Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
June / July 2017 - In This Issue:
VOS 2017 conference participants
Conference participants gather for the banquet at the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
Introduce Your Interns and Residents to the Benefits of VOS Membership

Summer is often a slow time for the VOS, but it is a great opportunity to introduce incoming interns and residents about the opportunities of being a VOS member. Yearly dues for interns and residents are only $25, and as a member they have access to a surprising amount of grant money to fund their research projects. The Hohn-Johnson Research Award provides up to $40,000 in funding and the Wade O. Brinker Research Award provides up to $12,000 in funding. Multiple grants may be funded each year. Detailed information is available on the VOS website. The deadline for both awards is October 1, 2017.
Current residents may also apply for the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award. This award allows recipients to travel to the VOS meeting to present their research. Registration for the annual meeting is discounted for student, intern, and resident members, and further discounted if they are presenting.
Alan Cross Members also receive discounted subscriptions to VCOT, which is required reading for the ACVS board exam.
If you are involved in resident and intern training, please mention the VOS to your incoming veterinarians and let them know what we have to offer.
Alan Cross

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VOS 2018 Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass, Colorado
Be sure to join us next year in Snowmass! Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging 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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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

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Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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

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

2020 47th Annual VOS Conference 
February 1-8, 2020
Sun Valley, Idaho 
Stay tuned to our website, our newsletter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information.


We are looking for advice to pass on to those who are interviewing for their first jobs as surgeons. If you have any advice as someone that has recently interviewed for their first job or has had to interview people for their first job, please email Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at We will share responses in an upcoming newsletter article.



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 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.
Attention VOS Members: Invoices for the VOS 2017-2018 membership dues will be mailed in early July. You may pay your dues online via the VOS store ( or by mailing a check to the VOS office.

We have our online payments set up so that you may also pay for VCOT subscriptions through our website. If you are subscribing to VCOT, or renewing your VCOT subscription, be sure that the shipping address is the address where you wish to have the VCOT journal mailed.

You may also make a donation online to the VOS Education Foundation through the VOS store. Donations to the VOS Education Foundation are tax deductible.
45th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference
March 10-17, 2018 at Snowmass, Colorado

by Reunan Guillou and José M. Garcia-Lopez 
VOS Scientific Program Chair and Assistant Scientific Program Chair
We invite practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large animal, small animal, and exotic species, to submit abstracts of novel studies in practical and scientific topics related to veterinary orthopedics and traumatology. Preference will be given to abstracts that have clinical relevance. Papers addressing results of controlled retrospective and prospective clinical studies are strongly encouraged. Clinician investigators should also consider submitting innovative surgical techniques, or case reports describing unusual or difficult cases as these will be reviewed separate from the scientific abstracts. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes and followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Posters must fit within the 4' (height) x 4' (width) area provided.

Call for papers will open on August 15th 2017 and close on October 15th 2017 for both podium presentations and posters. See the link on the VOS website: for full details of abstract submission, formatting and regulations.

Submission categories will be:
  • Clinical/Scientific Studies
  • Case reports: a maximum of three novel or interesting cases
The Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Award was established to recognize outstanding resident abstract submissions to the scientific program. At least one recipient per year will be awarded up to $1,500.00 towards expenses to attend and present their abstract at our annual meeting. Only individuals currently in a residency training program or within 2 years of completion of a formal residency program are eligible. The abstract submission may only be of studies conducted during the residency program. All abstracts being submitted for consideration of this award must indicate so on online submission form.

For more information, please contact:  
Reunan Guillou, VOS Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
José M. García-López, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address:  
VOS is a scientific partner of the Pain in Animals Workshop: Creating a Research Roadmap for Measuring Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats. The inaugural meeting will be held November 29-30, 2017, at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland. The proposed meeting will involve National Institutes of Health pain researchers, industry, Food and Drug Administration and academic researchers. We propose to bring the strengths of all these partners together to discuss the current state of pain measurement in animals, and to formulate a roadmap of research and development priorities for the future. There is no registration fee, but you must pre-register to attend. For more information, please see the PAW 2017 website.
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WVOC logo Important date change! Please note that the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress (WVOC 2018) is now planned for September 12-15, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit the ESVOT Congress website.
VOS members, did you know that you can now post classified ads for free in this VOS newsletter? Please send us your job openings, residencies, internships and other notices so we can help publicize these opportunities to the veterinary orthopedic community.

Each classified ad is limited to 100 words and should include a web link or email address so readers may respond directly to you. Ads also may include a small logo (please submit your logo as a JPG, PNG, EPS or PDF file with your text).

Non-members are also welcome to submit classified ads for the newsletter. The fee for non-members is $135 for text ads and $150 for ads with a logo and includes posting the ad for 3 newsletter issues. (Non-members are also encouraged to join VOS and post their ads for free!)

