFERENCE SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS
sponsors A big thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting VOS!
Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites. Scroll down to the end of the newsletter to view sponsor logos with links.

TITANIUM SPONSOR

Aratana Therapeutics 

GOLD SPONSORS

GOLD CONSORTIUM - Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics 

Canine Rehabilitation Institute 

Game Ready 

OrthoPets 

Pulse Veterinary Technologies 

Respond Systems 

Arthrex, Inc. 

DePuy Synthes 

Elanco Animal Health 

New Generation Devices 

Veterinary Orthopedic Implants 

SILVER SPONSORS

BioMedtrix 

Everost Inc 

BRONZE SPONSORS

AO North America 

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure 

Cutting Edge Laser Technologies 

Dechra Veterinary Products 

Epica Medical Innovations 

HOSSO Inc.

IMEX Veterinary, Inc. 

Intrauma 

Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy 

KYON Veterinary Surgical Products 

Medtronic 

Nestle Purina PetCare 

Nexvet Biopharma PLC 

Orthomed 

Securos Surgical 

Sontec Instruments 

Sound 

SpectraVet Phototherapeutics 

TheraCell-VET, Inc. 

Veterinary Instrumentation 

Veterinary Transplant Services 

Zoetis 

MARK BLOOMBERG RESIDENT RESEARCH AWARD SPONSORS

Endowed Sponsors

AO Vet North America 

Merial 

New Generation Devices 

Orthomed 

Securos 

VOS Past Presidents

Annual Sponsor

KYON 

2016 CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS

Andersen Products, Inc. 

ezyVET - Beautiful Veterinary Software 

Henry Schein Animal Health 

Success Concepts Medical Books

Tekscan 

Universal Imaging 

Veterinary Implants Direct 

NON-PROFIT

American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians 

Big Sky Resort
Photo by Michel Tallichet, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE VOS BOARD?
We are seeking nominations for the following VOS Board of Directors positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Assistant Program Chairperson
If you are interested in either position, please submit your name to me at kbruecker@vmsg.com.

We will also elect a new President-Elect this meeting. If you have served on the Board of Directors previously, you are eligible. If interested or you would like to nominate someone else, please contact me before the meeting in Big Sky.  

Ken Bruecker
kbruecker@vmsg.com
VOS OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
2015-16


Steve Petersen
President
 
Kenneth Bruecker
Past President
 
Rich Evans 
President Elect
 
R. Mark Daye
Treasurer
 
Katja Lin 
Communication
 
Janet Van Dyke
Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair
 
Andy Bathe
Scientific Program
 
Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
 
Jonathan Suber
Awards
 
Matt Stewart
Research
 
Cheryl Tano
Exhibit Chair
 
John Chandler
Director, Education Foundation
 
Richard "Dick" Lau
Assistant Director, Education Foundation 
 
Maralyn R. Probst
Executive Secretary
WE'VE MOVED!

 

The VOS office moved last year. Please update correspondence accordingly.

 

Address: 

Veterinary Orthopedic Society

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   

 

Our website and email address remain the same:

 

Website: www.vosdvm.org 

Email: secretary@vosdvm.org  

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE VCOT JOURNAL
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.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. If you wish to subscribe or renew your subscription, please download the VCOT form and return it to the VOS office with your payment.

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 secretary@vosdvm.org.

VOS UPDATES ADVERTISING PROGRAM

 

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

SEND US YOUR NEWS!

 

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 secretary@vosdvm.org.

CALL FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 
 
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 vos.dvm@gmail.com and include your name, the title of your talk, date, location and link (if available).
ATTENTION, EXHIBITORS!

To all exhibitors: If you have not received shipping information for Big Sky, please contact Dr. Janet Van Dyke at janetvandyke@me.com.
USE OUR CHECKLIST TO GET READY FOR VOS 2016!
registernowDON'T WAIT! REGISTER NOW FOR THE VOS 2016 CONFERENCE
Only a few short weeks are left to register for the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana! We have an outstanding program planned with more than 100 abstracts (64 podium presentations and 42 poster sessions), 4 labs, and many opportunities to enjoy your favorite outdoor winter activities.

