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Turks & Caicos

  |   December 4th - 6th, 2022

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Alyssa Sullivant, DVM, M.S.

Diplomate, ACVIM
Assistant Professor, Small Animal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Mississippi State University


Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, ACVIM 
Tampa Bay Medical Consultants
Tampa Bay, FL

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Seminar Schedule:


Sunday Dec. 4, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Welcome Reception:

Sunday Dec. 4, 2022 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



Sunday Dec 4
Monday Dec 5
Tuesday Dec. 6

1:30pm – 6:30pm
8:00am – 1:30pm
1:00pm – 6:30pm


Seminar Topics:

  • Infectious Causes of GI Disease

  • Inflammatory Causes of GI Disease

  • Protein-Losing Enteropathies: Diagnosis and Management 

  • Beyond Immunosuppression: Treatment Options for the GI patient

  • Inflammatory VS Infectious Hepatic Diseases 

  • Practical Enteral Feeding 

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – you can’t treat it if you don’t diagnose it !

    • What is the preferred means of diagnosing CKD? Serum creatinine? SDMA? Proteinuria? RenalTech? 
    • How should urine protein screening be used in practice? Which test is preferred – dipstick, urine protein:creatinine determination or microalbuminuria?
    • Is it actually important to obtain and monitor systemic blood pressure in renal patients? 
    • Does a renal tissue biopsy have any clinical relevance to me in general practice?
    • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme-inhibitors & Angiotensin Receptor-blockers- what’s the difference and which is better to reduce blood pressure and and urine protein loss?
    • Amlodipine- isn’t this the drug for hypertension? When should it be used? 
    • When should a prescription renal diet be started in CKD patients? 
    • Bone Mineral Derangements in CKD – how should vitamin D, calcium and PTH be addressed?
    • Hyperphosphatemia control – this dog/cat doesn’t like oral phosphorus binders – how important is this and what are my options? 
    • Appropriate use of erythropoeitin analogs in anemic CKD patients. 
    • Appropriate use of fluid therapy, antiemetics, antacids, appetite stimulants and esophagostomy tubes in hyporexic CKD patients. 

    Urinary Tract Infection – successful treatment doesn’t always involve the biggest antibiotic !

    • What is the difference between a sporadic UTI and a recurrent UTI?
    • Honestly, which antibiotic(s) should be used in UTI patients? 
    • How long should antibiotic therapy be administered in sporadic UTI? 
    • What should I do when sporadic UTIs don’t respond?
    • What predisposing disorders should I look for in patients with recurrent UTI?  
    • How should I select an appropriate antibiotic in recurrent UTI patients? 
    • What follow-up testing is recommended to determine treatment success? 
    • What is “asymptomatic” bacteruria and why is it important? 
    • What are common causes and how can I prevent recurrent UTI development? 
    • Is oral cranberry supplement effective? What about other drugs or supplements? 
    • Does improving vulvar and vaginal health help reduce female UTIs?  
    • Why consider phenylpropanolamine treatment in UTI patients?
    • Feline bacterial UTIs – is the approach different compared to dogs? 
    • Special considerations – pyelonephritis, prostatitis, catheter-associated UTI?

    Lower Urinary Tract Disorders – to pee or not to pee, that is really the question. 

    • Feline Interstitial Cystitis – is it a struvite-related or stress-related disease?
    • Is prescription diet therapy necessary in FIC patients?
    • Is stress reduction therapy beneficial in FIC patients? 
    • Is it critical to unobstruct first or should I consider getting a bit more information?
    • Why a local nerve block should be considered in obstructed FIC males?
    • Is bladder decompression helpful or harmful?
    • To avoid PU surgery, which treatments work best in obstructed FIC patients?
    • Is urinary bladder lavage helpful?
    • Is there a role for glycosaminoglycans installation in FIC patients?
    • Which drug(s) provides the optimal urethral relaxation?
    • Which drug(s) is best at reducing urinary bladder spasms?
    • Which drug(s) is best at increasing urinary bladder contraction?
    • How to use phenylpropanolamine in urinary incontinence management
    • How to use estrogen compounds in urinary incontinence management.
    • When to consider collagen bulking agent therapy in urinary incontinence.
    • When to consider surgical treatment in urinary incontinence management.
    • What do I really need to know about medical management of uroliths. Location, location, location
    • How to successfully dissolve struvite stones?
    • Struvite stones can be dissolved but how do I get rid of those pesky Calcium Oxalate stones ?  
    • Ammonium urate stones – never thought I’d see that in a non-Dalmation breed.
    • How to easily (and non-invasively) diagnosis uroepithelial carcinoma?
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Seminar Speakers

  • Alyssa Sullivant D.V.M., MS. Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM) Assistant Professor College of Veterinary Medicine Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Gary Oswald D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants Oldsmar, FL

CE Hours

This seminar is approved for 16 CE hrs. by AAVSB RACE.  

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

  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

  • Approved for 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay

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The Sands at Grace Bay couldn’t be in a better location in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This gracious six-acre four-star resort is situated on famous Grace Bay Beach, a 12-mile expanse of white powder sand considered to be one of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean. The beauty of the beach and its companion turquoise clear water is complimented by the resort’s lush garden courtyard with three free-form swimming pools. The pools are adorned by a cascading waterfall, a relaxing Jacuzzi and small grottoes. An additional circular swimming pool is beachside. Guests take in the sun while relaxing on chaise lounges and stay cool under oversized canvas umbrellas. Fresh terry cloth pool towels are made available for guests’ daily use during their stay.

