Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
November 2015 - In This Issue:
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Snowboarding at Big Sky in Montana. Photo by Michel Tallichet, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.


Just a reminder that we have extended the abstract submission deadline to Tuesday, November 10. Don't wait - send in your abstract today! See more details below about abstract submission.

Registration is now open for the 43nd annual VOS conference in Big Sky, Montana, February 27 to March 5, 2016. Take advantage of two ways to save on registration and lodging:
  1. Early bird registration, which ends December 15, 2015.
  2. Book your lodging through the VOS website, which gives you an extra registration discount and prevents VOS from incurring extra charges for conference space. If you have questions about lodging or travel, please contact our travel agent Penny Smith at
We have an exciting conference planned! Here is a quick preview of what is in store for Big Sky:
  • Our Jacques Jenny Lecturer is scheduled to be Douglas Beaman, MD. Dr. Beaman began his orthopaedic practice in Portland in 1995 at Emanuel Hospital and specializes in lower extremity trauma and reconstructive surgery.
  • We will have an expanded, parallel equine program this year with two full days of speakers and abstracts geared towards equine orthopedics and regenerative medicine that will run parallel to the small animal lectures. Confirmed speakers include orthopaedic guru Dr. David Frisbie covering regenerative medicine, imaging expert Dr. Sarah Puchalski and Professor Sue Stover who has contributed so much to our understanding of the etiopathogenesis of musculoskeletal injuries. We will be running panel discussions on these areas, as well as orthopaedic surgery, in addition to keynote presentations and scientific abstracts, so there will be plenty of time for small group discussion with key opinion leaders.
  • There will be a special panel on complications and corrections consisting of our colleagues and mentors to remind us that to be a surgeon is to be human.
  • The kids' party was such a hit last year that we will have it again this year. So let VOS entertain the little ones while you catch up with old friends and take the night off. More information about the kids' party will be coming soon.
  • The silent auction will be held again to raise money for the Foundation. It was such a hit last year that sponsors are scrambling to get their products in. Do not miss out on a win-win, tax deductible opportunity!
  • Check out the section below on all that Big Sky has to offer!
Our Fall Board meeting at ACVS was productive and an eye opener for me as to how hard the Board works to keep this organization going. As VOS members you can all rest assured that the VOS board is working diligently to be fiscally responsible while being mindful of the traditions and mission of the organization.

One of the most exciting developments this past year is that all of our Bloomberg Awards, save one, are fully endowed. As you know, the Bloomberg Awards are among the most prestigious awards given to residents and the podium session associated with the awards is always one of the most lively and highly attended sessions. We are currently searching for this final sponsor and invite any interested parties to contact John Chandler, Director of the Education Foundation, at .
Check out our November Spotlight on a Sponsor on SOUND below!
As always, we welcome any feedback on how we can improve your experience as a VOS member or as an organization in general!

Katja Lin 
Communication Chair

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Online registration is now open for the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana.

2016 VOS Conference 
February 27-March 5, 2016 
Big Sky, Montana

To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 15, 2015 and also secure your lodging through VOS.
Register for 2016 VOS 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. 
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Kids ski race at Big Sky
Photo by Lonnie Ball, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, a short drive from Big Sky. Photo by Glenniss Indreland, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
View the 2014-15 trail map. Courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.

Steve Petersen



Kenneth Bruecker

Past President


Rich Evans 

President Elect


R. Mark Daye



Katja Lin 



Janet Van Dyke

Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair


Andy Bathe

Scientific Program


Reunan Guillou

Scientific Program, Assistant Chair


Jonathan Suber



Matt Stewart



Cheryl Tano

Exhibit Chair


John Chandler

Director, Education Foundation


Richard "Dick" Lau

Assistant Director, Education Foundation 


Maralyn R. Probst

Executive Secretary



The VOS office moved earlier this year. Please update correspondence accordingly.



Veterinary Orthopedic Society

P.O. Box 665

Parker CO 80134

Telephone: 720-335-6051   


Our website and email address remain the same:





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2017 44th Annual VOS Conference
Snowbird, Utah

2018 45th Annual VOS Conference
Snowmass, Colorado

2019 46th Annual VOS Conference 
Breckenridge, Colorado
The dates of each conference are still being determined. Stay tuned on our website, our newsletter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
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.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. If you wish to subscribe or renew your subscription, please download the VCOT form and return it to the VOS office with your payment.

