Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
October 2014 - In This Issue:
Bald Mountain
  Bald Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort.


We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the VOS 2015 conference, to be held February 28-March 7 in spectacular Sun Valley, Idaho. Be sure to register by December 15, 2014, and also reserve your lodging in order to receive the early-bird discount.

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2015 VOS conference is coming up quickly on November 1. Please see the article below for guidelines and more information.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, please reserve now as space is limited. More details are in the article below.

In this issue, we are also spotlighting New Generation Devices, one of the sponsors that endows the Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards. These awards, which have become among the most prestigious in the society, are given 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. Please take a few minutes to read more about this sponsor.

Make your plans now to join us in 2015 in Sun Valley!

Mike Karlin

Communication Chair


Ski school kids at Sun Valley
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 VOS.

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.


Read more about Sun Valley and its attractions in the article below

Sun Valley Club
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

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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VOS Fall Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Santa Rosa Room
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

San Diego, California


2015 42nd Annual Conference

February 28-March 7, 2015

Sun Valley, Idaho


2016 43rd Annual Conference

February 27-March 5, 2016

Big Sky, Montana
abstractsAbstract submission for the VOS conference closes on November 1, 2014. We are repeating the popular session on Complications and Corrections, which has a more clinically oriented abstract format. The standard Clinical and Basic Science Abstracts have the preferred themes of Forelimb Orthopedics; Hindlimb Orthopedics; Regenerative Medicine / Osteoarthritis; Arthroscopy; Equine Orthopedics; Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation; and Complications & Corrections. There is also a Miscellaneous category for posters, which can cover any topic. Please read more on the Call for Abstracts page on the VOS website.
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 (

New Generation Devices logo

spotlightNew Generation Devices (NGD) was founded in early 2001 with a mission to bring state-of-the-art technology to the veterinary market that would allow surgeons to improve the care they provide their patients. NGD also believes in helping to build the future of veterinary medicine through science and understands the importance of supporting and recognizing the research excellence of the veterinary residents. That is why we are honored to be an endowed sponsor of the Mark S. Bloomberg Residents award.


We at NGD understand the importance of choice, and the last thing you or your patient needs is to be limited either by the cost or by the available device technology. NGD strives to deliver the right balance between what's best for patients and what's right for your business, with innovative, cost effective orthopedic technologies that offer unmatched intra-operative flexibility and integrate seamlessly into your practice.


Having introduced the first "veterinary specific" locking plates to the industry in 2004, NGD offers the most comprehensive line of Dual Compression Locking Plate systems on the market, including the locking TPO and DFO plates designed in collaboration with Kenneth A. Bruecker, DVM, MS, DipACVS, DipACVSMR. All of our plates feature our patented dual compression locking technology for unmatched locking screw placement versatility. With the addition of only a single locking drill guide, our plates will work seamlessly with your current plating instruments and approach, making integration simple and affordable.


At the present time, NGD, in collaboration with Drs. Neil Embleton and Veronica Barkowski, is developing an innovative internal stifle stabilization system. Simitri Stable In Stride™ is a three-part modular system that has been designed to provide the surgeon with an option for the management of any form of canine stifle instability. The Simitri system may be of benefit in speeding up the recovery period by providing immediate stabilization to the instability. Laboratory and clinical research have shown the Simitri system to be an effective method of managing canine stifle instability. And, we believe that the traditional approach of performing an osteotomy will be replaced, in the near future, by a stable implant system for normal joint mechanics and stability in all phases of stride.


To learn more, visit the New Generation Devices website.
Sleigh ride at Sun Valley
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

sunvalleyStart making plans now to travel to Sun Valley, Idaho, for the VOS 2015 conference. The conference venue - the Sun Valley Resort and Conference Center - is located in an incredibly beautiful setting with the town of Ketchum and Bald Mountain nearby. 


Sun Valley started as a playground for European nobility and Hollywood stars in 1936. The tradition of "roughing it in style" continues with the kind of laid-back comfort you can only find in Idaho.

Off-mountain activities include ice skating, cross-country skiing, cozy bars and world-class dining and shopping. Bright, sunny days with comfortable temperatures combined with long, wide-open groomed runs and awesome scenery are the reasons for Sun Valley's appeal among the world's skiing elite.

Sun Valley offers more than 70 runs, a 3,400-foot vertical drop and more uphill capacity per skier than any other ski area. An excellent European-style shuttle service provides easy access to the slopes and town.


Sun Valley prides itself on remaining low-key while meeting the highest standards of service and comfort.

Visit the VOS website to register for the conference and make lodging and travel reservations for Sun Valley.
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Maralyn Probst
Executive Secretary 

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