ExpiredManaging common clinical problems in practice


  |   January 20th - 27th, 2024

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Michael Lappin D.V.M., Ph.D.

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


Catriona MacPhail D.V.M., Ph.D.

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


A series of cases featuring specific clinical problems will be presented by Dr’s. MacPhail and Lappin. They will each offer their thoughts on the management of these patients along with a discussion of topics associated with the clinical problem.

Seminar Schedule:

Travel Day: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024  
Relax and get adjusted: Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024  


Welcome reception:

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024

Monday Jan. 22

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

6:30pm – 7:30pm


Monday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Thursday, Jan. 25

Friday, Jan. 26

3:30pm – 6:30pm

1:30pm – 6:30pm

3:30pm – 6:30pm

3:30pm – 6:30pm

Seminar Topics:

  • Surgical Decision-Making in Trauma Cases

  • Abdominal Trauma Management

  • Surgical Respiratory Emergencies

  • Uroabdomen Decision-Making

  • Open Wound Management

  • Cutting-edge Wound Care

  • Limb, Digit, and Tail Amputation

  • Elective Surgery Controversies

  • Non-pharmaceutical management of stress associated diseases in cats.

  • Logical use of pre-, pro-, and synbiotics in dogs and cats

  • Logical empirical use of antibiotics in dogs and cats; how to guess best if they have no money!

  • What you can catch at work;  An update on small animal zoonotic diseases

  • How I treat viral gastrointestinal infections in dogs and cats, with an emphasis on parvovirus

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Seminar Speakers

  • Michael Lappin Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Professor of Medicine Colorado State University
  • Catriona MacPhail D.V.M., Ph.D. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Surgery Colorado State University

CE Hours

This program has been submitted for 14 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 14 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


Buddy Dive Resort

Buddy Dive Resort

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To reserve your dive and resort package please call our office: 800-487-5650. 

For this seminar we have selected Buddy Dive Resort.

Buddy Dive Resort is located on the waterfront north of town, just a couple of steps from the crystal clear ocean and its many dive sites. The resort has eleven buildings with spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, a complete dive center, two swimming pools, two restaurants, vehicle rental and the famous drive-thru fill station.

At Buddy Dive Resort:

Studio apartments and one  and two bedroom apartments


Buddy dive resort:

Each apartment has a fully equipment kitchen, spacious living area with cable TV, telephone, patio or balcony, air-conditioned bedrooms with each its own bathroom with shower.

The studio has a small kitchen, separate bedroom with air-conditioning and a bathroom/shower. They also have cable TV, telephone and a small patio.

All apartments and studios have a room safe, with no extra charge, to store valuables.





For this seminar: please call our office at 800-487-5650 to reserve your selected package. We have listed examples of rooms at the resort.  Our office can update you on what is currently available when you call.   Pricing is also available for only one person in a room.


Buddy Dive Resort:  each person selects either the Drive & dive or Adventure package:

  • Based on 2 people in a studio the costs are:
    • US$1379.35 per person per week for Drive and dive
    • US$1449.35 per person per week for adventure package
  • Based on 2 people in a 1-bedroom apartment the costs are:
    •  US$1492.75 per person per week for Drive and dive
    • US$1562.75 per person per week for adventure package


The Drive & Dive package inclusions are as follows:

  • 7 nights in selected accommodations
  • 7 days rental vehicle (manual transmission, incl. insurance)
  • 6 days of unlimited shore dives
  • American style breakfast buffet daily
  • Free Wifi
  • Airport transfers

The divers will get 6 days of unlimited air fills incl. free nitrox upgrade (as long as they are nitrox certified).

Those on the Adventure package will get the following: snorkel equipment rental for 7 days, unguided boat snorkel trip, 1 guided cave exploration, 1 guided mangrove kayak tour, one trip to Klein Bonaire



All reservations must be for a minimum of 7 nights.

A non-refundable deposit of US $100.00 is due at the time of booking. You will be charged for your complete stay at approximately 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

Cancellation penalties: For cancellations more than (60) days prior to arrival, deposit is refunded.

59 – 29 days prior to arrival: 25% of the total reservation is non-refundable
28 – 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the total reservation is non-refundable
14 – 1 days prior to arrival: 75% of the total reservation is non-refundable
Day of arrival 100% of the total reservation is non-refundable  

No refunds for no shows or early departures.  We highly suggest trip insurance and can give you a quote if you’d like, just let us know.

Also any unused portions of the accommodations are non-refundable.

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions

Bonaire activities


Buddy Dive Resort


Getting There


Several major airlines fly direct to Bonaire on Saturdays.  You can also fly into Aruba or Curacao and connect onto one of the local airlines that fly to Bonaire.

Bonaire flight information

Location Transportation Information

You will need to provide our office with your flight schedule- this will allow Buddy Dive to pick you up upon arrival in Bonaire. Once at the resorts, you will be provided with a pickup truck for your complete stay. (This is included in the resort package)

Registration Fees:


Early Bird: $1035.00

Register by:  Nov. 17, 2023

Advanced: $1055.00

Register by:  Dec. 22, 2023

Regular: $1075.00

Register after:  Dec. 22, 2023

Special Pricing:

Veterinary Technicians welcome- there is an $80 discount off the seminar registration fee.

Please call our office at 800-487-5650 to register.

Registration Includes:

  • 14 CE hours
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Afternoon breaks
  • Certificate of completion 
  • Welcome reception for all including family members


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  • Bonaire
    January 20, 2024 - January 27, 2024
    12:05 am - 4:05 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.