ExpiredManaging common medical problems in practice

Monterey, CA

  |   May 17th - 19th, 2019

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

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

Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Chief of Staff
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists

Practical management of common medical problems

This course will present the recent diagnostic and therapeutic breakthroughs for some of the most common internal medicine problems using a combination of didactic and case-based teaching. The majority of the problems will be presented in 30 minutes or less to maximize the material you take with you to your practice.

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. Gary Oswald leads a very busy private referral practice in Clearwater, Florida.  Gary is known for hiw practical presentations based on his years in clinical experience in private practice. Both Gary and Deb are very practical speakers and easy to talk to!

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 May 17, 2019 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday May 17
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Seminar Topics:

Dr Greco:

  • Sugar, sugar: Simple ways to sweet success with diabetics

  • When sweet success turns bitter: Managing the difficult diabetic

  • The “skinny” on feline hyperthyroidism

  • Hypothyroid heartbreak: Is it hypothyroid or not?

  • Adrenal Squeeze: Managing the difficult Cushing’s and Addisonian cases

  • Dry as a Bone: Consequences of dehydration in cats and dogs


Dr Oswald:

Cardiac disease

  • Is a heart murmur always indicative of underlying heart disease?

  • Are cardiac arrhythmias common in cats?

  • Is atenolol or diltiazem a better treatment option for feline cardiomyopathy?

  • What is the best treatment strategy for congestive heart failure in cats?

  • How do I prevent thromboembolism in feline cardiomyopathy patients?

  • This asymptomatic dog has a murmur. What diagnostics are indicated?

  • How can I safely optimize diuretic therapy?

  • Which drug is better – enalapril or benazepril?

  • When should I initiate vasodilator therapy?

  • Should I be using carvedilol in my cardiac patients?

  • Should I be using pimobendan in my cardiac patients

  • What are the important consideration when rechecking my cardiac patients?

  • Respiratory disease

  • How do I determine if a coughing dog has bronchitis or dynamic airway collapse?

  • Which cough suppressant works best in dogs?

  • When should I be using bronchodilators in coughing dogs? Which one?

  • When would I use Viagra in a coughing dog?

  • How do I tell if it is feline asthma or some other respiratory disease?

  • Is corticosteroid treatment always indicated for feline asthma?

  • What are my steroids options for asthmatic cats?

  • Can I use human asthma drugs to treat cats?

  • Does cyproheptadine improve asthmatic symptoms?

  • When should I be using bronchodilator treatment in asthmatic cats?

Abdominal Cavity

  • 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?

  • Are all yellow (icteric) cats dead cats?

  • What can I do to save the “fatty liver” cat?

  • Gastrointestinal

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

  • Endoscopic GI biopsies – should I buy an endoscope for my practice?

  • What are the best treatments for IBD in dogs and cats?

  • What are the best treatments for PLE/lymphangectasia?

  • Is probiotic therapy really useful in managing GI patients?


  • How do I quickly and accurately diagnose pancreatitis?

  • How important is the PLI test?

  • Why pancreatic enzyme supplements do not always work in EPI?

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Seminar Speakers

  • Deborah Greco D.V.M., Ph.D. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Desert Veterinary Specialists Palm Desert, CA
  • Gary Oswald D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants Oldsmar, FL

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.

IVS complies with the following guidelines:

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


Inter-Continental Hotel, The Clement Monterey

Inter-Continental Hotel, The Clement Monterey

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Overlooking Monterey Bay, next door to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and in the heart of John Steinbeck’s historic Cannery Row, the new InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers magnificent panoramic coastal views, luxurious interior décor and the sights and sounds of the surf and sea. Many of our rooms and suites feature fireplaces, balconies and ocean views. This picturesque property features over 15,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting space, The C Restaurant & Bar, Spa, Health Club, Pool, whirlpool and Kids Club.

Monterey, CA

Relax in the ocean air and watch the sea otters frolic in the kelp forest while enjoying an after dinner drink on our large oceanfront patio. Our oceanfront ballroom is the perfect setting for weddings, meetings and special events. Visit Cannery Row for fashionable boutiques, delectable eateries, upscale galleries and a vibrant street scene.

Inland View

Monterey, CA

Spacious rooms with state of the art technology. High-speed Internet access- wired and wireless, marble bathrooms with soaking tub & separate shower, bathrobes, 37″ plasma TV & media center, in room-movies, iPod dock, 2 phones, writing desk, coffeemaker, iron & board and mini-bar.

Ocean View

Monterey, CA

Spacious rooms with state of the art technology. High-speed Internet access- wired and wireless, marble bathrooms with soaking tub & separate shower, bathrobes, 37″ plasma TV & media center, in room-movies, iPod dock, 2 phones, writing desk, coffeemaker, iron & board and mini-bar.

