ExpiredHow I manage common medical problems

Myrtle Beach

  |   July 14th - 16th, 2023

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

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

Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants
Oldsmar, FL


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 July  14, 2023 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am

Friday July 14
Saturday July 15
Sunday July 16

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

Seminar Topics:


  • Diabetics: anything new that can help?

  • Diabetic conundrums: management dilemmas

  • Trilostane: the latest on how to use it

  • A case-based approach to diagnosis of pu/pd

  • Diagnosing canine hypothyroidism: a case-based approach

  • Feline hyperthyroidism: finding it and helping your patients live longer

Cardiac disease  

  • Updates on the “The Big Three that You See” : Canine Mitral Valve Disease, Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Feline Cardiomyopathy.

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

  • Is a heart murmur the penultimate clinical finding of heart disease in dogs and cats ?  What about other signs ?

  • How can I use radiography, cardiac biomarkers and focused echocardiography in my patients ?

  • This asymptomatic dog has a murmur. How should I approach this case and is it time to start treatment ? 

  • Treatment considerations in canine mitral valve disease vs dilated cardiomyopathy. 

  • What is the best approach for treating cardiomyopathy subclinical and CHF cats? 

  • What are the preferred thromboprophylaxis treatments in feline cardiomyopathy patients ?

  • What is the role of diet in subclinical heart disease and CHF ?

  • When to initiate and how to dose pimobendan in dogs and cats.

  • Appropriate use of angiotensin and aldosterone – ACE-inhibitors or Aldosterone antagonists in heart disease. 

  • Loop diuretic therapy in CHF – furosemide of torsemide? 
  • What role does spironolactone play in CHF patients?

  • Use of Viagra (sildenafil) in canine heart disease. 

Respiratory disease  

  • How to approach acute vs chronic coughing dogs and cats.  And a simple way to obtain bronchial lavage samples.

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

  • Which drugs are considered preferred cough suppressants in dogs? 

  • Should bronchodilators be used in chronic coughing dogs?

  • When to consider surgical tracheal stenting in airway collapse. 

  • What are the preferred treatment options in asthmatic cats ?  Do I have to use ongoing corticosteroids ?

  • 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?  

  • Which antibiotics are indicated for bacterial and aspiration pneumonias ?

Chronic Kidney Disease 

  • Has creatinine, SDMA, proteinuria or AI become the preferred means of diagnosing CKD? 

  • Should quantitative urine protein values be routinely determined when annually screening geriatric patients?

  • When should renal biopsy be considered?

  • Should immunosuppressive therapy be considered in CKD ?

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

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

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Seminar Speakers

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

CE Hours

This seminar is AAVSB RACE 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:

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


Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

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Discover the lovely Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes hotel. It’s a stunning getaway in Myrtle Beach with the perfect balance of resort comfort and business-friendly amenities. Our Myrtle Beach, SC hotel offers 405 luxurious guest suites with ocean views, two telephones with separate lines, data ports and high-speed Internet.

Myrtle Beach Marriott

As part of the Grande Dunes, an upscale 2,200-acre plantation-style residential community, we provide more amenities than most other resorts in Myrtle Beach and the Carolinas. Popular activities include championship golf, tennis, a fitness center, a large, beachfront pool with a waterslide, a European spa with an indoor pool or the simple pleasure of relaxing on our pristine beach. Experience the finest of resorts in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes hotel.


Myrtle Beach Marriott

Escape to one of the most unforgettable, idyllic beachfront hotels in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  • Experience a restful night’s sleep in our oceanfront hotel’s cotton-rich linens and custom duvets.
  • Outstanding among beachfront resorts in Myrtle Beach, relax at our pool with deluxe waterslide.
  • Stay connected at our hotel with high-speed Internet access, spacious desks and ample lighting.
  • Our marble bathrooms feature Bath & Body Works bath products, a hair dryer & two plush bathrobes.
  • Drink in the breathtaking scenery and use the convenient amenities in your Myrtle Beach hotel suite.


Group room rates (based on availability):

Resort view: $339.00 dbl/night plus tax & resort fee

Partial Ocean view: $379.50 dbl/night plus tax & resort fee

Ocean front: $459.00 dbl/night plus tax & resort fee

Additional Fees & Taxes:

  • Hotel room rates are subject to state and local taxes, currently 13% and are subject to change without notice.


The Resort Fee is discounted to $10 (usually $25) + 8% tax for our group! Included in the daily resort fee:

  • Complimentary self-parking in our parking facility
  • Unlimited in-room access to high-speed wired or WIFI Internet service
  • Newspapers available at the front desk
  • Full use of our Fitness Center
  • Coffee in your guest room
  • Turndown service upon request
  • Complimentary local calls from your guest room
  • Complimentary fax service available at the front desk
  • Board games located at the front desk
  • Use of our Recreation Room including foosball and video games
  • Use of our outdoor recreation area including Ping-Pong, and basketball


You have up to fourteen day prior to your scheduled arrival to cancel without penalty.  For cancellations made within 14 – 7 days prior will be charged a two (2) night penalty.  You will be charged for your complete scheduled stay if you cancel within seven (7) days of your scheduled arrival, or are a no-show, or depart early.

Please call our office at 800-487-5650 if you need to change or cancel your reservation.

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Seaside amusement for the whole family!
Ocean Blvd & 3rd Avenue
843-916-0400 or visit www.family-kingdom.com

Ripley’s Aquarium

Travel under the recreated Reef Tunnel at S.C’s MOST visited attraction!
Located at Broadway at the Beach
843-916-0888 or visit www.ripleysaquarium.com

Broadway at the Beach

Features 20 restaurants, 10 nightclubs, over 100 shops and 15 attractions!
Broadway Cinema – Pavilion Nostalgia Park – Carousel Park/Kiddie Rides – NASCAR Speedpark- Miss Broadway Water Taxi – Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Mini Golf and MUCH MORE!

Located off Hwy 17 between 21st & 29th avenues North
843-444-3200 or visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com
for Click and Print COUPONS!

Brookgreen Gardens

300 acres of beautiful gardens on a former rice plantation!
843-235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org

Alligator Adventure

Over 800 gators, lizards, vipers and pythons!
843-361-0789 or visit www.alligatoradventure.com

Great American Riverboat

Cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway!

Boats depart from Barefoot Landing &Waccatee Zoo. Dinner Cruises available.
843-650-6600 or visit www.mbriverboat.com

Where to eat

Myrtle Beach offers many different places to dine–visit the restaurants

Getting There

The Myrtle Beach airport is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. Rental cars and taxis are available.

Location Transportation Information

The Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes
8400 Costa Verde Drive
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572 USA 

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Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $995.00

Register by:  May 25, 2023

Advanced:  $1015.00

Register by:  June 22, 2023

Regular:  $1035.00

Register after:  June 22, 2023

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

  • submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

  • breakfast and breaks daily

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  • Myrtle Beach
    July 14, 2023 - July 16, 2023
    12:05 am - 5:00 pm

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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 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.