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Savannah in the spring

  |   May 5th - 7th, 2023

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David Twedt D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Colorado State University

Howard Seim III D.V.M.

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

Matthew Winter D.V.M.

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

Howie, Dave & Matt are going to discuss management of the most common problems that they have encountered in practice. This course will present a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of these common problems using a combination of didactic and case-based teaching. This combination of a Surgeon an Internist and a Radiologist is sure to provide you with some very practical tips on a broad range of topics.

Seminar Schedule:

Seminar registration Friday May 5, 2023 7:15am – 8:00am
Seminar schedule

Friday May 5
Saturday May 6
Sunday May 7

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

Breakfast Daily 7:15am – 8:00am

Seminar Topics:

  • The patient has abnormal liver enzymes- Now what?

  • How to treat chronic hepatitis.

  • Four new liver conditions you did not learn about in vet school

  • What is feline triaditis and how should I treat it?

  • Those frustrating chronic diarrhea cases – What do I do now?

  • A fecal transplant? you’ve got to be kidding.

  • Update on pancreatitis – the tests, best treatments, and nutrition.

  • The best ways to control vomiting.

  • The most common esophageal disease you probably don’t diagnose.

  • Surgical management of GDV: the 10 minute gastropexy

  • Managing GI foreign bodies in dogs

  • Bleeding splenic hemangiosarcoma; let’s get that spleen out with 4 ligations!

  • Colopexy for the treatment of recurrent rectal prolapse

  • Surgically managing gall bladder mucocele; from early presentation to rupture!

  • Surgical management of canine and feline calculi 

  • A radiologists thoughts on abdominal problems:
    1.  The Vomiting Patient: Identifying Mechanical Obstruction
    2.  Interpreting Abdominal Radiographs: Masses and Mass effects
    3.  Evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract: Radiographic and Sonographic Synergy
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Seminar Speakers

  • David Twedt D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Professor of Medicine Colorado State University
  • Howard Seim III D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Surgery Colorado State University
  • 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 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
  • Attendance recorded with AAVSB RACE track certification.
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Approved for 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


The Desoto Savannah Hotel

The Desoto Savannah Hotel

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Step into the DeSoto Savannah and experience the new definition of Southern style, service and hospitality. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, our contemporary hotel in the Savannah Historic District offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style in the heart of Georgia’s First City. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, your rendezvous with history is filled with 21st century comfort and the light of Southern hospitality. Experience an inviting hotel retreat and get into the spirit of this alluring coastal city.  A historic Savannah hotel with a contemporary Southern elegance  

Our Location – Standing 15 stories in Savannah’s Historic District, overlooking Madison Square, historic mansions, and oaks draped in Spanish moss, The Desoto Savannah  is a timeless sparkle on the Savannah skyline. Our downtown hotel is steps from Savannah’s treasured landmarks, museums, theaters, parks, and incredible dining and shopping. Walk to exciting attractions like River Street, City Market, Forsyth Park, Historic Savannah Theater, Savannah Civic Center and Savannah College of Art & Design.


Hilton Savannah Desoto

Hilton Savannah Desoto

Enjoy spacious rooms with beautiful views of historic Savannah and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. These stylish rooms feature a chair and ottoman for relaxing, large desk space, high-speed wireless internet, 32-inch flat screen LCD, and Alarm Clock Radio with iPod connection. Get a great rest on either a king or two double sized Serenity Bed collection with a Super Topper mattress pad, down-filled comforters, Touch of Down pillows, and 250 thread-count sheets. Enjoy the Peter Thomas Roth bath amenities and plush towels.

Savannah Lodging Amenities:

  • High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Clock Radio with iPod connectivity
  • Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth skin care products
  • Coffee Maker to brew tea or Lavazza coffee
  • Ample Work Space & Ergonomic Chair
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • In-room safes (Will Hold Laptop)
  • Print To Desk Service From Room
  • Valet Dry Cleaning Service
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper Delivery
  • 32-Inch Flat Screen LCD’s
  • Hilton Smart-Choice Breakfast
  • Hairdryers
  • Free Local Calls
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Telephones With Voice Mail

Price:  Please note rate change for Friday & Saturday

Group Room rate: 

Thursday  May 4  – $249.00 dbl/night plus taxes

Friday & Saturday May 5 & 6  – $289.00 dbl/night plus taxes

  • Rate above is subject to applicable state & local taxes, currently 13%
  • City occupancy fee is currently $1 per night
  • transportation refurbishment fee/tax in the amount of $5.00 per night, per room
  • $10 per night for each additional adult over two adults per room
  • Parking: Valet only, $34 per day and is subject to change without notice
  • If you are not staying at the Desoto-valet for the day only, is $16.00 plus tax for up to 8 hours- subject to change
  • Free wifi in all rooms.


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

Cancellations: A two night cancellation charge will be made to your credit card if you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled arrival. You will be charged for the complete scheduled stay if you cancel within 3 days of your scheduled arrival or are a no-show or depart early. 

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Area Attractions


Welcome to Savannah, the Hostess City of the South. Named by Conde’ Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 U.S. cities to visit, Savannah offers an enchanting stroll back in time and an invitation to uncover its hidden charms. Bits and pieces of Savannah’s rich, colorful history adorn virtually every corner of the downtown area. The stately mansions, moss-draped oaks, and massive churches give the city a unique flavor found nowhere else in the world. Savannah’s Historic District is a 2.5-mile walking district full of bistros, quaint shops, green squares and grand architecture.  Savannah boasts one of the largest National Landmark Historic Districts in the United States, featuring historically significant buildings, including examples of Federal, Italianate and Victorian architecture.Savannah’s 22 squares form the heart and soul of the historic district and are considered to be the city’s precious jewels. General James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father, vision of southern hospitality and a genteel way of life is still alive in the faces of those who call Savannah home.

Visit Savannah

DeSoto’s Recommendations

Museums & Educational Centers

TripAdvisor’s Things to do in Savannah

US Today’s Top 10 Things to do in Savannah

Getting There

Savannah GA airport  is approx a 20 minute drive from downtown Savannah. 

Location Transportation Information

Driving Directions:
From Interstate I-95 north or south bound: exit at 99A (I-16 east), follow to the end where it feeds into Montgomery Street. At the first stop light turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 5 blocks to the Desoto which will be on your right hand side. Ample valet parking is available. Commercial parking is also available around the Desoto.

IVS Travel Group Info

Please contact our office at 800-487-5650 for travel arrangements or questions.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $995.00

Register by:  March 8, 2023

Advanced:  $1015.00

Register by:  April 6, 2023

Regular:  $1035.00

Register after:  April 6, 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 notes
  • Attendance recorded with AAVSB RACE track certification.
  • Breakfast and breaks daily

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  • Savannah in the spring
    May 5, 2023 - May 7, 2023
    12:05 am - 2:05 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.