Register now and make your lodging and travel reservations through VOS to receive a discount. More details are available at left.
Photo by Lonnie Ball, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
earlybirdGET READY FOR BIG SKY!
We are excited to welcome everyone to the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana.

Dr. Douglas Beaman Our 2016 Jacques Jenny Lecturer is Douglas Beaman, MD, of Portland, Oregon. Dr. Beaman began his orthopaedic practice in Portland in 1995 at Emanuel Hospital, and specializes in lower extremity trauma and reconstructive surgery. He has authored multiple book chapters, presented research at national meetings, and published research in peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals. Read more about Dr. Beaman.

Stay up-to-date with the latest snow report for Big Sky. As of early February, the mid-mountain base is sitting at 48", and the upper mountain base is sitting at 70".

Penny Smith of Ski.com also has the following tips for VOS conference attendees.
  • Arrange for your ski and snowboard rentals in advance. Click here for VOS Big Sky Equipment Rentals.

  • Interested in snowmobiling into Yellowstone? If you want to book early to get a date, call Rendezvous Rentals at 1-800-426-7669 and say you are with the VOS group.

  • Take a winter tour of Yellowstone on a 10-passenger snowcoaches with the option of stopping for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. To book your tour, visit the Yellowstone Alpen Guides website.

  • Child care and lessons can be booked at Basecamp in the Big Sky Plaza. More information is also online at the Big Sky Resort website.
Aratana logo TITANIUM SPONSOR PRESENTATION
JOIN ARATANA FOR DINNER AND DRINKS ON MONDAY, FEB. 29, 7:30-9:30 PM
Be among the first to hear clinical study results for Post-Operative Pain, Osteoarthritis, Stem Cell Therapy and Osteosarcoma anticipated in 2016 and 2017:
  • 7:30-8:00 p.m.: Long-Acting, Local Post-Operative Pain Therapeutic for Dogs, by Jessica Wofford, DVM, PhD
  • 8:00-8:30 p.m.: Therapeutic Vaccine for Osteosarcoma in Dogs, by Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m.: Grapiprant Prostaglandin Receptor Antagonist (PRA) for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Steven Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD, President of Securos
  • 9:00-9:30 p.m.: Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Scott Gustafson, DVM, MS, DACVS
The event will be CE approved and veterinary attendees will be served dinner and drinks, courtesy of Aratana Therapeutics.

Click here to RSVP by February 15, 2016 to secure your spot at this exclusive event.
 
Attend and enter for a chance to win a FREE Apple Watch.*
CALLING ALL KIDS!
Young downhill skier pizzapartyVOS will once again be holding its Kids Pizza Party on Wednesday, March 2 from 7-10 p.m., during Foundation Night.

VOS will provide supervision, food and entertainment for kids ages 4 and up.

Please view the 2016 Kids Pizza Party flyer.

Parents: Please preregister with Rich Evans at richard.bc.evans@gmail.com or 515-450-8218.  
equineprogramVOS 2016 CONFERENCE INCLUDES EXPANDED EQUINE PROGRAM
by Andy Bathe
Scientific Program

The 2016 VOS Conference will feature a 2-day specific equine track, with invited speakers. Equine and general topics also will be covered in other sessions at the meeting, such as Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, and Complications and Corrections, as well as the session for Residents.

The equine sessions will have scientific abstracts and then talks from our invited experts, with plenty of time for discussion and additional experts such as Professor Roger Smith, Professor Carl Kirker-Head, and Dr. Matt Stewart in attendance. The VOS tradition of great academic discussions on chairlifts also will be upheld!

Topics include:

Equine Surgery
  • Use and abuse of Locking plates
  • Treatment of palmar carpal fractures
  • CT guided fracture repair
Equine Orthopedics
  • EBM for orthopaedic medication
  • Are the biologic soups really different?
Equine Imaging
  • Subchondral bone injuries in the fetlock of show jumpers
  • Cervical CT
  • What orthopods should understand about digital artefacts
Equine Injury and Disease Prevention
  • Why are soft tissue injuries becoming so prevalent in sport horses?
  • What pathology has taught us about how we should train and rehab racehorses
Our speakers include:

Dr. David Frisbie David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Frisbie studied at the University of Wisconsin, and completed a surgical residency at Cornell University. While completing his surgical residency, he also earned a master's degree in Joint Pathology at Colorado State University. During work on his PhD, Dr. Frisbie became board certified in large animal surgery as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently serves as the College's Secretary.
 
