We Had a Great Time at the 2016 Conference in Big Sky, Montana!

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


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

The VOS 2016 Conference Proceedings is now available in an interactive digital format that you can download to your computer.


Note: You will need the password provided to all attendees at the VOS 2016 Conference to download the files.

Here are the steps to take to download the VOS 2016 Conference Proceedings files:

  1. Click on this link to access the Proceedings files. Enter the password provided at the VOS 2016 Conference when prompted.
  2. Download the VOS2016.zip file to your computer or save the file to your personal Dropbox account.
  3. Double-click on the VOS2016.zip file to view the "VOS2016" folder. Keep all the files together in this folder.
  4. Click on the file named "Start.pdf" to begin viewing the files.

If you attended the VOS 2016 Conference and do not remember the password, please contact VOS  for assistance.

On-Site Registration Is Available at the Conference

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 Store website for travel links for the 2016 Conference or to pay your membership dues.

Our updated VOS 2016 Conference Program is now available (updated 2/21/16)!
Read more below about our program, our 2016 Jacques Jenny Lecturer, and our expanded 2-day equine track.

Make your travel reservations now!
Book your lodging, air and ground transportation, and lift tickets through the Ski.com travel website. Questions? Contact Penny Smith at 1-800 233-2300 ext. 3420 or penny.smith@ski.com.

Already registered? Read the final departure instructions
Penny Smith of Ski.com 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.

Penny Smith of Ski.com also has the following tips for VOS conference attendees.

  • Arrange for your ski and snowboard rentals in advance. Click here for VOS Big Sky Equipment Rentals.
  • Interested in snowmobiling into Yellowstone? If you want to book early to get a date, call Rendezvous Rentals at 1-800-426-7669 and say you are with the VOS group.
  • Take a winter tour of Yellowstone on a 10-passenger snowcoaches with the option of stopping for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. To book your tour, visit the Yellowstone Alpen Guides website.
  • Child care and lessons can be booked at Basecamp in the Big Sky Plaza. More information is also online at the Big Sky Resort website.

How much snow does Big Sky have? Stay up-to-date with the latest snow report.

Register for Conference Labs

VOS is excited to offer 4 hands-on wet-labs for our 2016 attendees. These labs will take place on Sunday, February 28, Monday, February 29, Tuesday, March 1, and Friday, March 4 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. VOS would like to thank OrthoPets, Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Arthrex Vet Systems and Epica Medical Innovations for offering these wonderful opportunities for our members.

Visit our VOS 2016 Conference Labs page to learn more and register for labs.

2016 Conference Program Details

VOS has 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.




2016 Conference Program Overview

Equine Session
(Invited Speaker)

Sunday, Feb 28 DAY Lab - OrthoPets  
  3:45-6 PM Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Orthopedics
Van Dyke
Residents’ Session

Monday, Feb 29 7-9 AM Orthopedics 1

Equine Orthopedics
  DAY Lab - Veterinary Orthopedic Implants  
  4-6 PM Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Equine Surgery

Tuesday, March 1 7-9 AM Orthopedics II
Equine Imaging
  DAY Lab - Arthrex Vet Systems  
  4-6 PM Imaging Rounds
Equine Orthopedic Disease & Prevention

Wednesday, March 2 7-9 AM Complications and Corrections
  DAY Ski Race and Picnic  
  4-6 PM Regenerative Medicine
  7-9 PM Poster Session  

Thursday, March 3 7-9 AM Bloomberg Awards
  4-6 PM VOS Business Meeting  

Friday, March 4 7-9 AM Orthopedics III
  DAY Lab - Epica Medical Innovations  
  4-6 PM Orthopedics IV


