Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
May 2017 - In This Issue:
John Chandler (at left), outgoing director of the VOS Education Foundation, enjoys talking with Darroll Wotton, co-founder of Everost, at the VOS 2017 Conference. 
Introducing Our 2018 Jacques Jenny Lecturer!

This is a bit of a slow time for the VOS. The post-mortem of the 2017 meeting is complete but the flurry of activity for 2018 has not started yet. I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce our Jacques Jenny lecturer for the 2018 meeting in Snowmass, Colorado.

Dr. Scott Banks is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. Although you may not initially make the leap to veterinary orthopedics based on his department, he has been active in veterinary and human orthopedic research his entire career. Scott's research interests include joint biomechanics in animals and people in the healthy, diseased, and replaced states. His lectures in 2018 will likely include topics including radiographic measurement of dynamic skeletal motion, robotics in the operating room, and comparing human and dog knees.

Scott has attended the VOS meeting in years past so he is familiar with the format and comradery of our scientific sessions. I'm looking forward not only to his lectures but to his contributions to the scientific session in general. Snowmass 2018, here's another reason to attend.

Alan CrossWe still have availability on the ad hoc WVOC committee (Barcelona 2018). Please let Maralyn or me know if you are interested in being involved with this event.
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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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.
by Cheryl Tano and Nina Kieves
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair and Exhibit Chair

The VOS 44th annual meeting was a wonderful success that included great lectures, comic relief, skiing and spectacular weather. As always, we need to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors because without you we could not produce a meeting of this caliber.
We would like to give a special shout-out to our sponsors who contributed to our extracurricular activities. This includes the ski race with the Acetabular Cup, sponsored by BioMedtrix and the mountain picnic immediately following the race, sponsored by Everost. Foundation night, which includes the poster session and comedian, was sponsored by the Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics (Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Blue Dog Designs-Help 'Em Up Harness, Game Ready, OrthoPets, Pulse Vet and Respond Systems). Securos Surgical gave out highly sought after drink tickets for the Exhibitor's Showcase. The Banquet that had delicious food, a great slide show and dancing was co-sponsored by Aratana and the VOS.
New Generation Devices generously sponsored the publishing of the proceedings. All abstracts will appear in the third issue of VCOT. The Jacques Jenny Lecture series had multiple sponsors this year and included DePuy Synthes, Elanco, IMEX and Zoetis. Purina sponsored the sports medicine track, and Arthrex sponsored an equine session.
A very special thank you to the endowed sponsors of the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award that includes AOVet, Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos Surgical (AmerisourceBergen) and the VOS Past Presidents, while Arthrex sponsored the yet-to-be endowed award. (If any company is interested in becoming an endowed sponsor, please contact Dick Lau). A second thank you to Everost for also sponsoring the Residents in Training session.
The planning for VOS 2018 in Snowmass, Colorado, March 10-17 has begun. We again thank each and every one of our sponsors and exhibitors. We are excited to return to Snowmass and look forward to seeing everyone in 2018.

Click on the names of sponsors and exhibitors to visit their websites.
VOS Past Presidents
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 Certificate of Completion The VOS office emailed continuing education certificates to all VOS 2017 Conference attendees the week of April 10th.

If you have not received your certificate, please email Maralyn Probst, VOS executive secretary.
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 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 - $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


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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