Steven Leshem participates in the DVM community through membership in several professional societies, which allows him to attend conferences and remain apprised of new developments in veterinary medicine and surgery. One of the groups to which Steven Leshem belongs is the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), which seeks to help those involved in orthopedic veterinary medicine disseminate their research and improve the quality of their practice.

One of the major programs the VOS offers members like Steve Leshem as part of its efforts to improve the quality of veterinary orthopedic research is the Mark Bloomberg Research Award. Named for a former president of the VOS who made tremendous clinical and research contributions to orthopedics and sports medicine, this award allows individuals to distribute their research. Residents who submit abstracts for presentation at the organization’s annual conference are eligible for the Mark Bloomberg Research Award. Recipients who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of traveling to the conference can use the award to attend, thanks to generous donations from the organization’s numerous sponsors.