Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
May 2016 - In This Issue:
Bloomberg winners relax and socialize with their sponsors at this year's first Bloomberg luncheon at Big Sky Resort in Montana.


In 2004, the VOS Board of Directors asked Mike Conzemius to set up an educational foundation as a way to develop sustainable funding for current and future educational opportunities.
In an effort to avoid potential conflicts of interest between the independent foundation and the VOS, he established the VOS as the umbrella 501(c)(3) organization. The VOS organizational structure was slightly modified and the VOS Educational Foundation was established. This organizational structure provides two simple advantages: it is easy to transfer money between the Society and its Foundation (except for endowments), and the Society and Foundation needn't compete for resources.
To make it clear: The VOS has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. The VOS Educational Foundation is part of the organizational structure of the VOS. The Foundation has a director and a board to supervise its growth, and the foundation director is a nonvoting member of the VOS Board. The VOS Board is the governing body of the foundation. That way, the overall mission of VOS is served with a unified plan.
So, you might ask, if the VOS board governs the VOS foundation, and VOS is the 501(c)(3) organization, why have a foundation at all?
Rich EvansThe reason is because VOS does many things including running a conference, supporting continuing education lectures and labs, and promoting research in veterinary orthopedics. While all VOS missions are related, it is necessary to create specific budgets for specific missions and identify the sources of funding for each mission. For example, the VOS conference has quantifiable costs (e.g., space, food) and income (e.g., memberships, conference fees, and exhibitors and sponsors). The VOS Foundation focuses on education (e.g., travel scholarships and research funding) and ways to sustainably fund those programs.
In the next issue of the VOS Newsletter, I'll cover the financial health and funding mechanisms of the VOS Educational Foundation.
Rich Evans, PhD
VOS President
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2017 VOS Conference 
March 11-18, 2017  
Snowbird, Utah    

Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations.

For questions or travel reservations, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of, at or 800-525-7547, ext. 3420. 


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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


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



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Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   


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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
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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



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).
by John C. Chandler, DVM, MS, DACVS
VOSEF Director

Over the past 10-15 years, the VOS Educational Foundation has helped countless VOS members. However, many members remain unaware of the VOSEF and the work this organization can do for them. In recent years, the VOS Board of Directors has taken a larger role in promoting the VOSEF and its mission. In this piece, we will explore what the VOSEF does and, more importantly, what the VOSEF can do for you, the VOS member.

The mission of the VOSEF is to enhance the educational opportunities of members of the VOS by providing academic scholarships, travel grants, and/or challenging professional development fellowships. I believe the key element of that mission is the "members of the VOS." The VOSEF is truly your organization, and the funding of scholarships, grants and fellowships is truly for you.

Structure of the VOSEF may be somewhat mysterious to many members, but the composition and function is actually quite simple. The Foundation has a Director (2-year appointment), an Assistant Director (2-year appointment), and a Board of Directors made up of 3 VOS members. The Director and Assistant Director are nonvoting members of the VOS Board of Directors. The VOSEF meets twice a year to discuss, as you might imagine, a number of unrelated yet interesting topics (those of you who have served on a board know what I'm talking about), but mostly funding initiatives, fund allocation and fundraising. The VOSEF does not select awardees or review grant applications.

The current funding initiatives of the VOSEF are the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award, the Hohn-Johnson Research Award, and the Wade O. Brinker Research Award. The Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award is a travel grant awarded annually to seven residents aiding them in presenting their research at the VOS Conference. When considering the number of recipients of this award and their co-authors, the number of VOS members that have taken advantage of this award is staggering. The Hohn-Johnson Research Award and the Wade O. Brinker Research Award are research grants providing VOS members the financial means to foster research related to musculoskeletal problems facing today's veterinarians. The funding of these grants is up to $40,000 and $12,000, respectively. In addition to these current funding initiatives, the VOSEF is working on funding a VOS Student member travel grant and a VOS member professional development scholarship.

