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. Below are details for each lab, including links for questions and registration. VOS would like to thank OrthoPets, Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Arthrex Vet Systems, and Epica Medical Innovations for offering these wonderful opportunities for our members.


Sunday, February 28, 2016 - OrthoPets

Core concepts, indications and practical tips/hands-on lab for Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP)

Course Description: The goal of this laboratory is to provide the participant with an overview on how to successfully implement veterinary orthotic and prosthetic solutions into your clinic. The didactic portion of the lab will provide the participant with basic concepts of three point corrective force application used to create stabilization and allows minimizing wound complications associated with external coaptation/V-OP. We will describe indications for the use of V-OP as an adjunct method after surgical treatment and/or as a solution for patients unable to undergo surgery. The wet lab portion will utilize limb models and cover the practical/hands-on experience of the phases involved when treating a patient with V-OP. This includes the creation of an imprint that is needed for manufacturing of the device, fitting the patient and analyzing the supportive mechanics of the device. A series of possible complications (donning, doffing, skin sores) and how to address them by in-house modification of the device will be covered. This lab is designed as an introductory session for individuals that are considering incorporating V-OP into their practice or simply want to learn more about the mechanics of coaptation and this novel field.


Monday, February 29, 2016 - Veterinary Orthopedic Implants


Course Description: CORA based leveling osteotomy is a procedure where the tibial plateau slope is modified by centering the saw blade (ACA) at the location of the CORA (center of rotation of angulation). In doing so there is no secondary translation, ie, the proximal anatomic axis and distal anatomic axis are aligned. The TPA/PTA angle lies between 88 degrees and 90 degrees. The osteotomy is stabilized with a Veterinary Orthopedic Implant (VOI) specially designed locking plate and counter-sink compression screw. Additional advantages of the CBLO include: ease of surgical planning and technique, excellent long term functional results, normal long term appearance of articular cartilage, rapid healing of the osteotomy (6-7 weeks), ability to apply osteotomy in juvenile patients, and application in cases with excessive slope. The course will detail surgical planning, application in simulated bone, management of complications, and long term outcome. 

Lead Instructor: Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Dr. Don Hulse graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. Starting in 1970 and continuing until his appointment as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984, Dr. Hulse served as a clinician in general practice and as Staff Surgeon at Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is well published in the veterinary literature. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Arthrex Vet Systems

Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon

Course Description: Arthrex Vet Systems is proud to sponsor the Stifle Arthroscopy and Static Stabilization Course for the Advanced Surgeon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 as part of the Annual VOS Symposium. This course is designed for the advanced surgeon or 3rd/4th year Residents wanting to develop their arthroscopy skills for the canine stifle. In the morning session, lectures and wet lab will cover limb positioning, portal placement, equipment, and diagnosis and treatment of common issues related to the stifle. In the afternoon session, lectures and wet lab will cover static stabilization options for CCL injuries. Course fee is $500 and will include course materials, and bone models. To view videos of procedures and more information on products, visit www.arthrexvetsystems.com.

Ian Holsworth, BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery), Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Ian Holsworth graduated in 1991 from the University of Melbourne and spent 8 years in general practice in a combination of farm animal, equine racing and pleasure horse practice and small animal general and surgical practice. Dr. Holsworth became an examined Member of the Surgery College of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1995. Following a position as Staff Surgeon for an eight-practice small animal veterinary group in Melbourne, Dr. Holsworth relocated to Michigan as a Surgery fellow in the Michigan State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Holsworth commenced a three-year position as a small animal surgical resident at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which he completed in July 2003. Dr. Holsworth has presented many surgical scientific papers at national meetings in both Australia and the US. Topics covered include shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee disease in dogs with particular focus on advanced imaging and arthroscopic assessment of juvenile orthopedic disease. Dr. Holsworth is currently owner and surgeon at VetSurg in Ventura, California.

Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Kurt Schulz served for nine years as an Associate Professor of small animal surgery at the University of California, Davis, California. He was Chief of Surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for four years and the head of small animal orthopedic research. He is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at Virginia Tech. Dr. Schulz is a co-author of Small Animal Surgery, Small Animal Arthroscopy, and The Pet Lovers Guide to Joint Disease and Osteoarthritis and has published 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has also served on the veterinary faculty of Texas A&M University and was a veterinarian in the United States Peace Corps serving in the mountains and desert of Morocco. Dr. Schulz has served on the examination committee for the ACVS and is an international speaker on small animal surgery. He leads an international program focused on Outcomes Measures and Evidence Based Medicine in small animal orthopedics. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two young boys.


Friday, March 4, 2016 - Epica Medical Innovations

Demonstration of Image Guided Robotic Surgery: The Future Using High Resolution 3-Dimensional Imaging in the Veterinary Profession Has Arrived!

Course Description: Be among the first to see and learn about image guided surgical navigation and how it will impact the future of veterinary orthopedics.

Instructor: William D. Liska, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
Dr. Liska received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1973. He completed an internship and surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York in 1976. He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1980. He started in practice in Houston from 1976 until 1988. In 1988, he founded one of the largest private multi-disciplinary veterinary specialty hospitals accepting patients by referral only from other veterinarians. He sold his interest in that practice in 2013 and founded Global Veterinary Specialists and Global Veterinary Innovations in January 2014. His practice is limited to orthopedics with primary focus on total hip replacement surgery and other arthroplasty procedures.

Registration: Email Chrissy Laughlin at Epica to register or learn more.