AO North America

Successful AOVET North America Presence at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgical Summit



The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) held their annual Surgical Summit at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from October 6-8. AOVET North America was there to promote both the multiple benefits of membership and upcoming courses. Many residents and attending surgeons stopped by our table in the exhibit hall to ask questions and say hello. In addition, we held a drawing for two books – the first related to the AO Principles of Fracture Management in the Dog and Cat; the other was the AO Principles of Equine Osteosynthesis.



Our AOVET North America Veterinary Technicians’ course took place on Thursday, October 6 with a full day lineup of lectures and labs for both small animal and large animal veterinary technicians. This course is held annually at the ACVS Surgical Summit and its popularity grows each year. Veterinary technicians registered from all over the United States. Co-Chairs this year were Dr. Spencer Johnston and Dr. Jose Garcia-Lopez. Teaching faculty for this course included both large and small animal veterinary orthopedic surgeons who are Diplomates in ACVS as well as active AOVET North America faculty.


Two “One AO Awards” were presented to residents in veterinary surgery who submitted abstracts based on their cross-disciplinary orthopedic relevance and embodiment of the “One Medicine” spirit of AO North America. Congratulations to Elizabeth Thompson, North Carolina State, for “Comparison of Tension Band Configurations,” and to Ellison Aldrich, Colorado State University for “Cervical Fusion Using Pedicle Screw and Rod Constructs in Horses with Cervical Vertebral Malformation.” Each will receive an award and certificate.


At the end of the first day, AOVET North America held its second annual members’ reception at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Over 75 members attended, which afforded them the opportunity to relax, see old friends and colleagues, and discuss opportunities that lie ahead to collaborate with other AOVET members from North America and internationally as well as fellow veterinary practitioners and preeminent veterinarians in both private practice and academia.


AOVET North America again this year donated two course tuition certificates to the Silent Auction held on Friday night by the ACVS Foundation, Celebration of Surgical Success – with proceeds enabling the Foundation to help support the research and educational mission of ACVS. Congratulations to this year’s winners, David Dycus of Severn, MD and Shannon Wainberg of Tranhill, ON.


We look forward to next year’s Surgical Summit, which will be held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis on October 12-14, 2017 with a full day of laboratories and workshops beginning on October 11, 2017.



AO North America, 1700 Russell Road, Paoli, PA 19301