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Hilton Head Island, SC

  |   October 4th - 6th, 2019

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Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Chief of Staff
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists

Ellen Behrend V.M.D., Ph.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Joezy Griffin Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences
Auburn University


This combination of two internationally recognized Internists will provide you with a practical approach to the management of many common medical problems that you encounter in your daily practice. You are sure to come away with some very helpful tips!

Seminar Schedule:

Registration: Friday October 4, 2019 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am

Friday October 4, 2019
Saturday October 5
Sunday October 6

8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Seminar Topics:



  • Diagnosing hypothyroidism in dogs

  • Diagnosing hyperadrenocorticism in dogs

  • I diagnosed Cushing’s in a dog, now what do I do?

  • Treatment of canine hypoadrenocorticism

  • Hyperthyroidism in cats – diagnosis and new thoughts

  • What insulin is available and what do I use?

  • Diabetic conundrums: difficult to manage cases

  • A case-based approach to hypercalcemia

  • A case-based approach to pu/pd

Cardiac disease  

  • 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. 

Respiratory disease  

  • How to determine whether a coughing dog has chronic bronchitis vs airway collapse. 

  • Which drugs are considered preferred cough suppressants in dogs? 

  • Are bronchodilators helpful in coughing dogs? Which one? 

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

  • Coughing cats – How do I tell if it is feline asthma or some other respiratory disease? 

  • Do I have to give corticosteroids to feline asthma patients? 

  • What are the preferred corticosteroids options for asthmatic cats? 

  • When would bronchodilator treatment be useful in asthmatic cats? 

  • Are human asthma drugs helpful in feline asthma patients? 

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

  • Is immunotherapy helpful in treating asthmatic cats?  

Chronic Kidney Disease 

  • When should renal biopsy be considered? 

  • Has SDMA become the preferred means of diagnosing CKD? 

  • Should quantitative urine protein values be determined in geriatric patients? 

  • Is blood pressure determination really that important in renal patients? 

  • Which antihypertensive treatment is preferred in CKD – amlodipine, ACE-Is or ARBs? 

  • What are the realistic goals in treating chronic kidney disease? 

  • When should a therapeutic renal diet be started in CKD patients? 

  • This dog/cat doesn’t like oral phosphorus binders. How important is this drug? 

  • Is it just an “Ohio State thing” or are vitamin D, calcium and PTH important in CKD? 

  • Appropriate use of erythropoeitin analogs in anemic CKD patients. 

  • Appropriate use of fluid therapy and appetite stimulants in hyporexic CKD patients. 

Urinary Tract Infection 

  • What are the preferred antibiotics in uncomplicated UTI patients? 

  • How long should antibiotic therapy be administered in uncomplicated UTI? 

  • What predisposing disorders should I look for in patients with recurrent UTI? 

  • How do I select an appropriate antibiotic in recurrent UTI patients? 

  • What follow-up testing is recommended in monitoring UTI treatment? 

  • What do I do when asymptomatic bacteruria is present? 

  • What can be done to prevent recurrent UTI development? 

  • Is oral cranberry effective? What about other drugs or supplements? 

  • Does improving vulvar and vaginal health help reduce UTIs? 

  • When to consider Phenylpropanolamine treatment in UTI patients. 

Abdominal Cavity & Hepatic  

  • When should I be concerned about elevated liver enzymes in dogs & cats? 

  • Indications for Bile acid and Protein C testing in dogs. 

  • Liver needle aspirate or biopsy; no more ‘non-diagnostic’ samples! 

  • What are the preferred medical treatments for chronic-active hepatitis? 

  • What can I do to save the “fatty liver” cat? Just feed ‘em, I’ll show you how. 

  • Gall bladder mucoceles – identification and medical vs surgical treatment? 


  • Antiemetics, Antacids & gastric protectants – “the good, the bad & the ugly”. 

  • Options for appetite stimulation in dogs & cats. 

  • Why the GI panel is so important in patients with chronic GI signs. 

  • What will serum cobalamin & folate really tell me? 

  • The importance of considering different diets and dysbiosis prior to biopsy. 

  • When to consider antibiotic & probiotic therapy in chronic GI patients. 

  • Endoscopic GI biopsies – should I buy an endoscope for my practice? 

  • What are the preferred treatments for IBDs & PLEs in dogs and cats?  


  • How can I quickly and accurately assess pancreas in an acute GI disturbance? 

  • What do pancreatic-specific lipase tests really tell me? Which PL test is reliable? 

  • How often do cats get exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)? 

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Seminar Speakers

  • Gary Oswald D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants Oldsmar, FL
  • Ellen Behrend V.M.D. Ph.D. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Joezy Griffin Professor Department of Clinical Sciences Auburn University

CE Hours

This seminar is approved for 16 CE hrs.

IVS is also an approved provider in NY.

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:

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


Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

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The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is a perfect tropical paradise located just of the coast of South Carolina on world-renowned Hilton Head Island. Situated within the private community of Palmetto Dunes our exceptional service and 4-Diamond facilities are among the finest. Come experience the luxury of the Hilton name. The beach is only the beginning.


