Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
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Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort.


We hope you are making plans to join us for the VOS 2015 conference, to be held February 28-March 7 in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho.

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 conference now has a full day of presentations on Friday, March 6. Keep that in mind when making your travel plans so you don't miss any of the sessions!

Be sure to register by December 15, 2014 to take advantage of the early-bird discount. You also need to reserve your lodging through Penny Smith of to receive the lower rate.

Sun Valley has been a popular skiing destination for decades, and recent renovations, new festivals, and energetic locals have kept the community thriving.

"It all comes down to authenticity," Langely McNeal, a nationally ranked ski-cross racer, told Men's Journal magazine. "Sun Valley feels like a ski town built around skiing, not a real estate development with a ski resort built on to add value."

We've collected some recent travel articles about Sun Valley to fill you in on the highlights of the area. You'll find lots of suggestions for things to do - both on and off the slopes! You may even wish to take a few extra days before or after the conference to explore the surroundings and enjoy more of the gorgeous mountain scenery.

Make your reservations by December 15, and don't miss out on the early-bird discount!

Mike Karlin

Communication Chair

Sun Valley S rail
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort
registerRegistration is now open for the next Veterinary Orthopedic Society conference, to be held February 28 to March 7, 2015, at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho.

To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 15, 2014 and also secure your lodging through Penny Smith of

Register for VOS 2015 Conference

We have also opened reservations for lodging, airfare, lift tickets and other transportation needs. To receive a discount on your registration, you must reserve your lodging with

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.
Sun Valley Club
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Kenneth Bruecker



Mike Kowaleski

Past President


Steve Petersen

President Elect


R. Mark Daye



W. Michael Karlin



Randy Basinger

Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair


Andy Bathe

Scientific Program


Reunan Guillou

Scientific Program, Assistant Chair


Laurent Guiot



Derek Fox



Janet Van Dyke

Exhibit Chair, Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Co-Chair


Chris Horstman

Director, Education Foundation


John Chandler

Assistant Director, Education Foundation 


Maralyn R. Probst

Executive Secretary


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2015 42nd Annual Conference

February 28-March 7, 2015

Sun Valley, Idaho


2016 43rd Annual Conference

February 27-March 5, 2016

Big Sky, Montana
fridayWe would like to announce that there will be presentations at the VOS 2015 conference each morning and afternoon through Friday, March 6. The mailing that went out last month indicated that there would be no presentations on Friday afternoon. We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this as they make their travel and housing plans.

Be sure to mark your calendar for what promises to be a great VOS conference! Details about the sessions for each day will be introduced in next month's newsletter.

Clock earlybirdBe sure to register for the VOS 2015 conference in Sun Valley by December 15 to receive the early-bird discount! Don't wait and miss out on the savings! You will also need to secure your lodging through Penny Smith of to receive the lowest rates.

Use the links below or at the left to register for the conference and make your travel arrangements.

Register for VOS 2015 Conference

Make lodging and travel reservations
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

travelSun Valley, Idaho, has been a favorite destination for travelers and celebrities since the 1930s and often has been featured in the media. 


"I love seeing people's reactions when they visit Sun Valley for the first time," local Langely McNeal, a nationally ranked ski-cross racer, told Men's Journal. "It's like they've been let in on some great secret. More people are coming, and the whole place is buzzing - just leave the big-city attitude at home."


We've gathered a selection of recent articles about Sun Valley to help you learn more about this great destination and make plans for your trip to Sun Valley! 


"36 Hours in Sun Valley, Idaho"
The New York Times


"Nostalgia can feel like the dominant mode at the Sun Valley Resort near Ketchum, Idaho, which was founded by W. Averell Harriman in 1936 to bring passengers to the West on the Union Pacific Railroad. Just check out the photographs in the hallways at the Sun Valley Lodge - isn't that Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Lucille Ball? All were high-glam-quotient visitors to this resort during its Hollywood glory days. (These days, it's a favorite of perhaps less-photogenic tech moguls and their pals.)" Read more ...  


"Three Perfect Days: Sun Valley, Idaho"

Hemispheres Magazine


"The first modern skier to spend three perfect days in Sun Valley, Idaho, was Austrian Count Felix Schaffgotsch. In 1936, diplomatically destined Averell Harriman, the president of Union Pacific Railroad, commissioned Schaffgotsch to search for what could become the American West's version of the popular Swiss winter sports center St. Moritz. Schaffgotsch hoped to discover a meteorological Rubik's Cube: a perfect mix of freezing but not frigid temperatures and deep but not impassable or unskiable snow. He was looking for a place where indigo skies framed each day and powerful storms ruled the night. And he wanted it all surrounded by towering mountains. Last, this perfectly powdery place should have an authentic Western town."  Read more ... 

Ice skating at Sun Valley
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort
"Expert Advice: Where to Ski Now"

Men's Journal


"The Warm Springs ski run on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho, is considered by many to be the best stretch of downhill in the country. The two-mile-long, top-to-bottom screamer charges straight through a natural gully with banked sidewalls before opening up to the width of a California freeway." Read more ... 


"Get Out There"

Sun Valley Magazine


"'Nordic Town, USA' (also known as Sun Valley, Idaho) is a community that truly celebrates cross country skiing. Like the five Olympic rings, the coaches, athletes, community, events and terrain of the Wood River Valley link together to create a history-and a future-for Sun Valley's Nordic scene that is steeped in Olympic tradition." Read more ... 


Visit the VOS website to register for the conference and make lodging and travel reservations for Sun Valley.
exhibitSpace is limited! Contact us today to assure that your company can be represented at VOS in 2015! To reserve exhibit space or inquire about conference sponsorship, please contact Dr. Janet Van Dyke for exhibits ( or Dr. Randy Basinger for sponsorship (

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