Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
September 2017 - In This Issue:
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Dick Lau, director of the VOS Education Foundation, participates in the Acetabular Cup ski race at the VOS 2017 Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
Don't Forget - Abstract Submissions Due by October 15th!

Dear VOS members,

Let's take a moment to send some positive vibes to our friends in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and other neighboring regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Most of us cannot even imagine the devastation that has occurred in these regions and what it would be like to have your home or your clinic completely destroyed. Our members are what make up the VOS community and as a community we are there for our members so we are open to thoughts or ideas to help those impacted by these devastating hurricanes. Please email your thoughts to

October 15th is National Hand-washing Day, National Mushroom Day, National "I Love Lucy" Day and National Chicken Cacciatore Day, to name a few. But most importantly, October 15th is the day that abstract submissions (which are now open) are due. So wash your hands, eat some mushrooms and chicken cacciatore and press "send" on the online abstract submission form.

Dr. Katja Lin Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to all the VOS members presenting at ACVS this year (see below) in Indianapolis. The VOS board will be there as well, making arrangements for all the fun and learning that will be happening at Snowmass Village in March next year.

Have a beautiful September!

Katja Lin
Communications Chair

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VOS 2018 Conference
March 10-17, 2018
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Mark your calendar, and be sure to join us next year in Snowmass Village!

We expect to open conference registration around September 20th. Once registration opens, please visit the VOS Store to register online.

We have already 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 base camp
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


Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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Parker CO 80134

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 
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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.
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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.
by Matt Stewart
VOS Research Chair

A final reminder that submissions for the 2018 Hohn-Johnson and Brinker research awards are due in by the 1st of October 2017.

The VOS Hohn-Johnson and Wade O. Brinker Research Awards are grants funding research in musculoskeletal conditions in animals. The Hohn-Johnson Award is limited to $40,000. The Wade O. Brinker Resident Research Award is limited to $12,000.

Details regarding proposal contents and formatting are available on the VOS website at:
To clarify an error posted previously on the VOS website, for Hohn-Johnson submissions, page restriction for sections A-F of the proposal is eight (8) pages, while the page limit for these sections in Brinker applications is four (4) pages.

Also note that the Principal Investigator of each submission must be a current member of the VOS at the time of submission.
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
Abstract submission for the VOS 2018 Conference is now open and will close Sunday, October 15, 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.

For more information, please contact:  
Reunan Guillou, VOS Scientific Program Chair
Email address:
José M. García-López, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address:  
Congratulations to the following VOS members who will be lecturing at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgery Summit, coming up October 11-14 in Indianapolis.

Randall Acker, DVM
Sun Valley Animal Center
Matthew J. Allen, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS
University of Cambridge
Joel C. Alsup, DVM, DACVS
New England Veterinary Center & Cancer Care
Gregory M. Anderson, DVM, DACVS
University of Minnesota
Matthew Barnhart, DVM, MS, DACVS
MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets
Jason Bleedorn, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Randy J. Boudrieau, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Katherine Chope, VMD, DACVSMR
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Loic M. Dejardin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DECVS
Michigan State University
Nicole P. Ehrhart, VMD, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
Colorado State University
Jennifer L. Fick, DVM, DACVS-SA
Front Range Mobile Surgical Specialists
Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, DACVS
University of Missouri
Steven M. Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD
Securos Surgical
Samuel P. Franklin, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
University of Georgia
José M. García-López, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Tufts University
Dominique J. Griffon, DMV, MS, PhD, DACVS
Western University of Health and Sciences
Laurent P. Guiot, DVM, DECVS, DACVS-SA
ACCESS Bone & Joint Center, ACCESS Animal Hospitals
Brent Hague, DVM, DACVS, DABVP
Oakridge Equine Hospital, PC
Shannon Holmes, DVM, MSc, DACVR
University of Georgia
Ian G. Holsworth, BVSc, DACVS-SA
Caleb C. Hudson, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Gayle H. Jaeger, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS-SA
VRC Specialty Hospital
Stephen Jones, MVB, MS, DACVS-SA
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University
Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Tufts University
Federico G. Latimer, DVM, MS, DACVS
Veterinary Surgical Center
Daniel D. Lewis, DVM, DACVS
University of Florida
Texas A&M University
Antonio Pozzi, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DECVS-SA, DACVSMR, ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich
Duane Robinson, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Seattle
Mark C. Rochat, DVM, MS, DACVS
Purdue University
Desiree Rosselli, DVM, DACVS-SA VCA
West Los Angeles Animal Hospital
Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
Texas A&M University
Dirsko J.F von Pfeil,, DVM, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR
Friendship Surgical Specialists
James E. Williams, DVM, DACVS
Eastern Carolina Veterinary Referral

For more information, please visit the ACVS Surgery Summit website.  
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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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.
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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


Orthopedic Surgeon, Clinical or Tenure Track, NC State
Clinical OR Tenure Track faculty member in Small Animal Orthopedics at the rank of either Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. ACVS board certification is preferred. Additional training in clinical techniques and/or pedagogy is preferred. Candidates interested in a tenure track position must outline their plans for a productive research program. Clinical time commitment will be determined by candidate goals and service needs.
To apply, go to (position #00001445)
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer - Veterans/Disabled and/or those in protected categories are encouraged to apply.


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!


Bruce Pratt Endowed Chair of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
The Department of Clinical Sciences at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking qualified applicants to fill an endowed faculty position titled, the Bruce Pratt Endowed Chair of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. The successful candidate will enter a tenure-track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor depending on experience. The faculty member hired into this faculty position will have a national and/or international reputation in small animal orthopedic surgery.
Please see the complete advertisement and apply online at:
Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.


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

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