2016 Jacques Jenny Lecturer

Douglas Beaman, MD
Portland, Oregon

Our 2016 Jacques Jenny Lecturer is Douglas Beaman, MD. Dr. Beaman began his orthopaedic practice in Portland in 1995 at Emanuel Hospital, and specializes in lower extremity trauma and reconstructive surgery. He has authored multiple book chapters, presented research at national meetings, and published research in peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals. His main research and clinical focus centers on lower extremity deformity, ankle arthritis, and surgical performance. His research efforts have received grants for clinical outcome studies, and currently to study methods for enhancing surgical team performance. He is involved in the education of the OHSU orthopaedic residents at Emanuel Hospital and has a fellowship program in lower extremity trauma and reconstruction. His practice includes ankle and knee joint preservation surgery, ankle replacement arthroplasty, limb lengthening, correction of lower limb malalignment, lower extremity trauma care, and treatment of adult and pediatric foot and ankle conditions. Dr. Beaman will be an entertaining and informative speaker.


Expanded Equine Program

The 2016 VOS Conference will feature a 2-day specific equine track, with invited speakers. Equine and general topics also will be covered in other sessions at the meeting, such as Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, and Complications and Corrections, as well as the session for Residents.

The equine sessions will have scientific abstracts and then talks from our invited experts, with plenty of time for discussion and additional experts such as Professor Roger Smith, Professor Carl Kirker-Head, and Dr. Matt Stewart in attendance. The VOS tradition of great academic discussions on chairlifts also will be upheld!

Topics include:

Equine Surgery

  • Use and abuse of Locking plates
  • Treatment of palmar carpal fractures
  • CT guided fracture repair

Equine Orthopedics

  • EBM for orthopaedic medication
  • Are the biologic soups really different?

Equine Imaging

  • Subchondral bone injuries in the fetlock of show jumpers
  • Cervical CT
  • What orthopods should understand about digital artefacts

Equine Injury and Disease Prevention

  • Why are soft tissue injuries becoming so prevalent in sport horses?
  • What pathology has taught us about how we should train and rehab racehorses

Our speakers include:

David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Frisbie studied at the University of Wisconsin, and completed a surgical residency at Cornell University. While completing his surgical residency, he also earned a master's degree in Joint Pathology at Colorado State University. During work on his PhD, Dr. Frisbie became board certified in large animal surgery as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently serves as the College's Secretary.

Dr. Frisbie is a partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition he is an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University's Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. A keen bumps skier and mountain biker, David has a critical yet pragmatic approach to the application of novel scientific innovations in equine orthopaedics.

Dean Richardson, AB, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Richardson is one of the world's foremost experts in equine orthopedic surgery. He received his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1979, completed a rotating internship and residency in large animal medicine and surgery at Penn Vet, and received postgraduate training in the Division of Rheumatology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet's New Bolton Centre. Surgery is his clinical specialty, and his research areas are large animal surgery, equine emergency surgery, and equine lower limb injury. A rider himself, he is widely regarded as a "surgeon's surgeon."

Sarah Puchalski, BSc, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Puchalski has developed an international reputation as an expert in equine diagnostic imaging and now bases her practice at Circle Oak Equine. She received her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1999 and completed her diagnostic imaging residency at the University of California, Davis.

As an assistant, and later associate, professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (2005-2013), Dr. Puchalski focused on didactic and clinical teaching, research and clinical radiology. Her research interests surround the use of novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis of lameness conditions in equine athletes. Dr. Puchalski opened her consulting practice in 2013 and consults remotely for numerous practices across Europe, Australia, the US and Canada. She regularly participates in showjumping and has a very practical approach to the application of diagnostic imaging.

Susan Stover, BS, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stover received her DVM from Washington State University and completed an equine surgery residency and a PhD in comparative pathology at UC Davis. She is the Director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at UC Davis where her specialty focus includes musculoskeletal biomechanics; etiopathogenesis of repetitive, overuse injuries; equine locomotor anatomy; and racehorse musculoskeletal fatalities.

Dr. Stover has an internationally recognized program in equine racing injuries, and her research has helped inform policy changes improving the welfare of racing horses. She was the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Research Award at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 she was selected as an Outstanding Woman in Racing by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.