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Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM), MD

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.

VOSM is a sub-specialty hospital focusing on orthopedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation and neurology.  Our staff consists of eight doctors (including interns and residents) and a support staff of 55.  We conduct numerous research projects including surgical outcome statistics, product and technique studies and regenerative medicine therapies. Our total annual caseload averages 12,000. Our 16,000 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art veterinary orthopedic and rehabilitative equipment, including four operating rooms, dedicated arthroscopy suites, regenerative medicine lab, fluoroscopy, CFX and BFX total hip systems, all CCL systems, and all internal and external fixation devices. We also perform neurosurgeries, frequently utilize custom braces, and have MRI and access to CT.  We also utilize an objective gait analysis system, a canine gym, underwater treadmills and a resistance pool. 

The extern will learn initial patient assessment, preoperative planning/preparation, anesthetic protocol, intra-operative skills, post-operative assessment, recovery/rehabilitation techniques.

In consults, the extern will assist with orthopedic assessment and lameness assessment. The extern will learn how we use our objective gait analysis system and observe radiographic interpretation. In pre-operative planning and preparation the extern will assist and learn proper patient preparation including shaving, surgical prep and scrub and proper patient monitoring. In surgery the extern will assist with procedures, learn instrument ID and observe surgical decision making.  The extern will learn pain assessment and incision/surgical site assessment post-operatively. The extern will also shadow and assist in rehabilitation learning the various modalities of therapy used in sports medicine.

We have 2 DACVS - small animal surgeons, one DACVIM - neurology specialist, 3 DACVSMR diplomates, and 8 certified rehabilation therapists on staff


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
Dr. Sherman Canapp or Dr. Michelle Dobbs 
Posted: 01/28/14
Updated: 4/2016
Annapolis Junction, MD
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