The Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) held its 46th Annual Conference from February 9th – 16th in Breckenridge, Colorado. As President, our own Dr. Jeff Godwin presided over the meeting. The VOS is an international Society of over 600 veterinarians who are interested in the research, teaching and clinical application of methods to prevent, treat and manage orthopedic problems in all species of animals. The Conference allows members the opportunity for the presentation and discussion of items of common interest, to further scientific investigation, and to upgrade the specialty of orthopedics in order to provide better patient care.
This year there were 291 members in attendance, from 13 countries and 36 states. Session themes included Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Equine Orthopedics, and Complications and Corrections. There were also labs given on arthroscopy and artificial elbow surgery. The keynote speaker was Dr. William Raasch, MD, a sports medicine specialist and the team doctor for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Dr. Godwin’s favorite presentations were on the use of grafts for cruciate ligament reconstruction, the effect of NSAIDs on bone healing, and stabilization of humeral condyle fractures.