Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
September/October 2015 - In This Issue:
Skiers prepare to tackle the slopes at the 2015 VOS conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.


It is officially time to start planning for the 2016 VOS conference in Big Sky, Montana. Registration is NOW OPEN on the VOS Store website where you can register for the conference and book tickets for the banquet, Foundation night and the on-mountain picnic. Register before December 15, and you will get an early-bird discount on your registration. Take advantage of Penny Smith's hard work and make your travel plans through ( as you will get special rates on lodging, lift tickets, air and ground transportation.

Abstract submission for the 2016 conference is now open, and the November 1st deadline is just around the corner. Please remind your residents to participate in the Mark Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards as it may be their only chance to do a podium presentation whilst wearing flip flops.

There are still a few spots open in the exhibit hall if you are interested in showing off your wares at the 2016 conference. Please see below for more information or contact Janet Van Dyke at

Dr. Katja LinOur sponsor spotlights this issue are Securos and Medtronic. Both these companies have had such a positive impact in our profession, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support of our organization.

Lastly, we would like to give a shout out to our VOS members who are presenting at ACVS in Nashville, Tennessee this year. For many of us, conferences are our main source of new research and ideas, and we appreciate the dedication of all of our speakers!
Katja Lin 
Communication Chair 
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Online registration is now open for the 2016 VOS Conference in Big Sky, Montana.

2016 VOS Conference 
February 27-March 5, 2016 
Big Sky, Montana

To receive the early-bird discount, be sure to register before December 15, 2015 and also secure your lodging through VOS.
Register for 2016 VOS 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. 
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Photo by Mark Davidson, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
Photo by Glenniss Indreland, courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.
View the 2014-15 trail map. Courtesy of Big Sky Resort / Montana.

Steve Petersen



Kenneth Bruecker

Past President


Rich Evans 

President Elect


R. Mark Daye



Katja Lin 



Janet Van Dyke

Advertising / Publicity Sponsor Chair


Andy Bathe

Scientific Program


Reunan Guillou

Scientific Program, Assistant Chair


Jonathan Suber



Matt Stewart



Cheryl Tano

Exhibit Chair


John Chandler

Director, Education Foundation


Richard "Dick" Lau

Assistant Director, Education Foundation 


Maralyn R. Probst

Executive Secretary



The VOS office moved earlier this year. Please update correspondence accordingly.



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Telephone: 720-335-6051   


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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.

Subscriptions to VCOT are not automatically invoiced or renewed. If you wish to subscribe or renew your subscription, please download the VCOT form and return it to the VOS office with your payment.

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 2015 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

The Veterinary Orthopedic Society's State of the Industry talks provide an opportunity for our valued sponsors to share with the membership interesting scientific research, clinical data or information about new treatments, developments, and/or techniques. These should be presentations with scientific merit rather than commercials.
Presentations will be 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions. The time limit will be adhered to strictly. PowerPoint files (or PDFs of these files) must be submitted to the Sponsor Chair ( 14 days in advance for review by the Chair and the Session Moderator. This ensures suitability and enables time for any necessary revisions. Late submissions may result in loss of the preferred time slot for presentation.

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

Call for Abstracts VOS invites practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large and small animal 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; as will submissions for the Complications and Corrections session.

Residents Eligible for Bloomberg Research Awards 
VOS also presents up to seven Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident 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 2015, the Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Awards were sponsored by AO Vet North America, IMEX, Merial, New Generation Devices, Orthomed, Securos and the VOS Past Presidents. Each year, up to seven resident abstracts are chosen for this award.

