They made a difference


One of the BIG originals of veterinary orthopedics was Saki Paatsama. Born in an engineering family in Tampere, just 2 hours north of Helsinki in Finland, and with carpenters and boat builders in the family, Saki was preprogrammed to take a leading role in the carpentry of veterinary surgery.

28 January 2017

Dr. Donald Piermattei, DVM, PhD 

18 October 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished AOVET colleague and Senior AO Trustee, Professor Geoff Sumner-Smith, on October 18, 2016.

April 21, 1996

Dr. Richard L. Rudy graduated from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1943, after which he accepted the position of instructor of large animal surgery at the College, followed by small animal surgery in 1947.  Due to the small number of veterinary faculty in the 1940s, Dr. Rudy taught many courses in his early career, and developed the first course in radiology at the College in 1945.

May 8, 1986

Dr. R. Bruce Hohn died May 8, 1986, at the age of 60 years. A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1968, Dr. Hohn was Professor of Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University for the past 17 years. He received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and was in general practice in Rochester, Minnesota, until 1964, when he entered graduate school at the Mayo Clinic in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. He was the first veterinarian to be a Fellow in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

November 29 2014

Tuesday November 11 one of the European pioneers of veterinary osteosynthesis and godfathers of AO-Vet International passed away: Frederik Jan (Freek) Meustege

October 11, 1912 - August 8, 2008

Wade O, Brinker 1912 - 2008

G. Sumner-Smith

(Compiled with help from material supplied by Drs. C de Camp & G. Flo.)

July 16, 1942 – April 14, 2001

Barclay Slocum was a very special person… a gentle, quiet, very private person who played it fairly ‘close to the vest’. He functioned on a different plateau and listened to a different drummer than most. When corporations are making one, five and ten year plans they encourage their ‘think tank’ personnel to try to think ‘outside of the box’. Barclay seemed to think outside of the box as a matter of routine. This was one of the traits that seemed to distinguish him from some of the previous greats of veterinary orthopedics. He was always pushing the edge of the envelope….

1927 - 2008

Leslie Clifford Vaughan was born in Swansea in 1927, the son of a craftsman pattern maker in the steel and coal industry in South Wales, from whom perhaps he inherited skills useful to a surgeon. Educated at Swansea Grammar School, he entered the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1944, towards the end of WWII, while the college was evacuated at the University of Reading.

1921 - 2000

Sten-Erik Olsson was born in 1921.