Dr. Frisbie is a partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition he is an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University's Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. A keen bumps skier and mountain biker, David has a critical yet pragmatic approach to the application of novel scientific innovations in equine orthopaedics.
 
Dr. Dean Richardson Dean Richardson, AB, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Richardson is one of the world's foremost experts in equine orthopedic surgery. He received his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1979, completed a rotating internship and residency in large animal medicine and surgery at Penn Vet, and received postgraduate training in the Division of Rheumatology at Thomas Jefferson University.
 
Dr Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet's New Bolton Centre. Surgery is his clinical specialty, and his research areas are large animal surgery, equine emergency surgery, and equine lower limb injury. A rider himself, he is widely regarded as a "surgeon's surgeon."
 
Dr. Sarah Puchalski Sarah Puchalski, BSc, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Puchalski has developed an international reputation as an expert in equine diagnostic imaging and now bases her practice at Circle Oak Equine. She received her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1999 and completed her diagnostic imaging residency at the University of California, Davis.
 
As an assistant, and later associate, professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (2005-2013), Dr. Puchalski focused on didactic and clinical teaching, research and clinical radiology. Her research interests surround the use of novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis of lameness conditions in equine athletes. Dr. Puchalski opened her consulting practice in 2013 and consults remotely for numerous practices across Europe, Australia, the US and Canada. She regularly participates in showjumping and has a very practical approach to the application of diagnostic imaging.
 
Dr. Susan Stover Susan Stover, BS, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stover received her DVM from Washington State University and completed an equine surgery residency and a PhD in comparative pathology at UC Davis. She is the Director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at UC Davis where her specialty focus includes musculoskeletal biomechanics; etiopathogenesis of repetitive, overuse injuries; equine locomotor anatomy; and racehorse musculoskeletal fatalities.

Dr. Stover has an internationally recognized program in equine racing injuries, and her research has helped inform policy changes improving the welfare of racing horses. She was the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Research Award at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 she was selected as an Outstanding Woman in Racing by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
conferencescheduleVIEW THE COMPLETE 2016 VOS CONFERENCE PROGRAM
VOS 2016 Conference ProgramVOS has released an updated 2016 Conference program with complete details about each day's schedule, presentation topics, and speakers.

We have an expanded, parallel equine program this year with two full days of speakers and abstracts geared towards equine orthopaedics  surgery, imaging and regenerative medicine that will run parallel to the small animal lectures. Invited speakers include the "surgeons's surgeon" Professor Dean Richardson, orthopedic guru Professor David Frisbie, imaging expert Dr. Sarah Puchalski and Professor Sue Stover who has contributed so much to our understanding of the etiopathogenesis of musculoskeletal injuries. We will be running sessions on these areas, with keynote presentations and scientific abstracts, so there will be plenty of time for small group discussion with key opinion leaders.

Please continue to check the 2016 Conference page on the VOS website for additional updates.


   
Session
(Moderator)
Equine Session
(Moderator)
(Invited Speaker)

Sunday, Feb 28 DAY Lab - OrthoPets  
  3:45-6 PM Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Orthopedics
Van Dyke
Residents' Session
Stewart
 

Monday, Feb 29 7-9 AM Orthopedics 1
Evans
Equine Orthopedics
Stewart
Frisbie
  DAY Lab - Veterinary Orthopedic Implants  
  4-6 PM Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Tano
Equine Surgery
Bathe
Richardson

Tuesday, March 1 7-9 AM Orthopedics II
Guillou
Equine Imaging
Bathe
Puchalski
  DAY Lab - Arthrex Vet Systems  
  4-6 PM Imaging Rounds
Tucker
Equine Orthopedic Disease & Prevention
Stewart
Stover