Please submit all classified ads to Maralyn Probst, Executive Secretary, at All classified ads are subject to board approval.
Attention, past Bloomberg and Hohn-Johnson award winners: VOS wants you! We want to tell your story. How did winning the award help you with your career? How did you add to the body of science in veterinary orthopedics? Email Dr. Katja Lin, Communication Chair, at to tell us how these awards have helped you.
VCOT cover VOS members are eligible for a discounted subscription to the Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT) journal. VCOT is the official journal for 11 organizations, one of which is VOS.

The VCOT journal offers two types of subscriptions to VOS members:
Premium member subscription - $149: Printed copies & online access to current issues and archive back to 1988.
Standard member subscription - $133: Printed copies & online access to the current issues and 9 years archive.

VOS annual dues of $110 ($25 for Interns and Residents) must be paid to receive these rates. Please note that individual subscriptions are limited to online access by one person only. PIN will be issued by publisher.

This year, we are offering a way to subscribe online to the VCOT journal with an online subscription form on our website and online payments through the VOS store. You may also download and complete a paper form and send in a check or credit card payment if you prefer. Please see the Subscribe to the VCOT Journal page on our website for complete details.

If you are subscribing or renewing, please be sure to provide your PREFERRED MAILING ADDRESS on the online order form or paper order form. The VCOT journal will be sent to the preferred mailing address listed on your order form.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. Subscriptions include 6 issues and usually start with Issue 1 or Issue 4, depending on payment date. If you have questions about VCOT subscriptions, please contact Maralyn Probst at
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.
ORTHOMED spotlight
Orthomed logo Location: Vero Beach, Florida
What year was the company started?
Orthomed started in the UK in 2001 with a vison of offering the highest quality orthopedic implants in the industry. We are now a globally recognised company with a passion for improving the quality of veterinary instruments within the industry.
To this day we are still independently owned by the founder of the company.

What products / services does your company offer? 
We are committed to progressing the veterinary industry and the people that work in it. That has been our ethos from the start and we now work with universities, referral centres and general practitioners. We are probably recognised for three core products. Our SOP™ locking plate system, MMP TTA system and the RidgeStop™ system which offers an alternative to a sulcoplasty.
We understand the importance of maintaining the 'gold standard' of manufacturing and this applies to everything whether it be screws, TPLO plates or any other products in our catalogue.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company? 
We are aware that the success of our products hinges upon the experiences of the surgeons who use them, and with this in mind, educating them in the use of the products is a hugely important part of what we do.

We believe very strongly in offering the highest levels of education and we have a full faculty of global educators; ACVS qualified and some of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons in the world, each with their own different character and views. These surgeons not only educate the industry but they also work extremely closely with us to be able to design and engineer some of the greatest implants available in the orthopedic industry .
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
We're very proud that we're able to support surgeons either with product or technical advice to enable them to carry out some of the most complicated surgeries with unrivalled support. By working with our Key Opinion Leaders we ensure that whatever the procedure may involve, we're able to support the surgeon all the way from pre-op to post-op.

This support enables surgeons, whether they are specialists or general practitioners to carry out the procedure with confidence and enables them to install this with the patient owner also.
Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
We like to think that we're at the forefront of developing the veterinary orthopedic industry and we only bring products to market that we know can make a real difference. We are not in the habit of copying other manufacturers ideas or launching something without having 100% confidence in it.

We're currently working on numerous projects, many of which arose from market feedback. We're very excited about adding an extension to our SOP™ locking plate system which shouldn't be too far off now - watch this space!
Visit the Orthomed website to learn more.

Orthomed Practical Workshops
Learn more about our products by attending a specialist led workshop.


Bruce Pratt Endowed Chair of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
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.


Board-Certified or Residency-Trained Surgeons, BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners has several opportunities for Board Certified or residency-trained Surgeons. Founded and operated by veterinarians dedicated to the best in referral practice, BluePearl is a leading provider of specialty and emergency medicine.
Whether you are just starting your private practice career, or are an experienced clinician looking for a change, a new beginning at BluePearl means an open door to explore the next best move in your professional veterinary career. We want to talk to you! Email Dr. Sonja Olson at


Surgeon, VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, West Los Angeles
VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center is seeking a Surgeon to join our multi-doctor team of board-certified specialists.
Candidates should have a strong interest in soft tissue, orthopedic, spinal and minimally invasive surgeries as well as an interest in the teaching and training of the resident and interns.
Located in West Los Angeles, VCA ASEC is the largest veterinary surgical group in Southern California with five individual operating rooms, digital radiography with fluoroscopy, a 16-slice GE helical CT scanner, C-arm with digital subtraction, Arthrex tower for all minimally invasive general and orthopedic procedures.
If interested, email

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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.