Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM)

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Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) accepts students for externships under the guidance of board cerftified surgeons. The program is directed towards indivduals who have had at least one year of veterinary school. The externship experience places a strong emphasis on didactic clinical experience.
Students are able to shadow in orthopedic consultations with surgeons and rehabilitation staff. They are also able to scrub in for surgical procedures. Participation in surgery will be limited to assisting and observation; however students will be expected to be familiar with relevant anatomy. Students will assist with assessing and monitoring patients post-surgically. Students are expected to be familiar with post-operative pain management options as well as short term pain management options. We hold journal club weekly to discuss current literature and ongoing research projects. Students are expected to attend.
Our 16,000 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art veterinary orthopedic and rehabilitative equipment including four operated rooms, dedicated arthroscopy suites, fluoroscopy, CFX and BFX total hip systems, all CCL systems, all internal and external fixation devices. We also perform neurosurgeries, have integrated limb sparing with fiber resin prosthetics, frequently utilize custom stifle braces, etc., and have MRI services in house. We also use an objective gait analysis system, a canine gym, underwater treadmill and a resistance pool.

Our staff includes two ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) boarded surgeons, one ACVIM-Neurology (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) boarded surgeons and three ACVSMR (American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation) diplomates.
Textbooks and journals are accessible to the student. They are also encouraged to participate in daily rounds. We hold Journal Club weekly to discuss current literature and ongoing research projects. Students are encouraged to attend.
Hours for students will be Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. These hours may be adjusted due to emergency or case load. Students should scrubs or business casual attire with a lab coat when in consultations. Operating room scrubs will be issued by VOSM. Cell phones should be left with personal items or kept on vibration mode. No piercings (other than ears) or visible tatoos are permitted.
We have 6-8 veterinarians on staff daily, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm. The student externs will report to our Practice Manager who is on staff daily Monday through Friday.
Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
10975 Guilford Road
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
mdobbs [at] vosm [dot] com
Dr. Sherman Canapp
Posted: 01/28/14