Wednesday, March 2 7-9 AM Complications and Corrections
Petersen
 
  DAY Ski Race and Picnic  
  4-6 PM Regenerative Medicine
Stewart
 
  7-9 PM Poster Session  

Thursday, March 3 7-9 AM Bloomberg Awards
Bathe
 
  4-6 PM VOS Business Meeting  

Friday, March 4 7-9 AM Orthopedics III
Suber
 
  DAY Lab - Epica  
  4-6 PM Orthopedics IV
Chandler
 
THE VOS WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOK!
VOS website

After months of planning, VOS recently launched an updated website. The new website has a more modern look and is designed to be mobile-friendly. If you have not visited the VOS website recently, be sure to take a look. 
labsVOS OFFERS HANDS-ON LABS AT 2016 CONFERENCE
VOS is excited to offer 4 hands-on wet-labs for our 2016 attendees. These labs will take place on Sunday, February 28, Monday, February 29, Tuesday, March 1, and Friday, March 4 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Below are details for each lab, including links for questions and registration. VOS would like to thank OrthoPets, Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Arthrex, and Epica Medical Innovations for offering these wonderful opportunities for our members.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28   
ORTHOPETS
Core concepts, indications and practical tips/hands-on lab for Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP)
 
OrthoPets logo Course Description: The goal of this laboratory is to provide the participant with an overview on how to successfully implement veterinary orthotic and prosthetic solutions into your clinic. The didactic portion of the lab will provide the participant with basic concepts of three point corrective force application used to create stabilization and allows minimizing wound complications associated with external coaptation/V-OP. We will describe indications for the use of V-OP as an adjunct method after surgical treatment and/or as a solution for patients unable to undergo surgery. The wet lab portion will utilize limb models and cover the practical/hands-on experience of the phases involved when treating a patient with V-OP. This includes the creation of an imprint that is needed for manufacturing of the device, fitting the patient and analyzing the supportive mechanics of the device. A series of possible complications (donning, doffing, skin sores) and how to address them by in-house modification of the device will be covered. This lab is designed as an introductory session for individuals that are considering incorporating V-OP into their practice or simply want to learn more about the mechanics of coaptation and this novel field.  
 
Registration: Click here to register for the OrthoPets wet lab 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29 
VETERINARY ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS
CBLO
 
Veterinary Orthopedic Implants logo Course Description: CORA based leveling osteotomy is a procedure where the tibial plateau slope is modified by centering the saw blade (ACA) at the location of the CORA (center of rotation of angulation). In doing so there is no secondary translation, ie, the proximal anatomic axis and distal anatomic axis are aligned. The TPA/PTA angle lies between 88 degrees and 90 degrees. The osteotomy is stabilized with a Veterinary Orthopedic Implant (VOI) specially designed locking plate and counter-sink compression screw. Additional advantages of the CBLO include: ease of surgical planning and technique, excellent long term functional results, normal long term appearance of articular cartilage, rapid healing of the osteotomy (6-7 weeks), ability to apply osteotomy in juvenile patients, and application in cases with excessive slope. The course will detail surgical planning, application in simulated bone, management of complications, and long term outcome. 

Dr. Don Hulse Lead Instructor: Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Dr. Don Hulse graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. Starting in 1970 and continuing until his appointment as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984, Dr. Hulse served as a clinician in general practice and as Staff Surgeon at Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is well published in the veterinary literature. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.
 
Registration: Click here to learn more or register
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016   
ARTHREX VET SYSTEMS 
Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon
 
Arthrex Vet Systems logo Course Description: Arthrex Vet Systems is proud to sponsor the Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 as part of the Annual VOS Symposium. This course is designed for the advanced surgeon or 3rd/4th year Residents wanting to develop their arthroscopy skills for the canine stifle. In the morning session, lectures and wet lab will cover limb positioning, portal placement, equipment, and diagnosis and treatment of common issues related to the stifle. In the afternoon session, lectures and wet lab will cover static stabilization options for CCL injuries. Course fee is $500 and will include course materials, and bone models. To view videos of procedures and more information on products, visit www.arthrexvetsystems.com. 

Instructors: 
Dr. Ian Holsworth Ian Holsworth, BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery), Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Ian Holsworth graduated in 1991 from the University of Melbourne and spent 8 years in general practice in a combination of farm animal, equine racing and pleasure horse practice and small animal general and surgical practice. Dr. Holsworth became an examined Member of the Surgery College of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1995. Following a position as Staff Surgeon for an eight-practice small animal veterinary group in Melbourne, Dr. Holsworth relocated to Michigan as a Surgery fellow in the Michigan State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Holsworth commenced a three-year position as a small animal surgical resident at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which he completed in July 2003. Dr. Holsworth has presented many surgical scientific papers at national meetings in both Australia and the US. Topics covered include shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee disease in dogs with particular focus on advanced imaging and arthroscopic assessment of juvenile orthopedic disease. Dr. Holsworth is currently owner and surgeon at VetSurg in Ventura, California.