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

VOS has streamlined its advertising program for its 2015 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

The Veterinary Orthopedic Society's State of the Industry talks provide an opportunity for our valued sponsors to share with the membership interesting scientific research, clinical data or information about new treatments, developments, and/or techniques. These should be presentations with scientific merit rather than commercials.
Presentations will be 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions. The time limit will be adhered to strictly. PowerPoint files (or PDFs of these files) must be submitted to the Sponsor Chair ( 14 days in advance for review by the Chair and the Session Moderator. This ensures suitability and enables time for any necessary revisions. Late submissions may result in loss of the preferred time slot for presentation.
We are pleased to report that exhibit space is sold out for the 2016 VOS conference in Big Sky, Montana!

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

Call for Abstracts Note: The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. We have a parallel equine stream this year, and abstracts are particularly welcome in this area.

VOS invites practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large and small animal 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; as will submissions for the Complications and Corrections session.

Residents Eligible for Bloomberg Research Awards 
VOS also presents up to seven Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards each year to residents submitting abstracts for presentation at the VOS Annual Conference. The awards allow the recipients to travel to the meeting to present their work.

Qualified resident abstracts are chosen based on predetermined criteria by a panel of judges. The award(s) are given to help offset the cost of attending the conference to present their research. Awards are provided by the generous funding of the sponsors and are limited.  
In 2015, the Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards were sponsored by AO Vet North America, IMEX, Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos and the VOS Past Presidents. Each year, up to seven resident abstracts are chosen for this award.

Visit our Abstract Submission page to submit your abstract or learn more. Abstract submission now closes on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
Snowshoeing at Big Sky
Snowshoeing at Big Sky. Photo by Michel Tallichet, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
bigskyactivities PLAN ON BIG FUN AT BIG SKY!  
Big Sky, Montana is called America's Biggest Skiing. The resort spans more than 4 mountains so there are endless options for exploration. Here are some of the stats:
Hours: Our lifts are scheduled to run daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weather pending, depending on area of lift.
Summit (Lone Peak) - 11,166 feet
Base (Mountain Village) - 7,500 feet
Base (Lone Moose & Six-Shooter) - 6,800 feet
Ski Terrain: 5,800 acres, 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains
Vertical Drop: 4,350 feet
Chair Lifts: 23
Surface Lifts: 11
Longest Run: Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall: 6 miles
Number of Terrain Parks: 7
Average Lift Line: Consistently recognized in national ski magazines for short or non-existent lines.
Average Winter Daytime Temperature: 25° F
Average Annual Snowfall: 400+ inches
Lift Capacity: 38,300 skiers per hour
Activities at Big Sky 

There is as much to do off the mountain as there is on the mountain for kids and kid-like adults alike. will have a representative at the Saturday night Welcome Party to sign people up for these activities. Big Sky also has a center called "Basecamp" right in the village, and its staff can sign people up for any of the activities any time during their stay.

Click on each activity to learn more.  
VOS is excited to offer 3 hands-on wet-labs for our 2016 attendees. These labs will take place on Sunday, February 28, Monday, February 29, and Tuesday, March 1 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Below are details for each lab, including links for questions and registration. VOS would like to thank OrthoPets, Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, and Arthrex for offering these wonderful opportunities for our members.
Core concepts, indications and practical tips/hands-on lab for Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP)
OrthoPets logo Course Description: The goal of this laboratory is to provide the participant with an overview on how to successfully implement veterinary orthotic and prosthetic solutions into your clinic. The didactic portion of the lab will provide the participant with basic concepts of three point corrective force application used to create stabilization and allows minimizing wound complications associated with external coaptation/V-OP. We will describe indications for the use of V-OP as an adjunct method after surgical treatment and/or as a solution for patients unable to undergo surgery. The wet lab portion will utilize limb models and cover the practical/hands-on experience of the phases involved when treating a patient with V-OP. This includes the creation of an imprint that is needed for manufacturing of the device, fitting the patient and analyzing the supportive mechanics of the device. A series of possible complications (donning, doffing, skin sores) and how to address them by in-house modification of the device will be covered. This lab is designed as an introductory session for individuals that are considering incorporating V-OP into their practice or simply want to learn more about the mechanics of coaptation and this novel field.  
Registration: Click here to register for the OrthoPets wet lab 
Veterinary Orthopedic Implants logo Course Description: CORA based leveling osteotomy is a procedure where the tibial plateau slope is modified by centering the saw blade (ACA) at the location of the CORA (center of rotation of angulation). In doing so there is no secondary translation, ie, the proximal anatomic axis and distal anatomic axis are aligned. The TPA/PTA angle lies between 88 degrees and 90 degrees. The osteotomy is stabilized with a Veterinary Orthopedic Implant (VOI) specially designed locking plate and counter-sink compression screw. Additional advantages of the CBLO include: ease of surgical planning and technique, excellent long term functional results, normal long term appearance of articular cartilage, rapid healing of the osteotomy (6-7 weeks), ability to apply osteotomy in juvenile patients, and application in cases with excessive slope. The course will detail surgical planning, application in simulated bone, management of complications, and long term outcome. 

