Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
February / March 2017 - In This Issue:
Skiers get ready to tackle the slopes at Snowbird. Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Get Ready for Snowbird!

Dear VOS Members,
In less than a month you will be flying down 164 trails crisscrossed by 11 lifts with a snow base of 340 inches (over 8 meters!) and counting. Check out the Snowbird snow report here. We are so excited to bring you another week of world-class lectures punctuated by socializing, mingling with vendors and having some good old-fashioned fun! Here is a taste of what you can look forward to:
  • Saturday: kick off VOS with the Welcome reception

  • Sunday-Friday: Lectures from all avenues of orthopedics, rehabilitation, regenerative medicine and neurology. Check out the latest program here (updated 2/10/17)

  • Sunday-Wednesday evening: Jacques Jenny Lecturer James P. Stannard will honor us to discuss his experience in the development of joint reconstruction, replacement and rehabilitation. For more information on Dr. Stannard, click here 

  • Sunday: Exhibitors' Showcase with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

  • Monday: Past Presidents' Breakfast

  • Wednesday
    • BioMedtrix Ski Race and Mountain Picnic sponsored by Everost 
    • Poster session and Foundation night with comedian Derrick Tennant, sponsored by Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics 
    • Bring your kids to Camp Snowbird for the Foundation Night Kids' Pizza Party. Visit the VOS registration desk on-site at Snowbird to register. Email Jonathan Suber with questions.
  • Thursday
    • Bloomberg Awards
    • Membership meeting
    • VOS Banquet, co-sponsored by VOS and Aratana 
Katja Lin Of course this would not be possible without our sponsors, so please take a moment to chat with those that make this unique and one-of-a-kind conference possible.
On a side note, it seems to be a VOS tradition for someone to tear his or her ACL on the slopes each year. Let's try to let go of this tradition this year and go for an injury-free conference!
See you all on the slopes!
Katja Lin
Communications Chair

Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Register now for the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah, and make your reservations for lodging, airfare, lift tickets and other transportation needs!
VOS 2017 Conference 
March 11-18, 2017  
Snowbird, Utah
To receive a discount on your registration, you must reserve your lodging with Contact Penny Smith at to learn about available accommodations.

Register for VOS 2017 Conference

Make lodging and travel reservations 

We also have arranged for discounted rates on ski and snowboard rentals.

Reserve ski equipment rentals

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


Photo 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

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   






Like us on Facebook

Don't forget to "like" VOS on Facebook for the latest happenings and news.

Please help us record who has opted in to our communications by clicking on the button below. 

By confirming your subscription you're granting us permission to email you. You can revoke permission to mail to your email address at any time using the Safe Unsubscribe link found at the bottom of every email.

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.
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 - $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).
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.
Final departure instructions image Penny Smith of has provided final departure instructions for all those attending the VOS 2017 Conference March 11-18 in Snowbird, Utah. Please take a few minutes to read the departure instructions to make sure your trip goes smoothly. Read the Final Departure Instructions.
The VOS 2017 Conference begins March 11! Here's a quick checklist to help you prepare for your week in Snowbird, Utah.

Online Registration 
If you haven't already registered, register online now at the VOS Store - and while you are there, don't forgot to buy your on-mountain picnic tickets, additional banquet and Foundation Night tickets, and make a donation to the VOS Educational Foundation. To receive a discount on your meeting registration, you must also reserve your lodging with

Lodging and Transportation
We do still have limited space for hotel rooms at the Cliff Lodge and limited space for studios and efficiencies at the Lodge at Snowbird, but they are based on space availability for your dates. Please email Penny Smith at if you are interested.

If you have already reserved your lodging, lifts and ground transportation, your final payment is due now. Please log in to the travel reservation website and pay the balance at this time, or if you are using the same credit card, Penny Smith can process the final payment for you. Email Penny or call her at 800-233-2300, ext. 3420 with any questions.

Reserve Your Ski and Snowboard Equipment
Penny Smith has arranged for discounted rates for ski and snowboard equipment. Reserve your equipment in advance to get on the slopes faster!

Visit the Securos Booth for Drink Tickets
Join Securos Surgical for a celebratory drink on us during the Exhibitors' Showcase on Sunday, March 12th at the 44th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary by handing out drink tickets at our booth during the exhibit hall hours 3:15-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th just prior to the Exhibitors' Showcase. 
by José M. Garcia-Lopez
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair

Dr. James Stannard Please join us in beautiful Snowbird, Utah March 11-18 for the 2017 VOS Conference. This year's program features Dr. James P. Stannard as our 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 and serves as medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. We are excited to have Dr. Stannard share his vast experience in the field of orthopedic surgery and trauma with us!