The Omni has recently undergone a complete renovation: including the front entrance, lobby, meeting facilities, fitness center and Ocean Tides Spa. Outdoor areas are revitalized including beach access and pool access, updates to both the upper and lower courtyards and the addition of another great fire pit near the HH Prime deck. The whole family will enjoy the new kid’s splash zone along side our amazing new 3,600 square feet, zero entry Family Pool.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Of course, our guests traveling without kids, may want to choose our newly renovated Adult Pool for some peaceful rest and relaxation. Nestled in the middle of our new pool complex is the beautiful new Buoy Bar. Order your favorite beverage and something from our extensive menu while taking in magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. With all the beautiful renovations, we have maintained the lavish, sub tropical landscaping and exotic garden atmosphere that has long been the signature of the resort.


Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort


Our spacious rooms are the largest standard rooms on the island. Every detail in these luxurious rooms is designed to maximize the resort’s unique oceanfront character. Each room features a fully equipped kitchenette with microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffee maker, ceiling fan, two telephones, hairdryer, iron and board, in-room safe and private balcony.


Group Room Rate: $195.00 dbl/night plus taxes & resort fee.

Additional fees & taxes (subject to change without notice):

  • State & local taxes are currently 10%
  • $2.00 Chamber of Commerce fee


Resort Services Charge is charged in the amount of $14.00 per night plus sales tax (currently 10%). The Resort Services Charge provides all group attendees the following amenities.

  • Complimentary Self Parking ($9.00 daily value)
  • Unlimited internet access in all accommodations ($9.95 daily value)
  • Resort transportation service within 3 mile radius
  • Unlimited use of Health & Fitness Center
  • In Room Coffee Service
  • Local & Toll Free Phone Access
  • Resort beach access
  • Preferred reservation access to Ocean Tide Spa


Check-In: 4:00pm | Check-Out: 11:00am
Cancellations: You can cancel up to 14 days prior to scheduled arrival without penalty.  You will be charged for your complete stay if you cancel within 14 days of your scheduled arrival or if you are a no-show or depart early.

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions

Hilton Head Island is located just off the coast of South Carolina, approximately 45 minutes from Savannah Georgia. The Island is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide and is widely acclaimed as one of the great sports and recreational destinations. The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (formerly the Hilton Oceanfront Resort) is located oceanside next to 12 miles of sandy beaches. Inland you will find creeks, lagoons and forests and an abundance of wildlife. October is a wonderful time to be in the low country of South Carolina. The crowds have gone and the weather is wonderful!

Outdoor Activities

Golf – 15 Championship courses by:

  • Robert Trent Jones
  • George Fazio
  • Arthur Hills
  • Robert Cupp etc…

Tee times can be arranged upon arrival or by calling the golf center at 800-827-3006.


  • The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is rated among “The 50 greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by TENNIS MAGAZINE.

Other Activities:

  • Biking or Jogging
  • Canoe along the inland waterways
  • Kayaking
  • Scenic boat tours
  • Kayak or boat tours to see the Dolphins
  • Sailing
  • Over 100 restaurants
  • Fresh seafood
  • Miles of pristine beach
  • Sunset catamaran cruises
  • Just relax by the pool

Getting There


You can fly into Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport – SAV and drive about 45 minutes onto the Island.

Driving Direction from North or South

Take I-95 to Exit #8. Take Hwy 278 East for 25 miles towards Hilton Head Island. After crossing the Island bridge, continue on Business 278 to Palmetto Dunes, which is located on the left hand side 8 miles from the Island bridge. Make a left hand turn at traffic light into Palmetto Dunes, and after one mile you will arrive at a guard gate. State that you are a guest of the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (formerly the Hilton Oceanfront Resort) and obtain a pass and continue. The Resort is located on the left side. No motorcycles permitted. There is also a regional airport, Hilton Head Island Airport – HXD serviced by American airlines

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $885.00

Register by:  August 30, 2019

Advanced:  $905.00

Register by:  September 21, 2019

Regular:  $925.00

Register after:  September 21, 2019

Special Pricing:

Veterinary technicians are welcome- there is an $80 seminar registration discount

Registration Includes:

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

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  • Hilton Head
    October 4, 2019 - October 6, 2019
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm

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For our online courses: After registering: your SEMINAR REGISTRATION or PAYMENT NOTIFICATION E-MAIL will contain a link for you to pre-register for the webinar.  You need to do this prior to the webinar, so that you get a personalized link to the actual webinar.  

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Reserving Rooms

We reserve rooms starting the day prior to the seminar and ending on the last seminar day.  However, if you need additional days, we will work with the hotel to accommodate your request based on availability.

Getting Confirmation

After you submit this hotel request form, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your request for the hotel accommodations.  Please note that this does not confirm your hotel accommodations.

After processing the request, our office will e-mail you an actual hotel confirmation letter which will confirm your stay with the hotel.   You are not confirmed until you receive this hotel confirmation. Please check the details when you receive this confirmation.

Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (pacific) to provide the card number.  Your Hotel Confirmation will be emailed to you after your room is guaranteed.

For Amelia Island, Duck on the outer banks,  St. George (Zion), Grand Cayman, Curacao and New Orleans: after submitting the hotel request form, you do not need to contact us with the credit card information. We will be sending you an individual hotel credit card authorization form.

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Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 to provide the card number.


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