Dr. Don Hulse Lead Instructor: Dr. Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Dr. Don Hulse graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. Starting in 1970 and continuing until his appointment as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984, Dr. Hulse served as a clinician in general practice and as Staff Surgeon at Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is well published in the veterinary literature. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.
Registration: Click here to learn more or register
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016   
Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon
Arthrex Vet Systems logo Course Description: Arthrex Vet Systems is proud to sponsor the Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 as part of the Annual VOS Symposium. This course is designed for the advanced surgeon or 3rd/4th year Residents wanting to develop their arthroscopy skills for the canine stifle. In the morning session, lectures and wet lab will cover limb positioning, portal placement, equipment, and diagnosis and treatment of common issues related to the stifle. In the afternoon session, lectures and wet lab will cover static stabilization options for CCL injuries. Course fee is $500 and will include course materials, and bone models. To view videos of procedures and more information on products, visit .
Registration: Available soon. Click here to visit the Arthrex website.
Be among the first to hear clinical study results for therapeutics for Post-Operative Pain, Osteoarthritis and Osteosarcoma anticipated to launch in 2016 and 2017:
  • 7:30-8:00 p.m.: Long-Acting, Local Post-Operative Pain Therapeutic for Dogs, by Duncan Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DSAS(ST), DECVS, DACVS, MRCVS, NCSU
  • 8:00-8:30 p.m.: Therapeutic Vaccine for Osteosarcoma in Dogs, by Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m.: Grapiprant Prostaglandin Receptor Antagonist (PRA) for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Steven Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD, President of Securos
  • 9:00-9:30 p.m.: Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Scott Gustafson, DVM, MS, DACVS
The event will be CE approved and veterinary attendees will be served dinner and drinks, courtesy of Aratana Therapeutics.

Click here to RSVP by February 15, 2016 to secure your spot at this exclusive event.
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).
In this issue, we are featuring one 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 VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke at
sound SPOTLIGHT ON ...
Sound logoLocation: Carlsbad, California
What year was the company started?
Sound Technologies, branded as SOUND, was founded in 1996.  We are a global leader in diagnostic imaging equipment providing ultrasound, digital radiography and fluoroscopy products for the veterinary market. In conjunction with the imaging modalities, SOUND founded SOUNDSAFE; the original and largest veterinary image cloud providing remote review, archival and  sharing of digital radiographs from any device, anywhere.
What products / services does your company offer? 
Sound Smart DR brochureSOUND recently launched SmartDR, the first and only veterinary DR product line to utilize MUSICA image processing algorithms. MUSICA's unique processing technology is patient, anatomy and view agnostic while providing optimally balanced and enhanced images from rat to rhino. The overwhelming market acceptance of this technology has made SmartDR the fastest selling veterinary DR system with over 750 systems sold in the first year.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
On May 14th, 2014 - SOUND's headquarters facility was destroyed in the Carlsbad wildfires. Within hours, our technical  services were online supporting our customers and in a period of less that two weeks, our business was relocated to a new facility returning to full business operations in less than 30 days. SOUND and the management team has received several awards and recognition from the Carlsbad Chamber and local business groups for it's resiliency and fortitude in response to the event. SOUND is humbled and very thankful for the outpouring support and assistance provided by the local community and businesses during the transition period..
Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
SOUND is on the cusp of completing a web based surgical planning tool for use with digital implant files and radiographs.  In development, Sound collaborated with several leading surgeons to compile a simple, yet robust application for planning and client communication. We anticipate the release as an upgrade to the SmartDR product line in 2016.  We will continue to offer and support the current OrthoPlan Elite offering as well as the web based application.
Visit the SOUND website to learn more.

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SOUND employees gather in July 2014 at their new company facility, returning to full business operations less than 2 weeks after their headquarters was destroyed by wildfires.

Thank you to the following companies for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

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