In addition to our Jacques Jenny lectures, this year's program will feature a combination of scientific abstracts and talks from our invited speakers in the specialties of Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, a joint Complications and Corrections session, and Imaging rounds. Come also to celebrate the achievement of our residents during the Mark Bloomberg Awards presentations, featuring the latest in clinical and bench top research.

In addition, we will have once again a separate 2-day equine-specific track, with invited speakers such as Hilary Clayton, Alan Nixon and Jeffrey Watkins covering topics related to sports medicine, locomotion, advanced arthroscopy, and fracture fixation. Come listen to these world-renowned speakers in a collegial and laid-back atmosphere which will also have plenty of time for discussions, both in small groups and on the chairlifts!

Equine topics include:

Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Equine locomotion
  • Gait analysis and ground reaction forces
Equine Orthopedics
  • Medical and surgical management of tenosynovitis
  • Complications of humeral fractures and the evolution of surgical management
  • Complex carpal arthroscopy
  • Complex, multi-fragment middle phalangeal fractures
Regenerative Medicine
  • Use of stem cells, PRP, BMAC for tendon, ligament and articular conditions
Our speakers include:

Dr. Hilary ClaytonHilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR
Dr. Clayton is one of the world's leading authorities in equine lameness, locomotion and rehabilitation strategies. She received her veterinary degree in 1973 from the University of Glasgow where she later also completed her PhD in 1978. She has held professional appointments in North America and Europe, spending 17 years as the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, where she is currently an Emerita Chair and Professor.

In addition to dozens of publications and book chapters, Dr. Clayton is the author of numerous books which have become some of the go-to references in the field of equine lameness and locomotion.
Dr. Alan Nixon Alan Nixon, BVSs, MS, DACVS
Dr. Nixon is one of the world's most renowned experts in the field of equine arthroscopy and fracture repair. He obtained his veterinary degree at the University of Sydney, Australia in 1979 and completed his surgical residency in 1983 at Colorado State University. Dr. Nixon is currently a Professor of Large Animal Orthopedic Surgery and the Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory & JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Dr. Nixon is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, as well as author of some of the most important equine surgical books of our time: Equine Fracture Repair and Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse.

Dr. Jeffrey Watkins Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Watkins is one of the world-leading authorities in the field of equine fracture repair, in particular humeral and middle phalangeal fractures. Dr. Watkins obtained his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1980 and completed his surgical residency at Texas A & M in 1983, where he has continued to serve as a faculty member since then, becoming a Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery in 1999.

Dr. Watkins is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is an active faculty member of AOVET North America, where he lectures and instructs in the field of equine fracture repair worldwide. He is a special surgeon with an unsurpassed knowledge in the topics of humeral and pastern fracture repair.
sponsorsWe could not host our annual conference without the incredible support we receive from our friends at these generous companies. We encourage everyone who attends VOS 2017 to thank our sponsor companies, and when making purchasing decisions, keep in mind who has helped you to remain current on the science of veterinary orthopedics!

One special note - on Sunday, Securos will be offering drink tickets at its booth. These tickets are good for the Sunday evening Exhibitors' Showcase event. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your tickets!
Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites.
VOS Past Presidents
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!
The 44th annual VOS conference in Snowbird, Utah begins on March 11! 

VOS 2017 conference program image Have you seen the most recent VOS 2017 Conference Program (revised 2/10/17)? In addition to our usual science-packed program and the special equine sessions, there will be a special panel on complications and corrections.

Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Fresh powder has been piling up, and we are looking forward to great skiing and snowboarding during the conference! Snowbird, Utah is a winter paradise with 169 runs spanning over 2,500 acres. With the recent upgrades to the chalets and RFID ticketing system, everything is in place for a smooth and enjoyable week. There are a variety of activities off the mountain as well, such as snowmobiling, fly fishing, shopping, and a world-class spa.

This year's ski race on Wednesday morning promises to be another memorable event! 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.

Derrick Tennant
Derrick Tennant
Foundation Night will be held Wednesday evening in conjunction with the poster session. This event brings recognition to the VOS Foundation and is the Foundation's primary fundraiser. 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.
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!
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.


Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery (tenure track)
The position includes a 50% clinical effort assignment to the Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery Service of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). A complete position description is available on-line at: To begin the application process, interested applicants should register online at and submit the requested materials. To receive fullest consideration, applications must be submitted by February 6, 2017. Position is opened until filled.
The University of California is an AA/EOE. UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014.


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   |  

Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society!
Colorado State University Arthroscopy courses July 2017

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

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