Dr. Kurt Schulz Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Kurt Schulz served for nine years as an Associate Professor of small animal surgery at the University of California, Davis, California. He was Chief of Surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for four years and the head of small animal orthopedic research. He is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at Virginia Tech. Dr. Schulz is a co-author of Small Animal Surgery, Small Animal Arthroscopy, and The Pet Lovers Guide to Joint Disease and Osteoarthritis and has published 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has also served on the veterinary faculty of Texas A&M University and was a veterinarian in the United States Peace Corps serving in the mountains and desert of Morocco. Dr. Schulz has served on the examination committee for the ACVS and is an international speaker on small animal surgery. He leads an international program focused on Outcomes Measures and Evidence Based Medicine in small animal orthopedics. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two young boys. 
 
Registration: Click here to learn more or register
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016   
EPICA MEDICAL INNOVATIONS   
Demonstration of Image Guided Robotic Surgery: The Future Using High Resolution 3-Dimensional Imaging in the Veterinary Profession Has Arrived!
 
Epica Medical Innovations Course Description: Be among the first to see and learn about image guided surgical navigation and how it will impact the future of veterinary orthopedics. 

Dr. Bill Liska Instructor: William D. Liska, DVM, Dipl. ACVS 
Dr. Liska received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1973. He completed an internship and surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York in 1976. He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1980. He started in practice in Houston from 1976 until 1988. In 1988, he founded one of the largest private multi-disciplinary veterinary specialty hospitals accepting patients by referral only from other veterinarians. He sold his interest in that practice in 2013 and founded Global Veterinary Specialists and Global Veterinary Innovations in January 2014. His practice is limited to orthopedics with primary focus on total hip replacement surgery and other arthroplasty procedures. 
 
Registration: Email Chrissy Laughlin at Epica to register or learn more. 
Unwind at Chet's Bar and Grill. Photo by Glenniss Indreland, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
bigskyactivities PLAN ON BIG FUN AT BIG SKY!  
Big Sky, Montana is called America's Biggest Skiing. The resort spans more than 4 mountains so there are endless options for exploration. Here are some of the stats:
 
Hours: Our lifts are scheduled to run daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weather pending, depending on area of lift.
Elevation:
Summit (Lone Peak) - 11,166 feet
Base (Mountain Village) - 7,500 feet
Base (Lone Moose & Six-Shooter) - 6,800 feet
Ski Terrain: 5,800 acres, 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains
Vertical Drop: 4,350 feet
Chair Lifts: 23
Surface Lifts: 11
Longest Run: Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall: 6 miles
Number of Terrain Parks: 7
Average Lift Line: Consistently recognized in national ski magazines for short or non-existent lines.
Average Winter Daytime Temperature: 25° F
Average Annual Snowfall: 400+ inches
Lift Capacity: 38,300 skiers per hour
 
Activities at Big Sky 

There is as much to do off the mountain as there is on the mountain for kids and kid-like adults alike.

Ski.com will have a representative at the Saturday night Welcome Party to sign people up for these activities. Big Sky also has a center called "Basecamp" right in the village, and its staff can sign people up for any of the activities any time during their stay.

Click on each activity to learn more.  

CLASSIFIED AD

Veterinary Surgical Centers, a progressive small animal surgery and rehabilitation practice in the Washington D.C. area, seeks an experienced and highly motivated surgeon to join its team. The ideal candidate is an ACVS board-certified surgeon with strong communication and leadership skills, who is comfortable in a fast-paced environment where teaching is a priority.
 
The Northern Virginia region features wine country, shopping, and mountain/water sports - all a short drive from the metropolitan offerings of DC. We offer a fantastic compensation package, including health/dental, 401(k) profit sharing plan, and more.
 
Please send cover letter and CV with references to rmcaracciolo@vscvets.com. Visit www.VSCVets.com
 

CLASSIFIED AD

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 nicole.buote@vca.com.
 


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