VOS members socialize
during Foundation Night.
The VOSEF is, quite obviously, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and funding comes directly from donations and fundraising. Foundation Night, during the VOS Conference, has been a fun and successful event over the last several years. There have been some great times watching comedians, magicians, hypnotists, VOS members having dance offs, and playing poker. Over the last 2 years, we have had great success raising money with the silent auction, and the VOSEF would love to see this event mature and grow. Donations for the auction from VOS members and the industry are on the rise, and many thanks go out to all of you. Cash donations from VOS members are also on the rise. Additionally, the ski race, another VOSEF fundraising event, has been very successful. Thank you again to all of those who participate in that exciting event.

Thanks for your time, your continued support, and allowing us the opportunity to illustrate how the VOSEF can be a valuable asset to you, the VOS member.
A hypnotist entertained the crowd at Foundation Night.
Job interview 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.
44th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference 
March 11-18, 2017 at Snowbird, Utah
by Reunan Guillou and José 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, 2016 and close on November 1st, 2016 for both podium presentations and posters.

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:
Jose Garcia-Lopez, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
VOS 2016 conference certificate The VOS office has emailed continuing education certificates to all VOS 2016 Conference attendees.

If you have not received your certificate, please email Maralyn Probst, VOS executive secretary.
Bloomberg award recipients and VOS board members (from left): Scientific Program Chair Andy Bathe, Bloomberg award recipients Elsa Ludwig, Adam Breiteneicher, Ellison Aldrich, Alexis Bilmont, Seth Bleakley, Alex Padron, Elizabeth Collar, and VOS outgoing president Steve Petersen.
by Andy Bathe and Reunan Guillou
Scientific Program Chairs

We had seven very strong recipients of the 2016 Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award again this year, with a good mixture of small animal and equine papers.

Recipients are:
Dr. Ellison Aldrich - Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Alexis Bilmont - Toulouse Cedex, France
Dr. Seth Bleakley - Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Adam Breiteneicher - College Station, TX
Dr. Elizabeth Collar - Philomath, OR
Dr. Elsa Ludwig - Blacksburg, VA
Dr. Alex Padron - Glen Allen, VA

There was an interesting mixture of studies, and all scored highly. Elizabeth Collar won the prize for her presentation on the association between third carpal bone porosity and fracture in racehorses.

We again thank all the sponsors for sponsoring one of the highlights of VOS each year. The endowed Bloomberg sponsors are: AO Vet North America,   Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos, and VOS Past Presidents. KYON was an annual sponsor this year for the seventh Bloomberg award.
by Matt Stewart 
Research Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Stover and her co-investigator, Vanessa Dahl, from the University of California-Davis, who were awarded the 2016 Hohn-Johnson Research grant to complete their project titled "Heel movement and hoof wall deformation with different length horseshoes applied to the hoof." Dr. Stover's study will address the influence that hoof trimming and shoeing practices have on fetlock joint function and risks for catastrophic injury.
Congratulations also to Dr. Megan Ann Mickelson and her supervisor, Dr. Peter Muir, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who received this year's Wade O. Brinker research award for their proposal titled "Variance associated with subject velocity and trial repetition during force platform gait analysis in a heterogeneous population of clinically lame dogs." This project will determine the influence of patient speeds on the information obtained from force plate analyses.

Congratulations to the following winners of other special awards!

Best Poster Presentation: Effects of Calcium Chloride and Thrombin Activation on Canine Platelet Activation, and Growth Factor and Cytokine Concentrations - Dr. Samuel P. Franklin, Watkinsville, GA

Best Research Podium Presentation: Comparison of Three Toggle Suture Constructs (TSCs) for Craniodorsal Hip Luxation in Dogs: An Ex Vivo Cyclical Biomechanical Study - Dr. Brian Saunders, College Station, TX

Best Clinical Podium Presentation: Frameless Stereotaxy for Vertebral Implant Guidance in Dogs - Dr. Fred Wininger, Creve Coeur, MO

Best Bloomberg Presentation: Third Carpal Bone Fracture is Associated with Focal Subchondral Bone Porosity in Racehorses - Dr. Elizabeth Collar, Philomath, OR


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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

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