ExpiredManaging common abdominal problems


  |   May 4th - 5th, 2018

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Deborah Greco D.V.M., Ph.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Senior Medical Consultant
Nestle Purina Petcare

Howard Seim III D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor of Surgery
Colorado State University

Practical management of common medical & surgical problems

This course will present the recent diagnostic and therapeutic breakthroughs for some of the most common abdominal problems using a combination of didactic and case-based teaching. 

Dr. Deb Greco is an internationally recognized expert in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Greco’s PhD is in pharmacology and her subspecialty is endocrinology. Dr. Greco is the past president of the Comparative Endocrinology Society in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Prior to joining Nestle Purina as a consultant, Deb was on faculty at Colorado State University and then more recently, Deb moved to New York City where she was an Associate Veterinarian in the Internal Medicine section at the busiest Veterinary Hospital in the world.

Dr Seim is Professor of Surgery at Colorado State University and will provide an update on common surgical procedures utilizing practical videos.

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

Seminar Schedule:


Friday May 4, 2018
Includes breakfast daily

7:30 am – 8:00 am


Friday May 4
Saturday May 5

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Daily-included in registration

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Seminar Topics:

  • The latest thoughts on management of the diabetic cat- this is all new information that will change the way you manage these patients!
  • Also how to manage those difficult canine patients
  • Oral hypoglycemics-Fact or fiction?
  • Management of the brittle diabetic.
  • Advances in insulin therapy: Getting the glucose curve you want.
  • Treatment of the recalcitrant hyperthyroid cat-I131? Tapazole? Surgery? Ipodate?
  • How should I diagnose hyperadrenocorticism in dogs?
  • How should I manage dogs with hyperadrenocorticism?
  • Do cats develop hyperadrenocorticism?
  • How should I diagnose hypoadrenocorticism in dogs and cats?
  • How should I manage hypoadrenocorticism in dogs and cats?
  • GDV: techniques for derotation & the 10 minute gastropexy
  • Intestinal surgery; masses and foreign bodies- make it leak proof every time.
  • Are there any tricks to the trade on linear foreign bodies?
  • Surgically managing canine cystic & urethral calculi
  • Splenic hemangiosarcoma – A 4 ligature splenectomy?
  • Difficulty breathing? – let’s shorten the palate and open the nares!
  • Gall bladder mucocele – when should they come out and should I be taking them out?
  • Perineal urethrostomy in the cat – is there and easier way?
  • Anal sacculectomy – is there a better way?
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CE Hours

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.

This seminar is also approved in NY & NC.

IVS complies with the following guidelines:

  • Speakers are recognized specialists
  • Mandatory recorded attendance
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Complete seminar notes


The Blackstone- A Renaissance Hotel

The Blackstone- A Renaissance Hotel

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Discover The Blackstone Renaissance, a downtown Chicago luxury hotel near Grant Park. This downtown Chicago hotel has been a favorite of movie stars, sports legends, royalty and presidents since 1910. Thoughtfully restored to its original grandeur, this Michigan Avenue hotel features French Beaux-Arts architecture and over 1,400 contemporary works by local artists.

Chicago Blackstone

The Blackstone boasts stunning guest rooms and suites, while Mercat a la Planxa serves modern Catalan cuisine in a unique Mediterranean setting. Host unforgettable affairs inside the magnificent Crystal Ballroom and marvel at 11,396 square feet of lavish meeting space. Located just steps from Chicago’s major attractions including McCormick Place, Grant Park, Soldier Field, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium. Welcome to The Legendary Blackstone Renaissance.


