Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
October / November 2016 - In This Issue:
Katja Lin at Big Sky
Communication Chair Katja Lin on the slopes at Big Sky Resort in Montana.

Participate in the VOS Ski Race, and Help Rich Evans Earn Another Doctorate!

I'm thinking about going back to school for a doctorate in anthropology. My thesis will be titled, "Customs and Culture of the VOS Tribe." I've got most of the research done: I've been embedded in the tribe for nearly 20 years now, learning their language (a mixture of Latin, engineering terms, and profanity) and their customs (e.g., excessive hand scrubbing). They even let me marry one of their women. But one of the tribe's practices baffles me: it's the annual VOS ski race.

During the ski race the tribe's members demonstrate atypical behavior. They cast aside their notoriously competitive natures and laugh happily even when they are defeated by small children or Italians. They toss their hard-earned professionalism to the wind and have been known to race in cow costumes, cross-dress, or use snowboards. Normally loathe to show weakness in front of other tribe members, some of these skiers snowplow, stumble and tumble down the course with merriment. The tribe's kids race too, and they take it more seriously than the elders.

Rich EvansI've queried the tribe's leaders about these bizarre behaviors. They claim the event is a "fun race" and a "fundraiser" for the tribe's educational foundation. Tribe treasurer Raviv Balfour's estimate of the funds raised jibed with tribe race organizer Jon Suber's estimate: just over $5,000. It's that large because a lot of tribe members race, and in past years Janet Van Dyke has convinced the venerable and generous Biomedtrix company to sponsor the event.

 I don't feel that I've gotten to the bottom of this ski ritual. I think that with more VOS tribe members skiing in the race I can come up enough data to write a very nice graduate project.

Thanks for your help - see you at the race!

Rich Evans
VOS President

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah
Photo courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Online registration is now open for the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah!
VOS 2017 Conference 
March 11-18, 2017  
Snowbird, Utah
To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 18, 2016 and also secure your lodging through VOS.
Register for VOS 2017 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. 



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


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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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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.
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 - $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



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 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).
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 have extended the deadline for abstract submission for the VOS 2017 Conference to November 10, 2016.

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.

The call for papers will close on November 10, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian time for both podium presentations and posters. Visit the Abstract Submission page on our website for complete instructions about submitting an abstract.

Submission categories are:
  • 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 García-López, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
Raviv Balfour at Big Sky
VOS Treasurer Raviv Balfour at Big Sky Resort in Montana.
by Dick Lau
Assistant Director, VOS Education Foundation

The ski race has been a part of VOS since the society's beginning. It was originally just a fun race with makeshift obstacles like hay bales and crossed slalom poles. The winners won the "Acetabular Cup." Later, as resorts worried more about accident liabilities, it became a NASTAR race. The original purpose was to encourage family fun together and for members and families to meet informally at the start, finish and picnic. All ages racing together, Moms and Dads racing sons and daughters, grandparents racing grandchildren, and parents proud of their very fast teenage racers add to the fun. More recently the income from the race has helped fund awards from the VOS Education Foundation. An important, fun, component was added during the world congress as international teams competed as well as individuals. Where else can you race against a tall guy in pig costume, or a banana?

I personally look forward to the race each year, hoping to race at least until I'm 90, and no, that is not next year.
VOS 2017 Conference slide Are you speaking at a meeting in the months ahead? Communication Chair Katja Lin has created a PowerPoint slide that you can insert into your presentation to promote the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.

Download the slide from the VOS website.

After you have downloaded the slide, insert it into your presentation, and invite your listeners to join you at our upcoming conference!
VOS members receive a 10% discount on CRI's upcoming online clinical research course  
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute is excited to offer VOS members a discounted rate for its Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course beginning in January. This online course lasts 10 weeks and prepares you to begin research immediately. Our pilot group of veterinarians attended this online course this summer and already have grants written and pilot studies completed.

The instructor for the course is Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, who has more than 35 years of experience doing research and training post-docs as a department chair at Johns-Hopkins Medical School.

The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication will be covered. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This online course will take place over 10 weeks and be limited to 15 students. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

To register at a 10% discount or learn more about the course, please visit the Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course page.
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.
VOS fall board meeting

Dear VOS members:
With summer behind us and the holiday season in front of us, I would like to take up this corner of the newsletter to share with you all some updates from the Fall Board Meeting held every year at ACVS.
  • We have noticed a trend amongst the members to only book certain aspects of the VOS conference through This actually diminishes the discounts we can get for you as all the different aspects are interconnected. For example, the discounted lift tickets rely on our members booking their discounted lodging through Penny. So please book ALL of your accommodations and reservations through Penny at Plus you get that personal touch and expertise one can only get by dealing with a real person!

  • We will once again open the discussion to our members about the VOS membership endowing the 7th and final Mark Bloomberg Award. Please keep an eye out for more information regarding this important issue and/or plan on attending the annual VOS membership meeting at the 2017 conference.

  • We will continue to have an equine specific track at the 2017 conference as this was a huge success last year.

  • Attendance in the ski race is waning so in order to up the ante, we are going to encourage a little friendly competition: RESIDENTS VS FACULTY. Race your favorite mentor and win some serious kudos and perhaps a little swag for your name tag ...

  • We'd also like to recognize VOS member Dr. Neil Embleton, who spoke at the ACVS Surgery Summit but was accidentally omitted from our list of speakers in the last newsletter.
VOS members, you should be proud of your board as they continue to work (in all that ample free time we have) to continue to make sure we do right by the membership and the mission of VOS. As always, we are open to suggestions, concerns and questions (
Congratulations to all VOS members who shared their knowledge and expertise at this year's conference!
Katja Lin
Communications Officer
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.
Sponsors and exhibitors: Have you reserved your ad space in the VOS 2017 Conference Proceedings? Don't miss your opportunity to get your message in front of conference participants. To reserve your space or get more information, contact Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair, at
VOS is pleased to welcome Dr. James P. Stannard as the Jacques Jenny Lecturer at the VOS 2017 Conference, to be held March 11-18, 2017, in Snowbird, Utah.

Dr. James P. Stannard James P. Stannard, MD, is chair of orthopedic surgery and J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine

He serves as medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, a 117,000-square-foot facility which opened in May 2010 as the region's most comprehensive orthopedic surgery center. Because of growing patient needs, construction is underway on a $40 million, four-story expansion to the facility, scheduled for completion in 2017. 
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.

You may also make a donation online to the VOS Educational Foundation through the VOS store. 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.

Chaney Evans, daughter of VOS President Rich Evans, explores the scenery of Big Sky, Montana on snowshoes.
VOS and the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology take turns hosting the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress, a massive gathering of veterinarians and allied professionals with an interest in orthopaedics. The next WVOC is October 4-6, 2018 in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference organizers from ESVOT have the reputation for running fabulous meetings, often incorporating local culture and culinary delights into the banquet. Mark your calendar and plan to travel to Barcelona for WVOC 2018!


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