UpcomingCardio-respiratory medicine update

Bar Harbor

  |   October 1st - 3rd, 2021

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Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists
Largo, FL.

Matthew Winter D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
North America Vice-President,  VetCT

This seminar has been designed to present the most current information on the diagnosis and treatment of many cardiovascular and respiratory diseases that you are commonly asked to manage in your patients. The main emphasis of the seminars will be to give you practical information that you can readily utilize in your practice- along with providing information on the current treatments being offered at the referral centers. The combination of speakers is sure to provide you with a comprehensive discussion of the clinical problems.

Seminar Schedule:

Registration: Friday October 1 , 2021 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday Oct. 1
Saturday Oct. 2
Sunday Oct. 3
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Seminar Topics:


  • Is a heart murmur a consistent indicator of underlying heart disease? 

  • Murmurs, Gallops and Arrhythmias in cats. 

  • When should Atenolol or Diltiazem be considered for feline cardiomyopathy? 

  • What are the best treatment strategies for treating congestive heart failure in cats? 

  • Considerations in thromboprophylaxis treatment in feline cardiomyopathy patients? 

  • This asymptomatic dog has a murmur. What diagnostics should I consider? 

  • Treatment considerations in mitral valve disease vs dilated cardiomyopathy. 

  • Loop diuretic therapy in CHF – furosemide of torsemide? 

  • What role does spironolactone play in CHF patients? 

  • Reducing angiotensin and aldosterone – ACE-inhibitors or ARBs? 

  • When to initiate and how to dose pimobendan in cardiac patients. 

  • Use of Viagra in canine heart disease. 


  • That chronic coughing dog – how to determine whether it’s chronic bronchitis vs airway collapse. 

  • The value of non-endoscopic lower airway examination – transtracheal versus endotracheal lavage.

  • Using methylxanthine or sympathomimetic bronchodilators in coughing dogs. 

  • How to use traditional cough suppressants in coughing dogs? And maybe there are some alternate antitussives that might help as well.

  • When to consider surgical intervention or tracheal stenting in airway collapse patients.

  • Coughing cats – hairballs, feline asthma or some other respiratory disease? 

  • Reducing aeroallergen exposure in feline asthma patients. 

  • What are the preferred medical treatment options for asthmatic cats? 

  • Long term steroids ??  How to use them effectively and safely in feline asthmatic patients.

  • Bronchodilator treatment – is it indicated in asthmatic cats? 

  • Are human non-steroidal asthma drugs helpful in feline asthma patients? 

  • Should Cyproheptadine or Cerenia be considered in feline asthma patients? 

  • Is immunotherapy or stem cell therapy considered when treating asthmatic cats?  

  • Treatment considerations in aspiration and bacterial pneumonia patients.

  • Which antibiotics are preferred for treatment of bacterial pneumonia when a culture is not available?


  • Thoracic radiology in the dog with respiratory distress: heart or lungs

  • Thoracic radiology in the cat with respiratory distress: heart or lung?

  • Advanced imaging in dyspneic patients: how, when and why

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Seminar Speakers

  • Gary Oswald D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants Oldsmar, FL
  • Matthew Winter D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology College of Veterinary Medicine University of Florida VP. VetCT North America

CE Hours

This seminar is approved for 16 CE hrs.  

This program has been submitted for 16 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and /or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call IVS at 800-487-5650 for further information.

IVS complies with the following guidelines:

  • Mandatory recorded attendance
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Approved for 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

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Group rooms are sold out- please call our office at 800-487-5650 for availability


The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is the premier resort facility in Bar Harbor, Maine. Nestled in downtown Bar Harbor, and just moments away from Acadia National Park. The Harborside Hotel & Marina offer breathtaking views of Frenchman’s Bay and ocean beyond.

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina


The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Luxurious guest rooms at this coastal Maine hotel

All of our guest hotel rooms are lavishly decorated with the finest furniture and amenities. Choose from King and double bedrooms, each with a semi-firm mattress, plush feather pillows and comforter.

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Each beautifully decorated room includes a full marble bathroom with beautifully accented tile floors and an adjustable high pressure massaging shower head for your comfort. Furnished with a wall mounted hairdryer and second telephone for your convenience. Premium guest rooms also feature a comfortable pullout sleeper sofa. The large color televisions are stylishly set within a beautifully crafted and naturally wood stained entertainment center/dresser. Extensive selections of cable channels are included for your pleasure.

If your stay is business related, you’ll appreciate each room’s work area that includes a desk, chair, telephone and wireless Internet. Other convenient amenities include a coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Most Deluxe guest rooms feature semi-private balconies that offer spectacular Harbor, Island or Sunset views. Optional upgrades include our beautiful gas-burning fireplace and luxurious Jacuzzi rooms.