Chicago Blackstone

Chicago Blackstone

Beds and Bedding:

  • 1 King – Maximum Occupancy: 3
  • 2 Queen – Maximum Occupancey: 4
  • Pillowtop mattress, and Duvet
  • Rollaway beds permitted in King rooms only.
  • Cribs permitted: 1
  • Maximum cribs/rollaway beds permitted: 1

Bath and Bathroom Features

  • Marble bathroom
  • Shower/Tub combination
  • Shower

Bathroom amenities (Aveda)

  • Hair dryer
  • Robe

Furniture and Furnishings

  • Chair with ottoman
  • Alarm Clock
  • Safe, in room
  • Desk, writing / work, with ergonomic chair, and electrical outlet
  • Iron and ironing board

Food & Beverages

  • Room service
  • Coffee maker / tea service
  • Instant hot water

Kitchen features

  • Mini-refrigerator


Group Standard Rates: 

King Room: $229.00/nt + taxes & fees

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

  • State and local taxes are currently 16.4%
  • Parking (valet only) is currently $62.00 daily. Self Parking nearby in public lots begins at $25.00 per night
  • Pets allowed, non-refundable sanitation fee: $50 USD *contact IVS for availability


  • High Speed: Check email + browse the Web for 12.95USD/day
  • Enhanced High Speed: Video chat, download large files + stream video for 16.95USD/day
  • Lobby and public areas: Complimentary Wireless
  • All extra charges are subject to change


Check-in: 4:00 PM; Check-out: 12:00 PM
This hotel is 100% smoke-free.
Cancellations: No penalty if you cancel at least 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival. You will be charged for your complete stay if you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled arrival, or are a no-show, or depart early.

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Area Attractions

Local Tour Services

Chicago At Sunset Cruise  1-312-337-1446

Hop On Hop Off Tour  1-773-648-5000

Mystic Blue Cruises   1-877-299-7783

River Cruise   1-312-902-1500

Segway on the Lakefront   1-312-663-0600

Getting There

Chicago O’Hare International Airport – ORD  

Airport Phone: 1 773-686-2200
Hotel direction: 19 miles SE

Driving directions

Take I-190 East to I-90 East. I-90 will merge with I-94. Take I-90/94 approximately 18 miles to Congress Parkway. Exit Congress Parkway East. Drive 1/4 mile on Congress then turn right on Michigan Avenue. The hotel is 4 blocks down on Balbo and Michigan Avenue.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation (all fees subject to change without notice):

Airport Express; fee: $27 USD (one way); reservation required
Bus service, fee: $25 USD  (one way)
Subway service, fee:  $2.25 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $40 USD  (one way)

Chicago Midway International Airport – MDW

Airport Phone: 1 773 838 0600
Hotel direction: 11.1 miles NE

Driving directions

Depart on road (east) Turn right (north) onto SR-50 North/S Cicero Ave. Turn right onto ramp toward I-55 North. Merge onto I-55/Stevenson Expy N North. Take Exit 292A right toward Ryan Expy/I-90 West/Wisconsin/I-94 West. Merge onto I-90 West/I-94/Dan Ryan Expy W. Take exit 51 H right toward Eisenhower Expy/I-290 West/West Suburbs/Congress Pkwy/Chicago Loop. Merge onto I-290 East/Eisenhower Expy E. Continue east on W. Congress Pkwy. Turn right onto S. Michigan Avenue, arrive at 636 South Michigan Avenue.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation (all fees subject to change without notice):

Airport Express; fee: $22 USD (one way) ;reservation required
Bus service, fee: $20 USD  (one way)
Subway service, fee:  $2.25 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $35 USD  (one way)

Local Transportation Information

636 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA
Phone: 1-312-447-0955

Public Transportation:

Bus Station
Chicago Greyhound Station     1 miles W

Subway Station
Harrison Red Line Stop     0.2 miles N

Train Station
Union Station      1.5 miles W


Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $865.00

Register by:  March 28, 2018

Advanced:  $885.00

Register by:  April 18, 2018

Regular:  $905.00

Register after:  April 18, 2018

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 lunch on friday & saturday

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  • Chicago
    May 4, 2018 - May 5, 2018
    1:00 am - 10:00 am

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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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Accommodation Registration

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.


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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.


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