Welcome to the Veterinary Orthopedic Society!

Welcome to the home of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. Here you’ll find information on our programs, membership and our annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference.


VOS Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now open!

We invite 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 separately from the scientific abstracts; as will submissions for the Complications and Corrections session.

Visit our Abstract Submission page to submit your abstract or learn more. Abstract submission closes on November 1.


Save the Date for the VOS 2016 Conference

Our next conference will be:

VOS 43rd Annual Conference
February 27-March 5, 2016
Big Sky, Montana

We will post more details about this conference in the months ahead. Registration will open in the fall.


VOS Has Moved!

The VOS office has moved! Please note our new address and telephone number:

Veterinary Orthopedic Society
P.O. Box 665
Parker, CO 80134
Telephone: 720-335-6051 (note this number differs from what was previously announced)

Read more …


President’s Message

The 42nd VOS conference was held in March 2015 at Sun Valley, Idaho, under sunny skies and beautiful conditions. The event was well attended with 238 participants from 36 states and 10 countries. The conference venue was excellent, and the educational talks and discussions outstanding.

These meetings require a significant amount of effort by a variety of people, all of whom deserve credit for putting together a great event and making it happen – THANK YOU! A special acknowledgment to Dr. Ken Bruecker for all his hard work and commitment to the Veterinary Orthopedic Society this past year as our exiting president.

A little bit of history about me: I graduated from Veterinary School at Colorado State University in 1987 and completed my Small Animal Surgical residency at University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1992. I’ve worked at private referral practices in Denver, Reno-Tahoe area, and now Portland/Hood River, Oregon. My first VOS meeting was Breckenridge 1988, and I’ve been committed ever since. I served on the Executive Board of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society as Communication Chair from 2002-2005. I am honored and privileged to again serve on the Executive Board as the new President for 2015-2016.

I have found the VOS meetings to be an excellent combination of education, exercise, and enjoyment. It could be discussing a case with a buddy on the chair lift, listening to a state-of-the art presentation during lectures, learning about a new product or technique from one of the many fantastic vendors, or catching up with an old friend at the bar after lectures – the opportunities to learn, get informed, have fun, and stay connected or catch up are endless. Always a CE meeting “not to miss.” The entire VOS board is committed to making this meeting one you don’t want to miss either.

Next year the VOS meeting returns to Big Sky, Montana, a favorite of many VOS members, and truly one of the greatest ski resorts in North America. In fact, their slogan is “Biggest Skiing in America,” and with 5,800 skiable acres, they are now the largest ski area in the United States. There is also fantastic Nordic skiing available at Lone Mountain Ranch, just down the road. Or, awesome excursion options, such as fly fishing the Gallatin River or snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park. This will be a great meeting, at a great location. The dates have moved back one week to February 27-March 5, 2016, so be aware and plan accordingly. Put it on your calendar now and don’t miss out!

Steven W. Petersen, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
Veterinary Orthopedic Society


Future VOS Dates

2016 – 43rd Annual Conference Veterinary Orthopedic Society
Big Sky, Montana
February 27-March 5, 2016

2017 –  Snowbird, Utah