Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
January 2018 - In This Issue:
VOS conference attendees
VOS 2017 Conference attendees enjoy time to socialize during the Poster Session and Foundation Night.
Get Prepared for the VOS 2018 Conference at Snowmass Village!

Dear VOS members!
Hope 2018 is starting out right for all of you! With the conference just around the corner, there are all kinds of preparations underway on our end. Preparations on your end should be easy though. Click on the links here to register for the VOS 2018 conference and make lodging and travel arrangements - or go to the VOS website and click on the various brightly colored buttons with the same labels.
VOS 2018 Conference Program The preliminary conference schedule is also available on the website or by clicking here. Similar to last year, we have a healthy mix of the latest in orthopedics both in small animal and equine medicine.
This is also the year that we will be offering a lab, sponsored by Arthrex. You have to register for the lab separately from the conference or by clicking here. It fills up fast so I would get on that.
There are several VOS board positions that will be up for grabs this spring.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions, please  email Rich Evans . It would be ideal but not mandatory if the nominees were present at the conference. The open board positions are: 
  • President Elect: 1 year (3-year commitment in total)
  • Communications: 3 years (*Note ... this is the best position)
  • Assistant Scientific Program Chair: 4 years
  • Awards: 3 years
  • Research: 3 years
Ciao for now!
Katja Lin
Communications Chair
Register online for the VOS 2018 Conference in Snowmass Village, Colorado!

VOS 2018 Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, Colorado

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.
Snowmass logo

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 
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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 Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at We will share responses in an upcoming newsletter article.
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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 Journal 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

by Penny Smith, 
Rooms are filling up! Book your lodging today! 
Westin Hotel
The Westin
The Wildwood
The Wildwood
VOS still has lodging available at the Westin Snowmass, which is the nicest hotel and best location for the VOS Conference. It is ski-in and ski-out and steps from the conference center.
The Wildwood is available on a very limited basis at this time. Condominiums are scarce and not that close to the conference venue and may require a 7-night stay.
If you have questions about condominiums, please contact Penny Smith at Otherwise, book your reservation online using this link: Make lodging, lift ticket, and travel reservations. 
Arthrex Vet Systems logo 2018 VOS Biologics Lab
Hosted by Arthrex Vet Systems
Monday, March 12
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Snowmass Westin Hotel and Conference Center 
The Biologics Course (sponsored by Arthrex Vet Systems) will summarize current research on canine platelet-rich plasma (PRP) preparation, activation, and evidence for clinical application in dogs. Participants will obtain hands-on practice preparing PRP using both the ACP and ANGEL PRP preparation systems and will also practice activating PRP using clinically-applicable activation protocols. In addition, participants will get to practice ultrasound guided injections on canine cadaveric limbs after receiving mini lectures introducing the basics of musculoskeletal ultrasound using the new Synergy Musculoskeletal Wireless Ultrasound System.
Children of VOS members at the 2017 banquet
Future VOS members enjoy the banquet at the VOS 2017 Conference.
by Wanda Gordon-Evans,
Assistant Director, Education Foundation 
Here's another short message in verse from the VOS Education Foundation regarding Foundation Night:
Arteries are red, veins are blue
We need some help from all of you
Donate things you would like to see
Bid on to benefit charity
Gift card for dinners, art or more
Together we will make VOS soar!
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! Please be sure to use the revised slide below with the correct website address.
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.
Your VOS/WVOC Planning Committee
Steve Martinez, Chair  
Dan Lewis  
Kurt Schulz  
Mario Cabrera  
Alan Cross  
Jeff Godwin  
Rich Evans   
In this issue, we are featuring a key sponsor of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. We will have more sponsor profiles in upcoming issues. To submit your company's information for a Spotlight profile, please contact Dr. Cheryl Tano, VOS sponsor chair.

KYON logo Locations: Zürich, Switzerland and Boston, USA.
What year was the company started?
What products / services does your company offer?
We invent new techniques for orthopedic and trauma surgery. We design and manufacture using cutting edge proprietary Swiss technologies and continually refine devices and techniques to optimize outcomes. We offer comprehensive training events on THR, TTA, Fracture Plating, TPLO, PAUL, PGR and more.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
Acceptance of new procedures is not only dependent on the performance of a device, but also on the collaborative infrastructure teaching, supporting and curating the clinical use. We have been fortunate to work with many exceptional veterinary surgeons and professionals whose contributions to these techniques are invaluable. Our annual symposium, April 20-22, 2018 in Zürich is the perfect opportunity to learn from and connect with the surgeons most engaged in the collaborative effort. Join us.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
Each procedure represents a complex synthesis of known and emergent challenges, resolved over many years. Since 1999, sound biomechanical rationale, conscientious design, state-of-the-art manufacture, and refinement based on clinical feedback have informed the evolution of the Zürich Cementless Hip Replacement System. Now in its sixth generation, our THR system offers an immediately and indefinitely stable solution, capable of performing throughout the active life of the most demanding, often very young, patients.
Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
Instructional materials, pdf's, videos, even planning tools for the Osirix and Horos platforms are available within the community area of the KYON website - This allows course attendees to better prepare for their time at our training events and clients to stay informed of recent updates and experience.
2018 is going to be a big year for the elbow. Our Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL) procedure, now well accepted throughout Europe, is growing steadily in North America as practitioners observe the promising clinical outcomes. For patients in need of elbow replacement, our medial elbow replacement system/s are entering the next phase of controlled clinical release and will be presented at the Symposium in April. Visit us at our VOS booth to learn more.

KYON training events
KYON offers comprehensive training events. Learn more and register at
Sponsors and exhibitors: Have you placed an ad 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 All ads must be submitted no later than January 24th.
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.


Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center Small Animal Surgeon, Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center, Omaha, NE
Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center is searching for a motivated, energetic, team-oriented surgeon to join our team. Full time and locum opportunities are available.
Sirius Vet is the first clinic of its kind in Omaha, NE. We provide top notch orthopedic care to the over 1.5 million prospective clients and 300 plus veterinarians in the Omaha metropolitan area. Our state-of-the-art surgical center allows us to focus our case selection and provide superior treatment while "helping return four-legged athletes to their peak performance".
If you are interested in knowing more about Sirius Vet, check out or contact Dr. Chris Horstman at 402-934-1332 or


Boarded Surgeon, Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center, a privately owned, primary care, 24/7 emergency and specialty practice (established 1958) is seeking a boarded surgeon. OPVMC's busy surgery department has a diverse caseload. We have eighteen emergency/general practitioners and a surgery residency trained DVM; our boarded team consists of one surgeon, two internists, an oncologist, a behavior specialist, remote radiologist and clinical pathologist.
Our remodeled 22,000 sq. ft facility has digital radiography, endoscopy, cystoscopy, ultrasound, Cubex, onsite laboratory, CT and paper-lite EMR.
$30,000 signing bonus!
If interested send CV to Kevin Kumrow, DVM,
For more information:


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 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, 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

Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society!
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Is your company interested in display advertising in the Veterinary Orthopedic Society newsletter?
Contact Cheryl Tano 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.