Visit our Abstract Submission page to submit your abstract or learn more. Abstract submission closes on November 1.
At this time, only a few exhibit spaces remain for the VOS 2016 conference in Big Sky, Montana. If you are interested, we encourage you to secure your space ASAP. Please contact VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke at to register or obtain more details.
VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Bruce Van Dyke, and Dr. Mark Rochat (right) take part in the Sunday Exhibitor Reception at the 2015 Conference.
ACVS 2015 Surgery Summit The following VOS members will be lecturing at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgery Summit, occurring October 21-24 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brian S. Beale, DVM, DACVS
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD, DACVS
The Ohio State University
Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA
University of Pennsylvania
Jason Bleedorn, DVM, DACVS-SA
University of Wisconsin
Randy J. Boudrieau, DVM, DACVS
Tufts University
Steven C Budsberg, DVM, MS, DACVS- SA
University of Georgia
Nicole J. Buote, DVM, DACVS-SA
VCA West Los Angeles
Sherman O. Canapp, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group
Brittany Jean Carr, DVM
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group
Michael G. Conzemius, DVM, PhD, DACVS
University of Minnesota
James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS
University of Missouri
Hollywood Animal Hospital
Loic M. Dejardin, DVM, MS, DACVS
Michigan State University
Chad M. Devitt, DVM, MS, DACVS
Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital
Felix M. Duerr, DMV, MS, DACVS-SA
Colorado State University
Richard Evans, PhD
Statistical Consultant
Noel Fitzpatrick, MVB, CertSAO, CertVR
Fitzpatrick Referrals
Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, DACVS
University of Missouri-Columbia
Samuel Franklin, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
University of Georgia
Wanda J. Gordon-Evans, DVM, DACVS-SA
WVRC Specialty Pet Car e
Reunan Guillou, DVM, DACVS-SA
The Ohio State University
Laurent P. Guiot, DVM, DACVS-SA
The Ohio State University
Ian G. Holsworth, BVSc, DACVS-SA
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group
Caleb Hudson, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Mark B. Hurtig, DVM, DACVS
University of Guelph
Stanley Kim, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA
University of Florida
Nina Kieves, DVM, DACVS- SA
The Ohio State University
Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Tufts University
Ross A. Lirtzman, DVM, DACVS
Arizona Canine Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
William D. Liska, DVM, DACVS
Global Veterinary Specialists
Timothy C. McCarthy, DVM, PhD, DACVS
VetMIST / Cascade Veterinary Referral Center
C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DACVS
Colorado State University
Tina J. Owen, DVM, DACVS
Washington State University
Ross H. Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS
Colorado State University
Antonio Pozzi, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
University of Florida
Duane A. Robinson, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
University of California, Davis
Susan L. Schaefer, DVM, MS, DACVS
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pamela N. Schwartz, DVM, DACVS-SA
The Animal Medical Center
Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM
Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Aldo Vezzoni, Med. Vet, DECVS
Clinica Veterinaria Vezzoni srl
Are you a speaker at an upcoming conference in 2015? 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).
Be among the first to hear clinical study results for therapeutics for Post-Operative Pain, Osteoarthritis and Osteosarcoma anticipated to launch in 2016 and 2017:
  • 7:30-8:00 p.m.: Long-Acting, Local Post-Operative Pain Therapeutic for Dogs, by Duncan Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DSAS(ST), DECVS, DACVS, MRCVS, NCSU
  • 8:00-8:30 p.m.: Therapeutic Vaccine for Osteosarcoma in Dogs, by Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m.: Grapiprant Prostaglandin Receptor Antagonist (PRA) for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Steven Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD, President of Securos
  • 9:00-9:30 p.m.: Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis in Dogs, by Scott Gustafson, DVM, MS, DACVS
The event will be CE approved and veterinary attendees will be served dinner and drinks, courtesy of Aratana Therapeutics.

Click here to RSVP by February 15, 2016 to secure your spot at this exclusive event.
In this issue, we are featuring two key sponsors 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 VOS Sponsor Chair Dr. Janet Van Dyke at
securos SPOTLIGHT ON ...

Securos logo Location: Fiskdale, Massachusetts
What year was the company started?
SECUROS was started in 1997.
What products / services does your company offer? 
SECUROS synergizes innovation, customer service, dedication, quality and integrity into the driving ambition for everything we do. We offer a broad portfolio in joint management, trauma, power equipment, biomaterials, surgical instruments, repair services, suture and continuing education.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
As SECUROS grows, our perspective on product development matures. Each new catalog presents the best in class from carefully conducted clinical research, responsible testing, and a corporate mandate that superior quality is the only acceptable standard. Blending specific biomedical and bioengineering strengths with experience and ingenuity drives our team to product success. Product designs center on efficiency and affordability so that veterinary surgeons, and ultimately their clients, benefit from the cost-effective implementation of best medicine. We believe our direct interaction with veterinary surgeons and the observation of countless procedures inspire our R & D team's progress from drawing board to surgical table.
Can you explain an issue in the veterinary market and the solution that your company was able to solve?
Veterinary surgeons did not have a lifeline of dedicated power equipment servicing the veterinary market and were, therefore, required to purchase from human companies; many of which are leaving the veterinary market altogether. Effective August 1st, 2014, MicroAire® Surgical Instruments entered into an exclusive US distribution agreement with SECUROS. As part of this distribution agreement SECUROS has become their partner for MicroAire® surgical orthopedic power equipment and associated disposables,e.g., blades, burs, etc. Disposables are not exclusive to the MicroAire® brand products, but also accommodate most leading brands.
Visit the Securos website to learn more.

Securos exhibit at ACVS
Securos exhibit at ACVS in 2014.
medtronicSPOTLIGHT ON ...

Medtronic logo Location: Mansfield, Massachusetts
What year was the company started? 1949
What products / services does your company offer? 
Medtronic, formerly Covidien, provides products and services that spans the veterinary continuum of care. Every day, our customers look to us for a wide variety of essentials from Monoject™ Needles and Syringes, Kendall™ wound care and suture products-to innovative surgical products like the ForceTriad™ energy platform, MIS instruments and Nellcor™ pulse oximetry. Medtronic offers in-depth product training and servicing with highly trained sales representatives and also supports numerous veterinary societies and labs.
What should Veterinary Orthopedic Society members know about your company?
It is an exciting time for Covidien Animal Health as we are now joining Medtronic. We are creating the world's premier medical device company focused around a singular mission; to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. Medtronic (formerly Covidien) has been a proud sponsor of VOS for many years. We have a new name but our commitment to the animal health community remains unwavering.
Can you explain a challenging situation that your company was able to solve?
Hemostasis is critical to all surgeries. By bringing vessel sealing technology to animal health, with our ForceTriad™ energy platform, we enable surgeons to focus on the procedure instead of blood loss. 
Can you tell us about any new products or services your company is developing?
Medtronic is the world leader in bone graft materials and spinal fixation. Look for these and other new technologies from the new Medtronic Animal Health .

Visit the Medtronic website to learn more.

Thank you to the following companies for supporting the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

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