Here you’ll find information on our programs, membership and our annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference. We invite you to become a member and take advantage of everything VOS has to offer.

The VOS 2016 Conference Made the News!

VOS was pleased to have the 2016 Conference in Big Sky featured on KTVH, the NBC affiliate from Helena, Montana. Read the news story posted on KTVH's website and watch this great report on the conference!

VOS 2016 Conference Proceedings

Conference attendees: You may download the VOS 2016 Conference Proceedings in an interactive digital format. You will need the password provided at the conference. Learn how to download the file.

Final Departure Instructions for the VOS 2016 Conference in Big Sky, Montana

Penny Smith of has provided final departure instructions for all those attending the VOS 2016 Conference February 27-March 5 in Big Sky, Montana. Please take a few minutes to read the departure instructions to make sure your trip goes smoothly. Read the Final Departure Instructions.

VOS 2016 Conference

We've posted an updated 2016 Conference program (updated 2/21/16)! Please see this program for details about each day's schedule, presentation topics, and speakers.

Visit our VOS 2016 Conference page for more details about the 2016 VOS Conference, coming up February 27-March 5 in Big Sky, Montana. Learn about our program, our 2016 Jacques Jenny Lecturer, and our expanded 2-day equine track.

We've added one more wet lab! We are now pleased to be offering 4 wet labs for 2016 attendees. Visit the VOS 2016 Conference Labs page to learn more and register for labs.

Please continue to check back for additional updates about the conference.

On-Site Registration is Available at the Conference

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

Online registration for the VOS 2016 Conference has closed. On-site registration will open Saturday evening, February 27, at 8:00 p.m. at Big Sky. Visit the VOS 2016 Conference page to learn more about the conference. Visit the VOS Store website for travel links for the 2016 Conference or to pay your membership dues.

Make Your Travel Plans for the VOS 2016 Conference in Big Sky, Montana!

Book your lodging, air and ground transportation, and lift tickets through the travel website. Questions? Contact Penny Smith at 1-800 233-2300 ext. 3420 or

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)

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President's Message

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

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


Home page photo by Lonnie Ball / Courtesy of Big Sky Resort