Group rooms are sold out- please call our office at 800-487-5650 for availability

Group room rates: 

  • Standard View (deluxe king): $297.00 per night plus taxes & resort fee
  • Kids suite (King bed & bunk bed): $368.00 per night plus taxes & resort fee
  • Island View (premium king): $325.00 per night plus taxes & resort fee
  • Harbor View (premium king): $351.00 per night plus taxes & resort fee

All bedding requests based on availability

Additional Fees (subject to change without notice):

  • State and local taxes on the room are currently 9%
  • Resort fee of $30.00 per room, per day, plus tax. The resort fee entitles you to complimentary parking, wireless internet, newspaper in the lobby each morning, access to three tennis courts, the fitness center and pool at the Harborside Hotel, lap pool and hot tub at the Pool house, hot tub at the Bar Harbor Club, use of deck chairs, umbrellas and towels.


Check-In: 4:00pm | Check-Out: 11:00am

Cancellations: A credit card is required to reserve your reservations. There is a two nights penalty if you cancel within 21-7 days of your scheduled arrival. You will be charged for your complete scheduled stay if you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled arrival or depart early or are a no-show.

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Area Attractions

Bar Harbor is adjacent to Acadia National Park, home to 1,532-foot Mount Cadillac. Its summit is the first spot in the United States where the sunrise can be seen. Acadia’s stunning mountains, lakes, and sea cliffs can be viewed from a number of vantage points-an auto loop, carriage roads closed to car traffic, and 125 miles of trails exclusively for hiking. The Bar Harbor area possesses a great selection of family activities, including a family nature camp, an oceanarium, a zoo, and a lumberjack show. The recently expanded Abbe Museum showcases the Wabenaki Indians, some of Maine’s earliest residents. Visitors can also indulge in rock climbing, sailing, paddling, brewery tours, boat excursions, and golf. For shoppers, Bar Harbor features a number of top-notch boutiques, many of which showcase the works of Maine artists and sculptors.

Located on Mount Desert Island, home of the spectacular Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is a historic tourist town, offering salty sea air, soft sandy beaches, granite cliffs and a slew of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. A 19th century resort for the wealthy, the town has several mansions, old majestic hotels and other vestiges of its heyday. Stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to stock up on information about Acadia National Park. Then pick from myriad activities: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, climbing mountains, bird or whale watching, biking and horseback riding. If kayaking is your sport, or you’re itching to learn, Coastal Kayaking Tours offers trips for beginner to expert paddlers. Golfers can tee off at the scenic Kebo Golf Club, one of the oldest courses in the U.S. For a unique adventure, take a boat excursion with Diver Ed, where you can watch Ed diving 50 feet below on the deck monitor and then learn about the starfish, sea urchins and other sea creatures he retrieves and then returns to their home.

The First National Park East of the Mississippi River

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Dining around Bar Harbor

There are some wonderful restaurants within easy walking distance of the Resort. Click here.

Getting There


Traveling to the Harborside Hotel and Marina is convenient as well with several airlines Boston’s Logan Airport providing service to the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, ME (11 miles from the Hotel).  Several commercial airlines also fly into Bangor airport, a scenic 50 miles from the Harborside Hotel.

IVS Travel Group Info

Please call the IVS travel group at 1-800-487-5650 for assistance. 

Registration Fees:

Early Bird: $925.00

Register by:  August 06, 2021

Advanced: $945.00

Register by:  September 7, 2021

Regular: $965.00

Register after:  September 7, 2021

Special Pricing:

Veterinary Technicians receive an $80 discount using promo code “techsaver”. Enter the code during checkout in the  submit promotion code box.

Registration Includes:

  • 16 CE hours
  • complete seminar notes
  • certificate of attendance
  • breakfast and breaks daily

Seminar Registration:

Details Price Qty
Regular $965.00 (USD)  

Add to Calendar

  • Bar Harbor
    October 1, 2021 - October 3, 2021
    12:05 am - 1:00 pm

Register online

Online registration is easy and fast.  

For our regular seminars, after completing your registration, if you need to book a hotel room, click the link to the online hotel registration page.  If none is available for your selected seminar, please fill out our hotel request form or contact our office at 800-487-5650.  Please note that hotel rooms are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from the hotel (if you booked online thru our group link) or from our office for hotels that do not offer the online link.

IVS is now required by AAVSB RACE to upload your completed attendance into their “RACEtrack” system. Your state of license and your license number are required for all seminars starting in January 2022. More information is available at https://www.aavsb.org/ce-services/racetrack


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Passport Information

For International Travel

Passport requirements for international travel

Please note that all passengers traveling by air to or from the United States will be required to hold a valid passport. This requirement applies to all passengers, including U.S. citizens, traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

When planning international travel, please be sure that you are in possession of all required documents for both outbound and return flights. Remember to allow ample time for acquiring official travel documents.

For complete information on the U.S. Department of State’s New Travel Initiative Requirements, please visit travel.state.gov.