  • Hemingway’s Restaurant & Bar – oceanfront location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Beach & pool cocktail service
  • Tour & excursion desk
  • Concierge service for car rental, taxi and all other reservations you may require
  • On-site dive shop by “Caico’s Adventures”
  • 18-hole championship golf course – less than five minute drive
  • 3 swimming pools with waterfall connected via canals
  • Outdoor in-ground jacuzzi
  • On site massage therapy and spa treatments by Spa Tropique
  • Fully air-conditioned fitness center
  • Convenience store
  • Hospitality center
  • Jewelry shop
  • Tennis court
  • Coconut grove with hammocks

Junior suite Gardenview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King sized bed and full bathroom, sitting area, a view of the garden, with private screened balcony.

Junior suite  Oceanview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King or Queen sized bed, full bathroom, private screened balcony with oceanview.

Price:  Group rooms are sold out. Please contact our office at 800-487-5650 for current availability. Seminar registration is still available.

Resort Rates: 

  • Junior suite Gardenview: $ dbl/night
  • Junior suite Oceanview: $ dbl/night
  • One Bedroom suite gardenview: $ dbl/night
  • One bedroom oceanview suite: $ dbl.night -based on availability only. Please call 800-487-5650

There is a 3 night deposit required on all reservations as this is the popular season.

Plus 12% tax, 5% facility fee and 10% service charge, which includes bellman, maid, parking, internet and access to fitness center.

More than 2 people?  One, two & three bedroom suites with a variety of views also available upon request. Extra person charge is $54 per day



A 3 night deposit will be due at the time of booking.


No penalty for cancellations made prior to 60 to arrival.

Cancellations made 60-30 days prior, deposit is forfeit.

Cancellations made 30-0 days prior will be charged for the complete scheduled stay. No-shows and early departures will also be charged for the complete scheduled stay.

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance.  Please call IVS for a quote

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Area Attractions

Providenciales, or more commonly known as “Provo”, covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. It is here where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Found on the western end of the island chain, Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store. Although Provo is the most developed of the islands, it is still a destination for those who want to escape their busy schedules and relax.

On the north shore of the island, near Grace Bay, you will find the most beautiful beaches, as well as a long coral reef, which is rich in aquatic life. This main stretch is home to the majority of the island major resorts and tourism services.

Towards the south of the island you will find Chalk Sound, a large lake with striking turquoise water and an array of small cays. Islands Magazine described Chalk Sound as “Beneath the radar: Untouched and off the beaten path, the pristine islets in Provo’s Chalk Sound provide an ideal backdrop for expansive thoughts.” Along the south side of the island in areas such as Sapodilla Bay, Copper Jack, Discovery Bay, Turtle Tail and Long Bay you will find many private villas available for rent. The island’s commercial port, South Dock, is found east of Sapodilla Bay and has the capability to deal with containerized goods.

Enjoy open air dining of the daily fresh catch in a casual, relaxing atmosphere at a variety of inviting, restaurants. For restaurant information

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide (65 miles across and 200 miles long). As a result, the islands are consistently ranked as one of the premier diving locations in the world.

Excellent visibility (up to 200 feet), pristine reefs, abundant tropical flora and fauna, fish and other marine life, quality diving services and easy conditions make the Turks and Caicos Islands a world class diving destination. There is exceptional wall diving starting in shallow turquoise water and dropping off into the deep blue giving a real thrill. The reef is relatively close to the beach, which makes for accessible beach dives. Shipwrecks, old and new further increase the multiplicity of the islands as an outstanding diving destination. More diving information

Enjoy a variety of fishing charters offered in the area, including sport fishing, deep sea, reef, bonefish, fly fishing and. More fishing information

A great way to experience The Turks and Caicos Islands is through fun tour adventures, such as fishing, snorkeling, island hopping, boat charters, private excursions, eco-tours, site-seeing, exotic and more. More tours information

For some nightlife fun in the Turks & Caico Islands check out the casinos, gaming lounges, dance bars, and sports bar. More nightlife information

Getting There

Many airlines fly into Provo Airport. For a list of airlines and flight times, go here

Entry Requirements

All US Citizens traveling by air to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be required by the US Government to have a valid US passport.  For more on US requirements click here.

USA & Canadian Passport holders do not need a visa to enter.

All visitors must hold a round trip ticket

Visitors are allowed to stay for 30 days; this is renewable one time only

For luggage restriction, individual airlines should be consulted


Constant easterly breezes keep life comfortable, with the coolest months averaging in the 70s in the winter and the warmest months averaging in the low 90s in late summer. An average annual rainfall of 40 inches or less assures us plenty of sunny days. For additional information please go to our weather page.


Pack light! Cool, casual, comfortable resort and leisure wear is acceptable everywhere. Overexposure from the sun can happen quickly, sunscreen is strongly recommended. A hat and cover-up for extra protection is advisable. Swim wear worn other than poolside or at the beach is frowned upon. It is a rare occasion to need a light sweater at night. Just a few restaurants require “proper attire”.



There are no rules about tipping but it is customary to add 15% for good service. Some restaurants will add a 10% service charge to your bill, please check before automatically adding your tip. Your taxi is independently owned and operated by the driver. There is no rule about tipping taxis but it is generally given for personable service. Your driver can direct you to all the places and restaurants you will want to visit and an informative tour around the Islands is often offered.



Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $1015.00

Register by:  October 21, 2022

Advanced:  $1035.00

Register by:  November 2, 2022

Regular:  $1055.00

Register after:  November 2, 2022

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

  • Reception on Sunday-family welcome

  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

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  • Turks & Caicos
     December 4, 2022 - December 6, 2022
     12:05 am - 7:00 pm

Register online

Online registration is easy and fast.  

But please confirm your hotel reservations prior to completing your registration or booking flights. Many Hotels are selling out many months ahead of our seminars. 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.