Resort Amenities

  • Health & fitness center (on site spa)
  • Hotel shops
  • Entertainment & recreation
  • Business services
  • Day care & children’s activities
  • Housekeeping & laundry
  • Accessibility
  • Public space data services


Group Rates:

  • Inland View: Sold out-—–single or dbl/night (plus taxes)

  • Ocean view: $375.00 single or dbl/night (plus taxes)

Taxes & Fees:

Rates above are exclusive of the following taxes and will be charged per night:  Occupancy tax, currently 10%; Monterey County Assessment & Travel tax, currently $2.00; Tourism tax, currently 0.065% & Conference Center Facilities District (CCFD)* 1.6% .


  • On-site valet parking is available for a fee: $29.00/day- oversized is $34.00 per day- subject to change
  • Self-parking may be available: $28.00/day- subject to change
  • Alternative private parking centers close-by.


Wireless in-room: available for a fee, currently $9.95 per day.  Internet service is free for all Elite IHG Rewards Club Members.


A valid credit card is required to guarantee your reservations. There is no penalty if you cancel at least 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival. If you cancel within 14 days of your scheduled arrival or are a no-show or depart early, you will be charged for your complete stay.  Please note, that if you fail to check-in prior to 12:01am the following day of your arrival, the hotel will release your room for general sale so if you think you will be arriving after that time, please notify IVS and we’ll make sure the hotel will hold your room.

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions

Few places on earth can live up to their own mythology, but Monterey is a notable exception. No matter what you’ve heard or seen in feature films, nothing can prepare you for the jaw dropping beauty along its fabled coast and village-like pedestrian thoroughfares. John Steinbeck was a frequent visitor, and drew considerable inspiration from area landmarks including Cannery Row, which he helped to immortalize in his novel of the same name. Today, restaurants, boutiques and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium have helped make Monterey a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Discover life in Monterey’s bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known throughout the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life on a truly grand scale. Learn more

Cannery Row

In January 1958, the City of Monterey officially re-named Ocean View Avenue “Cannery Row” in honor of John Steinbeck. Today’s Cannery Row also features more than 25 restaurants stretching along the historic streets and waterfront, offering a variety of cuisines from formal to casual. Visitors can also browse through an eclectic blend of specialty shops and local artists’ galleries, and sample Monterey County wines and gourmet foods. It’s easy to shed your car and go “green and marine” on Cannery Row, taking in the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by scuba diving with the starfish, kayaking with the sea otters, or bike riding from beach to beach along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Learn more

IMAX Theater

Just a block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium is Cannery Row’s brand new IMAX Theater! Watch feature length 3D movies and dive into 12,000 watts of digital-surround sound and giant-screen action. The Cannery Row IMAX Theater also houses an exclusive Guy Buffet Art Gallery, and the Edgewater Café which serves Italian favorites such as gelato, sorbetto, espresso, pastries and chocolates. Learn more


Enjoy open air dining of the daily fresh catch in a casual, relaxing atmosphere at a variety of inviting, restaurants. For restaurant information click here.

Outdoor Activities


Kayaking is a special way to experience the Monterey Bay and its environs. Floating on the water in a single or two-person kayak, you can get “up close and personal” with the sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and other inhabitants of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. And whether you’re an expert or are interested in taking your first kayak lesson, Monterey offers an unparalleled experience for all levels.

Several local outfitters offer safety instruction and interpretive tours of the Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough led by marine biologists, which provide an insider’s appreciation for the fragile ecosystems. They usually offer group or individual lessons, kayaking accessories, a place to change, and, often, a place to take a hot shower.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey should be on the “must-do” list of every visitor to the area. This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. Because neighboring Wharf 2 is the heart of the area’s thriving fishing industry, you can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day – just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who’s had a successful day on the Bay! Stroll down the wharf with a cup of hot clam chowder, or stop by one of several restaurants featuring fresh Monterey Bay seafood. You can photograph sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take to the waters with a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching tour in season

17 Mile Drive and Pebble Beach

Discover Nature’s treasures as you explore one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world. 17 Mile Drive, which runs through Del Monte Forest, is seventeen miles of sea and sky, immaculate golf courses, and dream homes set graciously behind elegant gates. Here you will experience the magic of this legendary scenic tour that’s home to The Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point Joe, and the colliding currents of The Restless Sea, as well as the natural habitat of the black cormorants, brown pelicans, California sea otters, harbor seals, and idle sea lions. Additionally, along the way, you’ll encounter the emerald fairways of such famous golf courses as The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. For a gourmet picnic lunch along 17-Mile Drive, visit Pebble Beach Market adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach.


For some nightlife fun in Monterey, California, check out the nearby bars, nightclubs and theatres. For more nightlife information click here.

Getting There


If you are flying in- the closest airport is in Monterey. San Jose and San Francisco Airports also are within several hours.  Please visit The InterContinental Hotel for information on driving directions and times.


750 Cannery Row
Monterey CA
Phone: 831-375-4500

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $865.00

Register by:  March 27, 2019

Advanced:  $885.00

Register by:  April 24, 2019

Regular:  $905.00

Register after:  April 24, 2019

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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  • Monterey
    May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
    1:00 am - 6:00 am

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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.

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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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