Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
September 2014 - In This Issue:
Exhibitors at VOS conference


It's time to start preparing for the 2015 VOS conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Our committees have been hard at work planning this event, so be sure you have reserved February 28 to March 7, 2015, to attend. You won't want to miss it!

If you would like to exhibit at the conference, you may reserve space starting September 16. Please note that space is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. More details are in the article below.

The application deadline for the Hohn-Johnson and Wade O. Brinker Research Awards is also just around the corner. If you are thinking of applying for these awards, don't miss the October 1 deadline.

We also have announced our Call for Abstracts for the 2015 conference. Please see the article below for guidelines as well as information about our new "Complications and Corrections" session. The deadline for all new submissions is November 1.

In this issue, we are spotlighting Orthomed and the VOS Past Presidents, two of the sponsors that endow 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 these sponsors.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors for their generous support.

Mike Karlin

Communication Chair


Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort
VOS 2015! 
The next Veterinary Orthopedic Society conference will be held February 28 to March 7, 2015, at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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The world-famous Sun Valley Ski Resort is known as "the tradition" - a favorite destination for families and jet-setters alike.

For more than 70 years, families have been drawn to the magical mix that is Sun Valley / Ketchum, Idaho. 


Some people come for white-carpet grooming while powder hounds head straight for the challenging bowls of Bald Mountain. Others are simply entranced by the small-town charm and surprisingly sophisticated vibe of downtown Ketchum.


And no one who visits is untouched by the pristine beauty of the Rockies. Sun Valley offers world class downhill skiing and snowboarding on one of the country's largest and best mountains.
Save the date for the VOS conference in Sun Valley, Idaho: February 28 - March 7, 2015 


For questions or travel reservations, contact Penny Smith of Rocky Mountain Tours, a division of, at or 800-525-7547, ext. 3420. 

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




We will be opening the available spaces for exhibitors on September 16, 2014. This will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited at our 2015 conference compared to our exhibit space at Breckenridge in 2014. We will do our best to accommodate all interested exhibitors. Companies wanting to assure space can contact us before September 16 to register as a sponsor. We look forward to hearing from everyone! Any questions, please contact Dr. Janet Van Dyke for exhibits ( or Dr. Randy Basinger for sponsorship (


Don't miss the application deadline for the Hohn-Johnson Research Award and the Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award.

Applications for the Hohn-Johnson Research Award ($40,000) and the Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award ($12,000) are due on October 1, 2014. Applications are accepted from those in private practice and academia alike, and offer an excellent opportunity to secure funding for novel, high-quality research. Whereas the Brinker Award is reserved for those in resident training, the Hohn-Johnson award is available to all VOS members, and can be the perfect source of financial support for new investigators.

For guidelines or to see previous projects, please use the links below:

VOS also presents one or more Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial 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 2014, the Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards were sponsored by generous donations from IMEX Veterinary Inc. and Kyon and endowed sponsors AOVET North America, Merial, New Generation Devices, Securos, Orthomed and VOS Past Presidents. Each year, up to seven resident abstracts are chosen for this award.

Lecture at 2014 conference

VOS invites 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. Abstracts will be presented at the 42nd annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society conference, February 28 to March 7, 2015.

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 (series) reports describing unusual or difficult cases as these will be reviewed separate from the scientific abstracts and incorporated into the annual meeting. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes and followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

In addition to the typical scientific abstract sessions, the 2015 VOS will feature a session dedicated to "Complications and Corrections." The goal of the session is to discuss cases with challenging complications, revision planning, execution and outcome. The intention is to learn from each other's missteps and/or mistakes, following the old surgical adage: "Good surgical judgement comes from experience, experience comes from poor surgical judgement." The best case submissions will be selected to be presented on the podium during this special session.

The deadline for ALL new submissions is Saturday, November 1, 2014.

For more information, please see the Call for Abstracts page on the VOS website
Orthomed logo
Orthomed is proud to work alongside the VOS and support the Mark Bloomberg Research Award. As one of the leading veterinary orthopaedic supplier specialists, we understand the importance of supporting the talent and dedication of residents who are coming into the veterinary industry and how vital it is to encourage and assist them with their desire to add real benefit, value and technical input. The fact that our donation elevates any financial barriers which prevents residents from presenting their work and findings to their peers is something we are very proud to be a part of. Supporting residents in training is very important to us and we're delighted to be a part of this program.

Orthomed was founded with the vision of providing the veterinary industry with innovative, high quality orthopaedic implants and instruments supported with world class education, combined with offering the highest standards in technical support, customer service, training and product information. We have a reputation for developing and manufacturing some of the industry's leading orthopaedic products such as the MMP Wedge for TTA, the SOP™ locking plate system, our PCA plates and our new RidgeStop™ implant for patella luxation. We work alongside some of the most world-renowned and experienced veterinary surgeons, biomedical engineers and material scientists to develop and manufacture industry leading products. To learn more about us and our products and for our contact details, visit the Orthomed website.



Improving the quality of care to animals with orthopedic injury by advancing and sharing scientific evidence in a collegial forum is a major goal of the VOS. The VOS believes it is imperative to the future of our profession to provide opportunities for surgical residents to have this experience. The Veterinary Orthopedic Educational Foundation embraces this mission by providing travel scholarships for residents that have contributed to the scientific advancement of our profession and been chosen through a peer-reviewed process to present their findings at the annual VOS conference.


Dr. Mark Bloomberg, a VOS past president, believed resident training was of paramount importance. He committed much of his personal and professional life to ensure residents had a positive research experience during their training. One of Mark's joys in life was bringing residents to VOS to share their research with others and to learn from their peers. Mark encouraged his peers to do the same. The Past Presidents' Endowment of a Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award honors the commitment of Dr. Mark Bloomberg and the members of the VOS to surgery resident research.
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Maralyn Probst
Executive Secretary 


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