ExpiredManaging common abdominal problems in practice

Amelia Island, FL

  |   July 17th - 19th, 2020

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June 4, 2020:  I just wanted to update you on our Amelia Island  seminar scheduled for July 17-19, 2020.  Many locations are starting to reopen and we have been closely working with the Omni Resort in the recent days to ensure that they will have all the necessary safety protocols in place prior to our arrival.

I would recommend that you click thru to see what to expect while on the Island.

Omni Amelia Island Resort

Amelia Island

It has been a very intense and stressful last several months, so we are very excited to finally start to return to our passion: providing practical CE in great locations. 

Regarding the seminars: we will be following strict social distancing requirements and are working to provide you with a zoom webinar link to the seminar if you would rather view the seminar from your sleeping room.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.




David Twedt D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Colorado State University

Gary Oswald D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists

This course will present a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common abdominal problems using a combination of didactic and case-based teaching. Dr. Twedt is one of the worlds leading authorities on gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Twedt expertise also involves both endoscopic and laparoscopic diagnostic techniques. Dr. Oswald’s expertise includes urinary and intestinal disease and disorders.

Seminar Schedule:

Registration: Friday, July 17, 2020 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am

Friday, July 17, 2020

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

Seminar Topics:

  • When should I be concerned about elevated liver enzymes?

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

  • Are all yellow (icteric) cats dead cats?

  • What the heck is microvascular dysplasia?

  • Those troublesome chronic diarrhea cases – are there any good tips?

  • Why run more GI panels ? What does serum cobalamin & folate really tell me?

  • What are the best treatments for IBD in dogs?

  • What are the best treatments for PLE/lymphangectasia?

  • Feline IBD or could it be lymphoma; how do you tell the difference?

  • Is probiotic therapy really useful in managing GI patients?

  • How do I quickly and accurately diagnose pancreatitis?

  • How important is the PLI test?

  • When should I use Cerenia?

  • How do I diagnose reflux esophagitis?

  • What is the best way to diagnosis and monitor chronic kidney disease ? Creatinine?  Urine protein? SDMA? RenalTech?

  • When is a kidney biopsy indicated?

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

  • When should CKD patients be started on a renal prescription diet?  Is fluid therapy given to all CKD patients?

  • Which drugs and when for treatment of proteinuria and renal hypertension?  Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors?  Angiotensin Receptor antagonists?  Calcium Channel blockers?

  • How do Vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus effect CKD progression?

  • How to safely and effectively improve hematocrit value in anemic CKD patients. 

  • I found a stone – should it be removed?  Medical vs surgical decisions in urolith management.

  • Why does dissolution diet therapy not always work for me?

  • Should I perform voiding urohydropropulsion in my practice?

  • Which diet or what treatment is best to prevent recurrent uroliths?

  • Struvite or stress – which causes / manages feline cystitis/LUTD?

  • What role do urethral relaxants and urinary antispasmodics play in FLUTD?

  • Are glycosaminoglycans helpful in FLUTD management ?

  • Estrogen or Phenylpropanolamine for managing urinary incontinence?

  • New thoughts in diagnosing urinary tract infection vs asymptomatic bacteruria.

  • Rational selection of antibiotics in simple and complicated UTI patients.

  • Can recurrent bacterial UTI be prevented?



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Seminar Speakers

  • David Twedt D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Professor of Medicine Colorado State University
  • 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. 

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 Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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Omni, Amelia Island Plantation Resort is Florida’s premier AAA-Four Diamond destination island resort in perfect harmony with nature. Located on Amelia Island, Florida, just 29 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), the 1350 acre property overlooks the blue water of the Atlantic on the east and the green marshland and Intracoastal Waterway on the west. Enjoy luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options, and family-friendly activities. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in northeast Florida, featuring an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000-square-foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs, and oversized fire pits.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Stroll 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island’s preserved marshlands. Children will enjoy our award-winning kids’ camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Tee off from one of three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and Tom Fazio, our pristine courses have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation a “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World” ranking by Condé Nast Traveler. Follow up your tee time with a relaxing afternoon at The Spa or dining at any one of our nine superb restaurants.


Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

The ocean view Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, offering 404 oceanview hotel rooms and suites. All private balconies face the ocean and are a delightful place for an early morning breakfast while enjoying the sunrise.  


Group room rate: Ocean Front $285.00  double occ. per night plus applicable state & local taxes, currently 11%.

In addition to the rate set forth above, a Resort service fee is charged in the amount of $10 (reduced from $25 for IVS) per day plus taxes, and includes the following amenities:

  • In-room coffee station

  • Coffee in the Lobby 4:00am – 6:00am

  • Refreshment station in the Lobby 10:30am – 6:00pm

  • Seasonal poolside amenities

  • Resort beach access

  • Beach games (March – September)

  • Unlimited use of health & fitness center

  • Golf driving range privileges and one bucket of range balls

  • On-property resort transportation service

  • Unlimited Internet access in all guest rooms and Lobby

  • Unlimited in-room local & toll-free phone calls


Complimentary Self Parking ($20.00 daily value)

Valet parking is not included.  The current overnight valet rate is $15.00 plus tax, and is subject to change without notice. 


Check-In: 3:00pm; Check-Out: 11:00am

Cancellations:  All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card. You can cancel your reservations up to 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival without penalty. Cancellations made within 7 days of your scheduled arrival, or no-shows, or early departures, will be charged for the complete scheduled stay.  

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Area Attractions


Amelia Island has plenty to offer the adventurous traveler. Whether you seek shopping and dining or festivals and culture, we can point you toward memorable days and nights out on the island. Learn More

Golf at the Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation is committed to providing our guests and members with a first-class golf experience. Named a “Top 121 Golf Resort in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, our resort is home to three incredible championship courses. And it was recently selected as the home of Golf Channel’s “Big Break: Florida.” We offer a golf pro shop, private instruction, equipment rentals, customized gifts and an extensive collection of golf accessories and sportswear.  Amelia Island golf

For tee times, call (904) 277-5907 or visit their website.

Amelia Island State Parks

From the tree-canopied roads of Fort Clinch to the remote driftwood beaches of Big Talbot, Amelia Island’s State Parks are among the most varied and beautiful in Florida. Perfect for campers, anglers, beachcombers and explorers alike, the Florida State Parks at Amelia Island offer an assortment of activities for every outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy daily tours at Fort Clinch State Park. Experience horseback riding, kayak tours and more at Amelia Island State Park. Explore the diverse variety of Amelia Island’s flora, fauna and fowl on Egans Creek Greenway.


Omni Amelia Island’s spa is pleased to offer a relaxation area and garden, perfect for before and after your treatments. Enjoy our vast array of herbal teas and organic citrus water, then relax and revive with our men’s and women’s spa treatments, including couple massages, facials, steam showers, signature Seaside Sensory Journey and Plantation Blossom Rituals. Our full-service salon offers haircuts, hairstyling, makeup application, bridal party appointments, manicures, pedicures, and child and teen services. Yoga classes are available through our spa, hosted in the “spa tree house.” Learn more


A skilled culinary team of chefs and hospitality professionals, along with inventive southern-style cuisine and a variety of dining venues, have earned Amelia Island Plantation a reputation for excellence in Florida resort dining. Our dining restaurants at Omni Amelia Island Plantation are family-friendly, offering many choices for children. Learn more

Getting There


Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is only 29 miles from Jacksonville International Airport – JAX. Private and corporate aircraft charters can also fly directly to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, four miles north of the Resort.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $905.00

Register by:  June 16, 2020

Advanced:  $925.00

Register by:  July 2, 2020

Regular:  $945.00

Register after:  July 2, 2020

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
  • certificate of attendance
  • breakfast and breaks daily

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  • Amelia Island
    July 17, 2020 - July 19, 2020
    8:00 am - 1:00 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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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.