Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
October / November 2017 - In This Issue:
Guests at the Snowbird on-mountain picnic
Conference attendees enjoy the on-mountain picnic at the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
Interested in a VOS Board Position? Nominations Are Open!

Greetings, VOS members!

We have officially launched into conference mode, starting with the Fall Board Meeting at this year's ACVS symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Planning for festivities at Snowmass Village are underway. Online registration is now open at the VOS Store. This newsletter and the VOS website are the two best places to get up-to-date information on travel arrangements and the conference program.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to November 1st. Please remember to indicate if you are interested in a podium or a poster or both. If you are currently in a residency training program or within 2 years of completion of a formal residency program and are interested in being considered for the Mark S. Bloomberg Resident Research Award, please indicate so on the online submission form.

There are several VOS board positions that will be up for grabs this spring. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions, please email Rich Evans. It would be ideal but not mandatory if the nominees were present at the conference. The open board positions are:
  • President Elect: 1 year (3-year commitment in total)
  • Communications: 3 years
  • Assistant Scientific Program Chair: 4 years
  • Awards: 3 years
  • Research: 3 years
Dr. Katja LinServing on the VOS Board has been tremendously rewarding and fun (although I have not personally served on many boards, I suspect we have more fun than most). My colleagues on the board are some of the most dedicated and selfless individuals I have had the pleasure to work with. I know that there are many more individuals out there that would be a great asset to the board so go get yourselves nominated!

Warm regards,

Katja Lin
Communications Chair

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Online registration is now open for the VOS 2018 Conference in Snowmass Village, Colorado!

VOS 2018 Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, Colorado
To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 18, 2017 and also secure your lodging through VOS.

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

For travel questions, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of, at or 800-233-2300, ext. 3420.
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Snowmass Village_ Colorado
Snowmass Village_ Colorado
Photos 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


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Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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2018 45th Annual VOS Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, 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 continues to offer advertising space in the electronically delivered 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 offers 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.
45th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference
March 10-17, 2018 at Snowmass Village, Colorado

by Reunan Guillou and José M. Garcia-Lopez 
VOS Scientific Program Chair and Assistant Scientific Program Chair
The abstract submission deadline for the VOS 2018 Conference has been extended. Abstract submission will close Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone) for both podium presentations and posters.
To learn more and submit an abstract, visit our Abstract Submission website for the VOS 2018 Conference.
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.
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.
The Student/Intern Research Award was established to recognize outstanding student or intern abstract submissions to the scientific program. One recipient per year will be awarded (depending on abstract quality) up to $1500.00 towards expenses to attend and present their abstract at our annual meeting. Only individuals currently in a DVM or Intern training program or within 1 year of completion of a formal internship or DVM program are eligible. The work must be performed as a student or intern. 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 is a scientific partner of the Pain in Animals Workshop: Creating a Research Roadmap for Measuring Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats. The inaugural meeting will be held November 29-30, 2017, at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland. The proposed meeting will involve National Institutes of Health pain researchers, industry, Food and Drug Administration and academic researchers. We propose to bring the strengths of all these partners together to discuss the current state of pain measurement in animals, and to formulate a roadmap of research and development priorities for the future. There is no registration fee, but you must pre-register to attend. For more information, please see the PAW 2017 website.
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In this issue, we are featuring a 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 Dr. Cheryl Tano, VOS sponsor chair.

Canine Rehabilitation Institute logo Locations: Coral Springs, Florida; Wheat Ridge, Colorado; Surrey, UK; Brisbane, Australia; Velm, Belgium.


What year was the company started?



What products / services does your company offer?

CRI offers certification programs in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation to veterinary and physical therapy professionals. Our certification program as well as our continuing education courses, such as aquatic therapy, pain management, and geriatric rehabilitation are all RACE approved. Courses are held in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia.


What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?

Rehabilitation services are in increasing demand by dog owners / handlers worldwide. Practices that do not offer rehabilitation are likely to lose surgical revenue to those practices that do offer these services.


Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?

Creating the premier textbook covering the topics of canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, now in its 2nd edition, provided veterinary professionals with much needed information. This text is now required reading for many programs and is on the reading list for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2nd ed.; Zink and Van Dyke eds., Wiley Publishing.


Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?

We are increasing our online course library. This allows our students to better prepare for their time in our classroom as well as providing continuing education options for our graduates.


Visit the Canine Rehabilitation Institute website to learn more.

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CRI founder/CEO Dr. Janet Van Dyke (front row, second from left), Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, CRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink, and students meet for a tour of Fitzpatrick Referrals as part of a Canine Sports Medicine class in Surrey, UK.
WVOC logo Important date change! Please note that the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress (WVOC 2018) is now planned for September 12-15, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit the ESVOT Congress website.
Sponsors and exhibitors: Have you reserved your ad space in the VOS 2018 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. Cheryl Tano, Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair, at
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 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 - $149: Printed copies & online access to current issues and archive back to 1988.
Standard member subscription - $133: 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


Board-Certified Surgeons or Individuals Who Completed Surgery Residency Training, BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners is seeking board certified surgeons or individuals who have completed surgery residency training. FT and Locum opportunities available. BluePearl is the largest private employer of veterinary specialists with a focus solely on specialty and emergency care. With 60 hospitals stretching from the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest to the skyscrapers of the Northeast, we have an opportunity where you want to be!
BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details, go to


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

Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society!
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Contact Cheryl Tano for ad specifications and details.

Want to post a job opening or other classified ad?
Classified ads are free for VOS members and available for a fee to non-members.
See details above or contact Maralyn Probst , Executive Secretary, to submit your ad.